Essex will have readers longing to set sail alongside her daring heroine and dashing hero. This wild ride of a high seas adventure/desire-in-disguise romance has it all: nonstop action, witty repartee and deft plotting. From the bow to the mast, from battles to ballrooms, Essex delivers another reckless bride and another read to remember.

When her younger brother disappears before he is to leave for service in the British Royal Navy, Sally Kent dons his uniform and boards the Audacious. She is as capable as any midshipman and loves being free of society’s rules. Lt. David Colyear has served with Kents before, and there is something about this one that disturbs him. It doesn’t take long for Col to uncover Sally’s disguise, but he keeps it to himself as she is a better sailor than many. Amid skirmishes with the Spanish and French and trouble with a bullying seaman, Sally becomes a temptation Col can’t ignore. In the midst of battle, it is easy to give in to mutual desire, but their love and loyalty will be tested by war and pride. (ST. MARTIN’S, Aug., 368 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin