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I read this about 20 years ago and I loved it. I think it was because the hero reminded me of my husband, tall, golden hair, golden eyes. (snicker, snort, I love him but I am not so romantical about him anymore. :)_)
Anyway he was some kind of English lord but went the pirate route, and the usual seduction of the heroine stowaway on his ship.
He was a friend of the governor of Bermuda and they stopped off there to visit.
I just remembered his most distinctive feature; when he would go above board ship to fight with rival pirate ships (these pirate books are so...fantastical!) he would don his "chain-o-lights" , a giant string of diamonds that was worth of course a fortune!
He might have had a twin.
It sounds a lot like an old Johanna Lindsey A Gentle Rogue. Did she have a lot of brothers? This is a great book. it is one of Lindsey's Mallory books. I hope this helps!
Heartsick and desperate to leave her sorrows on England's shores, innocent Georgina Anderson seeks passage on the "gentleman's ship," Maiden Anne, disguised as a cabin boy. The captain, however, is no gentleman; he's the ex-pirate and irrepressible rake, James Malory.
The black sheep of a proud, tempestuous family, Malory soon sees through Georgina's masquerade and is enchanted by the courageous, high-spirited lady he has forced into intimate servitude. But though he has sworn he will never be enticed into matrimony, Captain Malory has finally methis match on the high seas -- undone by the passionate heart of one remarkable beauty whose love of freedom and adventure rivals his own.
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Maybe "The Windflower" by Laura London aka Sharon and Tom Curtis?
Here's a review that a fellow PBS'er wrote...
The story of Merry, an American Revolutionary Patriot reluctantly packed off to England by an Anglophile aunt, and her adventures aboard a rather genteel privateer, is funny, charming and exciting. The pirate ship is crewed by various aristocratic bad-boy scions; one of them, Cat, is one of my all-time favorite fictional characters. Merry makes friends, gets sick, and does her best to avoid the attentions of Devon Crandall, second-in-command to the feared Reed Morgan who is not quite the black-hearted devil he appears.
Edited to add, or maybe a Kathleen Woodiwiss book?
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You guys are great trying to come up with this. Lady Vixen is a possiblility although I don't recognize the cover. Maybe! I'm gonna try to track it down and get more info. I've googled "chain-o-lights" - I distinctly remember that crazy name - but find nothing.
I found it!
Devil's Deception, by Susannah Davis, from 1990.
Found a great website with synopses of dozens of pirate books. I'm glad I found it in the D's.
Thanks to all!