When love simmers between a
reclusive scientist and a wealthy debutante, will they abandon ship, or is it
full steam ahead?
When Nicole Renard returns
home to Galveston from an eastern finishing school, she’s stunned to find her
father in ill health. Though she loves him, he has only ever focused on what
she’s not. Not male. Not married. Not
able to run their family business, Renard Shipping.
Vowing to secure a suitable
marriage partner, Nicole sets out with the Renard family’s greatest treasure: a
dagger personally gifted to Nicole’s father by the pirate Jean Lafitte. Many
believe the legend that the dagger is the source of all Renard Shipping’s good
fortune, though Nicole is sure her father’s work ethic and honorable business
practices are the keys to their success. Before she can board the steamer to
New Orleans, Nicole finds her father’s rivals—the Jenkins brothers—on either
side of the gangplank, ready to grab her and steal the dagger. Quickly, she
decides to instead travel north, to Liberty, Texas, where she can decide what
to do next.
Darius Thornton needs a
secretary, someone to help him get his notes in order. Ever since the boiler
explosion aboard the Louisiana,
Darius has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship
disaster. The pretty young socialite who applies for the job baffles him with
her knowledge of mathematics and steamships. He decides to take a risk and hire
her, but he’s determined her attractive face and fancy clothes won’t distract
him from his important research.
The job offer comes at
exactly the right time for Nicole. With what Darius is paying her, she’ll be
able to afford passage to New Orleans in mere weeks. But Mr. Thornton is so
reclusive, so distant, so unusual. He can create complex scientific equations
but can’t remember to comb his hair. And his experiments are growing more and
more dangerous. Still, there are undeniable sparks of attraction between them.
But Nicole is leaving soon, and if she marries, it must be to a man who can manage
a shipping empire. Darius certainly doesn’t fit that description. And the
Jenkins brothers have not given up on kidnapping Nicole and seizing the Lafitte
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