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Publisher: ABA LLC (2nd edition)
Lady Patience Kendall crossed the sea to marry, but her intended died before she arrived. Penniless and stranded, she found only one way to get home: Bring rich American Misses to England to find them titled husbands. At the ship, she realized their mothers expected each to wed the Marquess of Andover. She'd have to seek an introduction. On the journey, Captain Grant St. Benedict was anything but friendly. Just because her girls caused a few mishaps? Grant had never met a woman more irritating, or more desirable, than the Lady Patience Kendall. But however dangerous his interest, he couldn't resist teaching the delicious distraction that independence was nothing to passion.
I snagged it as a free Kindle download back in March, and at the time of writing it is still available as a free download HERE.
306 pages in length
This is Book 1 in a series. As a brief history of SEA SCOUNDREL: In 1999, the book, LADY PATIENCE, needed to be cut in half to fit the Precious Gem Line for Kensington Publishing. Now, here in its full award-winning, uncut glory for the first time is the story of the Sea Captain and his Lady.
Other books in the series:
CAPTIVE SCOUNDREL, Knave of Hearts, Two
PROPER SCOUNDREL, Knave of Hearts, Three
HOLY SCOUNDREL, Knave of Hearts, Four
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Actually quite amusing from the start, this is a wonderfully gentle novel, with some great scenes.
As a Hero, The Captain, wasn't didn't quite put the swash in swash-buckling, but he wasn't that far off. He tended to the more sarcastic and humorous than full on alpha .... which is always a nice change. Which girl can resist funny?
It was entirely predictable that he was in fact the very Marquess of Andover she'd been fabricating an introduction to, but hey ho I don't think that it could have gone down any differently!
Notwithstanding the above, it's 4 stars from me, and a big thumbs up.
48% - "Almacs" - spelt incorrectly - it should be Almacks. Also, only a patroness could give vouchers and permission to dance the waltz. Author implied they had to have permission to dance it each time ... odd.
65% - I could be wrong but, I don't think Turkeys' have ever run wild in England.
75% - "cement balustrade" - surely stone in any well to do household?
All the above are just be being a nit picking pain, but I do like authenticity in my reads.