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Unexpected love—plus passion, intrigue, and danger—challenge our hero to embrace his true nature. #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a riveting blend of Regency-era high seas adventure, a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love Unexpected love—plus passion, intrigue, and danger—challenge our hero to embrace his true nature. #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a riveting blend of Regency-era high seas adventure, a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love. After a decade of captaining diplomatic voyages for Frobisher Shipping, alongside covert missions for the Crown, Captain Robert Frobisher decides that establishing a home—with hearth and wife—should be his next challenge. But an unexpected mission intervenes. Although Robert sees himself as a conservative businessman-cum-diplomat and this mission is far from his usual sphere, it nevertheless falls within the scope of his abilities. As matters are urgent, he agrees to depart for West Africa forthwith. To Robert, his way forward is clear: Get to Freetown, determine the location of a slavers' camp, return to London with the information, and then proceed to find himself a wife. Already in Freetown, Miss Aileen Hopkins is set on finding her younger brother Will, a naval lieutenant who has mysteriously disappeared. Find Will and rescue him; determined and resolute, Aileen is not about to allow anyone to turn her from her path. But all too quickly, that path grows dark and dangerous. And then Robert Frobisher appears and attempts to divert her in more ways than one. Accustomed to managing diplomats and bureaucrats, Robert discovers that manipulating a twenty-seven-year-old spinster lies outside his area of expertise. Prodded by an insistent need to protect Aileen, he realizes that joining forces with her is the surest path to meeting all the challenges before him—completing his mission, keeping her safe, and securing the woman he wants as his wife. But the villains strike and disrupt their careful plans—leaving Robert and Aileen no choice but to attempt a last throw of the dice to complete his mission and further her brother's rescue. Compelled to protect those weaker than themselves and bring retribution to a heartless enemy, they plunge into the jungle with only their talents and inner strengths to aid them—and with the courage of their hearts as their guide. The first voyage is one of exploration, the second one of discovery. The third journey brings maturity, while the fourth is a voyage of second chances. Continue the journey and follow the adventure, the mystery, and the romances to the cataclysmic end. Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens "Stephanie Laurens' heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong." Cathy Kelly "Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters." Historical Romance Reviews "Stephanie Laurens plays into readers' fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again." Romantic Times Magazine


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Unexpected love—plus passion, intrigue, and danger—challenge our hero to embrace his true nature. #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a riveting blend of Regency-era high seas adventure, a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love Unexpected love—plus passion, intrigue, and danger—challenge our hero to embrace his true nature. #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a riveting blend of Regency-era high seas adventure, a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love. After a decade of captaining diplomatic voyages for Frobisher Shipping, alongside covert missions for the Crown, Captain Robert Frobisher decides that establishing a home—with hearth and wife—should be his next challenge. But an unexpected mission intervenes. Although Robert sees himself as a conservative businessman-cum-diplomat and this mission is far from his usual sphere, it nevertheless falls within the scope of his abilities. As matters are urgent, he agrees to depart for West Africa forthwith. To Robert, his way forward is clear: Get to Freetown, determine the location of a slavers' camp, return to London with the information, and then proceed to find himself a wife. Already in Freetown, Miss Aileen Hopkins is set on finding her younger brother Will, a naval lieutenant who has mysteriously disappeared. Find Will and rescue him; determined and resolute, Aileen is not about to allow anyone to turn her from her path. But all too quickly, that path grows dark and dangerous. And then Robert Frobisher appears and attempts to divert her in more ways than one. Accustomed to managing diplomats and bureaucrats, Robert discovers that manipulating a twenty-seven-year-old spinster lies outside his area of expertise. Prodded by an insistent need to protect Aileen, he realizes that joining forces with her is the surest path to meeting all the challenges before him—completing his mission, keeping her safe, and securing the woman he wants as his wife. But the villains strike and disrupt their careful plans—leaving Robert and Aileen no choice but to attempt a last throw of the dice to complete his mission and further her brother's rescue. Compelled to protect those weaker than themselves and bring retribution to a heartless enemy, they plunge into the jungle with only their talents and inner strengths to aid them—and with the courage of their hearts as their guide. The first voyage is one of exploration, the second one of discovery. The third journey brings maturity, while the fourth is a voyage of second chances. Continue the journey and follow the adventure, the mystery, and the romances to the cataclysmic end. Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens "Stephanie Laurens' heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong." Cathy Kelly "Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters." Historical Romance Reviews "Stephanie Laurens plays into readers' fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again." Romantic Times Magazine

