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.
I must admit that I was a bit torn when it came to rating this book. my problem was that it is a book that is really well written and is dealing with some rather difficult topics like abuse, rape and drugs. Not the most romantic stuff, is it? Right, And when people are hurt that way and when they are judged badly for it and when the descriptions are not always easy to read....well, it is not the easiest or most romantic thing to read. Nevertheless, the effect the story and the events described had on me, convinced me that it is not the book's fault that it is too intense and too hard for me, at least sometimes but it is too well written and, well, I guess that explains the four stars, doesn't it?
I had to put the book away for a while when I read it but I can honestly say that it is not just a well written book with an interesting and gripping story but that I also liked the hero and the heroine a lot. The passion between them is palpable and I must admit that I was furious when Alexander talked to Hestia's father about his feelings for her. Hestia is sweet and determined, brave and loyal and Alexander - honorable, brave and constantly battling his demons. Life hasn't been kind to him and his experiences have left him vulnerable and torn but when Hestia needs him, he faces his worst nightmares again....
A well written book with characters that are both strong and vulnerable and a gripping story - I liked it.