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James Malory sets sail for America to honor a promise he made to his in-laws: His and Georgina’s daughter, Jacqueline, will have her come-out in America. Judith and Jacqueline Malory are not simply cousins; they are inseparable best friends. Refusing to miss Jacqueline’s come-out in Connecticut, Judith convinces her parents to let her delay her London debut by a few weeks James Malory sets sail for America to honor a promise he made to his in-laws: His and Georgina’s daughter, Jacqueline, will have her come-out in America. Judith and Jacqueline Malory are not simply cousins; they are inseparable best friends. Refusing to miss Jacqueline’s come-out in Connecticut, Judith convinces her parents to let her delay her London debut by a few weeks so she can accompany her cousin. Neither girl intends to fall in love during her first Season. But Judith’s plans are overturned when aboard ship she comes face-to-face with the ghost who has been haunting her dreams. Unknown to the Malorys, deckhand Nathan Tremayne is a smuggler with a noose around his neck. Determined to carry out a covert mission in America that could gain him a pardon, Nathan senses that beautiful Judith Malory is trouble. Somehow the minx knows his secret—and now she’s blackmailing him into doing her bidding. While passions can soar on the high seas, Nathan knows this aristocratic beauty is merely amusing herself with a scoundrel like him. When the unthinkable happens in Connecticut and the elder Malorys’ hands are tied, Nathan takes command of a dire situation. Captaining his own ship, he turns the tables on Judith, as he steers them into some intense Caribbean heat where he will fight with all his mettle to win the right to her heart.


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James Malory sets sail for America to honor a promise he made to his in-laws: His and Georgina’s daughter, Jacqueline, will have her come-out in America. Judith and Jacqueline Malory are not simply cousins; they are inseparable best friends. Refusing to miss Jacqueline’s come-out in Connecticut, Judith convinces her parents to let her delay her London debut by a few weeks James Malory sets sail for America to honor a promise he made to his in-laws: His and Georgina’s daughter, Jacqueline, will have her come-out in America. Judith and Jacqueline Malory are not simply cousins; they are inseparable best friends. Refusing to miss Jacqueline’s come-out in Connecticut, Judith convinces her parents to let her delay her London debut by a few weeks so she can accompany her cousin. Neither girl intends to fall in love during her first Season. But Judith’s plans are overturned when aboard ship she comes face-to-face with the ghost who has been haunting her dreams. Unknown to the Malorys, deckhand Nathan Tremayne is a smuggler with a noose around his neck. Determined to carry out a covert mission in America that could gain him a pardon, Nathan senses that beautiful Judith Malory is trouble. Somehow the minx knows his secret—and now she’s blackmailing him into doing her bidding. While passions can soar on the high seas, Nathan knows this aristocratic beauty is merely amusing herself with a scoundrel like him. When the unthinkable happens in Connecticut and the elder Malorys’ hands are tied, Nathan takes command of a dire situation. Captaining his own ship, he turns the tables on Judith, as he steers them into some intense Caribbean heat where he will fight with all his mettle to win the right to her heart.

30 review for Stormy Persuasion

  1. 4 out of 5

    XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy

    3.5 stars. Love Johanna Lyndsey stories as she was one of the first to make me fall in love with romance. This story gave me the special mix she usually delivers but I felt it didn't give the MCs, Nathan and Judith, enough time together with meaningful interactions by which to grow their love. This was largely the basis for my rating. Their individual personalities were fleshed out well. The few interactions they had were sweet, especially when at the outlook post. The plot was good with action 3.5 stars. Love Johanna Lyndsey stories as she was one of the first to make me fall in love with romance. This story gave me the special mix she usually delivers but I felt it didn't give the MCs, Nathan and Judith, enough time together with meaningful interactions by which to grow their love. This was largely the basis for my rating. Their individual personalities were fleshed out well. The few interactions they had were sweet, especially when at the outlook post. The plot was good with action and adventure to really grip your attention. There was a part where Nathan acts like a jerk but I can see where he was resenting Judith for her misguided actions. I was very happy to catch up with the Mallorys and the Andersons. The threads were also weaved well for Jack's story. Safety: No OW/OM/Sharing. h was a V. No rape/abuse.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    OMG!!!! There's another book of the Malory-Anderson Family Series. I have been waiting for years for a book about Anthony and James' daughters and we finally have it. I mean we have Judith's story. Although I feel sad because their older already. It seems just like yesterday I was reading the first 10 books of the series and now it's their children's story. Despite that, I'm looking forward to all future Malory-Anderson Family books. Counting the days till June 10 2014. OMG!!!! There's another book of the Malory-Anderson Family Series. I have been waiting for years for a book about Anthony and James' daughters and we finally have it. I mean we have Judith's story. Although I feel sad because their older already. It seems just like yesterday I was reading the first 10 books of the series and now it's their children's story. Despite that, I'm looking forward to all future Malory-Anderson Family books. Counting the days till June 10 2014.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paranormalibrarian

    After the disappointment of the last several Johanna Lindsey books, I was very hesitant to read this one, despite it being about my favorite family series ever. Even the last three Malory novels were not that great, which almost made me think that perhaps Johanna Lindsey wasn’t writing them, and had employed a ghost writer instead. I’m delighted to admit I might be wrong. Stormy Persuasion reminded me why I fell in love with the Malory family and why I’ve been reading Johanna Lindsey novels since After the disappointment of the last several Johanna Lindsey books, I was very hesitant to read this one, despite it being about my favorite family series ever. Even the last three Malory novels were not that great, which almost made me think that perhaps Johanna Lindsey wasn’t writing them, and had employed a ghost writer instead. I’m delighted to admit I might be wrong. Stormy Persuasion reminded me why I fell in love with the Malory family and why I’ve been reading Johanna Lindsey novels since I was in the 8th grade. Is it as good as the first Malory novels? No. But it’s way better than anything she’s published in the past 10 years or so, and definitely worth the purchase price. I love how different the personalities of Jack (Jacqueline) and Judith are. Jack is exactly like James, bold, brash, and says exactly what’s on her mind, and definitely the leader of the two. She wears breeches and goes barefoot on board the ship, fences, and probably can sail the ship just as good as her father and uncles can. Judith is much more feminine, preferring to wear dresses even as she admits their impracticality aboard a ship, and she’s definitely the optimist of the two, preferring to think the best out of everyone. Judith tempers her cousin’s rash behavior, and tries to get Jack to think before she speaks or acts. Nathan is a likeable hero. He’s been dealt a bad hand in life—his father was a smuggler and died when Nathan was in his early twenties, just after the two had a falling out. Nathan’s sister has also recently died, and he is now the guardian of her two young daughters. And of course he’s managed to have his father’s smuggling ship, The Pearl, stolen by the man who killed him, another smuggler who happens to be the regency era version of a black market car dealer. He steals British ships, refits them and resells them in America as new or “gently used.” Right after Judith meets Nathan, he gets captured and is cut a deal by the British military—expose the man behind the ship stealing and he will be granted a full pardon for smuggling. Nathan needs to get to the U.S to capture the criminal—who fortunately runs the operation from Connecticut, and as luck has it, Judith’s uncle James’ ship is headed there in a few days. Nathan and Judith have some pretty good chemistry together. They’ve already met twice before being aboard The Maiden George (James’ ship) and she correctly suspects him of being a smuggler. He’s fighting his attraction for Judith, and has to keep away from her father, who he may have actually knocked out in a tavern brawl the night before the ship left for Connecticut. James remembers Nathan from the fight, but of course seeing Tony get taken down endears Nathan to James. Nathan works as the ship’s carpenter, and there are several opportunities for Judith and Nathan to meet up privately throughout the voyage. The only real annoyances with the book are Catherine and her brother Count Andrassy, who I really can’t go into too much detail without spoilers. I guess I’m irritated that they take up more pages than I think they should have, although they seem to play a big role in what will be Jack’s book. Which is another point on why Stormy Persuasion was worth the read: it definitely harkens back to the earlier Malory novel formulas: just like James and Georgina’s story begins during Tony and Roslynn’s, it looks like the events in Jack’s book will take place during Judith’s and Nathan’s. And Jack’s story looks to be quite a doozy—we don’t know his name, but she keeps calling him “The Bastard.” LOVE her! As my favorite Malory is and always will be James, I am delighted to say that he is just as awesome as ever. Tony too, but surprisingly we don’t get as much of him as I would have thought, since this is his daughter’s story. Tony does have some great moments in here though, so I wasn’t too disappointed. So Malory fans, don’t fear! This book is well worth the wait and I’m hoping the next one will be just as delightful to read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    *Book*Crazy*

