He can still remember the islands. He remembers his father, a whip in his hand, his face mottled with anger and drink, beating him until he thought he would die. Then the beating ceased, and he was taken away by kind-eyed sailor who told him the “Cap’n” would take care of him. That he would never be beaten again. He remembers the tall, well-dressed man who took the whip from his father’s hand and showed him how it felt to be whipped. That man was Geoffrey Baskin, and he was a pirate.
As times change, so do the fortunes of men. Betrayed by his partner Edmund Beales, grief-stricken over the loss of his wife Isabella, Geoffrey Baskin became Ainsley Becket, and brought his children to Romney Marsh. Courtland, one of seven rescued and adopted siblings, would do anything for his father. He too loved the radiant Isabella, and upon her death, transferred that devotion to Cassandra, Isabella and Geoffrey’s natural daughter.
Now Courtland is a man, and the responsibilities of being one of the eldest Beckets weighs on him heavily. He wants to protect his siblings, and defend their home from the return of Beales. He also has to find a way to stop loving Cassandra. He is not the man for her.
Cassandra has other ideas. She has loved Courtland her entire life. She has known deep in her soul that they were meant to be together. Even her Papa agrees. Since Courtland is convinced that he is not good enough for her, she is going to have to take matters into her own hands.
Author Kasey Michaels has brought her Romney Marsh series to a stunning conclusion. Readers who have anticipated the final book will not be disappointed. With each new novel, more has been revealed about the Beckets, and it all leads up to this moment. Becket’s Last Stand is full of action, romance and a little twist at the end that left me sighing. Congratulations to Ms. Michaels on a fantastic series! I am sorry to see it end.