After his two sisters failed to persuade cruise ship owner
Jackie Taylor to partner with them on a treasure hunt,
Chef Adrian St. Claire travels to Corpus Christie to try
in person. He needs the letter she owns in which her
ancestor mentions "Lafitte's Treasure" so that he can get
the Texas Historical Commission to sanction a scavenger
hunt. Jackie tells Adrian that the treasure is a
worthless powderhorn, but he insists George Washington
once owned it. He further explains that his family B&B on
Pearl Island will benefit from the find and she can make
money sailing her cruise ship to and from the island.
Jackie agrees because she needs the cash, but also wants
to read the diary that his ancestor kept that includes her
relationship with Jackie's kin.
As Jackie and Adrian work together they fall in love.
However, she trusts no one except a close friend First
Mate Tiberius who is more like an uncle. She knows that a
highly regarded hunk like Adrian is out of reach for the
daughter of a scavenger con artist.
The third St. Claire tale is a fun contemporary romance
with a pinch of the paranormal and a slice of history.
The tale entertains readers with a hero who knows what he
wants and a heroine who believes he too above her and too
easy with the women. The returns of the stars from the
previous novels (see FALLING FOR YOU and LEAN ON ME)
augment Adrian's tale of love just as he did when his
siblings starred in their novels. Though the likeable
Jackie protests too much, Julie Ortolon scribes a
delightful end to a fine trilogy.
Adrian St. Claire, the sexy chef at the Pearl Island B&B,
is as tempting as the dishes he serves. In fact, he's never
had a woman tell him no--until his family needs help
searching for a legendary heirloom on the sunken ship in
the island's cove. To find the treasure they need the help
of a woman whose history is as linked as theirs to the
island's romantic past.
As the owner of the Pirate's Pleasure, Jackie Taylor is far
more interested in running her cruise ship along the Texas
coast than in chasing tales of lost booty, and even less
interested in tangling with a man who collects female
admirers just by walking down the street. On top of that,
helping the St. Claires could dredge up secrets she'd like
to remain buried.
Enticed by Jackie's resistance, Adrian soon has something
more than treasure hunts and casual flirtation in
mind...and he's not a man who takes no for an answer. But
will they each have the courage to risk their hearts for
the greatest treasure of all--falling in love?