Having read and mildly disliked the first of the Spice trilogy, I decided to go with this one next, given that I’d heard it was better and completed the Knight Miscellany.
Eden Farraday is sick and tired of living in the jungle with her botanist father. She desperately wants to return to London, but ever since her mother’s death, her father has been convinced that London is a deadly place and refuses to take her back. He doesn’t concede even when they lose funding, even though his assistant desperately wants Eden and she doesn’t want him back, or even when the opportunity arises with the arrival of Sir Jack Knight. Jack is heading back to London and could take the family, but Eden’s father refuses. So, no one should be particularly surprised when Eden is found as a stowaway on Jack’s ship. Jack agrees to take her with him for a scandalous price, but finds that instead he finds a family and a love while making Eden’s wildest dreams come true.
I liked this one much better. I could relate to the characters; Jack’s self-imposed exile made more sense once his history was completely revealed. As for Eden, on the other hand, what young girl doesn’t dream of glittering ballrooms and handsome men falling desperately in love with her? Isn’t that half of what these books capitalize on anyway? So, very believable, and I thought the romance was better too. This couple had the time to get to know each other. Occasionally Jack frustrated me by being one of those controlling males that some authors seem to think we like, but overall, I did enjoy this. Recommended for romance fans.