Sworn to protect England from all enemies, the Wardens of the Realm are ever vigilant. But not all battles are fought on a battlefield…sometimes they are fought in the heart.
As chief surgeon for the Wardens, Evelyn Stone fears her own life is on the line when she is kidnapped by a band of pirates—only to discover that the airship captain is Gavin “Mac” MacRae—her former lover. The man whose life she once saved. The man she abandoned.
Since Evelyn left, Mac made his mark as both a pirate and a pilot. But his true allegiance isn’t known. So when he asks Evie for help with a wounded woman onboard, he tells Evie that the woman is his wife—even if his feelings for Evie have never waned…
As the days pass, however, the unease between Evie and Mac gives way to the old comfort they used to have. Yet, their newly ignited romance is complicated by conflicting loyalties and desires, and a betrayal that may cost them both their love and their lives.
In her third steampunk romance (after Touch of Steel), Cross reunites a surgeon working for the Wardens of the Realm with her one true love, a spy who turned sky pirate after she saved his life and left him. Gavin Mac MacRae kidnaps Dr. Evelyn Stone and takes her aboard his airship to care for Imogen, a badly injured woman he introduces as his wife. She s actually a spy with important information. Mac s plan to get Imogen back to safety in London is hampered by a traitor on board and a vengeful pirate who forces the ship down over Frankfurt. An attack by a lab-created beast and some reanimation of the dead further heighten the adventure. Evie and Mac s sensual and exciting romantic reunion is threatened more by her fear than his hurt or the (never explained) false marriage to Imogen.