Publisher: Freya’s Bower
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Rating: 2
What happens in Key West, stays in Key West. Especially in 1856, when men outnumber women by ten to one. Wrecker Sam Langhorne came to Key West eight years earlier to forget his ruined engagement. When he rescues Livvie Collins from a watery grave, he's swept away by her beauty and spirit. He's sworn off love, but is soon captivated by Livvie's wit-and her determination to remain single.
The death of Livvie's father leaves her no other option than to sail to New Orleans to live with her brother Wendell. Though she hopes to support herself by writing novels, she's sure Wendell will try to soon marry her off, and is determined to experience life to its fullest before reaching New Orleans.
Sam is handsome and attentive, constantly surprising her with his intelligence and his interest in current literature and happenings. She gives herself to him in a night of passion so she can know the true emotion at least once in her life. But can she save herself after she arrives in New Orleans?
Hope is a word that many people take for granted, but one that young Olivia Collins clings to every day in Key West. She has no idea how it happened, but one minute they were on the Elizabeth Rose, and the next, being rescued by wreckers. These are men that salvage what is lost on wrecked ships hoping for miracles. It is also how Livvie meets young Sam Langhorne. The plan was to sail to her brother’s house in New Orleans since his father passed away. Yet fate has a way of changing a person’s life. Sam is not like the men she has known for something about him makes her feels free. People around her tell her Sam is no good, just a commoner in Key West, scavenging whatever treasure he can find. Yet somehow Livvie feels a kinship with him something that has been missing from her life. Can she trust the words of a Wrecker like Sam Langhorne?
Sam Langhorne is not what he seems but is a man who has many secrets about him. Many people in Key West say he is too smooth of a talker for a wrecker, that he is more than he seems. He’s been in Key West for some time and seen many people being rescued with futures waiting for them yet Olivia Collins is different. Sam knows for a fact that she is the one he has been searching for his life. Many people say the sea is his life and the job of a wrecker his career. Yet with Livvie he feels something he has never felt before in his life. Burned in the past he guards his heart safe but somehow this young maiden has gotten to him. Can he be the man Livvie needs or pretend to be something he has no heart of being?
Angels, Sinners and Madmen by Cate Masters is definitely one that will get you intrigued in every chapter. I loved that you have Olivia who is definitely very intellectual and far more mature for her age. People in the 1800’s guard her well telling her what to do never giving her a chance to explore. I loved that Sam is definitely her other half, definitely the apple that tempts her to be free and follow her heart. Cate did a great job creating two people who are lost in the world, finding their way back in a way that will make you jump to see them together. There were some parts that got me so moved and the words Sam speaks to his love is heartbreaking. I loved it and applaud Cate for creating a time in the past that seems so real in this book. It was enchanting!
3 Tea Cups!