Alexandra Turner will do anything to save her twin sister. Even when she’s transported back in time to Regency England. Rescuing her sister and finding her way back to her own time will take all her concentration. Falling in love is not an option.
With the death of his brother, Nicholas Somerville became the ninth Marquess of Oakleigh and must return to England to take his place in society. Part of his responsibility will be to find a wife. It never occurs to him he might actually discover a woman he could love--until he meets Alex on his voyage home.
Can Alex and Nicholas find a way to bridge the gap of time and circumstance? Can they overcome their fears to realize that true love transcends time? Or will a dark secret from Alex's past rear up to separate them forever?
Her gaze drifted to his mouth as he spoke, fascinated by the way the scar pulled slightly at the corner. She felt a strong urge to kiss that corner, to run her tongue along the seam and dip between his lips, along his teeth.
He turned away, and she blinked herself back to reality. She couldn’t believe the thoughts that kept popping into her head when she looked at him.
And she was going to be stuck on a ship with him for almost a month.
Dressed like a boy.
He set off, and she rushed after him, thankful he couldn’t see the blush heating her cheeks. It was going to be a long month.
She caught up, practically jogging to keep pace with his long strides.
He looked her briefly up and down in an assessing manner that strained Alex’s nerves. “You don’t look like much of a sailor, and you’re too young to have any skill as a carpenter.”
She was surprised he hadn’t already uncovered her disguise. Her instincts warned her he wouldn’t be easy to fool, and she would be smart to keep her distance, even if distance was the last thing she wanted right now. Of course, it wouldn’t be a problem if he decided she wasn’t qualified to work on his ship.
“You’re wondering what possessed him to hire me. Perhaps he took pity on me, or maybe I’m better qualified than I look,” she replied haughtily, and immediately wished she could take the last part back. Now he might think she had some sailing skill.
He snorted, and she got the feeling amusement had replaced his annoyance, though his expression hadn’t changed.
“My guess would be pity. He sometimes has more heart than sense.” He sighed. “Despite some of his more—emotional—decisions, he’s a good first mate and has served me well. We’ll have to see how you fare." He gave her a slightly puzzled look. "There’s something about you though. I can’t quite put my finger on it."
Alex breathed a sigh of relief when they arrived at the tavern where she’d met the Adonis the night before. This time of the morning everything was quiet, and they had to wait a few moments before anyone came to see what they wanted.
A sour-faced woman entered the room, muttering about the hour and cursing under her breath. But after a quick glance at Nicholas’s face, she quieted and listened to his request. She told them which room the first mate was in then quickly disappeared through the door by which she had entered.
"Follow me." Nicholas climbed the stairs and knocked loudly on the appropriate door. He didn’t wait for an answer before pushing it open.
The Adonis slept soundly in the middle of the large bed that dominated the room. A blanket draped around his hips didn’t disguise the fact he was naked.
Alex had a difficult time deciding where to look. On his left, the pretty waitress from the night before was hastily pulling the covers up to her chin, while another woman on his right merely reached over to try to waken her bed partner, as though the appearance of two people at the door was hardly cause to cover up.
"I can see why he didn’t show," Alex muttered under her breath. She hadn’t meant to be heard, but apparently Nicholas had good hearing and laughed.
"Quite understandable," he said, still chuckling.
Meanwhile, the first mate opened his eyes and looked up at the captain. "Bloody hell. Am I late?"
About the Author:
Emma Kaye is married to her high school sweetheart and has two beautiful kids that she spends an insane amount of time driving around central New Jersey. Before ballet classes and soccer entered her life, she decided to try writing one of those romances she loved to read and discovered a new passion. She has been writing ever since. Add in a playful puppy and an extremely patient cat and she's living her own happily ever after while making her characters work hard to reach theirs
1. What is one of your favorite Myths/legends to write about?
I’m working on a series now that involves the Three Fates. I’ve really enjoyed writing it.
2. If you could live back in time, what time period would you choose and why?
That would all depend on if I was able to choose my social class or not. Some of the time periods I love to read and write about would be a nightmare to live in, particularly if I were poor. If I had the power, I’d love to hop around in time and witness some of the great moments in history but still make it home for a hot shower.
