Celia Vallerand is abducted by pirates on the way to her fiance's home in New Orleans and then rescued from the same pirates by a pirate, Griffen. He promises to return her to New Orleans. However, he is connected to her fiance's family, and he doesn't want reveal how. Hits many romance favorites: capture, pirates, cabin-romance, nursing the bedridden hero, secrets, and swashbuckling.
I had a really hard time with this book and I couldn't even finish it. I ended up skim reading the book and finding myself getting madder and madder at the character's stupidity and sappy thoughts. Such a disappointment because I really enjoyed the first book with Lysette and Max.
I think my biggest problem was Celia. Her character was a mixture of Evie St. Vincent and Amelia Hathaway (from Kleypas other series). It was extremely inconsistent. One minute she was a nervous stammering innocent girl and the next she was brazen and sarcastic. It was also damn annoying that she was a prude. I mean, was it that important she stayed a virgin for Justin? I think it would have added to the story more if she was truly a wife to Philippe. Celia was also not the smartest tool in the shed and terribly girly.
I guess the second problem I have with the story was how Philippe and Justin are always pitted against each other. It got old and I was so disappointed with how Philippe turned out.
Hated it. I missed the witty characters, playful banter, and humorous situations in most of her other books.
Celia Vallerand fears for her life as she stares into the deep, arresting eyes of the dashing man who purchased her from the brigands who had abducted her. But it soon becomes clear that it's her virtue, not her life, that's in danger. The rugged, powerful renegade known only as "Griffin" arouses desires in Celia as dangerous as they are forbidden. And though she knows she must resist him, she fears she may be unable to do so.
But the magnificent adventurer is a man trapped in a perilous deception. And the shocking secrets he guards could deny him the love of the fair captive lady who has enslaved his reckless heart.