This is by far my all time favorite pirate romance! Shayla Black has a way with words that pulls you in and holds you captive till the very end. I read this book in one sitting and can not recommend it enough! I won't give spoilers but I promise you'll fall in love with Drex!
Heroine Christina Delafield is petulant, self serving, haughty and incredibly naïve. She absolutely ruined this novel for me. She stowes away on hero Drex Cain's ship heading for the Bahamas. Her goal is to evade her grandfather who has plans for her to attend finishing school. She is determined to get to her aunt's home in the Caribbean.
Drex has an axe to grind with Christina's grandfather who is responsible for imprisoning his brother Ryan. He has no idea that Christina is his enemy's granddaughter as she lies to him when she is discovered on his ship. His identity is also secret. There is a bounty on his head so he wears a mask onboard.
Christina makes it her life mission to disobey Drex's orders aboard ship. She is smart mouthed, does dangerous feats and basically is a nuisance to Drex. Her antics became annoying.
*Spoiler* When they reach the Bahamas, she sets off to find her aunt. Drex discovers that Christina's aunt is really a Madame and, because the information comes from Drex, Christina will not believe her Aunt runs a bordello. She is so stubborn. When her aunt reveals the truth and plans on auctioning Christina off to the highest bidder she refuses to ask Drex for help. Add pride to her list of vices.
*Spoiler* Drex bids on Christina and wins her. He pays a hefty sum for her and does she thank him for saving her from ravishment from complete strangers. No. She is surly and hostile. The two do become intimate and only after that does Christina reveal who she is. Now Drex must give her up and does so in exchange for his brother.
The plot becomes even more convoluted when Drex's father comes to light and Drex decides to win back Christina. Why he would want such a childish, spoiled woman I am unsure. Even when Drex is facing death Christina's attitude is brittle, harsh and unforgiving. I kept hoping she would change and she did but by then it was too little and too late.