- Series: Dartmouth Brides
- Paperback: 354 pages
- Publisher: ERB Publishing; 2 edition (April 4, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0998091936
- ISBN-13: 978-0998091938
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Danger of Desire (Dartmouth Brides) (Volume 3) Paperback – April 4, 2017
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In order to successfully complete his latest interesting “special” assignment for the British government, naval captain Hugh McAlden needs a thief. Fortunately for Hugh, pickpocket Meggs Tanner decides to relieve him of his pocket watch that very same day. Convincing Meggs to come and work for him isn’t easy, but eventually Hugh persuades her that the monetary reward will be well worth her time. All Meggs has to do is infiltrate an upper-class household in the guise of a new maid and steal some papers. Hugh soon discovers that training Meggs for her new role is much easier than letting her go once the mission is completed. Strongly developed characters, vivid writing, and an abundance of steamy sensuality all add up to another winner for literary newcomer Essex, who is quickly perfecting her ability to deliver well-crafted historical romances fueled by equal measures of sizzling passion and dangerous intrigue. --John Charles --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Meggs was a lovely character, outwardly hardened by her years on the street, but with a core of softness inside. She began the book almost feral in her reluctance to trust most people and her transformation felt believable to me. Her protective relationship with Timmy, her twelve year old brother, and her feelings for Hugh touched me and evoked my sympathies. [Essex has] a gift for writing endearing heroines and hot love scenes." -Dear Author
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I read the original version of this book years ago and I loved it - the changes in this new version are slight, but for all those who were upset that the hero was not a virgin in the original - you will be very happy with the revisions!
Captain Hugh McAlden has been recuperating from an injury that almost cost him his leg and is at loose ends. He has been asked by the admiralty to look into a delicate matter. His reward for a successful mission will be a knighthood and reinstatement of his command. Eager to get back on his ship, he accepts the mission and finds the perfect person to help him as he is leaving the admiralty building.
Meggs is a thief, she has been working the streets as a pickpocket for years to support herself and her younger brother. She is "working" outside the admiralty when she catches Hugh's eye - shocked that she has been caught, she runs without hearing Hugh's proposition. Hugh chases her through the streets and alleys of London and finally corners her. He tells Meggs what he needs from her and gives her his card. Meggs takes his watch and manages to escape - but in the process, badly injuries her hand.
Intrigued by Hugh and worried for her brother, Meggs seeks Hugh out by taking his watch to the watchmaker and pretends to be trying to return it the owner. The watchmaker sends a note to Hugh
and when he comes to claim the watch, he meets with Meggs again. This time he gives her more information about what he wants to hire her for and gives her his direction.
Meggs decides that if Hugh is really willing to pay her, it would mean security for her and her brother, so she seeks out Hugh to make a deal and then collapses from complications of her injury.
Hugh nurses Meggs back to health and brings her brother to his house as well. When Meggs wakes, he tells her what he needs her to do and puts her to work in his house. As the days pass, the attraction between them grows and they dance around each other. Meggs is confused by her feelings for Hugh and can't imagine a future with him, so when she is finally healed enough to go on the mission, she sets out determined to succeed and then set out on her new life.
When Meggs is nearly caught, Hugh realizes that Meggs means more to him than the mission and doesn't want things to end between them. He enlists his mother to help him acclimate Meggs to society and makes provisions for her brother to train for the navy with his friend James Marlowe. At this point it appears that it will be smooth sailing to a HEA, but a surprising twist that leads to the truth about Meggs identity threatens to tear our lovers apart.
This book is well written, has funny moments, some very steamy love scenes, some intrigue, a lot of twists and turns and finally a very hard earned HEA. The book is the third in the trilogy, but it is loosely connected and could easily be read as a stand alone title.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for a Revised copy of this book that was provided to me by the author*
Hugh as recently seen battle and was wounded in his leg, he limps.He has just been given a special assignment from the Admiralty to find out who is the leak of classified information to the French. In order to do this he will need Meggs' expertise.
But who are Meggs and Tanner? What is this dream they have of going to Tissington? What are these memories that keep coming to Meggs?
After a tussle that leaves Hugh barely waking and Meggs with a septic hand they reach an agreement to work together, but will Meggs be able to do the work? Will her hand heal? Will Hugh be able to fully trust Meggs? Will there be a happy ending?
I enjoyed reading this story very much.
Megs and her brother are orphaned and live on what Megs is able to steal. She is quite good at picking pockets and while she practices her trade, she is watched by a man destined to change her life.
Captain Hugh McAlden recognizes Megs abilities and he knows she is just the person to assist him in ferreting out a traitor to the Crown. Hugh offers Megs quite a bit of money if she will help him and Megs, who is looking for a way to hoist her brother out of the London sums, agrees to the plan. Both she and Tim move into the Captain's home.
Hugh is quite attracted to Megs but he initially fights it every step of the way. Megs is wary and defensive. These two spar quite a bit both physically (Megs is quick to swing a fist) and verbally. Her wariness was understandable but went on a little too long. Megs has a hidden past and the reader can figure out that she is much more than she appears. Megs hides behind a mask of indifference, insouciance and plain belligerence at times. She uses foul language and is a tough negotiator.
Her skills are indeed amazing though. She is an accomplished pickpocket, can get into locked rooms and desks and probably could crack many a safe. She is proud of her talents which she attributes to a woman who took her and her brother in when her parents died.
Hugh doesn't quite know what to think of his little thief. He respects her skills but does not admire how she achieved them. Hugh is a morally upright person and Megs just throws him for a loop. This couple is unique in that they discover the wonders of first love together. However, their bond is fragile and their emotional connection is not overwhelming. It does not take much for these two to have doubts about their relationship. This happens often in this novel, communication is not their strong suit and I would have liked to have seen more honesty between them. For a couple who have to depend upon each other to find a traitor they are unwilling to take a further step of emotional intimacy for far too long. In some ways they are more interesting apart than when they are together.
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