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Wednesday 7 May 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Cutlass [Cutlass 01] by Ashley Nixon!

Publication date: 23rd April 2014
Paperback edition: -
Source: Kindle
Rating: 4.5 stars
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.

I was really excited when I found out about this book! I've never read a pirate book before and I really wanted to find one that sounded interesting and was going to be a good first pirate book! Cutlass just sounded amazing and the cover was amazing too, so I knew I wanted to make it my first pirate book! The plot of this book just drew me right into it! There was a lot in it, so I felt like I had to read every word in case I missed something important, but you never knew what was going to happen next and there was so much action in it too! I freaking loved it! I will admit that I did think that the plot started a bit slow! It took me a good few chapters to get into it, but it was definitely worth the wait because I really enjoyed it when the plot started its climax and the action came into it! The characters were amazing! Barren was the main male character and he was so hot and had such a fierce quality about him! Barren came across as a guy with no regrets about the lives he had taken, but when his love interest came along, I could see the regret that Barren did carry! He hid it really well, but his love interest was kind of his undoing and she made him feel things that he didn't want to! Barren proved his loyalty though and he proved just how much his love interest meant to him! Larkin was the main female character and she was kick-ass! I thought she was going to be quite shy and reserved, but she knew how to fight and I loved that she stuck up for the people she cared for! I did feel really sorry for Larkin when I found out that she had been lied to her entire life! She based everything on what her father had told her and it was the compete wrong information! Larkin soon learned the truth though and she learned who the bad guys really were and she was prepared to fight them! I thought that this book was going to be written from both Barren and Larkin's point of views after I read the synopsis, and it was! I loved that it was written from both of their point of views because it made the story more interesting and it was amazing to see their feelings for each other develop through both of their eyes! I'll definitely be reading the next book in this series! I hope it's as good as this book was, but regardless, I'll definitely be reading it! The cover for this book is amazing! It suits the book perfectly and it definitely has the whole pirate thing going on! Big thank you to Ashley for sending me a paperback of Cutlass and to Xpresso Book Tours for having me on the Blog Tour!

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Author bio:

Ashley was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind really does sweep down the plains, and horses and carriages aren’t used as much as she’d like. When she’s not writing, she’s hard at work on her Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Technology, working out, or pretending she’s Sherlock Holmes. Her obsession with writing began after reading the Lord of the Rings in the eighth grade. Since then, she’s loved everything Fantasy–resulting in an unhealthy obsession with the ‘geek’ tab on Pinterest, where all things awesome go.


  1. Kendall, you are the sweetest! Thank you so much for the wonderful review! <3 And thank you of having me!

  2. Glad you liked it, Kendall! Wonderful review! :)