By Stephanie Laurens
They meet in a conflict of swords, sopping wet within the moonlight of Britain’s rugged japanese coast: Captain Jack, his good-looking gains etched in silver and shadow, his robust body compelling “Kit” Cranmer to give up. he's her dream lover come vividly alive, and his command of the smuggling gang is absolute. His all-knowing gaze penetrates her cover because the “lad” chief of a rival gang with scary ease and his “punishment” with kisses leaves her maidenly modesty in tatters.
Suddenly equipment reveals she’s simply too extremely joyful to discover with Jack the pleasures conventionally reserved for married girls . . . little understanding what risky forces she’s unleashing. For while equipment revels in middle of the night gallops and cottage rendezvous, Captain Jack is laying a steady catch that may curtail her freedom . . . and bind her to him with a hoop, a promise . . . and ties of devotion and desire.
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