Publisher: Noble Romance
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Rating: 2
Lady Eloise Bartholomew's trip to Australia on the shirttails of her adventurous brother ends in tragedy when he dies from a fever. But with the conventions of English society suspended on the high seas, she finds passion and excitement in the arms of a rugged ship's captain—only to be dumped back into the ton, still burning from the fire ignited in her and the loss of the only man she could ever love.
More at home on his ship than dallying with the ton, Gabriel Lyons, now the Duke of Dale, intended never to set foot in London again. But when an elder brother dies, and the woman who claimed his heart over his love for the ocean brings him home, he knows he has to face the secrets of his past. He can only pray their love will survive the scandal that sent him away, the lies he has told her, and the duel he must fight for his honor and her hand.
Lady Eloise thought she lost the love of her life when Gabe, the ship’s captain, pushed her away after some of the best love making she could recall. Upon her return to England, she finds herself in Gabe’s arms again, and learns that he’s Gabriel Lyons, the Duke of Dale.
I found the characters and the plot enjoyable. I especially liked Lady Eloise. Although the story was short, I felt like Ms Gill developed her very well. I loved how Gabe’s character had sinned and was redeemed in the readers’ eyes. I wish the relationship between Lady Eloise and Gabe would have been developed more. Most of the love happened off stage, and the story in the book was more of a reunion between them. The love scenes were hot and sensual. The plot twist near the end was spectacular and moved the story forward while developing the characters. I hated to see it end and really wished it could have been longer.
4 Tea Cups!