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A woman in desperate straits ... A fearless man ... A marriage of convenience on turbulent waters ...

Cerynise Kendall has been left destitute and in dire need following the death of her doting patron and protectress. A brilliant young artist tossed from her home with only the clothes on her back, Cerynise must now turn to a childhood companion for assistance --- the dashing sea captain Beauregard Birmingham --- and beg him to provide her with passage to the Carolinas. She seeks a new home and a new life across the waters, but all depends upon the kindness of a charming adventurer who was once the object of her youthful infatuation.

Beneath Birmingham's rugged exterior beats a heart as large and wild as the Atlantic, and Beau readily agrees to aid Cerynise --- even offering her his name in marriage, albeit temporarily, to protect his longtime friend from scandal. But perilous secrets, determined enemies and tempests of the sea and soul threaten their future and safe passage even as bonds of camaraderie are miraculously reforged as bonds of desire ... and affection becomes passion and love.

October 13
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews

Frito1960 ,

Absolutely great

As usual, Kathleen has once again wrote a fantastic story
I love reading her books
She never fails to take her readers to far away places with tons of romance

Nicjen12 ,

Love It!

I have read this book several times and I never tire of the Birmingham characters. I love how Kathleen E. Woodiwiss brought her characters from The Flame and the Flower to this one. She makes you feel everything they are experiencing. Great book!!

JanetSC ,


This is the best of the three Birmingham book. The first may have introduced sex (oh, the horror!) to the genre, but it was laughably tame. And the dialogue, in the first two books, was so horribly stilted and unrealistic, I practically gagged reading it. I only slogged on through the trilogy because of its historical significance and its glowing reviews. I’m so glad that I found books by Eloisa James, first, or I would have never picked up another historical romance.

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