30 review for A Buccaneer at Heart

  1. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I reviewed A Buccaneer at Heart at Heroes and Heartbreakers. Here's what I said. Imagine you’re playing Stephanie Laurens’ BINGO. A guaranteed cover for a BINGO square is the entrance on the page of a duke. A duke’s pervasive, persuasive influence and implicit power, almost always presages a request (from the duke) and acquiescence (from whomever the duke is inveigling). So it is no wonder that when Captain Robert Frobisher, newly returned to London and taking his ease in Piccadilly, spots a blac I reviewed A Buccaneer at Heart at Heroes and Heartbreakers. Here's what I said. Imagine you’re playing Stephanie Laurens’ BINGO. A guaranteed cover for a BINGO square is the entrance on the page of a duke. A duke’s pervasive, persuasive influence and implicit power, almost always presages a request (from the duke) and acquiescence (from whomever the duke is inveigling). So it is no wonder that when Captain Robert Frobisher, newly returned to London and taking his ease in Piccadilly, spots a black carriage, “premonition swept cool fingers across his nape.” The gentleman who steps out of his carriage “with languid grace” is His Grace, the Duke of Wolverstone. Wolverstone, a.k.a. Dalziel, and Viscount Melville, First Lord of the Admiralty, waylay Frobisher in order to ask him to assist the government with a troublesome situation in Africa. Says Melville, “As you can see, Captain Frobisher, we are in desperate need of someone with similar capabilities as your brother [hero of The Lady’s Command, The Adventurers Quartet #1] to travel to Freetown as fast as may be and continue our investigation.” Of course Frobisher agrees and indeed, when he is told of the inexplicable disappearance of serving officers, young women, and countless children, he is eager to bring the kidnappers, presumably slave traders, to justice. Unfortunately, his mission is finite: “Locate the slavers’ camp, then return and report. You must not follow the trail further, no matter the temptation.” Wolverstone paused, then added, “I appreciate that, very likely, that will not be an easy directive to follow—it’s not one I take joy in giving.” For a Laurens’ hero, competent and capable, the very notion of not completing a task is almost unthinkable. When Frobisher arrives in Freetown, he meets Aileen Hopkins, a young woman who is there on a complementary quest—to discover the whereabouts of her officer brother Will, one of the young disappeared serving men. Aileen, however, has no intention of stopping halfway to her goal of rescuing her brother. Naturally their paths cross and inevitably, Robert and Aileen find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, lurking in a carriage, spying on possible suspects. What does one do when discovery by a looming “six-plus feet and more than three hundred pounds” thug is imminent? One provides the curious miscreant with a perfect reason for seeking seclusion. He had to act. Swearing beneath his breath, he swung to face her. Time seemed to slow; through the dimness, he met her wide, faintly horrified gaze. He reached for her. “This is the only way. Don’t scream.” It was all the warning he gave her—all he had time for. He seized the feisty Miss Hopkins about her waist, lifted her and deposited her in his lap, hauled her to him, and slammed his lips over hers. Even as sensation flooded his brain, he reminded himself this had to look convincing. It will come as no surprise that Miss Hopkins, no frail wilting violet she, is up to the demands of the performance. Aileen, scared though she is, respects Robert for moving quickly to provide them with a convincing cover story. She kisses him back. She needed to play her part in this staged scene. The armed man would look in, and see and think...As if driven—nay, goaded, by her response, Frobisher angled his head and kissed her more forcefully, with a potent demand she felt race down every nerve. Aileen and Robert are a well-matched pair, aware of the primitive, sensual pull between them, but willing to set that aside (temporarily) to meet each other halfway in the achievement of their goals. Although Aileen is confident in Robert’s capabilities, she is surprised by his generosity in including her in his plans to discover the slavers’ lair. They plot and tangle, argue and agree, each increasingly aware that they have met their match. Incapable of staying away from each other physically, they continue to let down barriers. Never had she indulged in a kiss like this. A kiss with a man like this, one more capable of meeting her, matching her—challenging her. And oh, Lord, he drove her wild. To desperation and madness. To a level of feminine awareness she’s never previously attained. Even though Robert thinks their burgeoning attraction ought to be tattooed “This way lies danger” they fall in love and plunge into their quest together. Their romance is exciting and sensual, just as readers of Laurens have to come to expect—and thoroughly enjoy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    Done! I kept reading, kept pushing myself to keep calm and read on, but in all honesty...I skipped large blocks of narrative; skimmed paragraphs, ignored dialogue, and read just to finish. My initial reaction still holds. I'm disappointed; and similar to my reaction to volume one in this Adventurers Quartet: too much narrative, still too much set-up; not even showing; even too many people. I like the Frobishers. They strike me as strong, handsome, ready to do what's right, handsome, heroic men. S Done! I kept reading, kept pushing myself to keep calm and read on, but in all honesty...I skipped large blocks of narrative; skimmed paragraphs, ignored dialogue, and read just to finish. My initial reaction still holds. I'm disappointed; and similar to my reaction to volume one in this Adventurers Quartet: too much narrative, still too much set-up; not even showing; even too many people. I like the Frobishers. They strike me as strong, handsome, ready to do what's right, handsome, heroic men. So far the heroines have been good (I like Aileen) and well suited to their surroundings, the plot and to their particular Frobisher hero. But, the romance in this book takes a back seat to the overall plot, and the hero & heroine and their developing romance don't really get going until nearly 3/4 of the book is read. Sadly this series is reminding me of Kevin Costner's Robin Hood movie--it was a contractual movie, and Kevin Costner mailed in his performance and it showed. So far, that's what this series feels like...mailed in. Also, it feels like a re-work of the Black Cobra series (which I really enjoyed). The Black Cobra swept me up in the story, the hero/heroine, but this new Adventurers Quartet series is falling flat for me. And with all due respect to the cover artist...I'm really disappointed in the cover art. It's rather...amateurish. Having read A Buccanneer at Heart, I don't understand the man's expression on the cover. It's conveys a lightheartedness that is NOT in the story. The cover is lush (the ship, the water, the sky), but the hero in particular really disappoints. And a tagline says..."high seas adventure..." - uh, not really. The bulk of the story takes places on land. I will definitely read volume three, The Daredevil Snared. Why? It's Stephanie Laurens silly! and you know the saying...third times a charm! I'd like to know other people's thoughts when they're done reading this series. My early pre-review said "I'm on page 95; chapter four...and I'm struggling to stay with this book. I've been a longtime fan of Stephanie Laurens. In the past she's always delivered a good read, but I'm having the same difficulty with this 2nd book in her Adventurers Quartet as I did with Book 1 -- there's no joy, no oomph...I can't put my finger on it. I loved her Black Cobra series, but this new series just isn't doing "it" for me. I pulled the bookmark out this morning having decided I didn't want to waste anymore precious reading time on a book I wasn't enjoying, but it's Stephanie Laurens! I'm going to stick it out to The End. My initial reaction though is too much narrative, too much set-up; it all feels as if it lacks heart. We'll see how this goes."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Wow! Adventure galore! This series features 4 brothers who are sea captains. I love this series, but it would be best if you read these in order as the plot deepens and the mystery evolves with each book. Besides the wonderful romance, there is a very good mystery going on in Africa. People are disappearing and London has sent these brothers in to figure out what is happening. The heroines, so far, have been strong women who insist on helping. The hero's expression on the cover is perfect! While Wow! Adventure galore! This series features 4 brothers who are sea captains. I love this series, but it would be best if you read these in order as the plot deepens and the mystery evolves with each book. Besides the wonderful romance, there is a very good mystery going on in Africa. People are disappearing and London has sent these brothers in to figure out what is happening. The heroines, so far, have been strong women who insist on helping. The hero's expression on the cover is perfect! While he is falling for her, he learns she can be of help. Stephanie Laurens writes wonderful books and this is no exception. I highly recommend this series!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    I have loved every Stephanie Laurens book I have ever read -- and I think I've read everything she's written. This book just adds to her legend as far as I'm concerned. The Adventurers Quartet series covers the four Frobisher brothers whose family is a shipping dynasty. Each of the four brothers has a part in a different stage of a secret mission for the government. Robert Frobisher is a great hero. He's brave, intelligent, handsome and very diplomatic -- and is a buccaneer at heart :) One of th I have loved every Stephanie Laurens book I have ever read -- and I think I've read everything she's written. This book just adds to her legend as far as I'm concerned. The Adventurers Quartet series covers the four Frobisher brothers whose family is a shipping dynasty. Each of the four brothers has a part in a different stage of a secret mission for the government. Robert Frobisher is a great hero. He's brave, intelligent, handsome and very diplomatic -- and is a buccaneer at heart :) One of the great things about him is that he's always open and honest and isn't hiding some huge secret. He knows who he is. He's also ready for love and a family and he admits that and doesn't have some huge angst about it. Aileen Hopkins is a brave, strong, intelligent, skilled and determined woman. She, like Robert, is open and honest and isn't hiding some big secret. She knows who she is and what she wants and is willing to go after it. While she isn't looking for love, she is certainly open to it and is accepting of it. The book is filled with adventure and danger. It has traitors, slave-traders, jungle chases, kidnappings, you name it and through it all Robert and Aileen work together, save each other and manage to complete their leg of the mission. It is a great read! The only thing it is missing is the page after page of 'I'm not good enough for her/him' 'They wouldn't love me if they knew my terrible secret', etc. Not a bit of that in this book and it is so very refreshing!!!! I can't wait for Caleb's story next.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    4.5 stars This book reminded me why I love Stephanie Laurens! The last few books I have read by her have been good - but they all suffered from "over writing". They were wordy and repetitive and therefore annoyed me. This book while still a bit wordy - was more like the SL of old - a strong warrior type hero and an equally strong heroine, a solid story with action, adventure and passion. This story picks up where the first book left off, Robert has been tasked with finding the slavers camp and re 4.5 stars This book reminded me why I love Stephanie Laurens! The last few books I have read by her have been good - but they all suffered from "over writing". They were wordy and repetitive and therefore annoyed me. This book while still a bit wordy - was more like the SL of old - a strong warrior type hero and an equally strong heroine, a solid story with action, adventure and passion. This story picks up where the first book left off, Robert has been tasked with finding the slavers camp and returning to London with the information. Aileen is in Freetown looking for her missing brother. He was one of the first few men that went missing and whose disappearance alerted Wolverstone of a problem. Aileen is my type of heroine. She is older, smart, brave and packs a pistol. She quickly figures out something is not right in Freetown and hones in on what she believes is the common denominator in all the abductions. Robert and Aileen meet while she on "stakeout" and against Robert's better judgement decide to partner up to complete his mission and find her brother. Together these two complete Robert's mission and discover no only the location of the camp but a soulmate type love. This book was truly exceptional and I would highly recommend it. It could be read as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading the series in order.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    A Buccaneer at Heart 2 Stars The saga of the missing residents in the British Colony of Freetown, Sierra Leone, continues with the arrival of Miss Aileen Hopkins, who is determined to learn the truth behind her brother's disappearance. During her inquiries, she encounters Robert Frobisher, who has been sent by the British government to further the investigation begun by his brother. Series note: The events in this installment continue from where the previous book left off. As such, it is crucial t A Buccaneer at Heart 2 Stars The saga of the missing residents in the British Colony of Freetown, Sierra Leone, continues with the arrival of Miss Aileen Hopkins, who is determined to learn the truth behind her brother's disappearance. During her inquiries, she encounters Robert Frobisher, who has been sent by the British government to further the investigation begun by his brother. Series note: The events in this installment continue from where the previous book left off. As such, it is crucial that this series be read in order. Stephanie Laurens' writing has never been the most scintillating, but she is certainly skilled at creating interesting characters and conveying a compelling story. So far, this series has missed the mark. Even though Aileen and Robert have more intense interactions and better chemistry than Declan and Edwina, they do not actually meet until 1/3 of the way into the book. Despite the relatively long exposition, their characters are woefully underdeveloped. Aside from being a member of the seafaring Frobisher family and having a mysterious history as a sometime diplomat for the British government, readers learn next to nothing of Robert's past and the type of man he is. Likewise, Aileen's background is provided in very broad strokes - she is the only daughter in a family of 4 children and her brothers are all in the navy - and...? Moreover, her behavior is completely anachronistic. No reputable young, unmarried woman in the 18oos would be able to travel unaccompanied across London much less across an ocean to Africa without suffering serious social consequences. Although there is some progression in the ongoing mystery of the abductees, it is very minimal and there is much less excitement and action than in most of Laurens' other works. The writing is also tedious, repetitious, and wordy even by Laurens' standards. In sum, the original setting and intriguing mystery cannot compensate for the sluggish writing, poor characterization and average romance.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sandy S

