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Averil Heydon Is on her way from India to England, but there was a storm and she has been shipwrecked. She suddenly finds herself on the beach of an island naked and surrounded by some rough looking men, there is no doubt in Averil's mind as to their intentions. But they are interrupted by another man who is clearly their leader, he removes her to a cabin and provides her with his shirt to wear. The men here are under his command but they are prisoners who have been promised a full pardon if they complete a secret mission with him. So Averil must sleep in the cabin with him in his bed. If the men believe that she is his woman they will think twice before challenging him. Averil is horrified, but the man who introduces himself as Captain Luc D'aunay of the British navy is determined to make Averil do his bidding. Although they are on one of the isles of Scilly he will not let Averil go until his mission is complete. To convince the men that they are together he insists on kissing and touching Averil and to her eternal shame she cannot seem to resist him.
A lot more happens in this story that I will not go into here, except to say that this is a wonderful book, the writing is excellent. The characters are well drawn and you are very quickly involved into the story, a real page turner. The relationship between Averil and Luc is really hot and passionate. Highly recommend.
on 31 July 2014
The second in a trilogy of stories all related to the same group of people involved in a shipwreck and, for me, the least believable. The first in the series, 'Ravished by the Rake' introduces the characters in India and follows the first pair after the shipwreck. This one begins with shy, gentle Averil Heydon waking up completely naked on a sandy beach and in immediate danger of sexual attack by a group of rough men. Our hero, their leader and a man in disguise, rescues her and their entanglement begins.
This was my least favourite of the three stories, because the plot is rather too gothic for me and the villains too marked. Still, I enjoyed it enough to give it four stars even if it is not a keeper. Just accept this as a typical Regency romance of the hot and steamy sort, rather than the historically accurate.
The final book in the trilogy is 'Married to a Stranger'.