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by Kresley Cole

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: 1856, England and the High Seas

2003 Best First Historical Romance Award Winner

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When Queen Victoria announces the Great Circle Race—a sailing competition from London to Sydney—Nicole Lassiter is ready to set sail. Raised on a Yankee clipper ship, she's as capable as any man and determined to win. So when her father is jailed after a brawl with Captain Derek Sutherland, she takes command of their vessel.

Sutherland needs to win this race to save his floundering shipping business. Nicole and her father believe he's responsible for sabotaging her family's ships.

The rivalry between Nicole and Derek takes on another dimension because of their mutual distrust. However, when her ship is damaged in a storm, she must rely on Derek for help—first as his hostage and later as his lover. They embark on a wild journey that culminates in their working together to find and destroy a common enemy.

The fast-paced action, heady sexual tension, steamy passion and snappy dialogue certainly make up for a bit of over-plotting. Exhilarating energy emanates from the pages of this very smart and sassy debut. SENSUAL (Jul., 350 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Pocket

Published: July 2003

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Floats my boat

Submitted by Oliva Love on June 25, 2010 - 3:11am.

I just finished reading this book for the second time. I am sure I will read it many more times over the years since I will not be removing it from my Kindle memory card. =)

This was the first romance novel I have ever read and the title made me want to groan however I had just finished reading all of the Immortal After Dark books and fell in love with Kresley Coles style. I am glad I didn't let the lack of paranormal put me off.

I thought the chemistry between Derek and Nicole was fantasic. Snarky comments and steamy sex scenes, just my kind of book.

Derek's character had growth and depth. I enjoyed watching him evolve from a rake into gentleman. Nicole was younger, much more immature and even in the end - spoiled.