    3.5 stars ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 26, 2016 Unexpected love—plus passion, intrigue, and danger—challenge our hero to embrace his true nature. #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a riveting blend of Regency-era high seas adventure, a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love. After a decade of captaining diplomatic voyages for Frobisher Shipping, 3.5 stars ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 26, 2016 Unexpected love—plus passion, intrigue, and danger—challenge our hero to embrace his true nature. #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a riveting blend of Regency-era high seas adventure, a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love. After a decade of captaining diplomatic voyages for Frobisher Shipping, alongside covert missions for the Crown, Captain Robert Frobisher decides that establishing a home—with hearth and wife—should be his next challenge. But an unexpected mission intervenes. Although Robert sees himself as a conservative businessman-cum-diplomat and this mission is far from his usual sphere, it nevertheless falls within the scope of his abilities. As matters are urgent, he agrees to depart for West Africa forthwith. To Robert, his way forward is clear: Get to Freetown, determine the location of a slavers' camp, return to London with the information, and then proceed to find himself a wife. Already in Freetown, Miss Aileen Hopkins is set on finding her younger brother Will, a naval lieutenant who has mysteriously disappeared. Find Will and rescue him; determined and resolute, Aileen is not about to allow anyone to turn her from her path. But all too quickly, that path grows dark and dangerous. And then Robert Frobisher appears and attempts to divert her in more ways than one. Accustomed to managing diplomats and bureaucrats, Robert discovers that manipulating a twenty-seven-year-old spinster lies outside his area of expertise. Prodded by an insistent need to protect Aileen, he realizes that joining forces with her is the surest path to meeting all the challenges before him—completing his mission, keeping her safe, and securing the woman he wants as his wife. But the villains strike and disrupt their careful plans—leaving Robert and Aileen no choice but to attempt a last throw of the dice to complete his mission and further her brother's rescue. Compelled to protect those weaker than themselves and bring retribution to a heartless enemy, they plunge into the jungle with only their talents and inner strengths to aid them—and with the courage of their hearts as their guide. The first voyage is one of exploration, the second one of discovery. The third journey brings maturity, while the fourth is a voyage of second chances. Continue the journey and follow the adventure, the mystery, and the romances to the cataclysmic end. •••••••••• REVIEW: 3.5 stars---A BUCCANEER AT HEART is the second installment in Stephanie Laurens’s THE ADVENTURER’S QUARTET Regency-era historical romance series. This is Captain Robert Frobisher, and Aileen Hopkins story line. A BUCCANEER AT HEART is best read as part of the 4 book quartet series as each installment builds upon the information and premise of the previous story line(s). Told from several third person perspectives A BUCCANEER AT HEART focuses on the search for a number of missing children, women and military officers in Freetown, South Africa presumed to have been kidnapped by a band of European slavers. Commissioned to locate the kidnappers camp Captain Robert Frobisher continues his brother’s original mission in the hopes of locating the missing people and uncovering the who, what, and why of the people involved. Enter Aileen Hopkins, a twenty seven year old British citizen hoping to locate her missing brother Lieutenant William Hopkins. What ensues is the building relationship between Aileen and Robert, and the struggle to remain neutral in the face of more kidnappings and missing persons. The relationship between Aileen and Robert is one of mutual concern but our heroine is determined to search for her missing brother regardless of Robert’s warnings, and the potential threats from the slavers themselves. The romance is slow to build as the first part of the story line follows Robert and Aileen on separate investigations into the missing officers, as the author continues to build up the story behind the slavers, the women and children involved. The $ex scenes are intimate without the use of over the top graphic language or text. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including a number of Robert’s men, the children and citizens of Freetown, South Africa, the political officials in Britain and Freetown, and a cameo by Robert’s brothers Captains Declan (The Lady’s Command #1) and Caleb Frobisher (The Daredevil Snared #3). A BUCCANEER AT HEART has a little bit of everything: action, mystery, suspense, romance and love. Stephanie Laurens’s heroine is strong willed and independent but a woman who is determined to find her brother at any and all costs. The premise is intriguing; the characters are animated and passionate; the romance is fated and heartwarming.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sandy S