    I haven't read an historic romance in a few years. before I discovered contemporary romance, historical was all I read. I loved it but I must say it has since changed for me. I found this book extremely long and at times boring. you need to read quite a few chapters before anything happens in this book. I haven't read an historic romance in a few years. before I discovered contemporary romance, historical was all I read. I loved it but I must say it has since changed for me. I found this book extremely long and at times boring. you need to read quite a few chapters before anything happens in this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shauni

    Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy THE. MALLORYS. ARE. BACK!!! In her 11th Mallory Series Novel, author Joanna Lindsey reclaims her status as one of the top romance writers. I will admit I haven't been thrilled with her past few books., even when they were Mallory stories. But Stormy Persuasion brings back the days of James and the High Seas. Plenty of family interaction but not necessarily all of them. They didn't work with the story and fortunately for us, Ms. Lin Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy THE. MALLORYS. ARE. BACK!!! In her 11th Mallory Series Novel, author Joanna Lindsey reclaims her status as one of the top romance writers. I will admit I haven't been thrilled with her past few books., even when they were Mallory stories. But Stormy Persuasion brings back the days of James and the High Seas. Plenty of family interaction but not necessarily all of them. They didn't work with the story and fortunately for us, Ms. Lindsey left them out. Stormy Persuasion is the next generation. Sure some of the past few books were about the older cousins but they fit in with more with the Uncles... But Stormy is about Judith Mallory, first daughter to Anthony and Roslyn (My personal favorite.. I admit it, Anthony STILL makes me swoon). Jack and Judith have been best friends since birth, where one went, the other went. So when Jack has to go to America for her come out.. Judith insists on going as well. Plotting and finagling like the best of them, they get their way. But a trip across the ocean is never smooth sailing. While the rest of the family is mostly interacting with each other and a mysterious new cousin, Judith is falling in love with a captain turned deck hand. Intrigued by a face she has seen before, knowing he is the "ghost" of her childhood fantasies, Judith is slowly swayed and finds herself tumbling into love. Nathan Tremayne is a man on a mission, having been captured while smuggling, he was offered a chance for redemption. Find the people who have been stealing English Ships (his included) and end their reign. He needs a fast trip to America, where the culprits live, so he takes a job as a carpenter on the Mallory ship sailing close to where he needs to be. He can not believe it when he is recognized by one of the family members. His only course of actions is deny, deny, deny. When that doesn't work he is at a loss.. It doesn't help that he finds himself falling under Judy's spell. But when someone steals all the family jewels and the evidence is found in his room, all chances of redemption seem to be lost. Judy and Nathan haven't reached the point where they can trust in each other and a budding romance comes crashing down. It gets worse when Jack is kidnapped and the Mallorys find themselves in a position that they must rely on a somewhat redeemed Nathan for help. The High Seas is never quite the place to question someone's loyalties but over time with a common goal they learn to lean on each other. And Judy and Nathan begin repatching their trust. A Fun, Fun read.. Now for my criticism, it's actually my pet peeve with Johanna Lindsey and the Mallorys. Whenever we remeet a character she has to give a synopsis on who they are, where they fall in the family and what their background is. It's tedious and distracts from the story. This is not a new thing she has done it from the very beginning. But people, this is the 11th book.. so we get paragraphs and pages of supliferous information. It distracts from the story and has me pulling my hair out. Overall it's not the best Mallory story but it sings.. has a fluidity that has been missing lately and tells a story about a character we have watched grow up, literally. I am hoping, Jack's Story Next. Shauni

