The Heiress at Sea

Montlake. Mar. 2023. 332p. ISBN 9781662503818. pap. $16.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Lord Nathaniel Ellsby’s beloved life as a privateer in service to the War Office is threatened after his older brother’s sudden death turns Nathaniel into the Duke-apparent. Quickly embarking on one last voyage before he must marry and take up his responsibilities, his clandestine mission is almost immediately put in jeopardy as one of his hastily hired crew members turns out to be a woman. Lady Cassia McQuoid, neglected by suitors through two seasons and constantly by her loving but large family, has taken it upon herself to see the world by sneaking onto her brother’s ship. However, she mistakenly ended up on Nathaniel’s instead. Between the intricacies of a vital mission, a crew of superstitious sailors already on edge, and Cassia’s penchant for getting into trouble, Nathaniel moves her into his cabin for her own safety. But the close quarters quickly cause a new, more distracting prospect that will further complicate the reputations of both—if they make it back to shore.
VERDICT Caldwell, following The Duke Alone, continues the stories of the chatty and charming McQuoid sisters butting heads with reluctant members of the ton, with some added swashbuckling for good measure.
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