#1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood takes breathless sensuality to thrilling heights in this unforgettable adventure of passion and intrigue.
The Emerald flew across the seas, carrying the pirate Pagan—despised by the ton whose riches he plundered, and beloved by the poor whose plight was eased by his gifts.
The Marquess of Cainewood vows to hunt down the pirate wretch in revenge for his brother's death. But when Jade, an enchanting vision of rippling red hair and eyes of jewel-green, appears at his door to beg desperately for his protection, the Marquess agrees to keep her safe from the villains who want her dead.
Jade is infuriating, exasperating, and gorgeous. No woman has ever befuddled him so, nor so deeply aroused his desire. But as Jade answers Caine's knowing caresses with an innocent, wild abandon, they are drawn into a web of treachery that will test the very heart of their love...
Garwood fails here to integrate romance and mystery elements as effectively as she did in The Bride. There's too much heavy breathing in the book's first half, too many convoluted political intrigues in the second. The year is 1815. The Marquess of Cainewood, hunting London's slums for the pirate Pagan whom he assumes killed his brother, traps instead a seemingly despairing young woman named Jade, who seeks to hire Caine to commit a murder--her own. Caine offers her protection instead, little suspecting that she is Pagan and her real object is to stay close so that she and her followers can defend him: traitors in the War Office, who tried to slay her brother as well as his, may now be after Caine too. The couple's stormy romance gets off to an instant if ludicrously implausible start that very first night, when Caine wanders into Jade's bedroom and finds her uncovered and completely naked. By the time their respective brothers reappear and the pursuit begins for the renegades, it's much too late for the reader to take any serious interest in the villains or their tiresome schemes.
I loved this book. At first I thought it wasn't going to be as good as the others but I was wrong!! A great read, I would definitely recommend this book.
Great characters, interesting plot!
I love this book! I have read hundreds of historical romance over the years and this is by far one of my top 3. I highly recommend this to fellow readers who like a strong "alpha" type male character. The female character has so much personality as well. She gives the male character, Caine, a "run for his money". And together, their dynamic creates beautiful fireworks. Their clashes are delightfully funny and charming. In addition to well fleshed out characters, is the intricately suspenseful plot. It has you hooked from the first chapter. One thing i absolutely love about this book is the originality and cleverness of the plot. Garwood does a great job of writing "outside the box" with this one. It has the reader in suspense, as well as laughing, until the end. Recommend that you read the first book in this series before starting this one. I believe it's "Lyon's Lady ".
Always a delight to read such a wonderful author.