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book suffers greatly from being in the Malory series. Way, way too much of the focus is on the rest of the family so that Judith and Nathan are relegated to boring secondary characters in their own story. In the beginning, tons of time is spent introducing all the family members to the reader, far too many characters for anyone new to the series to even have a hope of remembering. All throughout the book Jacqueline, James and Anthony get almost as much screen time as our happy couple. And i This book suffers greatly from being in the Malory series. Way, way too much of the focus is on the rest of the family so that Judith and Nathan are relegated to boring secondary characters in their own story. In the beginning, tons of time is spent introducing all the family members to the reader, far too many characters for anyone new to the series to even have a hope of remembering. All throughout the book Jacqueline, James and Anthony get almost as much screen time as our happy couple. And in the climax of the story Judy and Nathan are totally uninvolved tagalongs who watch the action from the sidelines while everyone else does the interesting stuff. Wow. So, all in all, Judy got a raw deal with her book. (view spoiler)[ Okay, couple things before we get to the plot. First, I absolutely hated the choice of audiobook narrator on this one. I'm sure she's a perfectly nice woman and she's very articulate and kept good track of who was speaking and all that, but her voice is just too old. I can't get immersed in a sex scene when it sounds like it's being read to me by my grandmother. I just can't. Also, her accents could use some work because none of the British characters sounded like anything but Americans. Second, I couldn't stand all the crazy made up contractions Lindsey stuck into the dialogue. People made contractions out of the strangest things "M'carriage" "M'daughter" and so forth. It was annoying and yanked me out of the narrative every time it happened...which was all the time. And third, Lindsey pulled the old "unreliable narrator" trick on us, which I think is cheating. She had the villains have a conversation, just the two of them, that made it look like they were legit. The scene was unnecessary to the story and was only inserted to try to throw us off their scent. That's just dishonest, Johanna. As for the plot, it was pretty lackluster. Judy is just not that remarkable of a character - especially when she’s constantly held up next to her cousin, Jacqueline, who is much, much more interesting. And I never saw Judy as a woman. She started out sounding and acting like a little girl and nothing about her behavior throughout the book changed that. I hated that she and Jack threw a tantrum about the prospect of them being separated for a few weeks during their “come outs” and that their allegedly very scary and tough fathers and their equally confident mothers all caved to the girls’ outburst. That just set the stage for me to think of Judy as a spoiled, bratty child rather than a woman old enough to be having sex. This image was not helped by Nathan’s first description of Judith where he made it a point to comment on the fact that she was wearing the fashions of an underage girl. Yuck, yuck, yuck. I know that barely-legal heroines are a staple in older romances but this book was written in 2014! Judith’s age on paper wouldn’t have really mattered if she’d acted like a grown woman, but unfortunately that’s not the case here. She’s a gullible little Pollyanna who makes childish vows with her BFF to not fall in love for at least a year because they simply can’t be parted and who believed right up to the beginning of this book that there was actually a ghost haunting the derelict house behind her uncle’s property. She was even a bit in love with the ghost and snuck out of the house to try to find him prior to leaving on her sea voyage. She's accosted by a man there and immediately suspects that he's a smuggler, but she runs off and doesn't tell her family of the suspected criminal living right behind them because she's afraid she'll get in trouble for her nighttime adventure. Yeah. Basically every move this heroine makes has me thinking “immature little girl” not “strong, self-confident woman.” And call me crazy but it’s just not fun for me to read about a little girl having sex, so the romance was total squick-territory for me. Unfortunately, Nathan wasn’t much better as the hero. (Although he, at least, behaved like a man rather than an underaged boy.) Nathan is the smuggler who accosted Judith. He owns the house and uses it to hide his stolen goods. After he scares her off with a kiss he decides to move his cargo in case she squeals on him but that proves to be his downfall. He gets caught and would have been hung if not for some lucky circumstances. There’s an American shipbuilder who for the last decade has been stealing English ships, refitting and renaming them, and then selling them for profit. And as luck would have it, he’s just stolen Nathan’s ship and killed one of his arresting officer’s men in the process. So the officer offers Nathan a full pardon and his ship back if he’ll track down this nameless criminal and bring him to justice. Naturally Nathan agrees and signs on as a carpenter on the ship that will carry Judith and company to the new world in order to pursue him. Judith quickly realizes that Nathan is the man who accosted and kissed her in the dark and accuses him of being a smuggler. Nathan doesn’t want to run the risk of being tossed overboard or locked in the brig by having this information be common knowledge so he tries to secure Judith’s silence. He COULD have just told her the truth, but he doesn’t. And what’s more, he very deliberately decides to seduce her in order to keep her quiet. The whole book he acts very obviously evasive about the subject whenever Judith tries to get him to admit the truth. He never out-right denies that he is a smuggler, he just changes the subject or uses a lot of double talk to avoid saying one way or the other or says something flirty to distract her. This is all incredibly obvious and makes him look guilty as hell. And, to Judith’s credit, she’s pretty sharp about calling Nathan on his evasion, but still dumb enough to allow him to continue prevaricating for the majority of the trip just because he makes her heart go pitter pat. Eventually Judith says she believes that he’s not a smuggler, and he’s delighted to have her trust….even though he doesn’t deserve it because all he’s done is gotten her to believe a lie. They have sex that very night and he’s got no qualms about taking her virginity and she has none about giving it to him, nor any concerns about possible pregnancies that would result. The next day it’s discovered that all the women’s jewelry has been stolen and there’s evidence that points to Nathan. Judy is shocked into saying in front of her family that he’s a smuggler as well as a thief. She feels completely betrayed and is sickened to realize that he’d been using seduction to manipulate her...and her family knows it too, though not how far that seduction has gone. Nathan, for his part, is outraged that she doesn’t trust him “after what they’d shared.” Ummmm what have you shared, Nathan? Sex based on a lie, that’s what. How can he dare condemn Judith for not trusting him implicitly when he knows he’s been deliberately lying to her the whole book! And that he HAS, in point of fact, been purposefully using seduction to keep her in the dark! He may have been innocent of the theft, but she’d been right on target about him being a smuggler. So here’s an idea, Mr. After-What-We’ve-Shared, if there’s supposed to be soooo much trust between the two of you, why didn’t YOU tell HER the truth about your smuggling??? What, trust doesn’t have to run both ways in your mind? Nathan continues to hold onto his righteous indignation over her alleged betrayal for the whole rest of the book. Never once does he stop to examine his own hypocrisy. And he was perfectly ready to just sail out of Judith’s life once he reclaimed his ship, (in a very anticlimactic off-screen battle with the faceless culprit) without even bothering to find out if she was pregnant with his child, until circumstances intervened. For the final climax, Jack gets kidnapped and the bad guys thoughtfully disable all the boats in the harbor so the Malorys can’t give chase. This was probably the worst example of Judy and Nathan's story being overshadowed by the series-building. It was very odd for Jack to be the one who was kidnapped when Judith is the heroine of the story. The exciting and dangerous thing at the end of the book is supposed to involve the hero and/or heroine, not the secondary characters! It made Judith into nothing more than a spectator in the climax of her own book. Totally lame. Anyway, Nathan happens to sail by to pick up some more crew and has to be convinced to help save Jack. Not a particularly attractive quality in a hero that he was willing to condemn her to rape, death and who knows what else at the hands of some pirates just because his feathers were a bit ruffled over the theft accusation. Things take an absolutely ludicrous turn when Nathan demands that Judith be his cabin boy for the subsequent race to the Caribbean so he can exact some revenge on her for her “betrayal”…and her family agrees to this. It’s totally unbelievable. A) Nathan does NOT have the moral high ground on this one after the way he’d been gaslighting Judy the whole trip. B) They’re sailing into certain danger. If he actually cared about her, he’d want her as far away from that danger as possible. C) The whole book we’ve been bashed over the head with how protective the Malory men are of their family. Absolutely none of them would have agreed to let Judith go on the trip at all, let alone as a servant to this jackass who was using the kidnapping of an innocent girl to blackmail them into jumping through his hoops. But, because this is a book, everyone immediately gets on board with Nathan’s asinine demands and even promises to pay him huge sums of money for his help (money that he actually accepts at the end of the book, I might add. He actually profited from Jack's kidnapping. That's despicable. What a cad). All throughout the journey, Nathan takes great pleasure in forcing Judy to scrub his floors, wash his clothes and make his bed and never once feels the slightest hint of doubt that he's 100% in the right and she's dealt him an unforgivable slight. Absolutely none of this is making me like him. However, I was also thoroughly exasperated with Judith for happily performing these demeaning tasks because it allowed her to spend time is his presence. Grow some backbone girl! Blast his hypocritical ass for deliberately behaving in a way that would guarantee you had trouble trusting him, and then blaming you for not somehow magically still developing that undeserved trust. The ending was lame and boring too. It dragged on far too long and made both parties seem like spineless idiots. They part ways after the foiled kidnapping with Nathan still behaving as if he hates Judith and her somehow feeling like she deserves his anger. Then they're apart for a month. She's mopey and he's allegedly dying without her. So he finagles an invite to a ball she's sure to be at and then....totally ignores her in favor of dancing with every single woman at the ball but her. Judith, meanwhile sees him come in and immediately creates all these elaborate fantasies in her little girl brain about how this will be a magical night and all her dreams will come true now that he's there. Then she gets mad that he's ignoring her and flirts with every man she can instead. He suddenly starts to leave the ball and she runs after him. He says some pretty discouraging things to her and then walks out, which was probably pretty embarrassing since he so publicly snubbed her in front of the entire ton but JL doesn't mention this aspect. So Judith drinks herself stupid and goes home to bed. Next thing you know, Nathan is climbing through her bedroom window and has sex with her in her inebriated state. Immediately after they're done, she passes out. He, not having noticed, makes a very clumsy proposal and then gets disgruntled that she was asleep during his big moment. So he decides that "the next step is hers" and leaves. What?? He's actually sufficiently committed to her to pop the question and yet he can't be bothered to just give her a shake to ask it when she's conscious?? The next morning she hatches some oblique plan to get him invited to all the balls which amounts to absolutely nothing so one wonders why it was even included in the story. Then she goes to his rundown house and they have a very long, awkward conversation about useless BS until they finally get around to admitting they love each other and want to get married. It was lame. And the part where Judith's father comes in just as they were about to kiss and Nathan backs up but Judith insists that they still kiss right in front of her father was bizarre and unbelievable. Little Miss Goody Two-Shoes would never do such a thing. It's disrespectful and unnecessary. All in all, I pretty much hated this relationship. I started out just not feeling the spark between them, but by the end I actively disliked both characters and their alleged romance. I don’t see what either of them saw in the other. All Judith ever talked about was how handsome Nathan was. And Nathan likewise only ever seemed to care about her looks as well. Physical attraction is the only thing between them because they don’t really know one another. The story itself was kind of a mess. Nathan had two allegedly major storylines going on, the stolen ship and a revenge against his father's killer, but neither was given proper screen time. The ship thing was just an excuse to get the story going and was wrapped up off page. The father's killer thing was mentioned in the beginning and then dropped so completely for the whole rest of the book that I'd totally forgotten about it until the end when he set up a sting operation to catch the guy. Then the killer ever-so-helpfully confessed to the murder right in front of the cops so that he can hang for it. The whole thing was wrapped up in about one page. Jack's kidnapping was anticlimactic because she actually rescued herself and the perpetrators were never even close to being caught because this was all setup for the next book. Just a bad book all the way around. (hide spoiler)]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    "Stormy Persuasion" is another addition in the Mallory/Anderson series..and is supposed to be Nathan and Judith's book. Nathan is a sea pirate/smuggler who is forced to take refuge in "The Maiden George" with the Mallory clan when his ship "The Pearl" is stolen. It's there he comes across Judith, Anthony and Roslynn's daughter, who he's come in touch with in the past under dire circumstances. Their chance hidden meetings in the presence of the family cause them to give into their passions..and fal "Stormy Persuasion" is another addition in the Mallory/Anderson series..and is supposed to be Nathan and Judith's book. Nathan is a sea pirate/smuggler who is forced to take refuge in "The Maiden George" with the Mallory clan when his ship "The Pearl" is stolen. It's there he comes across Judith, Anthony and Roslynn's daughter, who he's come in touch with in the past under dire circumstances. Their chance hidden meetings in the presence of the family cause them to give into their passions..and fall for each other? My main issue with this book was it focused on everyone but the couple, and that it seemed like a tribute to "Gentle Rogue" at times (which I wouldn't have minded if the main couple had an ounce of chemistry that James and George had). It starts out as friendship between Judith and Jack being the main story, but slowly deviates to the family being on ship, thieves, smugglers, and occasional interludes between the couple. At times I questioned even if I was reading a JL! I always trust her for giving me hot, passionate love stories- but this was a miss for me. I loved seeing my favorite characters again but this disappointed me. Safe 2.25/5

