The orphaned daughter of a pirate, Rory Mullins has survived in the rough world of the colonial Caribbean disguised as a boy. Then Nathan Lawler comes into her life, searching for her dead father's treasure. He discovers that Rory is really a girl, and forces her to help him find the treasure. During the search for the treasure Rory finds herself falling in love with Nathan, and he with her. However, an evil pirate is also determined to find the treasure and will stop at nothing to claim it.
This book was on the short side for an adult historical romance (around 250 pages) and so the characters were not as developed as in longer books. However, the romance was enjoyable enough, and the action subplot was well-done as well. I'd recommend this book to readers who like this setting and are looking for a quick, enjoyable read.
Rory Mullen pretends to be a boy while working in Yellow Hal’s place in the pirate haven of Port Royal, Jamaica. Her aunt was the pirate’s mistress, but is dead. Where else could Rory go? Her father betrayed her mother, who died at Rory’s birth. Or so she believes until Nathan Lawler comes into Yellow Hal’s place looking for the answers to a puzzle that leads to treasure. A treasure that once belonged to her father and which he hid to keep it from his greatest enemy. She knows right away that Nathan and his crew are not the pirates they pretend to be, and Nathan quickly discovers Rory is no lad. Fascinated by the beautiful woman she truly is, he realizes that she is the key to the treasure he covets. As they follow the clues and their hearts, he wonders which was Rory’s father’s greatest treasure: his gold or his daughter.