Serena first meets Gerald when he hops upon her ship in order to save her life when she almost crashes into his ship because of dense fog. She thinks he's going to kidnap her but he only has her safety on his mind - oh and her lips. Lips that he can't resist kissing before he reels her into safety and then disappears from her life. In the span of several minutes she's afraid, furious, charmed, aroused, then left aching as this most fascinating, gorgeous man has the gall to just walk away! But not for long . . .
It turns out that Serena's mystery man is none other than Fitzgerald (Gerald) Crosbie who has come to fetch his sister Annabelle from the clutches of the no-good sea captain (who just happens to be Serena's brother!) who has spirited her away. However, Annabelle doesn't need nor want rescuing. She's married and very pregnant and insists that her beloved brother Gerald stick around at least until she has the baby. He agrees and is continually put in close contact with Serena - the one woman who he can't put out of his mind.
Content to live alone in the tiny house where she and her three brothers were born, Serena Fairbourne is a self-sufficient New England spinster. Quite by accident, she is lost in a sudden coastal fog when an English aristocrat saves her -- and soon their salty flirtation shifts into tender desire. With his maddening, fascinating London manners, he woos her as no man ever has, and she discovers a new world in his bright blue eyes. Yet, Serena fears the heartbreak of loving him, for she knows he will not stay.
Fitzgerald Crosbie has come to the colonies to rescue his sister, Anabelle, from an entirely improper marriage to an American sea captain; he never imagined being swept away with joy in Serena's arms, or that he would long for the simplicity and honesty of the life she shows him. But love and trust are emotions his world has robbed Gerald of, and even Serena's gentle touch may not be enough to heal him. Now, they must weather the storms of a wind-tossed, unpredictable passion -- or surrender to hazardous currents that threaten their deepening bond.
Mary (BookLady) - reviewed Cranberry Point (Fairbournes of Cape Cod, Bk 2) on
I love these kind of romance stories. No pretence of being anything but a plain old boy meets girl and they fall in love kind of book. English aristocrat meets New England spinster and BAM, they've got the hots for each other. He fights it, she fights it, they fight each other...but in the end, love prevails. Old fashioned romance with great emotional moments.