Published by Mira on December 27th 2016
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Revel in the action, drama, intrigue and passion as the Frobishers— with help from Wolverstone, the Cynsters and many familiar others— steer the adventure to a glorious end.
Widely known as the lord of the privateers, Royd Frobisher expects to execute the final stage of the rescue mission his brothers have begun. What he does not expect is to be pressured into taking Isobel Carmichael—his childhood sweetheart, former handfasted bride and current business partner—with him. A force of nature, Isobel has a mission of her own: to find and bring a young cousin safely home. And along the way, she hopes to rid herself of the dreams of a life with Royd that still haunt her.
Neither expects the shock that awaits them as they set sail, much less the new horizons that open before them as they embark on a full-scale rescue-assault on the compound deep in the jungle. Yet despite the support of his brothers and their ladies, Royd and Isobel discover that freeing the captives is only half the battle. To identify and convict the conspirators behind the illicit enterprise—and save England from political disaster—they must return to the ballrooms of the haut ton and hunt the villains on their home ground.
But having found each other again, having glimpsed the heaven that could yet be theirs, how much are Royd and Isobel willing to risk in the name of duty?
She reached her door and swung to face him. To confront him.
He halted mere inches from her—so close she had to tilt her face up to meet his eyes.
In the shadows of the corridor, he appeared predatory, or so her senses informed her.
He looked down at her for three seconds, then his gaze slowly lowered to her lips—and held there.
She couldn’t help herself; the tip of her tongue slid past her lips and cruised slowly over the lower…
He caught her hands, drew them up and wide, and pressed them against the wood as, with the grace of a dancer, he stepped closer and backed her against the panel of her door.
He gave her plenty of time to avoid the inevitable.
Of course, she didn’t. That had always been her problem with him—where he led, she unfailingly followed.
His head dipped, and their lips met.
Sensation as precious as her fondest memory rolled over her. Sank into her.
Oh God, yes! How she’d missed this, ached for this—this simple communion of the senses. Driven to taste, to savor again, she parted her lips, and he angled his head, and his tongue found hers.
Stroking, heavy and wet, heated and so welcome.
She curled her fingers in his and kissed him back—long, slow—and he answered in the same vein, with a banked hunger that called to her own.
Passion surged, but they skirted it, senses whirling, yet together, still so much in tune—attuned to each other as they always had been.
So easy. It had always been so; in this sphere as in any other, they moved with one mind, with one aim, one goal.
She couldn’t hold back—she’d never learned the knack. Had never seen the sense in muting her responses, not when they so patently pleased him. Not with the scintillating web of sexual attraction spinning about them—fed equally by her as by him; slowly it enclosed them, then tightened and ensnared them.
As the kiss spun on and spun out into pleasure.
Pleasure of a type, a kind, a depth Royd had forgotten could be. He hadn’t expected the allure of the past to blossom and bloom so easily, to surge through them both so effortlessly in response to a simple kiss.
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~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Lord of the Privateers is the fourth book in ‘The Adventurers Quartet’ series by Stephanie Laurens. I haven’t read the previous books in the series but this one was easily read as a stand alone story. That said, I have read other reviews that say that the first three books involve the other brothers each taking part in their own parts in the mission which has it’s grand finale in this fourth book. So if you want to really build up to what has been done in order to get to the final stages of this adventure, then please do read the other three books first. I for one found that even on it’s own this book was an exciting adventure and I didn’t feel as if I was missing out by not reading the other books.
So…in this book we read about the eldest Frobisher brother, Royd, who is also known as the Lord of the Privateers. It’s now his turn to bring all his brothers together and to hopefully bring to a successful conclusion the rescue of many people who are being held captive and used as slaves in a diamond mining camp in Africa. Amongst one of those captives is Kate, the cousin of Isobel Carmichael.
Isobel was Royd’s sweetheart and 9 years ago they were hand fasted Scottish style. They only got to spend a few weeks in bliss before Royd had to go off to sea. He said he would be back within a month, but he didn’t return, and he didn’t write to Isobel either. Unknown to her he couldn’t get in touch, and as the months passed she decided that he had had his fun, and didn’t love her enough to come back to her. So when he does return over a year later thinking they could take up where they left off, she slams the door on him and refuses to see him.
Their personal relationship ended there, but as they were business partners as well they still had to spend time together working on their ships. Isobel kept her distance and was very formal with him at all times, making sure Royd understood any time spent together was purely business.
That is until she realised that her cousin was missing in Africa. She knew only one person who would be able to sail her there and as much as she hated asking a favour of him, she had to ask Royd. Fortunately for her he had plans to go there anyway because of his mission, and he agreed to take her along.
The story then goes on to tell how they rediscover their passion for each other, and yet both are concerned about any future they might have because neither are secure in the other persons love. Romance kind of takes a back seat the more the story develops because then we get to concentrate on the daring rescue mission that Royd and his brothers, and their WIVES, are taking part in.
Can they rescue the captives, can they do it without anybody getting killed, and can they bring the ring leaders of the operation into custody to receive the punishment they deserve?
This book was a very exciting read. The romance and passion between the main couple was breathtaking. Their passionate moments were at times very intimate, tender and sweet, and other times absolutely steamy hot. Then of course there was the rescue mission to read, the suspense in wondering if all the pieces will fall into place as planned and the rescue be a success, or if something, or someone will throw a screw in the works. Even having read just this one book I was holding my breath in some scenes and waiting to see what happened next. I can only imagine if I had read the first three books with the huge build up to the climax I would have been even more in awe of this author’s work. I loved this book and recommend it 100%.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book.