Title: Smuggler's Bounty (The Blakeney Brothers Adventures Book 1)
Genre: Historical Romance & Mystery
Published: April 9th 2016
Where I Got It: My shelf (Netgalley)
Elizabeth Thornton is left all alone in Georgian England after losing her parents in a tragic accident, so she travels to Cornwall to live with her kindly, older, and very proper Aunt Judith. Soon, however, she begins to suspect her aunt of hiding something nefarious. Determined to learn the truth behind the strange goings on, she sets out on a quest for the truth. A quest that leads to danger, and trouble with the law, and a very handsome smuggler with a firm hand and smoldering, sexy eyes who is as determined to keep Elizabeth safe as she seems to be to put herself in harm's way.
William is growing tired of the smuggler's life of danger and instability. If he can just finish his last run, he can give it all up and finally settle down, find love, and start a family. But he already has a preventative officer hot on his heels who is determined to end his career and throw him in jail – or worse. The beautiful, headstrong Elizabeth is a complication he does not need. But she, too, is hot on his heels – and irresistible. Now he must avoid capture, and find time to discipline this woman with an appetite for adventure, who seems determined to steal his heart.
When these two are together passions ignite, sparks fly, and danger lurks around every corner. Can Elizabeth and William avoid the law? Will they finally find the happiness that has so long eluded them both?
This was SHORT so I had to keep reminding myself that it is short. Things happened SO quickly that it seemed unrealistic. Love and lust at first sight. Okay - short story, short story.
Ignoring the quickness of things, I did enjoy the story.
The story follows Elizabeth who was sent to her aunt's place on the coast after the death of her family. Super sad. Her aunt is part of a smuggling group. Her top guy is the hottie, Will. Elizabeth is a curious person and she gets herself involved. That would probably happen to me too...I am too curious for my own good sometimes so I totally get it. Things happen and it is up to Elizabeth and her auntie to save William.
I liked Elizabeth and William was okay. I liked him a lot until a certain scene and I lost some points. Yes, yes, he is a man of time and it was supposed to be a "hot" scene, but no. I would've punched him in the eye. *grumble* But besides that he was not bad.
I do wish this had been longer. I am glad we got an epilogue so it helped a bit with my curiosity on how everything would work out between these two. Seems so impossible, but they make it work. Hopefully, he truly stops his criminal ways! A dangerous thing being a smuggler.
In the end, I liked this. It was quick and fun. I nice romance to cuddle up with in this cold weather. I'll give it 3 stars.