When rakish Ned falls in with the wrong crowd, his brother decides to send him to the Continent for “seasoning”. For Sophia, this just won’t do. She’s loved Ned for ages—and also longed for adventure. She runs away from her boring suitors and disguises herself as a cabin boy on the Defiant, the ship sailing Ned to Italy.
Ned knows he’s not good enough for Sophia, but once they’re on the Defiant, he can’t stop himself from touching her, tasting her, loving her. Not when a wild tempest and a band of ruthless pirates threaten them. Not when every look from her gives him such pleasure. And certainly not when she comes, warm and wild and willing, to his bed.
If they survive their voyage, Sophia’s brother might kill him, but it will have been worth every moment and every hot, sweet kiss.
A Romantica® Regency historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
Author: Sabrina York
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Training Tess, Rising Green, Adam's Obsession, Trickery
Series: Noble Passions #4
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Dark Fancy, Dark Duke, Brigand, Folly
Published: July 29, 2016
Genres: Erotic Historical Romance
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In my humble opinion, this is the best one yet! I have been following this series since the first one, Folly. I have loved every one and this one tops them all. Do not fear, dear reader if you have not been following this series. The author provides enough background that this can be read as a stand-alone. If you have never read Sabrina York, and like historical novels, this would be a great place to become acquainted with her work. You won’t be disappointed.
I love what Ms York did with her characters in this. We have our hero Ned, who is your basic second son of the era – living off of his older brother, pretty much good for nothing, spending money he doesn’t have, partying with his cronies, kind of following in his older brother’s (The Dark Duke) shoes. He seems likable enough, but has no direction other than to have fun. His brother has decided Ned needs seasoning so is sending him to the continent for a Grand Tour.
Then there is the heroine, Sophia. Little sister to The McCloud. (Brigand) Now if you believe her brother, she is your basic society debutante groomed to marry well. In fact the story opens with them arguing about whether or not she is going to marry a prince. Sophia wants love and passion like what she sees her brother and his wife have, not just some well titled nabob from who knows where that she hardly knows, let alone likes. AND she wants some adventure. When her brother insists that she marry a man of his choosing, Sophia decides it is time to find some adventure.
What was so very fun about this book was who, exactly, seduced whom in this rollercoaster of a romp. It wasn’t the rake in the making. “But he was a strong man. And he was an honorable man. And he was a stubborn man. And her brother was very large. So Ned banished his lust. Wiped it completely from his mind, focusing on a horse he’d seen at Tattersall’s and the price of tea in India and the lineage of the English kings.” Oh no. It was the very curious, and not so innocent Sophia. “Sophia grinned down at Ned, taking in the ecstasy on his beautiful face, the shudders and the cries as she pleasured him. She pleasured him.” This role reversal was unexpected and ingenuous! It made me grin and cheer. And the author did it so well that it really worked – even in this historical novel where young women of society were not supposed to know such things let alone do them.
That is just the romance part of the book. This story also has hurricanes at sea, pirate attacks, interfering family, and scandal. This book grabbed me and held me hostage until the very last page. I mean, who needs sleep anyway? I could not put it down and I did try. But, it called to me to finish and would not let me sleep. It was that good. I adored these characters and loved every sentence of this very well written, amazing story. Another hit for Sabrina York!
About the Author:
Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, writes naked erotic fiction for fans who like it hot, hard and balls-to-the-wall, and erotic romance and fantasy for readers who prefer a slow burn to passion.
An award winning author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers, her titles range from sweet & sexy erotic romance to BDSM to erotic horror.