Samantha Barnes, daughter of a wealthy ship-builder from Nantucket, is ordered by her father to marry a business rival’s son to further his own interests. Samantha flees to her uncle’s house in a desperate attempt to keep her freedom and save the Barnes Shipyard from bankruptcy.
At her uncle’s home she meets dashing whaling captain Darryl 'Dare' Starbuck, a wealthy man with excellent family connections and the Devil’s own luck on the high seas. The friendship which springs up between them soon grows to overwhelming attraction.
Samantha risks all by disguising herself as a boy and shipping out with her cousin Roland as one of Dare’s crew in order to help restore her family’s fortunes. Only when she sails with Dare can she decide if he is just interested in her because of her social connections, or whether she can trust her life and love to him, her body and soul…
Dare has never met a woman like Samantha Barnes, but what kind of life can he offer her when he is away at sea on his whaling ship for years at a time? Haunted by the shadow of his father death, he is driven to become the most famous whaling captain of his time.
But when he discovers Samantha is on board, and has performed every duty more than ably, he grudgingly starts to admit that perhaps there is room for Samantha in his life--and his heart.
But whaling on the high seas is perilous at the best of times. Their budding love is put to the test, with the most shocking consequences. Has Dare found his one true love, only to lose her to his fickle mistress, the raging sea?
AN EXCERPT FROM JOURNEY OF THE HEART:
Samantha was just reaching for the towel when the door opened. She gasped, for the standing in the doorway was Dare, staring at her, stunned. His mouth open, he could barely get a word out. “W-w-what the- Who-”
Finally, he clamped his lips shut, turned on his heel, and marched out, leaving her dripping in the tub, and feeling as though she were about to faint.
Drat it all. She had fully intended to tell him the truth.
To have him find out her real identity in such a way was the last thing she had wanted. She'd been dreaming of a romantic reunion in which they pledged their undying love for each other and began to taste even more of the sensual delights that they had shared on shore.... === Journey of the Heart Volume One of The Starbuck Saga Word Count: 77,000 Setting: Nantucket, USA, 1836 Rating: Sensual, multiple explicit love scenes throughout the book === Reviews: “Talk about a whirlwind romance! This adventure on the high seas will leave you breathless. I found the historical background really gripping, turning page after page to see how the couple's relationship advanced and grew to the most sensual proportions. Action-packed and sexy, this is a wonderful start to a fantastic new series by this talented author.” Erin Kennedy
“Pure delight, from the fantastic historical detail seamlessly blended into the background of this superb couple, Dare and Samantha, to the exotic locales and sensual love scenes. This one sizzles!” Annabelle Stevens === Also by Jacinta Carey
The Starbuck Saga (Nantucket, Whaling Ships, exotic ports, 1830s-1840s)
Journey of the Heart, Book 1 of The Starbuck Saga The Stolen Heart, Book 2 Voyage of the Heart, Book 3