The heiress of Montague Shipping sets out across Chesapeake Bay to attend a party, but instead finds herself shanghaied by a vengeful thief intending to use her ship-and her jewels-to break a prisoner out of Devil's Island! Jewel thief Christian De la Croix has spent his life plotting revenge against the double-crosser who left his father to die on French Guiana's brutal island prison twenty years earlier. But when a letter comes revealing his father is alive, Christian's quest turns into a rescue mission. There is one better to help him than the betrayer himself, shipbuilding magnate Edmund Montague. Christian plans to steal Edmund's private luxury vessel to sail there, and the necklace his father paid for with his life to buy his freedom. Accidentally kidnapping the man's spoiled daughter is just a lucky accident, and Christian enjoys the many opportunities he finds to any her. Unfortunately, she finds as many ways, if t more, to any him right back. Adriana Montague prayed for a way to escape her impending marriage to an arrogant and conceited man she doesn't love, but never expected it to come in the form of a vengeful thief who steals her ship and kidnaps her. Christian blames Adriana's father for his family's misfortunes, and boldly claims he's robbing her and sailing to South America! But Adriana has a few tricks up her sleeve, and though she's glad to be granted a temporary reprieve from her dreaded wedding, she's t about to let their voyage resemble a pleasure cruise.
Ava Bradley has worked as a sandwich maker (she makes the best darn Dagwood you've ever tasted) a pet groomer (she's ingested more fur than the average cat) and one of those people who holds up the stop sign before a road crew, but none of those jobs compare to writing the stories swirling around in her head. She lives in Northern California with her family and a small brigade of adopted pets. Though she writes suspense and steamy contemporary romance, her favorite books to write-and read-are those of fabled yester-year. She has a special affinity with characters she can identify with; the tomboyish heroines such as Anne of Green Gables and Laura Ingalls Wilder of Little House on the Prairie. You can visit Ava and learn more about her upcoming works at her website, http: //www.avabradley.com