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James Malory sets sail for America to honor a promise he made to his in-laws: His and Georgina’s daughter, Jacqueline, will have her come-out in America. Judith and Jacqueline Malory are not simply cousins; they are inseparable best friends. Refusing to miss Jacqueline’s come-out in Connecticut, Judith convinces her parents to let her delay her London debut by a few weeks so she can accompany her cousin. Neither girl intends to fall in love during her first Season. But Judith’s plans are overturned when aboard ship she comes face-to-face with the ghost who has been haunting her dreams.
Unknown to the Malorys, deckhand Nathan Tremayne is a smuggler with a noose around his neck. Determined to carry out a covert mission in America that could gain him a pardon, Nathan senses that beautiful Judith Malory is trouble. Somehow the minx knows his secret—and now she’s blackmailing him into doing her bidding. While passions can soar on the high seas, Nathan knows this aristocratic beauty is merely amusing herself with a scoundrel like him.
When the unthinkable happens in Connecticut and the elder Malorys’ hands are tied, Nathan takes command of a dire situation. Captaining his own ship, he turns the tables on Judith, as he steers them into some intense Caribbean heat where he will fight with all his mettle to win the right to her heart.
In her latest book, Stormy Persuasion, Johanna Lindsey returns to the world of the Malorys, many, many years after the events of the first book in the series, Love Only Once. Judith Malory, the daughter of Tony and Roslynn Malory (main characters of Tender Rebel), is all grown up and ready for her debut. But first, she’ll accompany her best friend and cousin, Jacqueline Malory (daughter of James and Georgina Malory from Gentle Rogue) on a sea voyage to Connecticut to spend time with her American family. Stormy Persuasion is a rollicking adventure on the high seas with a charming romance that is reminiscent of Gentle Rogue, the third book in the series.
Judith and Jacqueline have grown up together, never out of each other’s company for long. While Roslynn isn’t keen on letting Judith sail to the Americas (she’d rather Judith stay home and find an eligible English bachelor to marry), she eventually agrees to let her daughter go. Judith is ecstatic, although is a bit worried that she might miss her neighbor ghost— a specter who haunts a run-down estate neighboring that of another Malory cousin.
Before she leaves England, Judith sneaks into the neighboring estate, one of her favorite childhood pasttimes, and is surprised to find a flesh and blood man, who mostly likely is a smuggler. The encounter is heated, and Judith experiences her first kiss. Unfortunately, she can’t do much about the squatter because she is set to sail. Imagine her surprise when her smuggler turns out to be one of the crew on The Maiden George, her Uncle James’s ship.
Nathan Tremayne has a bit of a problem. He is a smuggler, following in his deceased father’s footsteps. But when he is caught, as a result of his encounter with Judith, Nathan must work with the authorities to hunt a band of rogue Americans who snatch ships. Nathan cannot turn down the offer of a full pardon. As such, he finds himself on a ship bound for Connecticut with the woman he blames for his arrest.
In the midst of their first meeting, Judith realizes that her ghost is also the smuggler who kissed her. Despite this realization, Judith cannot bring herself to turn Nathan in. Instead she seeks out his company during the long voyage under the guise of keeping her eye on him. The two get to know each other and indulge their mutual attraction.
When Jacqueline is kidnapped and The Maiden George is vandalized, it is Nathan, having secured his own stolen ship, who comes to the rescue. He captains his ship, takes on James as a crew member and demands that Judith act as his cabin boy—a nice homage to Georgina’s acting as James’s cabin boy in Gentle Rogue. Off to St. Kitts they go, leaving Judith’s father behind.
Fans of the Malorys will enjoy how prominently James and Tony figure in Stormy Persuasion. These two rakes are very different in the presence of their daughters. And here, Tony has to deal with his daughter falling in love with Nathan. Tony has his moment when he gets to confront the man who will be his son in law.
Just so you know, Tremayne, the only thing I had against you was that my baby was falling in love with you. I wasn’t ready to accept that yet, it was too bloody soon, but I’ve had it beaten into me that there’s no account for when, merely that it’s happened. So you’ve my blessing, for what it’s worth. But if you ever hurt her or make her cry again, I’ll bloody well kill you—just so we’re clear on that.”
With Stormy Persuasion, Johanna Lindsey moves onto the second generation of Malorys. Judith and Nathan’s story is delightful, full of tender romance and lots of adventure—even a ghost! Lindsey seems to be setting the stage for the next Malory book with Jacqueline’s kidnapping and resurgence of James Malory’s enemies. It is sure to be as action packed at Stormy Persuasion.
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