When a British aristocrat-turned-privateer returns to his family’s estate to protect the recently deceased earl’s young wife, there is plenty of danger and lots of secrets to go around, but the true threat may be to his heart and his plans for the future.
Lord Hugh Ramsay never expected to return to England. Captured at sea by a brutal pirate, Hugh has fought his way out of slavery and established himself as the most successful privateer on the high seas. For two decades his family has believed him to be dead, but when a loyal friend sends word that someone is threatening his uncle’s widow, Hugh comes home to protect the countess and her twin sons. He is surprised to discover the septuagenarian earl married a teenager a decade ago and stunned to realize he’s never been more attracted to a woman than he is to the bookish Daphne, who is a fiercely intelligent, unassuming beauty. Determined to vanquish the menace and get back to his ship, he is thwarted at every turn, first when he is himself attacked, then when his meddling aunt presses Hugh and Daphne into the Season—and a few other distractions in between. In order to discover who wants to harm Daphne, she and Hugh must share their deepest secrets and face vengeful enemies, especially once Hugh acknowledges his happiness lies in England with the woman who’s stolen his heart. Spencer (Dangerous, 2018) continues the swashbuckling corsair theme in her second title, with a wounded warrior who finds safe haven in the unworldly yet bright Daphne. Deft writing and astute character development sustain a complex plot and a huge cast of characters that could flounder in less accomplished hands, while a touch of humor tempers some darker edges of the nuanced story.
Spencer shines in her sophomore effort, burnishing her reputation as an author to watch.