*I received this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review*
Title: Cutlass (Cutlass #1)
Author: Ashley Nixon
Publication Date: April 23, 2014
Synopsis: Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy's fiancé seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it.
Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancé to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard.
But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient.
Why?: I mean honestly, why wouldn't I want to read this book? Pirates and kidnapping and a quest for revenge? I am 100 % interested in this book! It sounds like it has all the makings of an excellent pirate book, and I am so excited to read it!
Expectations: I've never read anything by Ashley Nixon.. but I am ridiculously excited for this book. Just the fact that there are pirates in it makes my expectations jump up pretty high, and I'm really hoping this book is everything I want it to be.
Judging a book by its cover: I'm not really blown away by this cover. I do like that there's a pirate ship hiding in the girl's sleeve, but I'm a little concerned that it looks kind of like a romance novel cover. I don't want that to be what this book is (although some romance as a secondary plotline would be fine). I'm not entirely convinced I would pick it up based on the cover alone.