Introducing the Kent Brothers Chronicles
"Open yer eyes, girl. Open them up wide enough to see how that man looks at ye—as if ye were the last spoonful of water on the flat earth and he, dying for a drop."
Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea
Just one bite….
Nessa Teague has never believed in the magic that swirls around her village like a fine Cornish mist. She's never had need of it. Until the day Lord Harry Beck returns to Bocka Morrow and Nessa realizes there is nothing, including the blackest of magic, she won't do to have him for her own.
And he could be hers.
Harry Beck has left the Royal Navy only to find himself shoaled upon the rocky coast of Cornwall, where smugglers haunt every cove and treachery fouls the waters. His best hope to find the traitor selling secrets to the French is to charm the vicar's observant and intelligent daughter, Nessa Teague. But in a place where loyalty runs deeper than the deep blue sea, they'll need more than charm to uncover the secret plot that threatens their country, and shakes their faith in the power and magic of true love.
The Devil's Own Luck
A man sworn to duty…
Captain Matthew Kent has always been bound by his service to the Royal Navy. But when the Admiralty rewards him handsomely for cleaning out a nest of traitors, he is tempted to throw it all away for a second chance with Tressa Teague, the very woman he should not admire—a smuggler.
A woman with a mission of her own…
Tressa Teague is daughter of the vicar, expected to be everything sweetness and light. But instead she has the heart of a pirate, and is the brains if not the brawn behind the local smuggling ring. She thought she had seen the last of the dangerous sea captain who had come into their midst. But when he returns to the rugged coast of Cornwall to offer her the chance of a lifetime, will she lose her freedom? Or only her heart?
In two intertwined stories of a place where loyalty runs deeper than the deep blue sea, our lovers will need more than charm to uncover the secret plot that threatens their country, and shakes their faith in the power and magic of true love.
Author's Note: These novellas were first published in 2016 in Vexed, The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor, Book I, for "Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea," and in 2017 in Tempted at Christmas, Christmas at Castle Keyvnor, Book IV, for "The Devil's Own Luck," which was originally titled, "A Merry Devil." Both of those Castle Keyvnor Collections are still available.
Romance and Mystery
Nessa Teague and Harry Beck practically grew up together and studied at her father’s school. Harry, now Captain Harry Beck, has returned to Bocka Morrow. His family has come for the reading of the late Earl of Banfield’s will. After twelve years of missing and longing for Harry, Ness is determined to find a way to marry him, even if she has to use magic. This story is touching and a little funny, and we get a bonus – danger and a mystery to solve. There are spies, smugglers, and traitors. Harry teams up with Matthew Kent, another Navy Captain, to route out the traitors. Before you know it, Nessa and her sister Tressa join in. By the end of the operation, the whole town is involved. There are ships, smugglers, explosions, and bad guys floating in the water. And then, well, you’re really going to like Harry and Nessa’s next adventure. Elizabeth Essex tells a really good story with bold characters and an exciting (explosive) plot that holds your attention. This one is a really good read.