3. Have you ever come across a song that might fit the theme of one of your books?
I’ve come across songs that fit a particular character, but so far none that fit the theme. I’m sure they’re out there, but I’m not always particularly attentive when I listen to music.
4. Do you remember what you felt when you had your first kiss?
Nervous! I was certain I was going to screw it up. Which I did. Thankfully, we’ve gotten better at it.
5. What was the most creative pick up line you've ever used on someone or someone used on you?
I’ve been with my husband since high school, so I haven’t had a whole lot of experience with pick up lines. The only ones I can recall were pretty cheesy and not at all unique. I’ve since seen some of them on TV shows when the main character is approached at a bar. Like the one about getting a doctor because it must have hurt when I fell from heaven. Yikes.
6. When writing do you have a playlist of music you like to listen to? What are a couple songs on it?
I don’t have a specific playlist per book. I basically put my iTunes on shuffle and if something doesn’t fit the mood of the scene I’m writing, I skip over it. A few songs that I never seem to get tired of are: Renegade by Styx, Set Fire to the Rain by Adele, Drive By by Train and Glory of Love by Peter Cetera, just to name a few.
7. What do you do when you think nobody is watching?
I’ll have to combine that with nobody is listening either, because I like to sing when I’m alone. Turn the music up loud and sing along at the top of my lungs. Believe me when I say I’m being nice to make sure I’m alone. I have a terrible voice (I sometimes wonder if my kids are tone deaf because they still like me to sing them to sleep.)
8. What was your favorite childhood book?
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The whole Narnia series, actually. I’m about to introduce these to my daughter. We’re both very excited about it.
9. What is your favorite addition to chocolate?
Peanut butter. Yum. Reese’s peanut butter cups, chocolate and peanut butter ice cream…
10.Besides your own, what is one of your favorite series to keep up with?
The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is one of my favorites. It’s a long wait between books though, so I’m glad I didn’t find the series until she already had four done. The wait just kills me. I also love the Dirk & Steele series by Marjorie M. Liu and I just got the second book in the Whisper Horse series by Nancy Herkness.
11.What do you think you would be doing if you weren't writing?
Watching TV. I’m very lazy. J Actually, at this point in my life, I’m a stay-at-home mom. If I weren’t writing, I’d probably feel the pressure (self-inflicted) to find some kind of part-time work while the kids are at school. I love being home with my kids, and I’m lucky to be able to do so.
12. Do you have any hobbies or activities you enjoy doing?
I lean toward expensive hobbies, so I don’t do them as often as I’d like. One of my favorites is scuba diving. Since I can’t do that all that often, I like to read.
13. What is something you do to de-stress?
I read or watch TV, often both at the same time. A good book or show can take me away from my stress for at least a little bit of time.
14. We all know about muses...what do you think inspires you to allow your creative juices flowing?
I like to sit down with a pen and paper and start asking myself, what if…? I often end up somewhere completely different from where I started, but that’s the fun part! If that doesn’t work, talking with fellow writers always gets me going. Whenever I attend a meeting of New Jersey Romance Writers or have a conference call with my critique partners, I always feel inspired to sit back down at my computer and get to work.
10 Fun Facts (things the fans don't know)
1. I have a motorcycle license.
2. I’ve had to go to the hospital while on vacation in Hawaii. (Just so you know, a doctor in flip-flops doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.)
3. I played saxophone in my high school marching band.
4. In college, one of my husband’s (my then boyfriend) roomates had a seven foot snake. I sometimes wore him around my neck at parties because drunk people’s reactions when they noticed him were hysterical.
5. I cursed like a sailor during a french exam in college but still managed to get an A. I believe the teacher gave me a pass because they were having problems with the recording device at the station next to mine and were fussing over it. Lucky me because I blanked.
6. I was on the equestrian team in college.
7. I once gave a workshop dressed like a figurine holding a basket and a teddy bear.
8. I share a birthday with my sister-in-law.
9. My last dog weighed 180lbs and wasn’t fat. (She was a very large Great Dane.)
10. I’ve watched Star Trek (the first one with Chris Pine) about a million times.