by Brenda Joyce

December 2006
ISBN: 0-373-77137-1
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Cliff DeWarenne is a law unto himself in the islands. As a wealthy privateer he walks a fine line between the government and the pirates who sail these waters. He does not regret his decision to leave home as a young man, determined to make his future at sea. He hopes that his meeting with the Governor will include a new opportunity to hunt down some of the predators who make the waters so dangerous.

When La Sauvage bursts into the meeting, Cliff is determined to aid the distraught young woman. Her father is being hanged as a pirate in the morning, leaving her alone in the world. She is beyond rational thought and will be a danger to herself and others unless he steps in.

Amanda Carre cannot think of anything but freeing her father. She will do anything to save him from the hangman’s noose. She is startled by Captain DeWarenne’s presence in the Governor’s office, but she has no time to moon over the handsome rogue. She has more important things to discuss with the Governor.

Thus begins a love story that will cross the ocean and take readers along for the ride. A Lady at Last starts off with a bang and keeps readers on their toes as Cliff and Amanda set sail for England. There are lots of obstacles to overcome before Amanda can be presented to her long-lost mother and find a place in society. Cliff hopes that her mother will see beyond the wild-child upbringing to see the lovely young woman that Amanda can become. He knows how unkind the nobility can be, and hopes to shield her from their scorn.

This book was much more satisfying than The Stolen Bride, and I am very interested to see what happens when Rex decides to settle down in the final novel of the series. I enjoyed watching as hero-worship turns to true love, and as a bachelor realizes his single days are over – long after the rest of the family has seen the writing on the wall.

Reviewed in November 2006 by Paula.

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