Redonk Nutshell: Navy Captain battles his growing attraction to intellectual female passenger

I had previously had my eye on this title, and I only recently nabbed it because the eBook was on sale.  I’m really glad I got it when I did because I really enjoyed this story. Rules of an Engagement is the 3rd book in Suzanne Enoch’s Adventurer’s series.  I have not read any others in this series, so Rules was the first for me.

Captain Bradshaw Carroway is an accomplished navy man at the point in his career when he is contemplating what life has next in store for him.  When he’s sent to a mission in the South Pacific, he expects adventure.  What he gets is a request to ferry a scientific expedition of civilians to collect and study field specimens of plants (and eventually animals).  Though it baffles him, he accepts.  In the process he inherits several passengers, including the scientist Joseph Ponsley and his intriguing daughter and assistant, Zephyr Ponsley.  He’s immediately attracted to Zephry, but he soon comes to realize she’s unlike any other woman he’s ever met.

Zephyr Ponsley is smart, carefree, and independent.  She’s completely clueless about society’s proprieties, and when she finds herself in close proximity to women of the ton she’s reminded of her, er, coarseness.  When her father’s project takes them onto Captain Carroway’s ship, she finds herself initially put off by the strict and imposing Captain.  But before long she begins to warm to him.

After several adventures onto never-before-explored islands,  Zephyr and Bradshaw develop an easy going friendship that soon blossoms into something more.  Throw in a dash of humor, and you’ve got a most excellent set up for a wonderfully fun romance story.

It’s always refreshing to read a regency romance that doesn’t take place in a ballroom.  While both of our main characters are headstrong, they actually get along quite well, thanks to their equal intelligence.  It’s really fun to watch them figure one another out and see how they maneuver in such close quarters.

Rules of an Engagement is a fun, swashbuckling adventure story with a healthy dose of sensuality.  I giggled out loud several times from humorous exchanges between characters.

Rules of an Engagement by Suzanne Enoch, 384 pgs, pub 2010

Rating: B

Romance: 3/5              Raunch: 3/5

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