When pirate queen Maureen Hawthorne is captured by the British Navy and sentenced to hang, she is offered a way out. Betray the husband who she believes murdered her father. She accepts and enters into British society to find Julien DeRyes. She finds him, but also finds the passion that she once felt for him.
This book won a few awards, and it is very exciting! The heroine is very self-reliant, which is nice to see. She is totally capable of taking care of herself. The hero is sexy and passionate. All and all a good read.
Intriguing premise to the story, likeable chracters but it was not enough for me. I personally don't like to flip back and forth between the past and present. If it weren't for the jumping of timelines I think this could have been a better book.
Excellent third book in the "Brazen" triology, following "Brazen Angel" and "Brazen Heiress." This is the story of Lily and Sophia d'Artiers' younger brother, Julian, who, sees his wife, Maureen, across the room in Almack's. Maureen Hawthorne was supposed to have died 8 years earlier.........
This is part of a series and is very good. There are two other books.
From Publishers Weekly
In Boyle's third Regency chronicling the adventures of the D'Artiers family, Maureen Hawthorne de Ryes, scheduled to be hanged for smuggling, makes a deal with the Lord Admiral of England to save herself and her ship's crew. She agrees to uncover the identity of her erstwhile husband, Captain de Ryes, a notorious privateer who moves freely in society disguised as a nobleman. Abandoned after their wedding night, Maureen is haunted by memories of her brief marriage as she assumes the identity of a young lady of the ton in order to seek out her husband in London's ballrooms. When de Ryes, a.k.a. Julien D'Artiers, realizes who she is, he risks capture to convince his wife of the truth behind his apparent betrayal, revealing the sinister role played by the Lord Admiral. Boyle (Brazen Heiress) skillfully weaves flashbacks of the couple's courtship with the dangers of Maureen's current bargain until the past and present story lines coalesce in a rousing shipboard finale. A captivating melange of intrigue, suspense and romance makes this series an increasing delight.