    3.5 stars ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 26, 2016 Unexpected love—plus passion, intrigue, and danger—challenge our hero to embrace his true nature. #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a riveting blend of Regency-era high seas adventure, a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love. After a decade of captaining diplomatic voyages for Frobisher Shipping, 3.5 stars ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 26, 2016 Unexpected love—plus passion, intrigue, and danger—challenge our hero to embrace his true nature. #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a riveting blend of Regency-era high seas adventure, a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love. After a decade of captaining diplomatic voyages for Frobisher Shipping, alongside covert missions for the Crown, Captain Robert Frobisher decides that establishing a home—with hearth and wife—should be his next challenge. But an unexpected mission intervenes. Although Robert sees himself as a conservative businessman-cum-diplomat and this mission is far from his usual sphere, it nevertheless falls within the scope of his abilities. As matters are urgent, he agrees to depart for West Africa forthwith. To Robert, his way forward is clear: Get to Freetown, determine the location of a slavers' camp, return to London with the information, and then proceed to find himself a wife. Already in Freetown, Miss Aileen Hopkins is set on finding her younger brother Will, a naval lieutenant who has mysteriously disappeared. Find Will and rescue him; determined and resolute, Aileen is not about to allow anyone to turn her from her path. But all too quickly, that path grows dark and dangerous. And then Robert Frobisher appears and attempts to divert her in more ways than one. Accustomed to managing diplomats and bureaucrats, Robert discovers that manipulating a twenty-seven-year-old spinster lies outside his area of expertise. Prodded by an insistent need to protect Aileen, he realizes that joining forces with her is the surest path to meeting all the challenges before him—completing his mission, keeping her safe, and securing the woman he wants as his wife. But the villains strike and disrupt their careful plans—leaving Robert and Aileen no choice but to attempt a last throw of the dice to complete his mission and further her brother's rescue. Compelled to protect those weaker than themselves and bring retribution to a heartless enemy, they plunge into the jungle with only their talents and inner strengths to aid them—and with the courage of their hearts as their guide. The first voyage is one of exploration, the second one of discovery. The third journey brings maturity, while the fourth is a voyage of second chances. Continue the journey and follow the adventure, the mystery, and the romances to the cataclysmic end. •••••••••• REVIEW: 3.5 stars---A BUCCANEER AT HEART is the second installment in Stephanie Laurens’s THE ADVENTURER’S QUARTET Regency-era historical romance series. This is Captain Robert Frobisher, and Aileen Hopkins story line. A BUCCANEER AT HEART is best read as part of the 4 book quartet series as each installment builds upon the information and premise of the previous story line(s). Told from several third person perspectives A BUCCANEER AT HEART focuses on the search for a number of missing children, women and military officers in Freetown, South Africa presumed to have been kidnapped by a band of European slavers. Commissioned to locate the kidnappers camp Captain Robert Frobisher continues his brother’s original mission in the hopes of locating the missing people and uncovering the who, what, and why of the people involved. Enter Aileen Hopkins, a twenty seven year old British citizen hoping to locate her missing brother Lieutenant William Hopkins. What ensues is the building relationship between Aileen and Robert, and the struggle to remain neutral in the face of more kidnappings and missing persons. The relationship between Aileen and Robert is one of mutual concern but our heroine is determined to search for her missing brother regardless of Robert’s warnings, and the potential threats from the slavers themselves. The romance is slow to build as the first part of the story line follows Robert and Aileen on separate investigations into the missing officers, as the author continues to build up the story behind the slavers, the women and children involved. The $ex scenes are intimate without the use of over the top graphic language or text. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including a number of Robert’s men, the children and citizens of Freetown, South Africa, the political officials in Britain and Freetown, and a cameo by Robert’s brothers Captains Declan (The Lady’s Command #1) and Caleb Frobisher (The Daredevil Snared #3). A BUCCANEER AT HEART has a little bit of everything: action, mystery, suspense, romance and love. Stephanie Laurens’s heroine is strong willed and independent but a woman who is determined to find her brother at any and all costs. The premise is intriguing; the characters are animated and passionate; the romance is fated and heartwarming.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julia Mackey

