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Benedict Adolphus (Dolly) Grayson known by all but his little sister as Gray is a roguish charmer, seriously it seems to be an innate component of his character rather than something that feels forced, and it made me smile, at least after the first scene with him and Sophie, that first interaction he didn’t exactly endear him to me.
Sophia is an innocent lady desiring to leave the constraints of Polite Society, and so she does something which she is sure will bar her from the Ton, she runaways on her wedding from a very eligible bachelor/fiancé (Toby), and boards a ship leaving the shores of Britain, planning to return to London in 3 months so she can acquire her inheritance.
I very much liked the fact that despite being the typical virginal miss, Sophia stood toe to toe with Gray, he may have had her blushing at times but she was now cowering miss, and embraced the adventures that came her way. I did like some of the interaction between Sophia and the crew, but overall the sense of emotion and sweetness wasn’t there for me.
It wasn’t until the 11% or so mark that I really found myself smiling, somewhat, as I read. The romance between Gray and Sophia has moments that are endearing and cute as they circle each other and the sexual tension between them swells. That being said there were also instances in such moments where the spark and potent humour/charm I am coming to expect from Tessa Dare was not entirely there. The premise of this sounded fab, and the bones of the book could have led to something magical, but the execution wasn’t what I was hoping for. After my last few reads of Dare’s books my expectations were high, but this was just ok/tepid. It didn’t grip my attention and time was not forgotten as I lost myself in the characters and story.
One Tessa Dare book that won’t be on my re-read pile.
Sophia Hathaway has it all - beauty, a fortune, a respected place in society, the catch of the 'ton' and the forthcoming wedding of the season. What she wants is passion. Tired of being treated as a brainless, perfect doll, she ditches her fiancé, invents a scandalous elopement and becomes Miss Jane Turner, governess, travelling to her new post on the island of Tortola. Now all she needs is a ship.
Former privateer, and full-time scoundrel, 'Gray' Grayson is happy to do anything for profit - even accept a penniless, unchaperoned governess as a passenger on his ship. Especially if she's beautiful. But Gray's turning respectable now, which means leaving the lady alone - no matter how many flirtatious glances or blatant invitations she throws his way.
Because Gray has promises to keep, and no tempting little governess will make him break it. His heart, however, is a different question...
A tale of high seas, storms, sharks and adventure, Tessa Dare returns with her second book. Though I'll admit it took me a while to warm to this. I liked Sophia in her brief appearances in
Goddess of the Hunt
, but here at times she's selfish and plain spoilt. However, she's also determined, courageous and good hearted. In other words she's not perfect, and she makes mistakes.
Much like Gray, who is brash, arrogant and bull-headed. He always knows what's right for everyone, and she always disputes the fact. The heat between the pair is as fascinating as it is inevitable. Dare breaks up the tedium of shipboard life with moments of flirtation, sweetness, action and sensuality, and she does a good job of keeping it all going.
(It'll be interesting to see where the last of the trilogy goes -
A Lady of Persuasion
- pitting Gray's charitable sister against Sophia's spurned fiancé!)
While was not as much fun or as interesting for me as `Goddess of the Hunt' this is still a thoroughly good read. Sure, there are a couple of incredulous moments, but Dare writes with enough charm to get away with it - just.
Second in the trilogy. Here, Sophia Hathaway runs away from her arranged marriage to Sir Toby to live her dream as an artist on Tortola. Benedict Grayson owns the ship on which she needs passage; reluctantly he takes on this unaccompanied young woman because he's a business man and never turns down the opportunity for profit. There are storms, rows, sketches and plenty of ST (definitely not unresolved). Great fun all the way to the happy ending. Perfect summer reading.
It took me a couple of chapters to get into this book, but this author never disappoints me. Loved it once it got going and with all the ship talk, it must have taken hours of research. Great story. Exotic locations and brilliantly drawn characters, both main and minor ones.