Violet Redmond’s arresting beauty, impeccable pedigree, and singular wit have fueled the ton’s gossip and fired the imaginations and ambitions of London’s blue bloods for two seasons. But her flare for drama and mischief keeps all but the bravest (or most foolhardy) suitors at a distance--not to mention her fiercely protective brothers and father on their guard. Violet is restless in a way she scarcely understands and haunted by the disappearance of her oldest brother and family heir, Lyon. She cannot imagine a man interesting enough to consider marrying… though she does enjoy toying with the dear creatures. The savage and newly styled Earl of Ardmay, Captain Asher Flint has set London’s creme de la creme swooning. American-raised, loyal only to the sea, Flint is a self-made commander, dangerous to his enemies, unwaveringly respected by his crew. He has no patience for “needlessly intricate” English women (he prefers his earthy Moroccan mistress), but when Violet is led to believe the Earl might know where Lyon is, Flint finds himself with a beautiful, spoiled surprisingly steel-willed English stowaway when he sets sail.. Soon as each port of call and sultry night at sea becomes a wickedly sensual stage for passion and discovery, Asher is unnerved to learn he might just need this woman, and Violet is shaken by the possibility that she might have finally found a man worth both living and dying for…even as it seems they are fated to remain apart.