    A Buccaneer at Heart - the most is senseless and useless book Stephanie Laurens. If the first book of The Adventurers Quartet was just like all of her last book, boring and tedious, but it was the sense and logic present. The second book in this series just hit its historic bias, in the 19th century young woman, the more noble could not travel alone, especially in Africa, a woman would be considered a whore and not accepted anywhere in polite society, nor in England, nor in the colonies . Young A Buccaneer at Heart - the most is senseless and useless book Stephanie Laurens. If the first book of The Adventurers Quartet was just like all of her last book, boring and tedious, but it was the sense and logic present. The second book in this series just hit its historic bias, in the 19th century young woman, the more noble could not travel alone, especially in Africa, a woman would be considered a whore and not accepted anywhere in polite society, nor in England, nor in the colonies . Young woman traveling alone easy prey for any man, it must be a prostitute, which has nothing to lose, or a complete idiot, that would be fucked as soon as possible. So I have a main character has developed a very negative opinion, whether she was a fool, or a complete whore, or one and maybe both. Do not disclose the nature of the main characters, there are hints that Robert Frobisher intelligent and determined man, aand Miss Aileen Hopkins foolishly devoted to his family, that in Africa alone was to save the younger brother, just like she was going to do this is not clear. Not a word about the past of the protagonists. Who they are, how they lived 30 years, what did they do, with whom to be friends? In one of the proposals, there is a hint unhappy love Aileen in the last, but then a word about it. With whom she lost her virginity, who was her first love, and whether at all, we can only guess. I got the impression that such a hurry to finish the book that missed two or three chapters, for example, about the past heroes, their moral values, interests and interactions with relatives. Absolutely not disclosed feelings of the characters to each other, the love between them even did not have thoughts during reading (and it's a love story!), But I even passion between Robert and Aileen could not see. I saw between them is just sex, which they do by mutual agreement after a stressful situation. The decision of an intelligent and pragmatic Robert Frobisher marry this idiot Miss Aileen Hopkins, how perplexed. This book is not just disappointing, it angered innuendo, no narrative logic and complete disregard for basic sense of self-preservation Aileen Hopkins. And this book of wonderful Stephanie Laurens? The author of the immortal series The Bar Cynster and Bastion Club, where she preaches family values, high moral principles, a violent passion that turns into a deep devotional love heroes. Hands tear those, who wrote A Buccaneer at Heart, and dismiss editors publish unfinished delirium! I have all the books of Stephanie Laurens, but after reading A Buccaneer at Heart stopped buying her books, but friends forwarded her third novel, The Daredevil Snared, I long hesitated to read it, did not want to upset and angry again. But when I read was a little surprised, the book was very well written and appropriate. Not a masterpiece of course, but the feelings of the main characters are disclosed, their motives are clear, actions are developing dynamically, many secondary characters with whom the characters interact, intriguing further developments. Maybe the author who wrote The Daredevil Snared, and append missing chapters A Buccaneer at Heart, to save the view of Robert and Aileen!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paraphrodite

    3.5 - 4 stars. Newly returned to England, Rob Frobisher is immediately asked to take over from his brother Declan to go back to West Africa and find out more about the disappearances in Freetown. Once there, he found that Aileen Hopkins has already been there awhile, looking for clues to her younger brother's disappearance. Rob decides to include Aileen in his efforts so that he can keep an eye on her. I have to admit I found Aileen and Edwina almost interchangeable in character, Rob is probably j 3.5 - 4 stars. Newly returned to England, Rob Frobisher is immediately asked to take over from his brother Declan to go back to West Africa and find out more about the disappearances in Freetown. Once there, he found that Aileen Hopkins has already been there awhile, looking for clues to her younger brother's disappearance. Rob decides to include Aileen in his efforts so that he can keep an eye on her. I have to admit I found Aileen and Edwina almost interchangeable in character, Rob is probably just slightly more of a diplomat than Declan but really there's not much difference. This is fairly common in series with Stephanie Laurens. This story probably would work as well without changing the main characters. But it's still a good adventure story. I do recommend reading these books in order though, to see the progression of the mystery. I'm looking forward to reading about Caleb's adventures, he seems to be made from different clothes. BTW - this series has the most ugly covers!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    3.5 STARS Comparing this book to Laurens' Cynster and Black Cobra books--it just doesn't measure up, so I had to rate it lower. Much of the book was boring and too slow paced to me with details and descriptions that really didn't matter. It could have been a shorter book, or combined with Book 1--but that wouldn't fit with 4 brothers. The last quarter of the book it did finally pick up and there was some interesting scenes in the pursuit of Robert and Aileen by the bad guys. 3.5 STARS Comparing this book to Laurens' Cynster and Black Cobra books--it just doesn't measure up, so I had to rate it lower. Much of the book was boring and too slow paced to me with details and descriptions that really didn't matter. It could have been a shorter book, or combined with Book 1--but that wouldn't fit with 4 brothers. The last quarter of the book it did finally pick up and there was some interesting scenes in the pursuit of Robert and Aileen by the bad guys.

