I see that other people who have posted reviews of this novel really liked it. I'm afraid I had the exact opposite experience! The hero, Michael, for no discernable reason other than he's been let down by love before, behaves like a caveman toward the heroine, Christina aka "Christy". Yet they each have this unacknowledged attraction to each other (at least, unacknowledged verbally, they act on it physically), which is supposed to pass as love.
The hero actually rapes the heroine, IMO, in the book's one and only so-called "love" scene, but because of the heroine's attraction to him, it's supposed to pass as a love scene, although words like "pain" and "tearing" are used, and she gets no pleasure from the act although she does end up pregnant from it...Yeech.
It's also actually a very boring read, because the all the characters seem to think with what's between their legs, instead of with their brains.
All I could think by the time I finished this book was, thank God, this style of romance novel went out with the '80's. I definitely prefer romance novels that have some depth and heart to them, and are not as shallow as this story is.
Desperate to escape her cruel, greedy uncle, raven-haired Christy hid herself aboard the Merrimer, certain she could sneak back ashore before the ship set sail. But before she knew it, the luscious stowaway drifted asleep - and awoke to the hard, flinty glare of Captain Michael Lancer. Christy trembled when he threatened to send her to a watery grave, but she was utterly terrified when he decreed she would pay for her passage with nothing less than her private services in the captain's cabin!
With his chiselled features and manly build, Michael Lancer never lacked for feminine attention. But when he saw the tempting, petite Christy, she shattered his control and ravaged his resolve to never touch an unwilling woman. Something in the way her lips pouted and her hips swayed drove him mad with desire. And when she refused to succumb to his sensual charms, Michael had no choice but to claim her forever and make her his own Captive Mistress.
This book had alot of adventure & excitement along with the romance - well worth reading