on September 22nd 2015
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A pirate and a high-born maiden, brought together by an ancient sword…
Dashing French corsair Jean-Philippe Beauvisage revels in his unrestricted life … until the night at a ball in Georgian London, when a Russian beauty steals his heart. Heartbroken Antonia Varyshkova, who has lost her parents and her home in a St. Petersburg fire, stops in London en route to a new life with her brother in America. When her arrogant ship’s captain, Tobias Ormond, insists that she attend a ball with him, Antonia reluctantly agrees. The instant connection between Jean-Philippe and Antonia is soul-deep, but it seems that there cannot be a future for them. She sails off to America and he returns to his pirate’s life at sea … until an ancient Roman sword which may be cursed forces Beauvisage to chase down the very ship carrying the woman he loves.
Set sail on the high seas of 1749 and hold on tight for a love story you’ll never forget!
HEART OF FRAGILE STARS is a Beauvisage Family novella & a prequel to the Rakes & Rebels series. Approximately 110 pages in length, it originally appeared as part of the WITH DREAMS ONLY OF YOU collection.
"Rakes & Rebels" combines the intertwining Raveneau and Beauvisage family novels into one captivating 9-book series! 0 - HEART OF FRAGILE STARS: a novella (Jean-Philippe & Antonia) 1 - SILVER STORM (Andre & Devon) 2 - CAROLINE (Alec & Caro) 3 - TOUCH THE SUN (Lion & Meagan) 4 - SPRING FIRES (Nicholai & Lisette) 5 - SMUGGLER'S MOON (Sebastian & Julia) 6 - SURRENDER THE STARS (Ryan & Lindsay) 7 - HER DANGEROUS VISCOUNT (Grey & Natalya) 8 - HIS RECKLESS BARGAIN (Nathan & Adrienne) 9 - TEMPEST (Adam & Cathy)
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Heart of Fragile Stars: A Beauvisage Family Novella is considered as book 0 in the Rakes & Rebels series by Cynthia Wright.
It is the story of Antonia Varyshkova. A beautiful Russian woman who after losing her family to a fire is in London on route to America to live with her brother. The captain, Tobias Ormond, who will be transporting her by sea insists that before they sail, she attend a ball with him. It’s the last thing she feels like doing, but she must keep on his good side, so she agrees to go.
While she is there she meets Jean-Philipe Beauvisage. He is wearing a powdered wig, patches on his face, colourful clothing, ridiculous heeled shoes, and although she can’t take him seriously in that attire, she does find him attractive.
Jean-Phillipe is instantly attracted to Antonia too, and regrets that she is seeing him in his disguise as a rich popinjay. He needs to be dressed as such though because he can’t let his real identity, that of a pirate lovingly known as the Sea Rogue, be known.
When they end up on the terrace at the ball, they share a passionate kiss, and although they are going to go their separate ways Jean gives Antonia his signet ring and promises her that he will find her and they will be together again.
Later when he is at sea and learns that Antonia is on the ship of Tobias Ormond he plans to take the cargo from the ship just for good measure, but the treasure he is going for is Antonia. Will his plans to rescue her work, will she even want rescuing? What will happen when she learns that the rogue pirate who frightens her during her rescue is actually the popinjay from the ball back in London?
She was attracted to him at the ball, but will she be attracted to him as the sexy pirate that he is?
Heart of Fragile Stars is a Beauvisage Family novella and a prequel to the Rakes & Rebels series. It is available on it’s own now, but originally was part of the With Dreams Only of You anthology. It’s a short read, but packed full of adventure and by the end of the story you can’t help loving both the Jean and Antonia. The chemistry between them is palpable and a real delight to read.
I had this book for free from Amazon, it’s the perfect introduction to the series, and I have had the joy of reading some of the other books that follow. I will be reading them all in the near future because the characters in all of them are linked one way or another, and each book is a must read. I recommend this book, and the series wholeheartedly.