  12. 4 out of 5

    TARA Peace

    While I've previously loved books by Laurens, this one was exceedingly disappointing. The writing was too much with too many unnecessary descriptions that were not only over the top but rather ridiculous as well. Despite the fact the book left me on a cliff hanger of sorts concerning the mission, I will not be reading the next in the series - even though the mission was the only intriguing part of the book While I've previously loved books by Laurens, this one was exceedingly disappointing. The writing was too much with too many unnecessary descriptions that were not only over the top but rather ridiculous as well. Despite the fact the book left me on a cliff hanger of sorts concerning the mission, I will not be reading the next in the series - even though the mission was the only intriguing part of the book

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Exciting continuation of the series. This one picks up where The Lady's Command left off. Declan and Edwina have returned to England with the information they were sent to get. Robert has just arrived home from his latest voyage ferrying diplomats when he is met by the Duke of Wolverstone (Dalziel) who wants Robert to take the next leg of the investigation, finding the location of the slavers' camp, and bringing that information back to England. Robert is understandably disgruntled about not bei Exciting continuation of the series. This one picks up where The Lady's Command left off. Declan and Edwina have returned to England with the information they were sent to get. Robert has just arrived home from his latest voyage ferrying diplomats when he is met by the Duke of Wolverstone (Dalziel) who wants Robert to take the next leg of the investigation, finding the location of the slavers' camp, and bringing that information back to England. Robert is understandably disgruntled about not being able to see the investigation through to its conclusion, but accepts the reasoning. He also has a secondary motive for wanting to finish as quickly as possible: After years of sailing and missions for the Crown, he wants what Declan has found - a home and wife of his own. The sooner he returns home, the sooner he can start looking. Aileen Hopkins grew up in a Navy family, with all the men in her family for generations having served. When word comes that her youngest brother, Will, has disappeared from his ship in Freetown, Aileen is determined to find and rescue him. She is smart, stubborn and a dead shot with a pistol. It doesn't take long for her to realize that there is more going on than meets the eye. With both Robert and Aileen tackling the same mystery from different points, it isn't long before their paths collide. That first meeting is quite incendiary, as Robert steps in just as one of the slavers notices that Aileen appeared to be watching him. Using a kiss that rapidly gets out of hand, their cover is maintained, but both are left reeling. Robert is determined to convince Aileen that she should back off and let him handle things, and she is equally determined not to be shunted off to the side. It was quite enjoyable to see Aileen take each one of Robert's objections and counter it with excellent logic. Robert quickly came to realize that he would be certain of her safety only if he kept her at his side. The development of their relationship is fast and furious. They are evenly matched in intelligence and determination, and discover that they work together quite well. There is also a simmering attraction that builds quickly. I really enjoyed seeing Robert's frustration with Aileen at the beginning, as she didn't behave in any way like he expected her to. However, that same behavior soon impressed him with her ability to adapt to any circumstances. It didn't take long for him to realize that fate had combined his mission and his search for a wife, if only he can keep her safe. I also enjoyed seeing the effect that Robert had on Aileen, shaking up her usual ability to focus on her goals. There were several fun parts where Aileen notices the similarities between Robert and her brothers, and handles him the same way she would them. There are also times when Robert needs all the diplomacy he's learned over the years to make Aileen see things his way. But through it all, there is no doubting the respect they have for each other. There are no games played, no big secrets to drive them apart, and no doubting that they are meant for each other. The carrying out of Robert's mission was exciting from the beginning. The first part of the book shows both Aileen and Robert following their plans independently. Robert and his men have their work cut out as they follow their suspects and wait for their chance to track the slavers. Aileen's frustration with the lack of help she receives from the officials leads her to take matters into her own hands. She's unaware of the bigger picture and the danger until she joins forces with Robert. Her switch in focus to the missing children brings her to the attention of the wrong people, and her capture creates havoc with Robert's plans. There is a great deal of danger, fear, excitement and even some humor in her rescue, but that's not the end of it. Still missing some key information, their search leads into the jungle and yet another close call with the slavers. A heartbreaking scene involving some of the missing children gives further impetus to their need to escape with the information they now have. That confrontation was a real nail-biter as I wondered how close it was going to be. I loved the final chapters, as Robert and Aileen take the time during the voyage home to truly get to know each other. Their arrival involved a bit of fun, as we meet the youngest brother, Caleb, and experience the ever present competitiveness between the brothers. It concludes with a most satisfying meeting with Wolverstone and other familiar faces, including Edwina and Minerva, Lady Wolverstone. There's an unexpected twist involving the next leg of the investigation that sets the stage for the next book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alicja

    First of all, there are no mega long internal analyzes and reflections on the characters as in the first part Second: definitely better story. Already the heroes are not so hyper ideal, more is happening in the criminal thread. The old Laurens are returning.

  15. 4 out of 5

    BJ Rose

    This is a 4* mainly because of Aileen - otherwise it's 3.5* This is a 4* mainly because of Aileen - otherwise it's 3.5*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Hill

    Performance: 5 Stars Story: 1 Star Overall: 3 Stars If it weren’t for Steve West’s exceptional narrating talent this would have been a DNF. The story was weak and had excessively ridiculous descriptions. My finishing it is a testament to exactly how highly I regard his abilities.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kendra

