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by Kate Dolan
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
Description: It's 1713, and Caroline Carter yearns for a taste of adventure. Tired of the secluded life on her father's tobacco plantation--less than thrilled with her engagement to the diffident, awkward Josiah Throckmorton--Caroline decides to masquerade as a boy and sneak into tavern displaying a sailor's treasures from ancient Greece. But the adventure proves to be more than she bargained for when Caroline awakens the next day as a prisoner aboard the Osprey, a privateer headed south to capture pirates. While Josiah reluctantly joins her brother on a rescue mission, Caroline starts to wonder if she really wants to be caught--that is, by anyone other than her captain, Edward Talbot. And Josiah wonders just what he will do he does catch the blackguard and the woman who is ruining his life.
eBook Publisher: Zumaya Publications/Zumaya Publications, 2003 USA
eBookwise Release Date: December 2003
9 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [532 KB]
Reading time: 350-490 min.
The deck swarmed with pirates, all brandishing heavy curved sabres. They roared and screeched; hands that weren't carrying swords waved pistols. Then they all turned and looked at him--and giggled. Every one of the faces was that of Miss Carter. The giggling grew louder and more raucous. Some of the Miss Carters doubled over with laughter, others pointed with their swords. One of them used her sword to shove him against the railing of the ship. Three more of them, still laughing, pushed him over the side. He screamed and flailed and--
Found himself sitting up in his berth.
It was dark, and a damp, rotten smell filled the air. But everything was quiet. No roaring pirates, no giggling Miss Carters. Just the steady creaks and groans from the ship as she moved peacefully through the bay.
This voyage was destined to be unbearable. When Josiah was awake, a cracking headache split his thoughts into useless fragments, making him long for peaceful sleep. Now worries doomed him to suffer torture in his sleep as well. He didn't even want to think about what that last dream might mean.