by Karyn Monk

March 2003
ISBN: 0-553-58440-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback

Karyn Monk brings us another tale of love, adventure and the truth of the adage that love will conquer all, no matter what!

Being a man of the sea, Jack Kent has enjoyed his share of affairs with the bored wives of society, but pleasure - not love - has always been his aim. Until the day he finds his carriage and his life invaded by a disheveled American heiress. Even rumpled and torn, nothing can hide Amelia Belford's enchanting beauty or her fiery will to be free. And for the first time Jack is faced with a woman who arouses in him something more than desire.

Amelia never dreamed her desperate flight from an arranged marriage would find her scrambling out of a church window, landing in a tangle of twigs, and finally darting into the carriage of a stranger. And she never imagined she'd then set sail for his home in Scotland only to discover passion in his arms. But Amelia is not the only one with a scandal to her credit. She soon senses pain behind Jack's touch and secrets he will not reveal. Just as she breaks through his iron will, a devastating scheme forces them apart. Could the same adventurous spirit that brought them together also be their undoing? Only the truth and one daring act of courage will bring their adventure to a happy ending.

Jack is hell bent on staying unattached; never wanting love to get in the way of his having ‘fun’, but when Amelia comes along, his world is turned upside down. I love it when the hero is slammed with a good woman. Amelia is strong in character and is just the right person to bring love into Jack’s life. Ms. Monk’s wonderfully written characters bring to life an era long gone, but that still fascinates us all. The settings are breathtaking and the plot is enchanting, the reader won’t be able to put the books down…I know that I couldn’t. I read this book in one sitting, it was great!

Reviewed in November 2004 by Debbie.

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