    Library copy

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather C

    A Buccaneer at Heart picks up immediately after the ending of The Lady’s Command, so I would highly recommend that you read these books in series order. Edwina and Declan Frobisher have returned from the first leg of the reconnaissance mission to Freetown, Africa to learn why people were going missing there. Having returned with some eye-opening information, it is time for the next part of the mission to begin, and who better for that mission than another of the Frobisher brothers – this time Ro A Buccaneer at Heart picks up immediately after the ending of The Lady’s Command, so I would highly recommend that you read these books in series order. Edwina and Declan Frobisher have returned from the first leg of the reconnaissance mission to Freetown, Africa to learn why people were going missing there. Having returned with some eye-opening information, it is time for the next part of the mission to begin, and who better for that mission than another of the Frobisher brothers – this time Robert. Robert sets sail to take the mission deeper into the heart of the slums and the jungle to find out where these people are being taken and why. He doesn’t expect to encounter a beautiful but driven young woman, Aileen Hopkins, already in Freetown searching for her missing brother who is at times both a help and a hindrance, but at all times a lovely woman he starts to fall for. What will they uncover in Africa, both about themselves and the mission? One thing that sets this book apart from the first in the series is how the romance plays out. In The Lady’s Command you have a married couple right from the first few pages of the book and that plays out distinctly different than Robert setting out on this mission as a single man with some thoughts towards seeking a bride upon his return home. As a matter of fact, Robert and Aileen exist on separate storylines through the first third or so of the book – they are relatively aware of the other’s presence, but do not encounter one another. Even once they meet, the main thrust of the story is the mission – for Aileen it is to find her brother who went missing in Freetown and from Robert it is to locate the camp of the kidnappers. This at times sets them at odds with each other as their missions sometimes do not support the other. I did find their early moments to be sort of funny and their relationship flourished at an expedited pace because of the nature of close proximity during their shared mission. By the end of the novel there are a couple of sexy scenes between the two, but you will wait quite a while as the novel is centered more on the adventure than the romance for most of the book. I liked the characters of Aileen and Robert in this book, more than I liked Edwina from the first book for sure. Aileen is a woman who can take care of herself, she even comes packing her own weapons AND knows how to use them! While she does have a damsel-in-distress moment and needs rescuing, she does return the favor with Robert by the end of the book. We also return to a few characters that we met in the first book, Declan and Edwina book end the novel, but also some of the locals in Freetown make a second appearance here and are quite enjoyable. Action there is aplenty here, even beyond the bedroom! There is spying, kidnapping, escaping, shootouts, sword-fights, encounters by boat, subterfuge, and more. I think that the adventure was well plotted and feels like a natural progression of the greater story arc across what will be a four book series. While I think that the necessity for the brothers to each complete one part of the mission and then return all the way back to London to report seems a little drawn out to be ultimately believable, I can suspend that disbelief and enjoy the sense of adventure here as it does draw you in. I would weigh the adventure aspect more heavily than the romantic elements in this novel. There was only one set of awkward scenes, and while I understand why they were written the way they were, it came off very difficult to read. Sprinkled throughout the novel there are a couple scenes where the kidnappers are the central focus and they are discussing their nefarious ways. Obviously the author didn’t want the reader to know who they were yet, as some of them will be revealed later in this book and others likely in the forthcoming titles. So instead of unique names, we have generalities that read very much like, “the first man said to the third man”. This repeated usage began to drive me crazy and I couldn’t wait for those scenes to end because I was even more confused than when I began that section. I’m not sure how to improve this section, but it was just awkward reading. Overall, I found this second book more enjoyable than the first (which is very unusual for me) and I can’t wait to dive into the third book in this series which follows the youngest and more spontaneous brother, Caleb. This review was previously posted at The Maiden's Court blog.

  19. 4 out of 5

    A.M.

    Aileen is searching for her missing brother, and Captain Robert Frobisher is on a spy mission for the Crown when they meet in Freetown, Sierra Leone. *** Bit slow to start - listening to the audiobook and I feel as if I want to speed it up - but the voices sound weird to me when I do that - who cares, I’m going for 1.25x this is toooo slooooow otherwise. 50% in and nothing is happening… even at increased narration speed. She is told NOT to speak to anyone about their super secret mission… so the nex Aileen is searching for her missing brother, and Captain Robert Frobisher is on a spy mission for the Crown when they meet in Freetown, Sierra Leone. *** Bit slow to start - listening to the audiobook and I feel as if I want to speed it up - but the voices sound weird to me when I do that - who cares, I’m going for 1.25x this is toooo slooooow otherwise. 50% in and nothing is happening… even at increased narration speed. She is told NOT to speak to anyone about their super secret mission… so the next day she heads off to the naval attache’s office and upbraids him about missing children and slavers in town. And GOSH… then she’s kidnapped. The Governor’s WIFE was previously involved in this scheme, you twit. You think the super attractive attache wasn’t???? *smacks Aileen* And while she’s being kidnapped she mulls over her attraction to Robert for… I want to say PAGES. There is literally NO time for that now! *smacks book* Robert and the crew rescue Aileen [ditching the mission and the kidnapped children] and fight their way out of the slum whilst trying not to hurt anyone. [I snorted so hard as I was walking I had yet another person give me an odd look.] They’re SLAVERS. I think it’s okay if you hurt them. [Aileen shot one. It’s the only time I give her points.] The over-explaining and the logic issues are killing me. They think the slum doesn’t support the slavers, then they do when Aileen is taken - people rise up out of nowhere and they play hide and seek - which might work EXCEPT it’s THEIR slum and ya’ll have been in town for TWO days. You don’t know shit about this town. Then Robert says it’ll be fine for the same four crew and he and Aileen to go back to town. To the same inn. *blinks* Whispers… no, no it won’t. They WILL recognise you. But it’s okay because they’ll change the name of the ship so no one will get it’s the same ship that’s been parked in the bay for days. *blinks rapidly* It’s a clipper. The Ferrari of ships. Good god, the captains of them were celebrities. Trust me; they’ll notice it. [By now… I am SHOUTING at the book as I continue my laps of the oval. I frightened young Korean lovers canoodling in the dark. This is your fault, Ms Laurens.] And oddly, given it’s set in Sierra Leone, there are almost NO BLACK people in the book. All the kidnapped children seem to be European. Even all the bad guys are European. Once, they mention speaking a different language to villagers. It just doesn’t feel right. And why hasn’t it finished at the obvious point? The last 20% could have been in the next book. The characters are a bit off, too. I can’t explain. We know almost nothing about them. Aileen is supposed to be smart, competent and fearless and is nearly thirty and unmarried. From a family of sailors. She’s never met an officer she liked before now? With four brothers in the navy? Idk *shrugs* it just doesn’t work for me. But I guess it fits; they fall in insta-lust and they know nothing about each other, either. The book constantly makes leaps of logic that aren’t… well… logical. It’s very repetitive. We don’t need to hear the bad guys relate everything that happened; we read it the chapter before. I nearly gave up at 80% when she related a whole scene (trying to hide identities) by saying: the third man said to the first man who commented to the other man… *grits teeth* it wasn’t good. [I’m sure I heard this - but being an audiobook it’s hard to search.] For the author: It’s ‘Hung for a sheep as for a lamb’ not ‘hung for a wolf as for a lamb’. Nobody steals/eats wolves. The point of the saying is if you’re going to be in trouble for a small thing, you may as well be in trouble for a larger version of the same thing. So… I guess it’s a meh vote 2 stars And what IS that cover?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Melo

