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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (484 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brenda Novak Narrator: Sarah Coomes Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jeannette Boucher, a young French beauty from a family left penniless by the revolution, must marry against her will to save them all from ruin. But almost immediately after the vows are spoken, she learns that her old English husband is impotent, and in his desire for an heir, he plans to compromise her in the worst way. Determined to escape such a fate, she stows away on one of His Majesty’s frigates. But a woman alone is in constant danger.

Born a bastard to a wayward marquise, Lieutenant Crawford Treynor was given to a poor farmer to raise and was maltreated until he ran away to join the Royal Navy. Treynor is determined to prove he’s as good as any other man and rise to captain his own frigate. But once he finds Jeannette aboard The Tempest he must decide whether to return her to the man he knows would abuse her, or risk everything, even his life, to keep her safe.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christine | 2/20/2014

    " As historical romances go, it was alright. It was fast-paced and a rather quick read. I don't usually go for at-war or military leads in books, but I'd heard such good things about this book that I had to give it a shot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hilary | 2/14/2014

    " Been a while since I read anything along these lines. It's very typical of the genre - a good example, in fact. It covers all the required basics for a romance based in the past. I don't think I'll search out more, but it's a nice light read and doesn't stray into the arena of soft porn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leiah | 2/14/2014

    " I received this ARC via Netgalley. I'm really getting into historical romances and thought I'd give it a read. There were things that I really liked about it. The main character was pretty plucky and not so headstrong that she became annoying, and Novak's descriptive writing was informative, but not overly so. The story takes place mostly on a British frigate, some things needed to be explained to make sense obviously, and Novak managed to make those explanations palatable. On the other hand, I didn't fall for the hero. I didn't feel the passion that supposedly the MCs felt for each other. I also didn't buy the solution to make it okay for a high-born lady and a bastard to be accepted by the Ton. It was too quick and easy. Solid three stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 1/4/2014

    " I thought Ms. Novak did really well with the historical end of it, but the heroine drove me crazy because she put herself in a lot of needless danger that she had to be rescued from on the ship. The best part of the book was the tortured hero, Treynor. I really enjoyed seeing what made him tick and how he dealt with it. "

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