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aly is so frigging bored

    I need more books in this series! Pleaaaaase Ms Lindsey!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Unabridged Bibliophile

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have no patience for this book. The more I think about it the more I am surprised that I made it through the whole thing. The first part of the book deals more with the relationship between the family members and just catching new readers up on who everyone is, which is, one, pretty confusing and, two, something that I believe no one even cares about. After spending some time with both cousins, Judy and Jack, all I kept thinking was I want to know more about Jack and just how disinterested I w I have no patience for this book. The more I think about it the more I am surprised that I made it through the whole thing. The first part of the book deals more with the relationship between the family members and just catching new readers up on who everyone is, which is, one, pretty confusing and, two, something that I believe no one even cares about. After spending some time with both cousins, Judy and Jack, all I kept thinking was I want to know more about Jack and just how disinterested I was with anything to do with Judy. So, to wrap up this very short review because I just don't want to talk about this book any longer here is a list of my "nopes". - Both Judy and Jack are written way too immature to be at all believable. Before the author gave their age I thought they were around 14. - Nathan is not a smuggler and that whole storyline is just ridiculous. - The family has "Gypsy" blood and that's why some of them have "the sight". Like that's not problematic as hell. - Random kidnapping that is super quickly resolved so we have something to go off of in the next book. Seems like the author didn't want to read about Judy either.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie D

    I definitely missed the Malorys!!! :) And it was delight to read about them again. This book serves as a sort of reboot in a series, where it definitely shows that the upcoming books will be about the second generation Malorys. Unfortunately, I found it tiring, messy and the plot was a bit loose. There were so many characters in the first few chapters that honestly, I was confused who is who. I guess, it was supposed to re introduce us to the characters we loved but mentioning almost all of them w I definitely missed the Malorys!!! :) And it was delight to read about them again. This book serves as a sort of reboot in a series, where it definitely shows that the upcoming books will be about the second generation Malorys. Unfortunately, I found it tiring, messy and the plot was a bit loose. There were so many characters in the first few chapters that honestly, I was confused who is who. I guess, it was supposed to re introduce us to the characters we loved but mentioning almost all of them was pretty overwhelming that it distracted us from Judy and Nathan. In the end, the characters of Nathan and Judy lacked the usual thorough back story for us to relate to them. Although I loved their connection and chemistry. All in all it wasn't a bad read, I think before reading this book, you have to read the previous books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Huddleston

    Its like a family reunion! We get to revisit old favorites and see the children all grown up. The Malory family is still hot and still amazing. No matter which story you read, its like coming home. Johanna Lindsey did an amazing job of telling the tale of Jack and Judith Malory. They are still best friends and have grown into beautiful young ladies. This is a story of finding out who you are besides Anthony or James's daughters. Its about falling in love and begin brave enough to follow your hea Its like a family reunion! We get to revisit old favorites and see the children all grown up. The Malory family is still hot and still amazing. No matter which story you read, its like coming home. Johanna Lindsey did an amazing job of telling the tale of Jack and Judith Malory. They are still best friends and have grown into beautiful young ladies. This is a story of finding out who you are besides Anthony or James's daughters. Its about falling in love and begin brave enough to follow your heart. I highly recommend this series and this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lelyana's Reviews

    I have to say, this one was not the best from the series. It's just an okay read, and even James, can't pursued me to give more star. I promised my friends to write my review in Bahasa, but I'm not in the right mood. I'm in the mood of ranting. So, I better hold back, and I'll write it someday. I have to say, this one was not the best from the series. It's just an okay read, and even James, can't pursued me to give more star. I promised my friends to write my review in Bahasa, but I'm not in the right mood. I'm in the mood of ranting. So, I better hold back, and I'll write it someday.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tiera McMillian

