About the Book
A lovestruck lady charms the duke of her dreams during an expedition on the high seas in this sexy, swashbuckling novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans.
Alexander Sylvester Bracken, Duke of Bedford, has a mission: sail to the Mediterranean and track down Lady Hestia Cary’s missing father. It is a straightforward task, but for two rather vexing complications. First, the sea holds painful memories; second, for her own safety, Hestia is to accompany him. As Alex battles the demons of his past, he must also resist Hestia’s surprisingly skillful attempts at seduction. After all, Alex has sworn to leave her untouched, and he intends to honor that vow—until he can properly ask the Earl’s blessing.
Ever since His Grace rescued Hestia from the arms of a Turkish pirate six long years ago, her heart has belonged to Alex. So when he agrees to help find her father, Hestia is thrilled. Although Alex tries to hide it, there’s passion in his eyes—and a frisson of desire in the air—whenever they meet. On board ship, miles from home, Alex won’t be able to deny her any longer. But with scoundrels lying in wait, she may not live to tell the tale of her conquest.
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“I think you wrote a brilliantly and masterfully work of romance! Such feelings and emotions shown throughout this powerful and compelling story are hard to convey to readers. But you managed it beautifully. Very impressive!
“P.S. I read this in one day. I couldn’t put it down. I was glued to the pages of Alex and Hestia’s story, from the first page to the last.”
– AprilR [full review]
“Ten years ago, Alexander Bracken, now the Duke of Bedford, chose to test his mettle in England’s wars with the Barbary pirates of the Mediterranean. Captured by the Turks, he was eventually rescued but left captivity with a craving for opium and profound shame at the acts he was forced to commit to survive. Two years later, he rescued Hestia Cary, the daughter of his rescuer, from nearly suffering the same fate at the same hands. Now, Hestia is under threat yet again, and she turns to her savior, setting them both on a course either to vindicate their earlier bondage or repeat it, with danger approaching from all sides. Within the small confines of his ship, Alex is forced to confront his feelings for Hestia and his sense of unworthiness at her feelings for him. If he rescues her again, will it be enough finally to save him. Set on the high seas, this Regency romance makes deft use of one of its standard tropes: the debauched rake who considers himself irredeemable but dutybound to save the untouched heroine. The twist is that Alex has spent years fighting his opium addiction, while Hestia’s father forgives him for surviving what society at that time considered a fate worse than death.
Verdict: It takes Hestia, who knows all and loves him anyway, to heal Alex’s heart. Regency romance fans looking for something just a bit different will adore this one from Evans (A Taste of Seduction).
– Marlene Harris, Reading Reality, Atlanta [full review]
The DetailsPublished: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Random House Loveswept
Genres & Tropes
Regency Romance, Historical Romance, Passionate Romance, Sensual Romance