By Stephanie Laurens
The Adventurers Quartet - Book 4
Release Date: December 27, 2016
The eldest of the Frobisher brothers and widely known as the lord of the privateers, Royd Frobisher expects to execute the final leg of the rescue mission his brothers have been pursuing. What he does not expect is to be pressured into taking his emotional nemesis, childhood sweetheart, ex-handfasted bride, and current business partner, Isobel Carmichael, with him. But is it Isobel doing the pressuring, or his own restless unfulfilled psyche?
Resolute, determined, and an all but unstoppable force of nature, Isobel has a mission of her own—find her cousin Katherine and bring her safely home. And if, along the way, she can rid herself of the lingering dreams of a life with Royd that still haunt her, well and good.
Neither expects the shock that awaits them as they set sail aboard Royd's ship, much less the new horizons that open before them as they call into London, then, armed with the necessary orders and all arrangements in place, embark on a full-scale rescue-assault on the mining compound buried in the jungle.
Yet even with the support of his brothers and their ladies and, once rescued, all the ex-captives, Royd and Isobel discover that freeing the captives is only half the battle. In order to identify and convict the backers behind the illicit enterprise—and protect the government from catastrophic destabilization—they must return to the ballrooms of the haut ton, and with the help of a small army of supporters, hunt the villains on their home ground.
But having found each other again, having glimpsed the heaven that could be theirs again, how much are they willing to risk in the name of duty?
Stephanie Laurens brings her The Adventurers Quartet to a close with a story of adventure, suspense, and a second chance to claim the love of a lifetime.
Royd and Isobel are a couple that should have made it. They had known one another since childhood, were friends before falling in love, and shared common interests and goals. But they were young when they were handfasted and it fell apart, largely due to a lack of communication and trust...on both sides. They've continued to be business partners but Isobel has been clear that there will be no second chance for a personal relationship...until the day she appears in Royd's office to insist she be allowed to sail with him to West Africa to look for her cousin who has disappeared from the settlement there.
I'm all for high seas romance and the potential inherent in Royd and Isobel being confined aboard ship for a weeks long journey had me rubbing my hands with glee. It was obvious desire, and deeper feelings, between them still simmered, even though Isobel fought it every step of the way. Watching them dance around each other had me flipping pages to see what would happen next but it was the surprise awaiting them when they boarded Royd's ship that really mixed things up and had me second-guessing just whose side I was on. And, while they are both likable characters, one of them is responsible for a decision that I was not quick to forgive...though in the end, I did.
I've enjoyed all of the main couples in the quartet and Royd and Isobel are no exception. I always enjoy a good second-chance romance that doesn't come easily and Laurens put these two through some significant hoops and individual soul searching that made their happy ending all the more enjoyable.
While the first half of the book focuses primarily on Royd and Isobel's relationship, once they arrive in West Africa it switches to the rescue of the captives as well as the mystery of who has been behind the abductions. I like the mix of suspense and romance that has continued throughout this series and found that part of Lord of the Privateers to be as intense and satisfying as I had hoped.
If you enjoy a blend of mystery, romance, and high seas adventure, I recommend you give Stephanie Laurens' The Adventurers Quartet a try. I also strongly suggest reading the four books in order as each builds upon the events of the previous book. They are, in order: The Lady's Command, A Buccaneer at Heart, The Daredevil Snared, and Lord of the Privateers.
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