    3.5-4 stars. Though I know I have read this before since I own it lol, I guess I never made it around to rating it. These newer Malory/Anderson books I'm a whole lot less familiar with than the others, because I haven't read these a million times like the other ones. I know that I spent literally years waiting for Judith and Jack's stories to finally come out. I have to say that in the grand scheme, Judith's story isn't near as action packed as I would have expected. Watching these two trouble m 3.5-4 stars. Though I know I have read this before since I own it lol, I guess I never made it around to rating it. These newer Malory/Anderson books I'm a whole lot less familiar with than the others, because I haven't read these a million times like the other ones. I know that I spent literally years waiting for Judith and Jack's stories to finally come out. I have to say that in the grand scheme, Judith's story isn't near as action packed as I would have expected. Watching these two trouble makers grow up I would have thought they would have gotten in way more shenanigans than what is portrayed in this story. Judith was the super mild one of the two which was kind of sad to me. I listened to this on audio to give it a shot. Narrator did a decent job but still the physical is where its at. There are just so many characters.. If you were new to this story it would have been hard to keep them all straight. Nathan turns out to be a really good MMC. Hes of course, got the whole Alpha, infuriating thing down pat but hes also not as dominating as the other MC's. I'm a little disappointed we really didn't get into his family history much. I was thinking we would be having some sort of show down with his sister's snobbish family but that never came to pass. Honestly as a whole I feel like we didn't really get to spend much time doing anything but sailing and even that seemed a little on the brief side. We were constantly flitting from one thing to the next, as our beloved Malorys face first a stowaway, then jewel theives, then Nathan has a mission in America to take down some ship thieves (which sadly enough we didn't get to actually "see" happen), then kidnapping, escaping, and heading home. All in all, I almost felt like Judith kind of got pushed into a side character role as Jack's personality is so strong and her story line starts here in this book. It was still a great read though, will all the happy endings. I am more than excited for Jack's story since that is the one book in this series I don't recall ever reading since it has come out the most recently. Can't believe it ends after that story...A whole saga decades in the making ends in one book. /cry

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bj

    *I gave this audiobook a C for the Story and A for the narration at AudioGals* Narrated by Laural Merlington When I first started reading romances, Johanna Lindsey was one of my “go to” authors. It had been quite a while, however, since I had experienced a Lindsey romance, so I jumped at the chance to review this one. Unfortunately, Stormy Persuasion did not do my memory justice. Although it definitely fits the mold of the old style historical romance, with a long drawn out chase between a relucta *I gave this audiobook a C for the Story and A for the narration at AudioGals* Narrated by Laural Merlington When I first started reading romances, Johanna Lindsey was one of my “go to” authors. It had been quite a while, however, since I had experienced a Lindsey romance, so I jumped at the chance to review this one. Unfortunately, Stormy Persuasion did not do my memory justice. Although it definitely fits the mold of the old style historical romance, with a long drawn out chase between a reluctant heroine and never tiring hero, I felt unfulfilled with the actual love story. Unfortunately, the plot seemed to focus on so many other Malory/Anderson family members, that given that I hadn’t read or listened to all ten prior books, I felt a little lost. In particular, it seemed like there were too many unnecessary details which did not immediately pertain to the romance involving this hero and heroine or, arguably even, the mystery/suspense aspect of this romance. Even with these faults, however, after the drawn-out setup (which takes at least the first half of the book), I did eventually warm up to the story, particularly the mystery/suspense aspect of this listen. Moreover, the other bright side of this audiobook was the narration by Laural Merlington. This was my first experience listening to Ms. Merlington, and I will definitely be looking for more of her works in the future. See the full review at AudioGals.

  15. 4 out of 5

    My Book Addiction and More MBA

    STORMY PERSUASION by Johanna Lindsey is an exciting Historical Romance. #11 in the "Malory-Anderson Family series, but can be read as a stand alone. I loved this tale of sacrifice, family relationships, pirates, passion, selflessness, romance and the power of love. This is Judith Malory and Nathan Tremayne. Nathan, a smuggler with a noose around his neck, on a convert mission to America, looking for redemption and Judith looking for adventure and love. Malory fans are sure to enjoy Ms. Lindsey's r STORMY PERSUASION by Johanna Lindsey is an exciting Historical Romance. #11 in the "Malory-Anderson Family series, but can be read as a stand alone. I loved this tale of sacrifice, family relationships, pirates, passion, selflessness, romance and the power of love. This is Judith Malory and Nathan Tremayne. Nathan, a smuggler with a noose around his neck, on a convert mission to America, looking for redemption and Judith looking for adventure and love. Malory fans are sure to enjoy Ms. Lindsey's return to the Malory clan. Even if you haven't read one of the Malory tales, you will enjoy "Stormy Persuasion". It was not hard to follow the storyline, and characters. Well written with the most engaging characters, and an intriguing as well as interesting storyline and very entertaining indeed. A bit of humor is added to this tale, which, is a plus. A new generation of Malory's are on the horizon. Look out fans, there is sure to more coming. I absolutely loved this story. I was turning pages as fast as I could, and didn't want to put it down. I would highly recommend this title. Oh did I mention the passion,the danger around the corner and the betrayal. Well done!! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: HOT REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

  16. 5 out of 5

    NinaReader

    I've loved Johanna Lindsey for over half my life and I will continue to love her. Her absolute best novels are her Malory family books which is what this is. I read her parent's love story probably 18 years ago and here Judith is - now 18. Time flies... It has all the elements that you expect and want in her Malory novels. It's like coming home and it makes me happy. Every page put a smile on my face and I was savoring it knowing it would end too soon. And the one thing that I always look forward I've loved Johanna Lindsey for over half my life and I will continue to love her. Her absolute best novels are her Malory family books which is what this is. I read her parent's love story probably 18 years ago and here Judith is - now 18. Time flies... It has all the elements that you expect and want in her Malory novels. It's like coming home and it makes me happy. Every page put a smile on my face and I was savoring it knowing it would end too soon. And the one thing that I always look forward to is peeking into the lives of the other love stories that I've read and loved these few decades. Hard to believe that we're now reading about the next generation...the children of the couples that I've loved. This takes you back to the adventures in the high seas, the witty banter between the family members, and the fun of the story unfolding. It's quintessential Johanna Lindsey. Loved it!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    I love her Malory Series, and I was thrilled that my two favorite rakes were in this one, as dad's this time..and payback can really be awful....James, and Anthony are in store for some real eye opening drama, with their daughters coming out into society season. They not only have to face England, but American society as well. I will not ruin this wonderful book, for all Mallory family fans..but a lot can happen on the ship to America, even if your uncle James is the captain, and your father is I love her Malory Series, and I was thrilled that my two favorite rakes were in this one, as dad's this time..and payback can really be awful....James, and Anthony are in store for some real eye opening drama, with their daughters coming out into society season. They not only have to face England, but American society as well. I will not ruin this wonderful book, for all Mallory family fans..but a lot can happen on the ship to America, even if your uncle James is the captain, and your father is on board as well....Judy, and Jack....put their fathers patience to the test, and their sanity as well....Look forward to the next one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sawyer Belle

    I was excited to read this, as I am a fan of the Malory family, but I thought that Johanna Lindsey relied too much on the colorful Malory family to make this story interesting. If I take out Jack and James and Tony, there really wasn't much interesting about Judith and Nathan. It was likeable enough, which is why I gave it three stars, but I was hoping to be introduced to a new cast of zany, loveable Malorys, and I wasn't, but for Jack. I'm very much looking forward to seeing how James Malory ta I was excited to read this, as I am a fan of the Malory family, but I thought that Johanna Lindsey relied too much on the colorful Malory family to make this story interesting. If I take out Jack and James and Tony, there really wasn't much interesting about Judith and Nathan. It was likeable enough, which is why I gave it three stars, but I was hoping to be introduced to a new cast of zany, loveable Malorys, and I wasn't, but for Jack. I'm very much looking forward to seeing how James Malory takes his daughter falling for a pirate... ...So, bring on the next one, Ms. Lindsey!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Magpie67

    Probably a close second to the Gentle Rogue. Love when the story is on a ship headed anywhere. Loved that Judith found a rake like her uncle James and as sweet as her father Anthony. Great combo. Can't wait to see who is paired with Jack aka Jaqueline. This series just gets better and better, but I would love to see more interaction with the other couples... maybe some short novellas to keep Johanna's readers on edge. Probably a close second to the Gentle Rogue. Love when the story is on a ship headed anywhere. Loved that Judith found a rake like her uncle James and as sweet as her father Anthony. Great combo. Can't wait to see who is paired with Jack aka Jaqueline. This series just gets better and better, but I would love to see more interaction with the other couples... maybe some short novellas to keep Johanna's readers on edge.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Dunn