    FINAL DECISION:  I generally love Laurens books, but this one was almost boring for the first half. The second half (after the hero and heroine meet) was really good, but I couldn't help but wish that they had met earlier to pick up the pacing. THE STORY: Captain Robert Frobisher picks up the investigation into the disappearances of people in West Africa. He travels there with the mission to find the camp of the slavers who have been kidnapping men, women and children.  When he arrives, Robert fi FINAL DECISION:  I generally love Laurens books, but this one was almost boring for the first half. The second half (after the hero and heroine meet) was really good, but I couldn't help but wish that they had met earlier to pick up the pacing. THE STORY: Captain Robert Frobisher picks up the investigation into the disappearances of people in West Africa. He travels there with the mission to find the camp of the slavers who have been kidnapping men, women and children.  When he arrives, Robert finds another person doing her own search. Miss Aileen Hopkins has come to West Africa searching for her younger brother who is one of the missing.  Robert knows that he has to convince Miss Hopkins to stop her search before she disturbs the wrong person and ends up missing as well. OPINION:  This book was just so-so for me.  Once Robert and Aileen met and began investigating together, things heated up and the pace of the story picked up.  Unfortunately, that really didn't happen until halfway through the book. For the entire first part of the book Robert and Aileen are engaged in their own investigations and the investigation is the central story in the book.  What I really wanted was to know more about these characters, but instead, I got detail about the kidnapping and methods of investigations.  Those items don't bother me in a Laurens book because the mystery is central to the story, but here, the hero and heroine spent too much time apart on the investigation. Once Robert and Aileen join forces, the story picked up and I was happily turning pages.  The two are clearly the perfect match and there wasn't much keeping them apart except for the adventure they are on.  Truthfully, the adventure/mystery itself was much more intriguing and exciting once they joined forces.  If there was more of that in the book and less of them apart, I would have really enjoyed this book. WORTH MENTIONING: I usually never mention things like covers, but I have to say this one might be one of the worst I have seen.  The expression on Robert's face on the front creeped me out every time I looked at it. CONNECTED BOOKS: A BUCCANEER AT HEART is the second book in the Adventurers Quartet.  These book feature a continuing overarching storyline and are meant to be read in order.  That being said, the romance itself is completely self contained. STAR RATING:  I give this book 2.5 stars.This review was originally posted on Top10RomanceBooks.com

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elis Madison

    Following the leads developed by his brother in the first book in the series, Robert Frobisher is in Freetown, West Africa, trying to locate the slavers who have been abducting European men, women and children. The last thing he needs is a nosy spinster mucking things up. Aileen Hopkins is in Freetown trying to locate her brother, who was reported AWOL. She knows he wouldn't walk away from the Navy willingly, but nobody official wants to listen. Just enough danger and intrigue to keep this one mov Following the leads developed by his brother in the first book in the series, Robert Frobisher is in Freetown, West Africa, trying to locate the slavers who have been abducting European men, women and children. The last thing he needs is a nosy spinster mucking things up. Aileen Hopkins is in Freetown trying to locate her brother, who was reported AWOL. She knows he wouldn't walk away from the Navy willingly, but nobody official wants to listen. Just enough danger and intrigue to keep this one moving well, and far less relationship angst than the first. This is developing into a nice series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mariana

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this one more than the first. I think the rhythm is suited to listening. In fact, I plan to listen to the next book as well. This story starts mostly with two separate stories. The H/h do not meet until well into the book, maybe a third. After romance blossoms, their love scenes are more erotic and less poetic than in the first of the series, perhaps because they haven't already been married for a couple of weeks at the start. I enjoyed both characters and the mystery. I imagine 3.5 stars I enjoyed this one more than the first. I think the rhythm is suited to listening. In fact, I plan to listen to the next book as well. This story starts mostly with two separate stories. The H/h do not meet until well into the book, maybe a third. After romance blossoms, their love scenes are more erotic and less poetic than in the first of the series, perhaps because they haven't already been married for a couple of weeks at the start. I enjoyed both characters and the mystery. I imagine I will complete the entire quartet.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    I did not like. There is no information about the past of the characters. I did not understand the feelings of the characters, the passion described well and do not have feelings. I do not understand how Aileen Hopkins interacted with other men who were with her before meeting with Robert. I despise when heroines romance novels had a lot of lovers! This lust and not love.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Literski

    Great!!! Love to read Stephanie Lauren's books!! Looking forward to books 3 & 4 of this series. I like that she brings in characters from her other books. I like the mystery of who the bad guys are and how the main characters work together. Great!!! Love to read Stephanie Lauren's books!! Looking forward to books 3 & 4 of this series. I like that she brings in characters from her other books. I like the mystery of who the bad guys are and how the main characters work together.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    A good read, typical Laurens. I liked it, but I thought the characters could have used more depth, more of their past related to us. I found that I mentally filled in the blanks in my mind with my knowledge of her past series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ronda Blanke Geiger

    Loved it! The next installment in the Adventures Quartet is excellent! Loved the story of Robert and Aileen and the extension of the mission was written superbly. I cannot wait for Caleb's story . Loved it! The next installment in the Adventures Quartet is excellent! Loved the story of Robert and Aileen and the extension of the mission was written superbly. I cannot wait for Caleb's story .

  27. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Hurley

    Great story! Love Stephanie and her writing! Really brings you into the story and makes you anxious for more!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Clarice

    Awaiting for the last book. I wanted to be an adventurer. Sailing the seven seas.

  29. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Am now looking forward to #3. Have to recap on all those present in the debrief meeting.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Fast, simple read. Was not as rich a story as usual.

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