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Great Start to Hawkins Newest Series,
This review is from: Her Master and Commander (Mass Market Paperback)
Dying without an heir, the very wealthy Earl of Rochester gave his faithful and indispensable butler Reeves his final instructions – find his two missing illegitimate offspring and make them worthy of their noble blood. Monumental tasks to not only locate them after 20 year absences, but to teach them the fine rudiments of gentlemanly behavior. Setting out on his mission, Reeves locates the elder twin sibling aka an ex-pirate, turned privateer, turned war hero at the battle of Trafalger with Admiral Nelson – Captain Tristan Llevanth.
Tristan was found living in a cottage on a cliff overlooking the sea he could no longer captain a ship upon. Before he’d had too much time to slip into a melancholic life, sailors once under his command sought him out, and he was now master and commander of a household of wounded warriors. Life was peaceful until his neighbor, the widow Prudence Thistlewaite, started storming through his doors demanding he keep his sheep out of her garden. Reeves, the consummate butler and purveyor of solutions to all sorts of mundane problems, showed up at about the same time.
After finally convincing Tristan to reconsider accepting his inheritance, Reeves now had the immense task of turning him into a gentleman. Recognizing a windfall of expertise, Reeves enlisted the aid of Prudence Thistlewaite, in dire need of funds to establish a school for girls, to teach Tristan the finer points of behaving in a gentlemanly manner and smoothing out his very rough edges. As these two banes of each others existence came to butt heads, it seemed only natural that the sparks would fly in passion as well as stubbornness.
*** Hawkins writes a fun-filled escapade as Prudence has her work cut out for her in bringing the irascible captain to heel. The secondary character of Reeves, along with members of the captain’s land-locked crew and Prudence’s mother filled out the cast to make this a merry adventure and an enjoyable fast-paced read. The sensuality is steamy and the carriage ride scene extremely memorable and not to be missed. All in all, I found this to be a very fine beginning to Hawkins newest series.