STORY: A Scoundrel Drives a Hard Bargain…
Spirited and determined to protect her young brother at any cost, Lisette Lavigne is desperate to flee New Orleans. There’s only one ship sailing to England, though, and the rakish Captain Daniel Hillary will only allow Lisette’s family aboard for a very steep price…
But a Lady Always Gets the Upper Hand…
Daniel prides himself on running a tight ship, and he knows a lady will be nothing but trouble on a long voyage. Yet he can’t help but break his own ironclad rules when Lisette persuades him that being gentlemanly just this once is his wisest course of action.
REVIEW: First time I paid any attentions to our hero was in the scene in which Jake, his brother, walks in on him while he `had his butter churned’! Well, how can I not be interested in a man like that and in a woman that would bring him to heel?
As the story opens, we follow our heroine Lisette Lavigne as she escapes her fiancé in the
middle of the night, with her family in tow and in a search of Captain Daniel Hillary, who she hopes will take them to England and to safety.
Captain Daniel Hillary is drop dead gorges and a scoundrel who loves two simple pleasures in life, a woman’s supple curves and his Indiaman ship, not necessarily in that order. He’s just given his mistress her marching orders and is looking forward to leaving New Orleans when Lisette, all dressed in black and impersonating a widow, confronts him.
We’ve met Daniel in the previous books and I wondered about the woman Ms. Grace would give him. He certainly needed a strong counterpart but I also wanted someone that has charm and wit. Lis, as he keeps calling her, was a perfect match for him. This young woman proved to be made of stern stuff, yet when it came to her brother’s needs, displaying her vulnerable side made our hero want to protect her from anyone that meant them harm. It also revealed to us a secret or two he not only kept it from us, but from his family as well. We finally get to know what’s behind his `devil may care’ guilt ridden attitude and why he never allows any women passengers on his ship [unless they’re his family, that is].
Something about Lis touches his protective heart and he agrees to take her in but also making sure that this `widow’ is aware of his attraction to her. Slowly we get to be privy to their long held secrets and as they begin to trust each other and let their feelings show, we can’t help but root for them, wanting their happily ever after as much as they do. We don’t really want the bad guys to catch up to them, knowing that they will, and still hoping against hope, that something will befall the bad guys.
This was without a doubt fun filled romantic adventure. We also get to touch base with Jake and Amelia and are introduced to Serafina and Isaac; Lisette’s little brother Rafe was so sweet and unique; the bad dude’s were real sick sons-of-a-gun and I couldn’t wait for them to get their well deserved comeuppance; all secondary characters added a lot to this story and had just the right amount of angst to it.
In the end I had no doubt in my mind that Samantha Grace’s third book of her Beau Monde Bachelor series would be a hit with me. I recommend you read all three, and although they can be read separately, I wish you’d read them in the order they were written. It would truly enhance the reading experience and give you the total dynamic of this very entertaining family. Oh, and let’s not forget all those hot, sensual and steamy scenes that just might make you wish for a captain of your very own!
Five quills for sure! Glad to give them all for this awesome read!
Melanie for Romantic Crush Junkies Reviews eZine