"Ever since notorious Judah Slaughter had kissed 13 year old Liberty Boudreaux in thanks for helping him escape (a plot in itself full of betrayal and revenge), she knew there could be no other for her. Now 5 years later the gangly girl had become a breathtaking beauty, ready to find the one who had sparked her passion and show him how much of a woman she'd become."
Besides the hero & heroine, the minor characters of Judah's Granfather, Gustave Montesquieu and Judah's mother, Gabrielle are rich and well developed characters, and Liberty's sister Bandera, and Judah's cousin Sebastian are terrific villians for the lovestory...Bandera driven by low self-esteem, jealousy, and a need for power and prestige strikes out at Liberty over and over again but she also demands our sympathy. The innocent misunderstandings that keep Liberty and Judah from admitting their love for one another is truly beautiful and when the two finally come together with complete trust...I swear you'll cry and want to keep this book forever! The storyline takes you from Creole Louisiana in 1811 to Judah's ship 'The Winged Victory'...to the battlefields of America defending itself against the English...to Martinique where Liberty & Judah enjoy moments of seduction in the tropics...to piracy with the barbary pirates.
This is one of my grandmother's favorites, and I typically love bodice ripping historical romances, but I had a hard time relating to the heroine in this one, Liberty Boudreaux. The plot at times seemed a bit too contrived, and parts of it were rather predictable, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that reading this one was a waste of time. Maybe you will enjoy it as much as my grandmother did.