“5 Stars!...An exquisite love story that’s perfect for a rainy day or a lazy day on the beach...Darlene Marshall captures the reader’s attention from the first page, and never allows you to escape until the end. She deftly combines historical fact with fiction, and brings alive Savannah and Saint Augustine of old. The romance of Morgan and Amanda delights and thrills, recapturing the essence of old-time romances, while adding a few twists and turns that provide just the right spice.”—Pirates and Privateers Newsletter
"Adventure, romance and pirates—what more could you ask for? It was humorous, exciting and romantic. Several historically true characters were included, as were historical events. A nice blend of fact and fiction that I liked quite well."—Ruth Chesick, Romance Junkies
"[Amanda's] intelligent, an astute business woman in a career that makes sense for the time and a good match for her often rough-around-the-edges husband. And Morgan is believable as a tough sailor who’s slightly clumsy at wooing the woman he knows is The One for him."—Jayne, Dear Author.com
"RTR Reviewers Award!...Marshall writes with skill and depth, drawing readers into the lives of her characters, and providing the 'get away' experience that every romance reader craves...A must read for anyone who loves a good pirate tale and longs for a little adventure."—Janean Nusz, The Road to Romance
"Far too many romances now are filled with useless information and endless scenes of peril that appear manufactured. But not this novel. Darlene Marshall knows how to weave action to character and adventure to the situation in which her characters find themselves...Filled with high adventure and heart-stirring romance that fit the time in which the story is set. The good nature and great humor of the main characters and their friends remain with the reader long after their story is finished. And it's a guarantee that fairy tales will never look the same again after learning Captain Sinister's interpretation of the classics."—Lynne Perednia, Readers & Writers Ink Reviews
"4 Stars!...A Must Read!...A wonderful, fast read with an endearing couple who want nothing more than to find a 'safe harbor' in each other’s arms while braving the most dangerous adventures and villains that have graced the pages of a novel since Jewel of the Nile."--Roberta White, Historical Romance Club
"4 Stars!...Marshall's third book showcases the author's growth and increasing talent. The not-so-young hero will appeal to over-thirty readers as well as any woman who yearns for a man to sweep her off her feet. The romance and sensuality are hot enough to fire a ship and tender enough to bring tears to a romantic's eyes."--Faith V. Smith, Romantic Times Book Reviews
"...A great read...fun, interesting and definitely a romance. I loved it and I'm rather intrigued enough by the teaser for Pirate's Price that I'll be downloading it as well."--Rogue Lurker, Upon Further Review
"...A great historical novel of unexpected romance between two strong-willed characters. The plot was set in the 1820’s during the time where pirates were the norm out on the seas. Hats off to Darlene Marshall for giving such beautifully written, detailed information of the Florida Straits and coastline during this historical time period. As the storyline progressed I felt as if I was really there witnessing the courtship of Amanda and Morgan. And boy, what an adventure it was. Captain Sinister's Lady is filled with a few dangerous twists and turns that maintained my interest until the spectacular conclusion. If you are looking for a rich and spicy historical romance that will tie you up in knots, then pick up Captain Sinister's Lady--you will not be disappointed!"--Nikita Steele, Joyfully Reviewed.com
...“Madam, can you understand me?”
Amanda turned her head, squinted against the light, then closed her eyes again.
“Madam? Are you awake?”
That deep, rumbling voice refused to go away. Its pitch and timbre gave her a clue as to her location. It was as her mother always warned her. When she died and got to heaven’s anteroom, she’d be totally unprepared to account for herself. Here her Maker was addressing her and she was tongue-tied.
Amanda frowned. Tongue-tied didn’t begin to describe it. It felt like her tongue was cemented inside her mouth.
She opened her eyes again and focused on the massive figure in the chair across from her. His hair and beard were black, not white like in Mr. Blake’s drawings. Mostly black, anyway. But he wasn’t wearing white robes. She licked cracked lips.
“Are you God?”
The figure jerked slightly, then thought about it for a moment.
“I am the ship’s captain, so I might as well be.”
“Blasphemy,” she murmured, and closed her eyes again against the pounding in her head and the nausea roiling through her. The man didn’t disagree with her and sat, silently waiting. Whoever he was, God or the Devil, he was a restful fellow. She steeled herself to open her eyes and try to get some answers...