About the book:
Captain William Langley knows the ocean well, but nothing could prepare him for what he discovers adrift on the cold Irish Sea. The tiny boat carries two passengers: a child–and Meg Donovan, Will’s long-lost love. Meg’s disappearance at sea eight years ago was a devastating blow. Now she’s back, as beautiful as ever, and with secrets as deep as Will’s own . . .
After years held captive by a cold-blooded pirate, Meg has finally escaped with little Jake, the boy she’s come to love as if he were her own. But the pirate wants his revenge–and Meg must do whatever it takes to shield Jake from the madman. Determined not to lose Meg again, Will vows to protect them both, yet Meg can’t risk putting the only man she’s ever loved in danger. With the threat to her safety growing, and her passion for Will burning brighter every day, surrendering herself to Will might be a pleasure too tempting to resist . . .
When I read the teaser at the end of SECRETS OF AN ACCIDENTAL DUCHESS and found out that Meg was alive I did a really comical What? (dramatic pause) What? (said like the 10th Doctor for those who are fans). My husband was laying in bed beside me asleep and I woke him up. He patiently listened to me explain my excitement about this twist to the series and then went back to sleep. So, to say I was excited that Meg was alive and we were going to get a happy ending for her and Will might would be an understatement. I really love their story, but boy do they have to work for that happy ending. They face obstacles both external and internal. I never wondered if they would overcome the external ones(both Meg and Will are super tough and willing to do whatever necessary to beat their foe), but the internal ones are much harder to fight. Meg goes through so much in the eight years she is separated from Will. She doesn’t believe that he loves the woman she is now. She also has trouble connecting with her sisters who she was once so close with. Everyone has to work to get to a place where they know each other for who they have become now and not for who they were before Meg disappeared.
There is a secondary story with the youngest Donovan sister, Jessica. Her story had me laughing and added just the right amount of comic relief to the drama of Meg and Will’s story. I especially loved that Jessica, they biggest flirt, can’t get her man to make love to her! She finds a true gentleman.
the book girl gives PLEASURES OF A TEMPTED LADY a 5/5
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