At the age of 13, Victoria "Tori" Dearbourne, had learned to endure. Surviving a shipwreck, Tori, her mother, who sustained a broken back and later died; and her governess Camelia "Cammy" Scott, would be marooned on a deserted island in the middle of Oceania for the next eight years. Living alone Tori developed skills of survival including building, hunting, and catching fish. The one time they thought they might be rescued, the sailors attacked them and after Tori and Cammy barely escaped rape were left stranded once again.
Grant Sutherland, is captain of the ship that has finally reached Tori's island, having been sent on the latest expedition in search of the missing Dearbourne family. Spying the young woman racing across the beach, Grant was so surprised and overwhelmed at locating her he immediately raced after her. With Tori's past experience with sailors, being far from pleasant, she was taking no chances on being caught and Grant found her eluding him at every turn. For the very unemotional and stodgy Grant, his experience with the very unladylike antics of Tori were hard to digest and yet, he couldn't help but feel powerless to prevent his imagination from running wild with desire for her. The journey back to civilization would be a test of will as Tori battled Grant for his affections, and Grant battled his sense of propriety and honor over his passion for Tori!
So this romance has been on mount TBR for what seems like forever. I found Kresley Cole a few years back and loved her writing so much, I quickly acquired all of her earlier works. I have to say they are just as good as her work today.
Victoria (Tori) Dearbourne is thirteen when the ship she is sailing on goes down. Her father goes down with the ship, but Tori, her nanny, and her mother make it to a nearby island. Her mother's back is broken, and she quickly perishes. Tori and her nanny are now all alone on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere. Even though her grandfather sends out many search parties, they are never found.
Grant Sutherland is hired by Tori's dying grandfather as his last attempt to find any of his remaining family. If Grant is successful, he'll inherit the estate as payment. Grant and his crew travel for months and search many islands to no avail. But on the last island, they hit paydirt.
However, after living on the island for so many years, Tori and her companion are wary of the sailors. They want to go back to civilization, but can Grant and his crew be trusted? Tori outwits and outmaneuvers Grant on several attempts of catching her, but she is at last bested. As they sail back to London though, Grant has to keep reminding himself about honor and propriety, since he desires Tori. But even though Tori recipicotes the feelings, she won't take Grant for her own since he won't give her his heart.
Cole writes with savvy wit and twists the heart strings. Tori and Grant are two characters so dimensional, you come to know them like friends over for tea. A romance with turbulent waves and smooth sailing, I absolutely loved it!
What a great book! The story grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go! I finished this book quickly and not necessarily because it was an easy read but because it was hard to put down. The story, the romance, the sensuality -- this book has all of what I look for in a historical romance. Can't wait for the next one in this series. I highly recommend this book!!
Story = A
Romance = A
Sensuality = A+
BOOK = A