to the Essex gentlemen: To the daring and darling youngest Essex spring, for drum barrages to give the proper feeling for battle, and for all things within the realm of twelve-year-old boys; and to the indispensable and deeply loved Mr. Essex, who held frim in his belief that this book should be called "Love Amidst the Cannonballs", for saying, all those years ago, "Stick with me, kid."
Portsmouth, England, Autumn 1805
It wasn't the first time Sally Kent had donned a worn, hand-me-down from one of her brothers' sea chests, but it was the first time it had felt so completely, perfectly right.
"A lady in disguise: For generations, the Kents have served proudly with the British Royal Navy. So when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, Sally Kent slips into a uniform and takes his place--at least until he comes to his senses. Boldly climbing aboard the Audacious, Sally is as able-bodied as any sailor there. But one man is making her feel tantalizingly aware of the full-bodied woman beneath her navy blues. A man overboard: Dedicated to his ship, sworn to his duty--and distractingly gorgeous--Lieutenant David Colyear sees through Sally's charade, and he's furious. But he must admit she's the best midshipman on board--and a woman who tempts him like no other. With his own secrets to hide and his career at stake, Col agrees to keep her on. But can the passion they hide survive the perils of a battle at sea? Soon, their love and devotion will be put to the test." -- P.  of cover.… (more)