— A woman in desperate straits ... A fearless man ... — A marriage of convenience on turbulent waters ... —
— Cerynise Kendall has been left destitute and in dire need following the death of her doting patron and protectress.A brilliant young artist tossed from her home with only theclothes on her back, Cerynise must now tu... more »rn to a childhoodcompanion for assistance-the dashing sea captain BeauregardBirmingham-and beg him to provide her with passage to theCarolinas. She seeks a new home and a new life across the waters,but all depends upon the kindness of a charming adventurerwho was once the object of her youthful infatuation.
Beneath Birmingham's rugged exterior beats a heart as large and wild as the Atlantic, and Beau readily agrees to aid Cerynise--even offering her his name in marriage, albeit temporarily, to protect his longtime friend from scandal. But perilous secrets, determined enemies and tempests of the sea and soul threaten their future and safe passage even as bonds of camaraderie are miraculously reforged as bonds of desire ... and affection becomes passion and love.« less
This book was not as good as the first. The characters seemed bland, as if they were card board cut-outs. The plot was the usual; there was nothing unique about it. I didn't feel any passion or chemistry between the characters and, for me, that is a key point of a romance novel.
That being said, Woodiwiss' writing is still very enjoyable. Her skill with words makes up for the lack of everything else.