Source: Borrowed from the library
Publication date: June 10, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Series: Malory-Anderson series #11
About the book:James Malory sets sail for America to honor a promise he made to his in-laws: His and Georgina’s daughter, Jacqueline, will have her come-out in America. Judith and Jacqueline Malory are not simply cousins; they are inseparable best friends. Refusing to miss Jacqueline’s come-out in Connecticut, Judith convinces her parents to let her delay her London debut by a few weeks so she can accompany her cousin. Neither girl intends to fall in love during her first Season. But Judith’s plans are overturned when aboard ship she comes face-to-face with the ghost who has been haunting her dreams.
Unknown to the Malorys, deckhand Nathan Tremayne is a smuggler with a noose around his neck. Determined to carry out a covert mission in America that could gain him a pardon, Nathan senses that beautiful Judith Malory is trouble. Somehow the minx knows his secret—and now she’s blackmailing him into doing her bidding. While passions can soar on the high seas, Nathan knows this aristocratic beauty is merely amusing herself with a scoundrel like him.
When the unthinkable happens in Connecticut and the elder Malorys’ hands are tied, Nathan takes command of a dire situation. Captaining his own ship, he turns the tables on Judith, as he steers them into some intense Caribbean heat where he will fight with all his mettle to win the right to her heart.
The Malory series is one of my all time favorite romance series and I was so excited when I saw there was a new book. I listened to this one on audiobook which was a bit jarring because I didn’t like the way the narrator did the voices for the various characters. Despite that I still loved the story. I can’t resist any story that features Tony and James because they are just so bold and brash that they’re so much fun. Jack is just like her dad and we get hints about her story which I cannot wait for!
Judith and Nathan were a fun couple to watch get to know each other and slowly fall for each other. I felt bad for Nathan because he was a good guy who got dealt a bad hand in life. I was slightly turned off when he gets angry with Judith at one point and rails about her breaking his trust. It’s like he has totally forgotten that he just spent all this time misleading Judith and dancing around the truth. So why shouldn’t she have doubts about him? This was the main reason I didn’t give it a full 5 stars. his anger seemed blown way out of proportion.
Other than that the story line was fun and has a touch of the classic pirate romance stories. We also get brief glimpses of past favorites like George and Boyd (I wish we could have seen Derek!). Another great addition to the Malory series!