    Friday I had the pleasure of finally getting around to reading Johanna Lindsey's latest book Stormy Persuasion. I love the Malorys so it was a pleasure getting to see James, Tony, George, Boyd and Katey made appearances in this book.This newest book did not disappoint. it had everything I wanted to read about- adventure, romance, and of course the Malory family. I loved getting a peek into Judith's romance and seeing it bloom in this book. Judith and Nathan had a rocky start but they eventually Friday I had the pleasure of finally getting around to reading Johanna Lindsey's latest book Stormy Persuasion. I love the Malorys so it was a pleasure getting to see James, Tony, George, Boyd and Katey made appearances in this book.This newest book did not disappoint. it had everything I wanted to read about- adventure, romance, and of course the Malory family. I loved getting a peek into Judith's romance and seeing it bloom in this book. Judith and Nathan had a rocky start but they eventually found their happy ever after. Of course you know anyone marrying either Judy or Jack is going to have to have a lot of backbone to stand up to Tony and James. There's the normal fisticuffs you'll get from James and Tony. I'm not going to spoil the book for those of you who haven't read it but if you like this series, you will fall in love with this one just as much as the others. I can not wait for Jack's story as I'm sure she's going to be a firecracker. She is James' daughter after all. :) and she made me laugh so much in this book. i'm sure it wasn't intentional but I can tell I'm going to love her just as much as I love the rest of the Malory family. :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dee Sauter

    I was totally underwhelmed by Stormy Persuasion. I never connected with any of the characters or the storyline itself. None of the characters seemed real to me, for instance, Judith was too sweet, Nathan was the same stereotypical hero that I have seen in everyone of Lindsey's books. The only character I did like was Jack (Jacqueline) because she was outspoken. I never felt invested in the story, truthfully looked forward to the ending. Without giving the ending away I have to say even the clim I was totally underwhelmed by Stormy Persuasion. I never connected with any of the characters or the storyline itself. None of the characters seemed real to me, for instance, Judith was too sweet, Nathan was the same stereotypical hero that I have seen in everyone of Lindsey's books. The only character I did like was Jack (Jacqueline) because she was outspoken. I never felt invested in the story, truthfully looked forward to the ending. Without giving the ending away I have to say even the climax was anticlimactic!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aemelia

    What can I say, I love the Malory family and have been following them for many MANY years. :) The fact that this included many scenes with my favorite brothers, Tony and James was an added bonus. Judith and Jack are inseparable, having grown up together, it's no surprise that Judith would want to travel to America with Jack for her coming out...TO BE CONTINUED What can I say, I love the Malory family and have been following them for many MANY years. :) The fact that this included many scenes with my favorite brothers, Tony and James was an added bonus. Judith and Jack are inseparable, having grown up together, it's no surprise that Judith would want to travel to America with Jack for her coming out...TO BE CONTINUED

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Fun return to the Malory family. Reformed rakes James and Anthony Malory must now face the fact that their daughters are old enough to be looking for husbands. Keeping an unwilling promise to his brothers-in-law, James is taking his daughter Jacqueline (Jack) to America for her come-out. Jack and her cousin Judith are best friends and Jack refuses to go without Judith being along. Being Malorys, they know how to get their way, and soon both are aboard ship, bound for Connecticut. Both intend to Fun return to the Malory family. Reformed rakes James and Anthony Malory must now face the fact that their daughters are old enough to be looking for husbands. Keeping an unwilling promise to his brothers-in-law, James is taking his daughter Jacqueline (Jack) to America for her come-out. Jack and her cousin Judith are best friends and Jack refuses to go without Judith being along. Being Malorys, they know how to get their way, and soon both are aboard ship, bound for Connecticut. Both intend to enjoy their first season and not fall in love. Nathan is aboard ship, working as ship's carpenter, because it is the fastest way to America. Captured as a smuggler, he has been offered a pardon if he can find out who has been stealing British ships and reselling them. He did not expect to see Judith, who had seen him in the house next door years earlier and thought he was a ghost. He had also caught her there just a couple weeks previously, but she hadn't seen his face. Now she's using that knowledge to blackmail him into spending time with her. I liked Nathan a lot. In spite of his previous activities as a smuggler, he seems to be a pretty honorable guy. His early childhood was pretty good, spending much of it at sea with his father. They had a falling out when he was in his twenties, and before they could repair their relationship, his father was killed. Nathan has sworn to get revenge, but it's hard to do when he's in jail for smuggling. Nathan is also the guardian of his two young nieces. His sister had married a nobleman whose family never accepted her, and when they were killed in a carriage accident the family refused to care for the girls. Nathan is determined to give them a good life, but he is very bitter against the nobility. When he's offered the chance to earn a pardon, he snaps it up. He's not happy to see Judith on board, because he doesn't need the distraction, but she is also hard to resist. Getting to know her over the course of the voyage begins to lessen his prejudice, until something happens that reinforces those feelings and drives them apart. Judith is a little bit spoiled, but is basically a nice person. She and Jack are very close and have shared a few adventures. One of them was exploring the ruined house next door, where they had met the "ghost" when they were younger. Judith had always had a soft spot for him in her memory and when she found a man in the house again, she suspected it was the same one. She also suspected he was a smuggler, and when she found him on her uncle's ship she was ready to rat him out. She used that threat to make him spend time with her, and soon came to believe he was more than a smuggler. Her feelings for him grew, as did the attraction she felt for him. Just when things are looking promising for them, he is set up, and she jumps to the conclusion that he is guilty. I found it a little bit inconsistent that she seemed to believe the best of everyone, except when it came to Nathan, especially since she admits that she loves him. I loved seeing James and Tony in this book and the problems they had with the idea of their daughters growing up. There was a neat scene at the beginning where they encounter Nathan, and it was fun to see him get the better of Tony. It does set up some interesting tension among the three of them as the voyage continues. That comes to a head when the jewels come up missing and things are said and done that create some hard feelings. Nathan gets a chance to get some revenge of his own when he comes to the rescue after Jack is kidnapped. I loved seeing James and some of the others on the bottom rung of that bit of fun. Judith too is dealing with Nathan's need to get some of his own back on her. There are some great instances of the perpetual back and forth between James and Tony and the Anderson brothers, but that takes a back seat when family is threatened. I love the way that, although they've mellowed a little thanks to their wives, they haven't really changed. By the end of the book both Nathan and Judith have admitted their feelings to themselves, but still have to find their way back to each other. I enjoyed seeing their methods, and the final scene was fantastic, especially Tony's part.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kat Desi

