David Fletcher needs a surgeon, stat! But when he captures a British merchantman in the Caribbean what he gets is Charley Alcott, an apprentice physician barely old enough to shave. Needs must, and Captain Fletcher takes the prisoner back aboard his ship with orders to do his best, or he’ll be walking the plank.
Charley Alcott’s medical skills are being put to the test in a life-or-death situation, Charley’s life as well as the patient’s. Even if she can save the pirate's brother there will still be hell to pay--and maybe a plank to walk--when Captain Fletcher learns Charley is really Charlotte Alcott.
A war is raging on the world’s oceans, and two enemies will fight their own battles and their attraction to each other as they undergo a sea change neither of them is expecting, but cannot deny.
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Smart-girl meets bad-boy pirate... Second book I've read by this author and I'm going back for more! This book was well-written, exciting and had great romance. I love romance novels and it is rare to find a book or series that is well-written and interesting. I feel like I actually learned something while reading this book! Add the steamy romance and it's well worth my sacred free time to read! Great book for romance enthusiasts who enjoy some substance in the writing they read.
I've read all of Darlene Marshall's books (except her latest which is on my TBR list). This is a departure for her, though she has written about false identities when it comes to gender, this is a new take on that theme. It's the story of Charlotte Alcott, a young Englishwoman disguising herself as a doctor on board a merchant ship bound for Jamaica. En route, she is forced to board an American privateer captained by the handsome Davy Fletcher. Having no idea she's really a girl they strike up a friendship, but she soon falls for him and he, much to his chagrin, finds he's having wayward thoughts about her/him as well. Good story but no romance involved until the 2nd half of the book and then hero is missing for the last 30 pages or so. If you enjoy stories of doctoring methods at sea in the early 19th century you'll enjoy this for there is much detail and description of battle wounds and amputations, etc. I enjoyed it and am eager to read her next which brings back the minor character of Dr. Murray.