How does marriage work? If convention is set aside and is no longer there to guide...what then?
The instant Captain Declan Frobisher lays eyes on Lady Edwina Delbraith, he knows she's the woman he wants as his wife. The scion of a seafaring dynasty accustomed to success, he discovers that wooing Edwina is surprisingly straightforward - not least because she makes it plain that she wants him as much as he wants her.
Declan's vision of marriage is of a gently reared wife to grace his arm, manage his household, and bear his children. He assumes that the household, children, and wife will remain safely in England while he continues his life as an explorer sailing the high seas, and he gets his wish - up to a point. He and Edwina are wed, but the rest of his vision doesn't turn out the way he expected.
Even before the knot is tied, Edwina shatters the illusion that her character is as delicate, ethereal, and fragile as her appearance suggests. Far from adhering to orthodox mores, she and her ducal family are even more unconventional than the Frobishers. Beneath her fairy-princess exterior, Edwina possesses a spine of steel - one that might bend but will never break. So mere weeks into their honeymoon, when Declan is required to sail to West Africa, Edwina knows she must accompany him.
A secret mission with unknown villains flings unexpected dangers into their path as Declan and Edwina discover that making an unconventional marriage work requires something they both possess: bold and adventurous hearts.
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I hate to not like a book I've been anxiously awaiting. SL is a fabulous writer and I've truly loved most of her books (I mean Devil Cynster! How awesome is he!) but, I'm sorry, this was just boring. It never caught my full attention at all. Very possibly it was because of the narrator. It always bothers me when there's a bad narrator - he or she can ruin the author's work. This is the case here to some extent. Also, the ending was horrible! Yes, I can appreciate that this is the first book in a series and I like series but this ended poorly.
I always recommend Stephanie Laurens book, this one included.
I love how Stephanie incorporated the Black Cobra ( a favorite series) into the story line.
Steve West was an excellent narrator. Very easy to listen to and the variety of changes to his voice was just right.
I found the editing of the audio the least favorite of this book. There were several incidents where the previous line was repeated.
Love audio books! Hate cruddy narration.
The story was more well- crafted and less....formulaic?... than the usual. The narration was excellent. Stephanie Laurens fans looking for her usual heat factor will eventually realize it's 100% missing, but it is an engaging story.
Stephanie Laurens has always been one of my favorite authors therefore it was extremely disappointing. This is not her general style. It was slow going from the beginning to the end, very anti-climatic. Some stories keep you involved at least shortly after the beginning but that was not the case in this story. I never could get engaged in the story or the characters.
This is a great read. Each of the four books in the series deals with one of four sea faring brothers. While each book is complete in itself, the plot is ongoing throughout all the books. Luckily this is Staphanie Laurens at her best. Otherwise it would be quite annoying having to read all four books in order to reach a satisfactory conclusion. Great way for an author to ensure all the books in a series are read.
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