Desperate to escape a loveless marriage and society's constraints, pampered heiress Sophia Hathaway jilts her groom, packs up her paints and sketchbook, and assumes a new identity, posing as a governess to secure passage on the Aphrodite. She wants a life of her own: unsheltered, unconventional, uninhibited. But it's one thing to sketch her most wanton fantasies, and quite another to face the dangerously handsome libertine who would steal both her virtue and her gold.
To any well-bred lady, Benedict "Grayâ" Grayson is trouble in snug-fitting boots. A conscienceless scoundrel who sails the seas for pleasure and profit, Gray lives for conquest - until Sophia's perception and artistry stir his heart. Suddenly he'll brave sharks, fire, storm, and sea just to keep her at his side. She's beautiful, refined, and ripe for seduction. Could this counterfeit governess be a rogue's redemption? Or will the runaway heiress's secrets destroy their only chance at love?
I read it really fast. Sweet, enjoyable romance. And it can be read as a stand alone, I read book 1 like 5 years ago so ;)
Sophia did not want to marry someone she did not love so she ran away. I get that. She did not want to be proper either, which I also get. It was fun seeing her find herself.
Gray is the captain who has to look after this proper governess who is an enigma. He falls, but she is a passenger so he stays away. But we all know he will not be able to forever. And it is a long way to the West Indies, and the ship is not that big.
They dance around each other, we see the daily life on a ship, they fall in love. Can they be in love? There is a bit of drama, heart ache, and then they live happily ever after.
A cute book.
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Ballantine Books
The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy #2
Only one thing could convince Sir Tobias Aldridge, an incorrigible libertine, to profess undying fidelity to a woman he's just met. Revenge. What better way to get back at an enemy than by stealing the scoundrel's sister? Not that Toby finds it a chore, seducing a beguiling, sultry beauty freshly arrived from the West Indies. When the prize is Isabel Grayson, vengeance is doubly rewarding.
Isabel is determined to marry a wealthy, powerful lord and become a lady of influence, using her rank and fortune to fight social injustice. Sir Toby, with his paltry title and infamous reputation, is unsuitable husband material - but he makes her blood race, her heart pound, and her long-buried passions come to the surface. If she can reform the charming devil, she'll get exactly what she craves: society's respect. But it's a dangerous gamble. For if Toby wins this battle of persuasion, Isabel could lose her heart.
Cute and fun, honestly I could just end this there and be done. But I will say a few more words.
I kept waiting for the big drama, but the big drama was not that big and they talked it through, argued and later made up.
Isabel, I did find her tiresome at times. She was just so self sacrificing with her constant I shall do charity!!! I shall not enjoy myself!!! I will not love and go mad like mama!!! Yes charity is good, but do have fun once in a while too.
Toby, awww Toby. I kept waiting for him to be all revenge! But he saw her, wanted her, thought a second about revenge, and then about ripping her clothes off. Yes he fell in lust and love.
Cute and fun like I said earlier.
Mass Market Paperback, 345 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Ballantine Books
The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy #3