Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies in a woman's heart?
Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind--and nine months ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back...and he's asking for her help.
"Charming" Mickey O'Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London's criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. And yet he's never been able to forget the naive captain's wife who came to him for help and spent one memorable night in his bed...talking.
When his bastard baby girl was dumped in his lap--her mother having died--Mickey couldn't resist the Machiavellian urge to leave the baby on Silence's doorstep. The baby would be hidden from his enemies and he'd also bind Silence to him by her love for his daughter.
Q & A With Historical Romance Author Elizabeth Hoyt
Q: You include a fairy tale in each of your books and they've quickly become something readers love about your romances. Why include a fairy tale?
A: I've always loved fairy tales--they mean much more to me than simply children's stories. So when it came time to write my first book (The Raven Prince) it seemed natural to include a fairy tale. The fairy tales in my books act as an accent, a foil, and/or a reflection of the main story. For instance, the fairy tale in Scandalous Desires is Clever John, in which the hero learns there is more to life than riches. Mickey, the hero of Scandalous Desires must make a similar discovery.
Q: The hero and heroine of Scandalous Desires couldn't be more different. How did you chose them?
A: Silence Hollingbrook, the heroine of Scandalous Desires is a ship's captain's widow and Mickey O'Connor, the hero, is a notorious, amoral rover pirate. They come from very different backgrounds and mindsets, which means they act as catalysts for each others' lives when they meet. Silence challenges Mickey's ideas of success and wealth and Mickey challenges Silence's notions of love, family, and happiness. I think they're perfect for each other. ;-)
Q: What makes a good romance?
A: Characters above all. I think a romance story should be transformative. The characters have to be deeply layered so that their redemption and eventual happiness is almost a catharsis for the reader. My characters work for their happy ending--and they always get one. ;-)
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Grand Central Publishing
November 01, 2011
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