Three lives. Three hundred years. One ship that ties them together.
The same evil that stole her mother's life stalks Isabelle Castellano. Afraid for her safety, Isabella disguises herself as a cabin boy and hires on to one of His Majesty's treasure fleet vessels. But has her flight from a known threat only led her to be ensnared in a sea of dangers?
Florida, Present Day
Summer Arnet will go anywhere to capture the perfect shot that will get her marine photography noticed by the prestigious nature magazine, Our World -- even diving in waters haunted by great white sharks. When a treasure hunter with a ladies' man reputation approaches her about a sunken ship at one of her dive locations, it may be the chance she's been looking for to launch her career...if his charming smile doesn't derail her first.
A past tragedy has left a hole in Trent Carrington's life -- a hole he's tried to fill with women, money, and adventure. Could the feisty marine photographer be the missing piece, or will Trent finally accept that the treasure he seeks can't be found where rust and moths destroy?
Okay -- true confession time -- I was not enamoured with Trent -- at the beginning. He is the exact opposite of everything I admire in a man. Dare I say -- bordering on smarmy? He's got all the lines, looks upon women as game pieces he can move around at will. Seriously, he knows how to flirt and thinks a well-directed wink will reap its own reward (and often does!) Though raised in a Christian family his morals don't reflect that upbringing. You might say he has a rebellious streak that has led him straight into the clutches of the world and he is unrepentant. So, of course, when he sets his sight on a woman, she's bound to fall right into his lap.
No siree, Summer has learned from her mother's mistakes and she's determined not to repeat them. She has Trent summed up pretty much the way I did at first meet. Though she couldn't be completely indifferent since she has to share scene after scene with the Norse god lookalike. I mean, having him right there in the flesh all charming and flirty can wear down a girl's resolve. But, bless her heart, she gives him a run for his money and it serves him right!
Romantic tension runs high between this hero and heroine. The physical attraction is definitely there and Trent isn't looking for anything deeper so when he begins to see Summer in a different light he panics. Where do these tender feelings come from? Why do his days feel empty when she's not around? And the most alarming question of all -- when did he develop a conscience where women are concerned? Emotions are turned inside out as Trent confronts his own short-comings and finally makes peace with God.
Summer has her own faith journey to follow and it plays a significant role in finally breaking down Trent's resistance. Watching these two battle their way to the Lord and each other (in that order) left me emotionally spent by the time I reached the end. And, oh mercy, but I do love a story that leaves my romatical senses all discombobulated!
The bonus of this intricately woven story is the dual timeline -- the glimpse we get of life aboard the Spanish ship on it's route to the Americas. I was on tenterhooks over Isabella's story. Swashbuckling goodness with an unexpected end. Lots of action and adventure. I can't help but feel that Summer and Isabella would have been fast friends had they lived in the same century.
The kind of romance guaranteed to raise your blood pressure and leave you languishing on your fainting couch long after you've read the last word!
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