A French privateer’s daughter. A marquess’s son.
And a chance encounter on the high seas.
Twelve years ago, Lady Silcox fled England with her six-year-old daughter Violet to spare her the life she herself had been forced into: an arranged marriage to an older man.
Today, VIOLET WINTERS is a grown woman sailing the seas on her French stepfather’s privateer, dreaming of commandeering a ship of her own. However, when she stumbles upon a betrothal announcement of the man she was set to marry, Violet cannot help but feel honour-bound to protect the woman who had been forced to take her place.
Fortune smiles on Violet and delivers an English lord into her hands – and with him the chance to return to England unrecognised.
OLIVER CORNELL, EARL OF CULLINGWOOD, is trapped in a life he abhors. Not seen as a son, but merely an heir, he dreams of sailing the seas, the epitome of freedom.
By sheer happenstance, Oliver ends up on a merchant vessel, which is promptly boarded by a French privateer. On board the Chevalier Noir, Oliver meets the captain’s daughter, a woman unlike any other he has ever met. Utterly fascinated by the adventurous gleam in her eyes, he does not hesitate to offer his assistance when Violet finds herself in need of a guide to London’s upper society.
Revelling in his first taste of adventure, Oliver poses as her husband…only to realise before long that posing as her husband will not be good enough.
Can a privateer’s daughter and a marquess’s son ever have a happily-ever-after? Or is their love doomed to fail?
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My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋
Fate brought them together not just because a young lady needed saving, but because they needed each other. Every page turn brought something new to their romance and the story. There was a spark between them from the moment they met and it started their adventure. I could not put it down from the moment I picked it up. There were twists at every turn that I didn’t see coming and had me gasping and holding my breath at times. They were truly meant for each other and everyone could see it just by looking at them. The ending to everything was perfect. This was my first time reading a book by Bree Wolf and I can’t wait to read more and get to know characters.
Violet is driven by the need to rescue this girl and give her the chance to make her own choices. I loved her right away because she ran her life and was pretty much equal to the men around her. She had a large family behind her that supported her no matter what. She could use a dagger too and wasn’t afraid to use it or do what needed to be done to save her love.
Oliver seeks something more in life but doesn’t know what it is until he meets her. He was a thousand times more than what he father saw him has. My heart broke for him every time his father spoke, but he found the family he deserved. I loved that he didn’t hold back his emotions and would do anything to help others. He found what he needed in the end.
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Coming to stand beside her father, Violette could feel the stranger’s gaze on her, and she could not help but glance at him out of the corner of her eye. He had thick auburn hair, some strands dark, almost black, while others seemed to gleam in a dark red in the early morning sun. His pale blue eyes held curiosity and a sense for adventure. He stood tall, shoulders squared, and chin raised, meeting her father’s threatening gaze unflinchingly as he answered his questions with a strong voice. Still, there was a slight tremble in the way he held his hands linked behind his back, like a fish out of its element, nervous about what to expect.
“I ask you again, sir,” her father repeated, his dark eyes narrowing as he fixed the stranger with a sharp gaze, “what is your name as well as your purpose upon this ship?”
The stranger inhaled a slow breath, and his eyes flitted to Violette’s…as though she was his confidante and he needed her to reassure him. Strangely enough, Violette could not help but feel touched by this measure of unexpected trust.
“I’d appreciate it,” her father’s sharp voice cut through the moment of silence, “if you could refrain from staring at my daughter.”
Instantly, the stranger’s head snapped around to face the angry captain. “Your daughter?” he echoed, a touch of relief in his voice before his gaze met Violette’s once more.
Drawing in a slow breath, Violette tried to hide the unexpected shiver that danced up and down her spine at the intense look in the stranger’s eyes. Why did he look relieved? After all, he had no claim on her. They had not even met before today.
As suspicions rose in her mind, her eyes narrowed. What were his intentions? Was he an agent of the British crown?
“Speak!” Like a whiplash, her father’s voice cut through the air, the expression dangerously calm as he stared at the stranger.
To the man’s credit, he did not flinch. Instead, his gaze drifted to Violette one last time before he nodded. “As you wish,” he said, his voice even. Still, Violette thought to detect a hint of apprehension. “I’m Oliver Cornell, Earl of Cullingwood, and my purpose on this ship is…none. It was an accident.”
Although her father’s face remained mostly unreadable, his eyes narrowed. “An accident? Explain.”
Clearing his throat, Lord Cullingwood averted his gaze momentarily as though ashamed of what he was about to divulge. “Quite frankly, I spent the night in a tavern by the docks and…somehow found my way onto this ship. I do not recall much else until I woke up when we were already under way.”
Amused chuckles rose from the men of both crews as they observed the scene with interest.
“I see,” her father mumbled. Then he lifted his gaze and allowed it to sweep over the ship’s deck before turning to Henri by his side. “Bind his hands. Then take him to the Chevalier Noir,” he ordered before he turned to the rest of his crew standing guard around the sailors of the merchant vessel. “Lock them in the storage rooms below and then ready the ship. We’ll head back to France as soon as possible.”
The stillness on deck vanished as the prisoners were escorted below, loud footsteps and harsh curses echoing to Violette’s ears as she stood and watched her cousin tie Lord Cullingwood’s hands.
An English lord, she mused. He would have been the kind of man she would have been acquainted with had she stayed in her old life, would he not? Would he be able to tell her something about–?
No! Inhaling a deep breath, Violette pushed that thought away. After all, she could not believe anything he might say. He was English.
USA Today bestselling author Bree Wolf has always been a language enthusiast (though not a grammarian!) and is rarely found without a book in her hand or her fingers glued to a keyboard. Trying to find her way, she has taught English as a second language, traveled abroad and worked at a translation agency as well as a law firm in Ireland. She also spent loooong years obtaining a BA in English and Education and a MA in Specialized Translation while wishing she could simply be a writer. Although there is nothing simple about being a writer, her dreams have finally come true.
“A big thanks to my fairy godmother!”
Currently, Bree has found her new home in the historical romance genre, writing Regency novels and novellas. Enjoying the mix of fact and fiction, she occasionally feels like a puppet master (or mistress? Although that sounds weird!), forcing her characters into ever-new situations that will put their strength, their beliefs, their love to the test, hoping that in the end they will triumph and get the happily-ever-after we are all looking for.
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