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By Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

"*A lady in determined straits ... A fearless guy ... a wedding of comfort on turbulent waters ...*

Cerynise Kendall has been left destitute and in dire want following the dying of her doting buyer and protectress. an excellent younger artist tossed from her domestic with in simple terms the garments on her again, Cerynise needs to now flip to a early life better half for tips --- the speeding sea captain Beauregard Birmingham --- and beg him to supply her with passage to the Carolinas. She seeks a brand new domestic and a brand new existence around the waters, yet actually depends upon the kindness of an enthralling adventurer who used to be the thing of her younger infatuation.

Beneath Birmingham's rugged external beats a middle as huge and wild because the Atlantic, and Beau effectively has the same opinion to help Cerynise --- even delivering her his identify in marriage, albeit briefly, to guard his longtime good friend from scandal. yet perilous secrets and techniques, decided enemies and tempests of the ocean and soul threaten their destiny and secure passage while bonds of camaraderie are miraculously reforged as bonds of hope ... and affection turns into ardour and love.

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Eventually, her queasiness ebbed and she or he fell again weakly upon the mattress. The cooling strokes of a rainy textile on her face, throat and into the hole of her costume introduced her a degree of aid, yet she not often had time to capture her breath sooner than Beau used to be hauling her up back and urgent a tin cup to her lips. “Wash your mouth out,” Beau steered, refusing to permit her draw back from him. Wrinkling her nostril in distaste, Cerynise entire his directive and spat out the water into the pail. She sank again upon the bunk and lifted a doleful stare to her husband. It didn’t assist in the least that he appeared so hale and hearty. “Now drink the rest,” Beau pressed, maintaining the cup to her lips back. “You’re as dry as an unearthed skeleton. ” “You hate me,” she mumbled opposed to the rim, yet relented adequate to take a sip. “Not precise, madam. ” He persevered bathing her face and throat as she clasped the cup among trembling palms and drank tiny draughts. “But i'm indignant with you for permitting me to imagine you have been pouting in the following like a spoiled baby whilst all of the whereas you’ve been ill. If now not for the truth that Billy suggestion he was once being dependable to you, I’d have it out with him for no longer informing me of your plight instantly. ” “I begged him to not inform you,” Cerynise mumbled into the cup as he pressed it again insistently to her lips. “Drink! ” “Oh, Beau…I can’t! now not any further! ” “I stated drink! ” “’Twill in basic terms arise. ” “Not this time. belief me. ” “Only a little,” she groaned in petulant tones, yet he refused to remove the cup until eventually she had tired it right down to the final drop. regardless of her try and fall again upon the mattress back, he drew her to her toes, braced her upright together with his personal physique as he wrapped a blanket round her, after which swept her up into his fingers. Kicking the door apart, he strode from the cabin, bearing her towards the companionway. Cerynise forged an worried look over her shoulder and observed the steps looming sooner than them. “Please, Beau,” she whimpered, hating how frail and helpless she sounded. “I don’t are looking to cross up on deck the place your males can see me. ” “You want clean air, madam. ’Twill assist you think greater. along with, after the way in which Billy got here racing as much as me in an frightened dither, my males can be looking forward to to determine a funeral at sea. ” “That will come,” she guaranteed him ruefully. “As quickly as you end me off with all that chilly air you’re insisting upon! ” Beau smiled down at her yet by no means broke his stride. His lengthy legs closed the gap to the companionway briefly order as he murmured, “I’ll continue you hot. ” the fast twilight of autumn had already deepened right into a darkish gloom, however the moon, shining overhead, poured a silver ribbon around the water. Chilled breezes wafted around the deck, making Cerynise capture her breath, yet they did not anything to deliver her reduction from her agony. “If you don’t positioned me down, you’re going to remorse it,” she warned. Beau complied merely while he reached the closest bulkhead and reduced her to it. Cerynise had little power to carry herself upright and sank ahead opposed to him, leaning her forehead opposed to his neck and nestling her head opposed to his shoulder.

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