Series: Rokesbys, #3
Published by Avon on November 20th 2018
Genres: Regency Romance
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She was in the wrong place...
Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers' hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain's bed…
He found her at the wrong time...
Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he's stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But no, she is very real—and his duty to the Crown means he's stuck with her.
Can two wrongs make the most perfect right?
When Andrew learns that she is a Bridgerton, he knows he will likely have to wed her to avert a scandal—though Poppy has no idea that he is the son of an earl and neighbor to her aristocratic cousins in Kent. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to an intoxicating passion. But when Andrew's secret is revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart…?
Julia Quinns’ latest addition in the Rokesby’s series takes to the high seas, where Poppy Bridgerton find that her inquisitive nature is contained to the stateroom on the “Infinity”, one occupied by the illustrious Captain James. My apologies if that sounds salacious because it most certainly is not. After all Poppy is a part of an aristocratic family and would simply be ruined if found. There’s also that pesky omen about a woman being aboard a ship. So Poppy’s adventuresome spirit on dry land lands her in the company of pirates and under the reluctant Andrew Rokesbys’ protection.
Following a memorable introduction wherein
“Andrew pushed open the door.
And found a woman lying on his bed, bound, gagged, and looking as if she’d shoot flames from her eyes were it anatomically possible.
Andrew stared at her for a full second, idly taking in her thick chestnut hair and greenish-brown eyes. He let his gaze wander down to the rest of her—she was a woman, after all—and smiled.
“A present?” he murmured. “For me?”
Andrew sets out to keep her presence aboard the ship a secret and thus Andrew and Poppy spend weeks alone and at odds with each other, and almost always with a unrivaled, playful banter.
It’s utterly delightful to see these two get to know each other. There’s is a true slow burn romance, one that neither of them can deny. As the adventure comes to a close and everything about Andrews’s “secret mission” comes to dangerous conclusion they face the inevitable separation. Their relationship is a happy accident that once again leads to the joining of two noble families. There’s a lot of action on both land and sea and if your reading the series or new to it, this is a definite must read.
The Rokesbys, A Bridgertons Prequel (Jump to the Series on Amazon)
He motioned with his arm, urging her a few more steps forward. “Careful,” he murmured.
Poppy looked to her toes. The deck came to an abrupt halt in front of her, its elevation dropping by several feet.
The captain hopped down. “The beakhead, my lady,” he said with a gallant wave to the triangular deck that formed the pointy front of the Infinity. He reached up and placed his hands on her hips to help her down.
But when she was steady, he didn’t let go.
“This is as far forward as one can stand on deck,” he told her.
She pointed to a spot a few feet ahead. “What about—”
“As one can stand safely on deck,” he amended. He adjusted their position so that he was standing behind her. “Now close your eyes.”
“But then I can’t see the stars.”
“You can open them later.”
She tilted her head to the left, right, and back again, as if to say, Oh, very well, but she closed her eyes.
“Now tilt your head up. Not all the way, just a bit.”
She did, and maybe it was that motion, or maybe it was just because she’d closed her eyes, but she felt instantly off-balance, as if something far greater than the ocean had stolen her equilibrium.
The captain’s hands tightened on her hips. “What do you feel?” he asked, his lips coming close to her ear.
“What else?” She swallowed. Licked her lips.
“The salt in the air.”
“The motion, the speed.”
He moved his mouth closer. “What else?”
And then she said the one thing that had been true from the beginning.
About Julia Quinn
JULIA QUINN started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. The New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.