The Reaper by Barbara Devlin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A WINSOME WIDOW
After fleeing an unscrupulous business partner, who lured her into a perilous trap in order to steal her fortune, Charitye Vanderley is assaulted and left for dead. Saved by a less than honorable, altogether vulgar but handsome hero, she must survive in a foreign land, surrounded by strangers, and she knows not who to trust. Desperate, she places her fate in Blade Reyson's callused hands, as she has no one else to defend her, but her errant knight is not what she believes. Alone and afraid, she takes a leap of faith on her unconventional champion, sets sail for Virginia, and prays Blade will not disappoint her, but she does not guard her heart.
A MERCILESS MARAUDER
The last in a legendary line of motely pirates, Blade 'Reaper' Reyson sails the seas in search of prize and booty, but he knows the world is changing, and his days as a buccaneer are numbered. When he rescues a young woman floating in the waters near the docks in Port Royal, he turns to an old friend for help. The beautiful widow relies on Blade for comfort and security, and it is a powerful enticement for a man with no prospects. To shield his lady, he embarks on a new path and signs a pact that will guarantee a full pardon for past offenses, if he fulfills the terms and commits no further crimes.
What happens when old adversaries threaten to destroy the future Blade and Charitye covet?
Just when I thought Devlin could not surprise me any further, she did just that. Devlin wrote a serial! Well, as of right now it's just the first installment, however, as with every other one of her books, I could not put it down. Although tame in comparison to her previous work, there was never a lack of chemistry between Charitye and Blade, her savior. Even though this was just the first installment, it read as a full story with only a mystery to be solved. I cannot wait to see what happens with Charitye and Blade next!