"Busbee is a pleasure to read." --Booklist
An Irresistible Danger
To save her village and what's left of her family fortune from her wastrel cousin, gently bred Emily Townsend secretly leads a ring of smugglers. With the king's forces and deadly rivals closing in, she has but one last shipment to acquire. But when her men rescue an injured stranger from the sea one stormy night, Emily faces her most formidable--and tempting--adversary ever. For Barnaby, the new Viscount Joslyn, is determined to uncover who tried to kill him the moment he set foot in England. Yet proving to Miss Townsend that he can also be trusted with her deepest secrets is an equally intriguing challenge. Now Barnaby and Emily's boldest gambit rests on unthinkable risk--and surrendering to an undeniable love. . .
"Busbee spins a tale unusually well-balanced between its appealing central romance and lively action-adventure." --Publishers Weekly
"Busbee is one of the grand dames of historical romance. Longtime readers and new fans will be captivated by her latest Becomes Her story." --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
An American-born nobleman meets a daring English miss in a solid tale set in the last years of the 18th century. When part-Cherokee Viscount Barnaby Joslyn is injured and set adrift in the English Channel, he is rescued by an amateur band of smugglers led by 26-year-old Emily Townsend, whose unpleasant cousin Jeffery has squeezed their estate almost dry. As Jeffery plots to marry Emily's young stepmother, Anne, to the rakish Mr. Ainsworth, Barnaby suspects that his cousin Mathew, resenting the loss of his expected inheritance, might be angry enough to be behind a series of near-lethal accidents. As Barnaby and Emily are increasingly drawn to each other, Busbee (Surrender Becomes Her) ably juggles a cast of supporting characters, including Emily's bawdily outspoken great-aunt Cordelia and Barnaby's illegitimate uncle, John Lamb. Expertly combining sensual moments with family drama and brutal villains, Busbee spins a tale unusually well-balanced between its appealing central romance and lively action-adventure.