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on 4 September 2016
Second in the trilogy. Here, Sophia Hathaway runs away from her arranged marriage to Sir Toby to live her dream as an artist on Tortola. Benedict Grayson owns the ship on which she needs passage; reluctantly he takes on this unaccompanied young woman because he's a business man and never turns down the opportunity for profit. There are storms, rows, sketches and plenty of ST (definitely not unresolved). Great fun all the way to the happy ending. Perfect summer reading.
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Sophia Hathaway has it all - beauty, a fortune, a respected place in society, the catch of the 'ton' and the forthcoming wedding of the season. What she wants is passion. Tired of being treated as a brainless, perfect doll, she ditches her fiancé, invents a scandalous elopement and becomes Miss Jane Turner, governess, travelling to her new post on the island of Tortola. Now all she needs is a ship.

Former privateer, and full-time scoundrel, 'Gray' Grayson is happy to do anything for profit - even accept a penniless, unchaperoned governess as a passenger on his ship. Especially if she's beautiful. But Gray's turning respectable now, which means leaving the lady alone - no matter how many flirtatious glances or blatant invitations she throws his way.

Because Gray has promises to keep, and no tempting little governess will make him break it. His heart, however, is a different question...

A tale of high seas, storms, sharks and adventure, Tessa Dare returns with her second book. Though I'll admit it took me a while to warm to this. I liked Sophia in her brief appearances in Goddess of the Hunt, but here at times she's selfish and plain spoilt. However, she's also determined, courageous and good hearted. In other words she's not perfect, and she makes mistakes.

Much like Gray, who is brash, arrogant and bull-headed. He always knows what's right for everyone, and she always disputes the fact. The heat between the pair is as fascinating as it is inevitable. Dare breaks up the tedium of shipboard life with moments of flirtation, sweetness, action and sensuality, and she does a good job of keeping it all going.

(It'll be interesting to see where the last of the trilogy goes - A Lady of Persuasion - pitting Gray's charitable sister against Sophia's spurned fiancé!)

While was not as much fun or as interesting for me as `Goddess of the Hunt' this is still a thoroughly good read. Sure, there are a couple of incredulous moments, but Dare writes with enough charm to get away with it - just.
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Wanting to experience a grand adventure, real life and true passion, Sophia Hathaway jilts her fiancé and disappears. After packing up her paints and sketchbook, the pampered heiress assumes a new identity and secures passage on the merchant ship Aphrodite. Sophia pretends to be a governess named Jane Turner heading for Tortola to begin her new position. With these actions, Sophia knows she has been labeled as a fallen woman. She is about to learn that the real world is far different from the romantic fantasies she imagines.

Benedict "Gray" Grayson used to be a privateer. This is to be the ship's maiden voyage as a respectable merchant ship. No longer will Gray be a conscienceless scoundrel who sails the seas for profit and pleasure. Gray immediately knows that there is more to the lovely governess than meets the eye. He also understands that everyone is allowed their secrets. But when Sophia's perception, kindness, sass, and artistry begins to stir his heart, Gray simply cannot resist her.

***** FIVE STARS! Time wise, this story begins immediately following the ending of Lucy's tale, Goddess of the Hunt. Sophia was a secondary character in the previous book and I had been hoping she would get her own story told. I believe this adventure to be even better than the last. Author Tessa Dare has a wonderful writing style that allows the story to flow smoother than a calm day at sea. An enticing plot with engaging characters, this romance is pure delight. *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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on 16 December 2013
adventures and dreams are well mixed in this lovely adventure. funny and well written as always in Tessa dare's books.
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on 24 October 2015
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