Taking on a voyage as the lieutenant with a drunken captain is hard enough without the added element of an unwanted female aboard. Charles Dance is dealing with a multitude of problems with his ship, when Jane Burke steps aboard stating she is a part of the expedition he is tasked to take to the South Seas. Making the members of the expedition decide whether Jane stays or not, he is surprised to see that she does.
Finally out from under the shadow of her father, Jane is excited to be on the expedition to prove her own worth. She never counted on being attracted to the man tasked with their safety. Between all the mishaps the ship goes through and being stranded on a deserted island, can Charles and Jane find their happily ever after?
I really enjoyed this story. I always like to see women in roles that were not common during this time period. Jane was a scientist and did what she had to do to get her name recognized in her field of study.
When Jane and Charles were shipwrecked on the island, I loved that Jane was the experience one. She was the one that knew how to make a shelter and found food and water for the two of them. Charles didn't think anything less of her for that. It actually made him fall for her even more!
I've not read the rest of the books in the series, but after reading this one I will definitely be going back and doing so.