    Johanna Lindsey comes back with the next generation of the Malory-Anderson family where Judith, Anthony and Roslynn's (Tender Rebel) daughter, falls in love with the handsome devil named Nathan Tremayne who she suspects is a smuggler--after all, what was the man doing in an abandoned, ruined manor (which happened to be the neighboring house of the ducal home of her cousins, Derek and Kelsey from Say You Love Me), drinking expensive brandy no less! Nathan Tremayne finds himself in a dire position Johanna Lindsey comes back with the next generation of the Malory-Anderson family where Judith, Anthony and Roslynn's (Tender Rebel) daughter, falls in love with the handsome devil named Nathan Tremayne who she suspects is a smuggler--after all, what was the man doing in an abandoned, ruined manor (which happened to be the neighboring house of the ducal home of her cousins, Derek and Kelsey from Say You Love Me), drinking expensive brandy no less! Nathan Tremayne finds himself in a dire position. While dealing with the death of his father, his sister and her husband, he needs to get America to reclaim the stolen ship he inherited from his father. He signs on as a carpenter at the Maiden George which is to set sail for America... Jacqueline Malory (or Jack as the family fondly calls her, thanks to her father) has a coming out in America in the insistence of her many uncles to her father and mother, James and Georgina (Gentle Rogue). Jack refuses to go without Judith. With a lot of pleading and a bit of plotting, Judith's mother finally relents and allows Judith to come with... and they all sail for America. Cue in the flirty looks, conversation and a bit of bickering between Nathan and Judith. ;) Let me stop there lest I manage a spoiler. Here's what I think... Judith, Judith, Judith. As much as I love the entire family, there was something lacking in Judith as a character which I'm unable to point out. Wincing as I say that she's dimming next to Jack... BUT she indeed had her moments: Judith was grinning. "Go away, Papa, we were about to kiss." "No, we weren't," Nathan assured Anthony. Judith grabbed the front of his shirt. "Yes, we were." As for Nathan, he kinda reminded me of Richard (That Perfect Someone) actually, only a little less witty. Roguishly handsome, determined, witty, a bit of 'alphaness' but nothing like the Malorys. Definitely not. Nathan is actually a very lovable character. It wasn't very hard to connect with him, unlike Judith whose brain is a bit of mind-scattered. *grin* Be assured that I do so love the both of them together. But there was a point in the book that left me in disbelief. Like, really, Judith? After everything?! You might know what I mean when you read the book. That kinda ruined it for me. I was like, "OH NO SHE DIDN'T!" Poor Nathan! I'm so on his side. Anyway, what an adventure this book had been! As I read along, there was a nostalgic feeling, reminding me of the earlier books in the series. I have a gut feeling that Jack's story is going to be next, paired with (view spoiler)[an American named Quentin (hide spoiler)] . Not the best but still great! Thank you, Johanna Lindsey! My favorites, however, will always be James & Anthony. So when's the next book coming out?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elis Madison

    This is something like the 20th book in the Malory series, which may be a problem for readers who, like me, don't know or care about all the past characters. A good part of the book is spent catching us up with all those characters, and even tho I think I've read some of the books, there were just too many names here to keep up with. So it took me awhile to get into this. Also, towards the end, one of the secondary characters had an adventure that I suspect will lead into the next book in the ser This is something like the 20th book in the Malory series, which may be a problem for readers who, like me, don't know or care about all the past characters. A good part of the book is spent catching us up with all those characters, and even tho I think I've read some of the books, there were just too many names here to keep up with. So it took me awhile to get into this. Also, towards the end, one of the secondary characters had an adventure that I suspect will lead into the next book in the series. That subplot definitely piqued my interest—perhaps a bit more than what was happening between the main characters at this point in the story. Which is not to say this is a bad story. It just had too many distractions. Now to the main story: Judith Malory is in love with a ghost. Or maybe a smuggler I can see where it's hard to tell between the two. Anyhoo, whatever he is, he turns out to be on board the ship that is transporting her, her cousin Jacqueline (Jack), and assorted Malorys and family to America. For some reason, Jack has to have her debut there, and Judith, being her bestie, has to join in the fun. Nathan Tremayne, ghost/smuggler/parolee, is looking for his ship, which was stolen by a ring of American thieves. Thing is, he needs to keep Judith quiet about her suspicions, at least long enough to get him to America—and at the same time, he needs to avoid entanglement with the nobs who own the ship. Add in some other complications, a betrayal, an abduction, and that subplot I mentioned, and the last half of the book moves pretty fast. As for the two main characters, I did like their story. This isn't a favorite for me, but if you're into the series you won't want to miss it. 3.5

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julie Lence

    Ms. Lindsey's Stormy Persuasion is a fantastic read. I'm a James Malory junkie and any story including him is a must read for me. I was very happy to catch up with him and his wife, Georgina. I was also pleased with the way Ms. Lindsey included most of the Malory clan into the story, as they are all characters I have enjoyed reading in the past. Stormy Persuasion is a character and a plot driven read. The bulk of the story takes place on board James Malory's ship, as a good chunk of the Malory c Ms. Lindsey's Stormy Persuasion is a fantastic read. I'm a James Malory junkie and any story including him is a must read for me. I was very happy to catch up with him and his wife, Georgina. I was also pleased with the way Ms. Lindsey included most of the Malory clan into the story, as they are all characters I have enjoyed reading in the past. Stormy Persuasion is a character and a plot driven read. The bulk of the story takes place on board James Malory's ship, as a good chunk of the Malory clan are sailing to the States for Jacqueline (James' daughter) and Judith's (Anthony's daughter) come out ball. Weeks before Judith embarks on the journey, she has an encounter with a stranger at a darkened manor behind her cousin's estate. Not having time to investigate who the stranger is and why he's hiding in the abandoned home, she tries to dismiss the matter, until she meets crew member, Nathan. His choice of words leads her to deduce he's the man she met that night. More importantly, she is certain Nathan is a smuggler. Nathan won't confirm or deny her suspicions, but he does need her secrecy. He strikes a bargain with her; if she keeps his secret he'll answer her questions. And she has plenty. Nathan and Judith make for one of the sweetest, most romantic couples. He reminds me of James Malory; a little stubborn, a little reckless, and once he falls in love, he's loyal to the core. Judith is charming. At first a shy and cautious, when she is around Nathan, her confidence blooms, and so does her passion and love for him. Together, these two heat up the pages. They endear themselves to the reader's heart in pure 'Johanna Lindsey' style. Combined with a plot to involve a jewelry theft, ship thieves and possibly an old enemy, Stormy Persuasions has a great cast of secondary characters who light up the pages as much as Judith and Nathan, which has me eagerly anticipating Jacqueline's story. It's little wonder when I open a Johanna Lindsey novel I can't put it down!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    So this one was leaps and bounds better than Ms. Lindsey's last book. Unfortunately I still feel like the writing is nowhere near the quality I've come to expect. There was a lot of excessive use of phrases from the original Mallory books. I have some mixed feelings about the chemistry between Judith and Nathan. There were times where their relationship really leapt off the page and others that just fell really flat. I had very low expectations of this book since the last several had really been So this one was leaps and bounds better than Ms. Lindsey's last book. Unfortunately I still feel like the writing is nowhere near the quality I've come to expect. There was a lot of excessive use of phrases from the original Mallory books. I have some mixed feelings about the chemistry between Judith and Nathan. There were times where their relationship really leapt off the page and others that just fell really flat. I had very low expectations of this book since the last several had really been declining in quality. Here are some of my other big grips: -I felt like this whole story was just a set-up for Jack's story -Too many phrases and language style of the characters was too similar to Tony & James's story -The event at the end really felt out of place in this story -Way too much back story - I think if you hadn't read some of the earlier books this story would have been fine without knowing all the details from the other stories -Every Mallory ever was in this story - not sure what that was needed -The intimate scenes are so stiff and unoriginal Now all that said I can't resist a story about the Mallory family and I really hope that Jack's book is next. I also really hope that Ms. Lindsey gets back the writing that made us fall in love with the Mallory family in the first place.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Loved the story. Loved the characters. I honestly thought it'd be a little steamier, but the story was so good that I didn't mind. Two things that bothered me a little bit. I found it really hard to keep track of all the characters. There are SO many and the story jumps around so much that I couldn't remember who was who. Also, I wish Nathan and Judith had gotten more time together. Their own personalities were beautifully developed throughout the story, but I would've loved more time for their r Loved the story. Loved the characters. I honestly thought it'd be a little steamier, but the story was so good that I didn't mind. Two things that bothered me a little bit. I found it really hard to keep track of all the characters. There are SO many and the story jumps around so much that I couldn't remember who was who. Also, I wish Nathan and Judith had gotten more time together. Their own personalities were beautifully developed throughout the story, but I would've loved more time for their relationship to grow. The little bit of time they do spend together, they're usually not getting along! Overall, though, I can recommend.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashley York

