A love story where two cultures separated by an ocean are brought together by human kindness and consideration, then inflamed by passion.
Title: Lady Overton’s Perilous Journey, Honorable Rogue Series, book 1
Author: Vikki Vaught
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: 1802, England, America
Published By: Secret Cravings Publishing
Published Date: July 11, 2015
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
About the Story: When her son’s life is threatened, Anissa, Marchioness of Overton, seeks refuge by sailing to America. Before the ship reaches the high seas, sparks fly between her and Captain Alex Hawks. Although the young widow may be lonely, and afraid, she cannot risk the diversion a romantic entanglement could bring, no matter how much she wants to lose herself in the captain’s embrace. The Captain vows to protect the young Lord Overton, but can offer no assurance that the marchioness will leave his ship with her virtue intact. Alex is drawn to Anissa’s beauty and courage, as a hummingbird is to the nectar of a flower. How long he can fight a losing battle before he surrenders and makes her his own? Will Alex be able to keep this remarkable woman and her child safe? Will his passion for Anissa be enough or will their differences keep them apart?
My Thoughts: I enjoyed this story which began in a middle of a scene showing us the desperation gripping Anissa. Intent on saving herself and her son, she had clubbed Lord Howard with a brass statue after he had attacked her when intent on rape. Her sole thoughts were to escape with her child. Lord Howard wanted both dead so he could be the new Lord Overton. She braved the crossing to America to get as far as possible from him, to be lost in the new world.
Anissa had loved her husband, and not long widowed. So her attraction to Captain Alex was not welcomed. And he also felt attracted to her, although less encumbered. He had little thoughts but lusty ones. Anissa shunned him for being titled she could not be lured into a liaison with the captain. Her thoughts were to return with her son to England when the time was appropriate. But what her logic dictated, her emotions directed her elsewhere.
Captain Alex’s initial reaction to Anissa was bold, and he even surprised me. However, he recovered his senses and decided to be a gentlemen. They would be friends. The crossing gave them much time to really get to know each other and slowly Anissa began to trust him. He, in turn, was becoming protective particularly when he discovered her circumstances. Yet, it was difficult to give her his trust, since if women were like his first wife, he’d avoid them for everything but bedding.
As a hero, captain Alex was certainly one. Strong, resilient Anissa was his perfect match. It’s quite interesting how Alex’s family helps Anissa, an unknown entity in their country. Georgia, Alex’s mother, Kathleen, Alex’s sister, and John, his brother, are well-developed secondary characters who helped keep Anissa safe. They portrayed the supportive, togetherness of American family life with its more casual deportment than in England. Harry, Anissa’s young son, was quite adorable, along with Melanie, Alex’s daughter. The two children and their cat added cuteness to the story.
A lot was happening of a very polite nature between Alex and Anissa which helped develop the story and the growing feelings between them. Later in the story, I was taken by the pace and tense action adding to the pleasure of the read. There were some very poignant and passionate moments between the hero and heroine. All in all, I found the read entertaining and well written.