Behind the foreboding walls of Newgate Prison, a pact is sealed in secret -- as a dashing and doomed criminal consents to wed a beautiful heiress . . . in return for one night of unparalleled pleasure.
In the fading echoes of hollow wedding vows, a promise is broken -- as a sensuous free-spirit flees to a lush Caribbean paradise, abandoning the handsome stranger she married to the gallows. But Ruark Beauchamp's destiny is now eternally intertwined with his exquisite, tempestuous Shanna's. And no iron ever forged can imprison his magnificent passion . . . and no hangman's noose will deny him the ecstasy that is rightfully his.
Loved this book! So much! Rereading this book, knowing who he really actually is, and how awesome it is, yeah, I just had to reread this book, because it'd been a few years since I had, and I actually had a physical copy!
I just loved the journey that their romance went on! It was just so sweet and awesome, from the hasty marriage to get a name, and then how he ends up indentured on her father's island, working for him, which was just great!
And then how it deepens as they spend time together, from the improvements that he offers her dad, to horses, to helping her when they're captured by pirates! So great! And then how they go to America, and it's his family that they were staying with, and yeah, that was pretty explosive, and so darned funny! Loved that a lot!
And then there's the mystery behind how he was convicted of a crime that he didn't do, and how it follows them around, until the real culprit is caught-and his dad is the judge who is in charge of the area they're at-and yeah, that was great!
Really enjoyed this book, so amazing, and up and down, and yeah, must check out her other books (I'd read this one, and another, before!)
Author: Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Read: December 7th, 2013
Reason Why: Rereading! And it's a Historical Fiction 2013 Book and a SAC 2013 Book!
Published: January 1st 1977