Can true love die? Or, neglected, does it lie dormant until the object of true desire is again within reach? Denied, does passion smolder, like embers waiting for the right conditions to flare into an all-consuming conflagration? New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens delivers the thrilling conclusion to the acclaimed Adventurers Quartet series played out on the high seas and sweltering tropical jungles. The eldest of the Frobisher brothers, known as the lord of the privateers, Royd 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 with him his emotional nemesis, childhood sweetheart, ex-handfasted bride, and business partner, Isobel Carmichael. But is it Isobel doing the pressuring or his own restless, unfulfilled psyche? Isobel, unstoppably resolute and determined, has a mission of her own: find her cousin Katherine and bring her safely home. If she can also rid herself of the dreams of a life with Royd that haunt her, then well and good. Neither expects the shock that awaits as they set sail aboard Royd's ship, much less the new horizons that open before them in London and in their mission at the mining compound in the jungle. Yet even with the support of his brothers, their ladies, and rescued ex-captives, Royd and Isobel discover that freeing the captives is only half the battle. They must identify and convict the backers behind the illicit enterprise and thus protect the government from catastrophic destabilization. So they return to the ballrooms of Mayfair to 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?
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by Stephanie Laurens
"Narrator Steve West completes the author's Frobisher stories with his best performance yet. Ship captain Royd Frobisher seeks a second chance with his handfast bride, Isobel Carmichael, as they travel to Freetown, West Africa, to rescue captives at a remote diamond mine. West parses the story's lyrical language for maximum clarity. He expresses Royd's aristocratic privilege with a sexy formality while maintaining the fluidity necessary for a natural conversational style. His voice for Isobel is feminine but not caricatured. West carefully balances Royd's power and authority with Isobel's independent nature, respecting Laurens's portrayal of an equal partnership. Overall, West delivers a majestic reading, recounting moments of hand-to-hand combat as skillfully as he depicts nineteenth-century British formality. Listen to the entire series for a great audio love affair. C.A. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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