Candice Proctor has meticulously crafted an exciting action and adventure romance on the high seas and islands of the South Pacific. I especially liked the principal characters who are bigger than life. Even the secondary characters are interesting and realistic. One-fourth through the book, the heroine had been shot at, captured by island cannibals, chased by the British navy over "a thundering gorge and through a cave full of moldy skeletons of generations of man-eaters," and had almost drowned in the flooding Cave of Songs. And that's only the beginning. What I enjoyed most about the book is that about two-thirds through the book, the plot reveals new facts that breathe new life into an already exciting adventure.
Candice Proctor is skillful and knowledgeable enough to vividly describe two ships being tossed about on the high seas as one chased the other as it escaped through God's Pathway, a belt of reefs with atolls stretching some twenty five miles or more. Only a skillful helmsman, a trait the hero definitely has, can maneuver through God's Pathway and failure meant that everyone on board would become shark food. This scene was so realistically and vividly told that I wonder if Candice Proctor is actually a skillful helmswoman herself.
Every page is filled with suspense and intrigue while the sexual tension between the hero and the heroine slowly escalates until they can no longer resist their long suppressed urges and desires.
Beyond Sunrise held me captive from the first page to the last page. This is the first book I've read by Candice Proctor and it was so exciting that I have bought her other books and plan to read them all. Beyond Sunrise is a great book and I recommend it highly.
A fabulous tropical locale, wonderful but wicked hero, a smart and intelligent heroine, high seas adventure! Wonderful book, Candace Proctor is a gifted writer.