    This is one of the Mallory books I had somehow missed when it originally came out. I read it out of sequence, but Lindsey books always allow for that. Great heroine. Strong, sweet, intelligent. What else would you expect from Tony and Roslynn's (Tender Rebel) daughter? It was also great fun reading about George's (Gentle Rogue) side of the family, the Anderson's, who live in Connecticut! And Nathan, the hero, did not lack any of the required sexiness of all Lindsey's heroes. A great read. This is one of the Mallory books I had somehow missed when it originally came out. I read it out of sequence, but Lindsey books always allow for that. Great heroine. Strong, sweet, intelligent. What else would you expect from Tony and Roslynn's (Tender Rebel) daughter? It was also great fun reading about George's (Gentle Rogue) side of the family, the Anderson's, who live in Connecticut! And Nathan, the hero, did not lack any of the required sexiness of all Lindsey's heroes. A great read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    Originally posted at http://smexybooks.com/2014/06/review-... Stormy Persuasion (Malory-Anderson, #11) by Johanna Lindsey Historical Romance Paperback, 384 pages June 10, 2014 Galley Books Reviewed by Tori Jacqueline and Judith Malory are more than cousins; they are best friends. Having grown up together, they are dismayed to find their parents are separating them for their first debut into society. James Malory made a promise to his wife’s family many years ago that his daughter, Jacqueline (Jack), wo Originally posted at http://smexybooks.com/2014/06/review-... Stormy Persuasion (Malory-Anderson, #11) by Johanna Lindsey Historical Romance Paperback, 384 pages June 10, 2014 Galley Books Reviewed by Tori Jacqueline and Judith Malory are more than cousins; they are best friends. Having grown up together, they are dismayed to find their parents are separating them for their first debut into society. James Malory made a promise to his wife’s family many years ago that his daughter, Jacqueline (Jack), would have her coming out in America. This doesn’t bode well for the bosom cousins. Jack and Judith beg and plead until Judith’s parents give in and allow her to travel to America with Jack. Neither girls have any plans to fall in love their first season; especially Judith as her dreams are filled with a certain “ghost” who haunts the house next door. Nathan Tremayne isn’t a ghost but a smuggler with a mission and time is running out. Set up and captured, his freedom depends on his helping to capture a group of dangerous men. Nathan finagles a job aboard the Malory’s ship (The Maiden George) when he discovers his quarry is in America. He is surprised to find Judith aboard and even more shocked when he discovers she not only knows who he is, but begins to blackmail him into spending time with her. Passion builds and love begins as Judith and Nathan play a dangerous game, but when accusations are made and Judith turns her back on him, Nathan decides to cut his losses and finish out his mission. When the past comes back to haunt the Malorys, Nathan grabs the reins and turns the tables on Judith. This time she will do his bidding. But love follows no rules and soon Nathan is fighting for more than his freedom…he is fighting for Judith’s heart. First off, let me say I’m SHOCKED we at Smexy Books have never reviewed a Judith Lindsey book. So, we are effectively popping our Lindsey cherry with this one. ”Holla!!” Judith Lindsey’s favorite family, the Malory’s and Anderson’s, are back in a new adventure involving love on the high seas. Stormy Persuasion is the eleventh book in the Malory-Anderson series and focuses on brothers James and Anthony Malory’s two oldest girls-Jacqueline (Jack) and Judith. Both eighteen, they are getting ready for their coming out but as you all know, nothing ever goes as planned with the Malorys. This lightweight mild multi plotted storyline is filled with humor, intrigue, adventure, and romance. The high energy of the Malory/Anderson clan keeps the story moving along at a steady pace. Though the eleventh in the series, it is quite easy to follow along with as Ms. Lindsey interjects past storylines, tying them effortlessly into the present, allowing readers to get the general idea of who everyone is in regards to relationships. I’ve always enjoyed this series though it has been hit or miss for me. Some of the stories I have devoured, unable to read them quick enough while some barely managed to hold my attention. Stormy Persuasion falls in the middle. The beginning starts out promising with Judith and Jack scheming to get Judith’s mother to agree to allow her to sail to America with Jack. We learn about the supposed deserted mansion and Judith’s secret crush on the ghost that haunts it. While on board ship, Judith sees her ghost and realizes he is very much a flesh and blood man. Suspecting smuggling and/or thievery, she demands an explanation as to why he is on board her family’s ship or she will go to her father and tell him her suspicions. Nathan refuses and Judith in return blackmails him into attending her in order to extract information from him. As they spend more time together, Judith’s convictions begin to waver and her attraction to him strengthens. Visiting with the Malorys again was a treat. Lindsey has built such a gregarious LARGE family. Lively, rambunctious, and intelligent, this family embraces it’s aristocracy but tempers it with a mischievous side that shines through at the most inappropriate times. The men are the perfect alpha males who drag their feet reluctantly towards romance but once they find the one, they love with their whole hearts. The women they love are witty, clever, and usually extremely stubborn when it comes to what they want. They are a class act that delivers with aplomb. While Judith is definitely a Malory, she didn’t engage me as much some of the other characters did. I found her a quick to judge and assume the worse and it wasn’t attractive. Lindsey portrays her rather too well as an young over privileged member of gentry. She is childish at times, especially when she interacts with Nathan. There were also few scenes where her reactions after the fact didn’t mesh up to how I felt a young women of this era would or should react. Nathan is a more realistic and well rounded character. He has a complicated rather inspiring backstory and his reasons for his current occupations make sense. I found it hilarious the way he makes her come to him and he treats her with amusement and caution. He feels Judith is just amusing herself with him while he has some very good incentives to not fail on his mission. He dislikes the ‘nabobs’ as he calls the aristocratic set and with good reason. The chemistry between he and Judith is there but I’d be hard pressed to say why they were attracted to one another. The romance blossoms slowly, very low-key, neither of them giving the words both need to hear. I wasn’t sure until the very end if they would even work together. The main conflict blends well with the various subplots sprinkled throughout; keeping the book from centering only on Judith and Nathan. Newly discovered relatives regenerates a past storyline and provides clues for book twelve. The dynamic Malorys provide more then enough giggles; James and Anthony’s never ceasing bickering and boxing and Jack’s introduction to her possible HEA, whom she affectionately refers to as ‘The Bastard.’ All in all a fast read that easily chased away a rainy afternoon, but the story dragged at times on the ship with the constant back and forth between Judith and Nathan. I found the beginning and ending held the excitement and drama I wished for the entire book. Regardless of my few qualms, I am looking forward to book twelve, title and release date to be announced. RATING: C+

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