A Buccaneer at Heart (Adventurers Quartet Series #2)

A Buccaneer at Heart (Adventurers Quartet Series #2)

by Stephanie Laurens

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Unexpected love—plus passion, intrigue, and danger—challenge our hero to embrace his true nature.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a riveting blend of Regency-era high seas adventure, a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love.

After a decade of captaining diplomatic voyages for Frobisher Shipping, alongside covert missions for the Crown, Captain Robert Frobisher decides that establishing a home—with hearth and wife—should be his next challenge. But an unexpected mission intervenes. Although Robert sees himself as a conservative businessman-cum-diplomat and this mission is far from his usual sphere, it nevertheless falls within the scope of his abilities. As matters are urgent, he agrees to depart for West Africa forthwith.

To Robert, his way forward is clear: Get to Freetown, determine the location of a slavers' camp, return to London with the information, and then proceed to find himself a wife.

Already in Freetown, Miss Aileen Hopkins is set on finding her younger brother Will, a naval lieutenant who has mysteriously disappeared. Find Will and rescue him; determined and resolute, Aileen is not about to allow anyone to turn her from her path.

But all too quickly, that path grows dark and dangerous. And then Robert Frobisher appears and attempts to divert her in more ways than one.

Accustomed to managing diplomats and bureaucrats, Robert discovers that manipulating a twenty-seven-year-old spinster lies outside his area of expertise. Prodded by an insistent need to protect Aileen, he realizes that joining forces with her is the surest path to meeting all the challenges before him—completing his mission, keeping her safe, and securing the woman he wants as his wife.

But the villains strike and disrupt their careful plans—leaving Robert and Aileen no choice but to attempt a last throw of the dice to complete his mission and further her brother's rescue.

Compelled to protect those weaker than themselves and bring retribution to a heartless enemy, they plunge into the jungle with only their talents and inner strengths to aid them—and with the courage of their hearts as their guide.

The first voyage is one of exploration, the second one of discovery. The third journey brings maturity, while the fourth is a voyage of second chances. Continue the journey and follow the adventure, the mystery, and the romances to the cataclysmic end.

Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens

"Stephanie Laurens' heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong." Cathy Kelly

"Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters." Historical Romance Reviews

"Stephanie Laurens plays into readers' fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again." Romantic Times Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778318781
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Series: Adventurers Quartet Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 107,688
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.53(h) x 1.35(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens originally began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career; she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she spends most of her days writing new stories in her signature 'Errol Flynn meets Jane Austen" style. Visit her online at www.stephanielaurens.com.

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A Buccaneer at Heart 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am truly enjoying this series. This will be a great addition to my Stephanie Laurens collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking just to escape this is a fun Read!
Donatella More than 1 year ago
Love this book and the series. Robert and Aileen are beautiful together - another winner from Stephanie Laurens. Can't wait for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great continuation of the story. The second part was just as good as the first and really has me anxious to read the next in the series.
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Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars---A BUCCANEER AT HEART is the second installment in Stephanie Laurens’s THE ADVENTURER’S QUARTET Regency-era historical romance series. This is Captain Robert Frobisher, and Aileen Hopkins story line. A BUCCANEER AT HEART is best read as part of the 4 book quartet series as each installment builds upon the information and premise of the previous story line(s). Told from several third person perspectives A BUCCANEER AT HEART focuses on the search for a number of missing children, women and military officers in Freetown, South Africa presumed to have been kidnapped by a band of European slavers. Commissioned to locate the kidnappers camp Captain Robert Frobisher continues his brother’s original mission in the hopes of locating the missing people and uncovering the who, what, and why of the people involved. Enter Aileen Hopkins, a twenty seven year old British citizen hoping to locate her missing brother Lieutenant William Hopkins. What ensues is the building relationship between Aileen and Robert, and the struggle to remain neutral in the face of more kidnappings and missing persons. The relationship between Aileen and Robert is one of mutual concern but our heroine is determined to search for her missing brother regardless of Robert’s warnings, and the potential threats from the slavers themselves. The romance is slow to build as the first part of the story line follows Robert and Aileen on separate investigations into the missing officers, as the author continues to build up the story behind the slavers, the women and children involved. The $ex scenes are intimate without the use of over the top graphic language or text. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including a number of Robert’s men, the children and citizens of Freetown, South Africa, the political officials in Britain and Freetown, and a cameo by Robert’s brothers Captains Declan (The Lady’s Command #1) and Caleb Frobisher (The Daredevil Snared #3). A BUCCANEER AT HEART has a little bit of everything: action, mystery, suspense, romance and love. Stephanie Laurens’s heroine is strong willed and independent but a woman who is determined to find her brother at any and all costs. The premise is intriguing; the characters are animated and passionate; the romance is fated and heartwarming.
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book much more than the first. This series reminds me of Ms. Laurens previous series combining romance with a dangerous adversary.
julieford More than 1 year ago
Stephanie Laurens continues to amaze and entertain with her talented story telling. A Buccaneer at Heart is the second in the Adventurers Quartet series. This book is written about a strong, smart heroine who doesn't hesitate to shoot a villain to save her love or his crew. The hero is also strong, intelligent and has to figure out a way to deal with an equal in his chosen wife. Great story, filled with lots of adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, through the description and dialog you can imagine you are with them on this mission.
def618 More than 1 year ago
Wow! Adventure galore! This series features 4 brothers who are sea captains. I love this series, but it would be best if you read these in order as the plot deepens and the mystery evolves with each book. Besides the wonderful romance, there is a very good mystery going on in Africa. People are disappearing and London has sent theses brothers in to figure out what is happening. The heroines, so far, have been strong women who insist on helping. The hero's expression on the cover is perfect! While he is falling for her, he learns she can be of help. Stephanie Laurens writes wonderful books and this is no exception. I highly recommend this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't exactly expect realism in romance novels, but there should be some semblance of rational behavior. We're expected to believe that after establishing that a couple dozen people, mostly women and children were being kidnapped and probably used for slave labor, it took not one, not two, but THREE more trips between London and west Africa -- over three more months -- before they actually do anything about a rescue? I'm not buying it, and I'm really sorry I already bought all the books in this ridiculous series and I am never ever buying another book by Stephanie Laurens.