Coffee Time Romance & More






ISBN# 978-0-06-112496-9
February 2007
Avon Books
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Mass Market Paperback
384 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Josie Hale has always thirsted for adventure, fueled by her grandfather’s tales of his exploits as a pirate and the treasure that he and his good friend James Doubleday have hidden. She even has half of the map, and all she has to do is to get the other half from James’ grandson. She is also determined not to marry and thinks that Stephen will make an excellent start to her list of lovers.

Stephen Doubleday, Earl of Westman, was summoned home from his exile in India upon the death of his brother. He is doing his best to repair the family fortunes and his reputation as a rake and a gambler, until temptation in the form of Josie Hale sneaks into his library one night.

The Hales and the Doubledays have hated each other since the death of the present Earl’s grandfather, allegedly at the hands of his partner in piracy, Nathan Hale. It is also rumored that the two hid a treasure beyond imagination from a raid on a Spanish ship. Each family has half the map if they can find it.

Josie and Stephen are great characters with a huge attraction toward each other, despite Stephen’s resistance. Josie is very persuasive in both her goals, and Stephen’s resistance is very entertaining. Josie’s cousins are very prominent characters in this book as members of the Spinsters Club, though they are not doing a very good job of remaining spinsters. Josie is a fun character; full of spirit, despite a mother who tries to make her a perfect lady. Stephen has made some huge mistakes in his past, but has never had any support or attention from his family, except when misbehaving. It is too bad that both grandfathers are deceased at the time of this novel, since they seem to be the only parental figures with some spirit. They would have enjoyed Josie and Stephen’s adventures as much as I did.

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