I didn’t set out to be a pirate.
Life for me was about surviving the ugliness that people knew existed but didn’t talk about.
I lived in hell.
Then I saw her.
I knew I couldn’t keep her, but for just a little while I had found heaven.
Eight years later, I can’t get her out of my head.
It is a mistake sailing to her island.
It is a mistake reaching out to her.
She doesn’t recognize me. Or maybe she does.
Closure, it is all I’m after.
Then my past comes back to haunt me.
She’s thrust into my ruthless world. An angel.
A romantic who has a journal that leads to a shipwreck and a lost treasure.
She wants to find the ending to a love story that is over two hundred years in the making.
In a person’s lifetime, a bevy of wishes and dreams will elude them, seemingly just out of reach, and while most will more than likely be forgotten, not factoring into their future, a few will always be remembered and be yearned for, keeping individuals hoping against hope that these impossibilities can be obtained despite the risks and heartache that might occur the closer they get to what they’ve always wanted but can’t quite find a way to hold on indefinitely.
The hero and the heroine of Elusive understand how transient life is, leading to choices and decisions that irrevocably change their lives and put them on a course that they never thought possible or perhaps hoped that they would never journey because it meant they were let down by other people’s actions. And while there’s no need to compare their drastically different lifestyles, both growing up and as adults, what’s important to understand is the fact that their chosen paths led them to each other and regardless of how fleeting their time together may be, the knowledge of what they brought/bring to one another’s life will always be present despite the fact that they physically might not be.
I understand L.A. Fiore’s difficulty writing this story because the span of time, the multiple settings, and the extraordinary events that occur are expansive, requiring quite a bit of world building and story manufacturing, which means that the primary story might get lost in translation unless meticulous care is taken to keep the true tale at the forefront of the book. But I can say unequivocally that at the heart of Elusive is a beautiful love story – one that is both romantic and passionate as well as adventurous and chaotic.
Elusive tells a multitude of stories – ones about individuals who are alive and are writing their stories as they live them as well as ones about those who can no longer tell their own tales but still deserve their voices to be heard regardless of how long they’ve been silenced – all narratives that are important to the overarching tale that takes place between the angelic treasure hunter and the recklessly dangerous pirate.
I can’t tell you how excited I was to start Elusive; I’ve read a lot of L.A. Fiore’s books, and I’ve always loved them, but the adventurous journey she takes readers on in Willow and her pirate’s story is truly magical. It’s definitely a book that will stay with me long after I’ve finished this review and moved on to other stories because readers don’t find too many gems like Elusive…simply because, its uniqueness, the interconnectedness that exists between the various plot lines in the story, and the time span involved in truly illustrating all that encompasses the characters and their adventures set this magical tale apart from a multitude of stories in the romance genre.
I cannot wait for the next pirate’s story…with everything that readers know about him from Elusive, it will be interesting to see what adventures L.A. Fiore takes him on and the woman Fiore will put in his sights to undo the calm and collected adventurer of the sea.
5 Poison Apples
L.A. Fiore is the author of several books including Beautifully Damaged, Collecting the Pieces and His Light in the Dark. Her favorite movie is Star Wars, a love her son shares. They hope to build their own Millennium Falcon one day. She would like to meet the Winchester Boys to thank them for enlightening her on the versatility of salt as not just a food enhancer, but as protection from supernatural threats. And she thinks it would be interesting to be a zombie, to get an idea of what life is like as a brain-addicted fiend so she can be their voice to tell their side of the story. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and kids, their two spoiled cats and their awesome dog.