Within A Captain’s Treasure by Lisa Olech
Overview by Publisher:
With a single pistol shot and the swing of a cutlass, Alice Tupper saves her mistress’s life. But no lady’s maid in polite society has ever killed a duke–at least, not on purpose. So Alice sets sail for America and her new destiny–only to find herself battling pirates on the high seas. Aboard her rescue ship, The Scarlet Night, she is hailed a hero and earns her place among the crew…as well as the ire of Captain Gavin Quinn.
Gavin chose this pirate’s life, but he knows it’s no place for a woman, especially one as exasperating–and beautiful–as Alice. Despite his desire for her, Gavin is determined to do the right thing and deliver her to the new world. But Alice’s deepest wish is a life by Gavin’s side. Will his heart overrule his sense, and will he risk everything to pursue his greatest treasure of all?
We met Alice in the previous book and this time she is heading to a new life in Virginia. She has to flee from England because she killed a Duke to save her friend. She will be a governess for a wealthy plantation owner, but getting there is the challenge.
Her ship is over run by pirates. These are not the Pirates of the Caribbean who board her vessel. These are the kinds that give you nightmares and are the worst. Murder, mayhem and rape is on the agenda and Alice is lucky to escape when another pirate ship intervenes. They save Alice and a few of the slaves from the pirate ship they have captured.
Alice has a reputation from her time with the former captain of the Scarlett Witch. While he is safely in England with her best friend, Alice has to forge her own way in life. She realizes that she must find her way in life and if she is to survive, she must become a part of the pirate way of life.
It doesn’t hurt that Captain Gavin Quinn is all that and a bag of chips. He’s the quintessential pirate captain. Capable, confident and hot! Alice feels the attraction between the two of them right away, but he makes no effort to act on the interest. Gavin feels a wicked lust toward Alice, but his past keeps him from making her his.
I loved the secondary characters in the book. The crew members were just amazing and they added authenticity to the story. Not everyone is happy that Alice is on board and the complications add great depth to the story and move the story along between Gavin and Alice.
They can’t stay away from one another and in time their relationship becomes searingly physical. Gavin knows that Alice can’t stay on board the Scarlett Witch, but for the first time Alice feels like she has found where she belongs. Their separation made me SO crazy, but I had to trust that the author had a master plan for these two!
Alice makes her way to Virginia and politics comes into the story. The English are in control and pirates are a bounty that most Officers cannot resist going after. Alice and Gavin’s futures are in jeopardy and I was on the edge of my seat to see how they would be reunited and fight against the world.
The slave issue comes up frequently in the story. Gavin cares for the slaves captured from the pirate ship that attacked Alice. They return the slaves that lived to Africa. I really appreciated the inclusion of this in the story line. It wasn’t necessary, but it added to the character of Gavin and Alice, as well as shone a light on the realities of the times and that not everyone was supportive of slavery.
I think what I love so much about pirate books is that there is a forced intimacy as the characters are stuck on a ship together. The captain’s cabin has always been a source of great fascination for me. This story has all the elements that make a sweeping historical romance so amazing. I adored Gavin and Alice and imagining the adventures they are having on the high seas was the perfect way to pass the time!