Sunday, December 18, 2011
The Bastard by Brenda Novak
He's much older than she is but marrying him will help her parent's financial situation. She's willing to sacrifice herself to the old goat for that. But not when she finds out that he plans to let other men sleep with her in order to breed him a heir...
Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this ebook for review (thank you). It was published December 10th, so you can get a copy now.
Jeanette is an attractive young lady and a virgin. She has no desire to be "shared" with other men. When her brother overhears the conversation, she runs from her groom on her wedding night.
There are not a lot of choices for a fleeing female who has married a Baron. He owns her. She thinks she may be able to plead her case with a relative of hers, the Duke, but she has to get to London first. Then she has a bright idea on how to get aboard a ship. She'll go on as a boy and it will only be a few days until she gets to Londo. That can't be hard, can it?
She cuts her hair, dresses in a sailor's clothes and asks for a job. Since a sailor didn't return from his big night out on the town, she gets the job. But it doesn't turn out at all like what she planned.
They are pulled from the regular run by an order to help form a barricade to protect Great Britain from French forces. And her disguise doesn't last long...
I enjoy stories about life at sea on the old sailing ships, especially with stowaways or female cabin boys. This romance between Jeanette and Treynor is fun to follow. She doesn't want anything to do with men. He doesn't want to love or marry anyone because he's a bastard and has no place in society.
This is an entertaining romance with lots of action and a good story line. Why not get a copy and have a nice read yourself?