I like Kresley Cole's style and don't mind that she's a bit formulaic because I like her formula! This book carries on in a sort of sequel to "the captain of all pleasures".
Grant Sutherland, Derek's brother, is on a mission to find and rescue a young woman, her mother and her nanny, believed lost at sea by most. The girl's grandfather insists that they are still alive. Grant is just one in a long line of people sent to find them.
When he does discover that the girl and her nanny have both survived, they are not quite what he was expecting! Victoria is not the proper lady that she was before her shipwreck, rather she is feisty and independent and used to surviving on her own terms. Her nanny, Cammy, has attempted to retain her ladylike social graces but is extremely weakened by illness and some of the terrible experiences they have had with previous arrivals at the island. Grant is surprised that he finds Victoria both aggravating and alluring and tries hard to distance himself from a woman so far above him in social standing while he protects her. She rails against him at every opportunity but also seeks his approval. Little does she know, he is keeping something of a terrible secret from her as they sail towards home. Heated tension, turmoil and passions ensue in true Kresley Cole style.
I enjoyed this book as much as the one before it. Grant is quite different to Derek, more gentlemanly, which fit the story well. I also enjoyed the addition of Ian, Derek and Grant's cousin, for light relief. Towards the end of the book, Derek and Nicole reappear to play their part in the story which I thought was fitting. If you like Kresely Cole books, then pick this one up. I would personally read "The captain of all pleasures" first though.