“Lord of the Privateers” by Stephanie Laurens is the exciting conclusion to a series that gave a glimpse of an exotic land and some of the dangers that can arise when greed overrides common decency. The Frobisher siblings and their partners marshal their resources and allies to mount the rescue mission, but the race against time provides that increasing tension to make one rush through the book to make sure there aren’t fatal consequences to any setbacks. I love that the very capable females are just as important an element as the males and adore the way they can still surprise those around them by being both subtle and forthright. The various strings that have been laid down in the previous three books are nicely tied off as the investigation closes in on not only the perpetrators of the heinous crimes but starts revealing those behind the operation.
I thought things slowed down quite a bit while plans are made to catch the backers who are ultimately responsible for the mine, but it certainly was fun to see the Cynsters again. I hadn’t realized how much I was missing the pageantry and elegance of the society soirees until I got to this section of the story, although I enjoyed the vivid portrayal of life on the ship, and the unexpected passenger definitely added a poignant twist. The romance, danger, and excitement continued to mount, and I was gratified to have another wonderfully satisfying ending from one of my favorite authors. I think it is much better if one reads the stories in this series in order, the better to savor all of the Frobisher siblings, and it will be far more gratifying now that one doesn’t have to wait for subsequent installments!
This final volume in ‘The Adventurers Quartet’ is a historical romance that also has elements of suspense. The story centers around the intrepid Isobel Carmichael, who no longer is the self-effacing female who inexplicably rejected Royd Frobisher’s handfasting when he failed to return when he’d promised. Royd Frobisher and his siblings are determined to rescue their brother and the other denizens from captivity, but find that others are planning to help them achieve their three goals, invited or not. There are unexpected developments, but fortunately, no shortage of romantic entanglements and plenty of opportunities to display courage, ingenuity, and perseverance, as love does indeed conquer all.
Can true love die? Or, neglected, does it lie dormant until the object of true desire is again within reach? Denied, does passion smolder, like embers waiting for the right conditions to flare into an all-consuming conflagration?
The eldest of the Frobisher brothers and widely known as the lord of the privateers, Royd Frobisher expects to execute the final leg of the rescue mission his brothers have been pursuing. What he does not expect is to be pressured into taking his emotional nemesis, childhood sweetheart, ex-handfasted bride, and current business partner, Isobel Carmichael, with him. But is it Isobel doing the pressuring, or his own restless unfulfilled psyche?
Resolute, determined, and an all but unstoppable force of nature, Isobel has a mission of her own—find her cousin Katherine and bring her safely home. And if, along the way, she can rid herself of the lingering dreams of a life with Royd that still haunt her, well and good.
Neither expects the shock that awaits them as they set sail aboard Royd’s ship, much less the new horizons that open before them as they call into London, then, armed with the necessary orders and all arrangements in place, embark on a full-scale rescue-assault on the mining compound buried in the jungle.
Yet even with the support of his brothers and their ladies and, once rescued, all the ex-captives, Royd and Isobel discover that freeing the captives is only half the battle. In order to identify and convict the backers behind the illicit enterprise—and protect the government from catastrophic destabilization—they must return to the ballrooms of the haut ton, and with the help of a small army of supporters, hunt the villains on their home ground.
But having found each other again, having glimpsed the heaven that could be theirs again, how much are they willing to risk in the name of duty?
Learn the answer and revel in the action, drama, intrigue, and passion as the Frobishers— with help from Wolverstone, the Cynsters, and many familiar others—steer the adventure to a glorious end.