Brief: The Lady Could Kill for Love
In a hot land she despises, Lady Jessop (Rose) Chilcott desperately
tries to clear her recently deceased husband's name before
conceiving an heir by IVF to carry on his baronetcy. Boat surveyor,
Ted Tarran, x-rays a suspicious stash hidden in Sir Jess's
beloved yacht Passionflower. Was the baronet smuggling
on his biannual trips Down Under to sail the Whitsunday Islands?
Were his gambling debts in the UK the motive? Tarran must report
his findings. But Rose insists a charterer was the smuggler and
pummels and loves Tarran into helping her prove it.
London-based Lady Jessop Chilcott has every reason to dislike her
retainer in far-off North Queensland, Ted Tarran. The recent death
of her husband, Sir Jessop, has left young Rose broke her
Notting Hill home gone the sale of Sir Jess's prized
yacht Passionflower he kept in charter in the Whitsunday
Islands her only hope.
But Tarran won't sign off on the survey report needed to
make the sale because he claims an x-ray has found a suspicious
cache hidden in the yacht.
Was Sir Jess a part-time smuggler on his biannual trips Down Under?
Tarran demands she come to the Whitsundays to help him answer the
question or no survey, no sale.
Reluctantly Rose makes the long flight to a land she despises for
its sun-culture. There's too much at stake. Not just the money.
But also she is soon to be impregnated with Sir Jess's sperm.
His baronetcy must pass to an heir. But not trashed by Tarran's
She finds Tarran's informality infuriating. She is inured
to his outdoorsy good looks, having been surrounded all her elite
sporting life by handsome, if overly refined, male skaters, among
whom she was known , none too originally, as the “Ice Maiden”.
Unaware of her athletic achievements, Tarran has to revise his
first impressions of her as a hopeless, although beautiful, snob.
The power in her superbly sculptured legs and the uncanny balance
she has, particularly around boats, suggests this is no spoiled,
self-indulgent member of the English upper class.
Against all her upbringing, Rose seduces Tarran into helping her
prove Sir Jess wasn't a smuggler. It begins a thaw in her icy exterior
that is accelerated by her immersion in a culture marked by warm
breezes, scanty dressing, swaying palms, immodest “Lagoon
girls” and tropic nights aboard Passionflower with
Tarran in their quest to find the real smuggler.
The second in the Whitsunday Islands romantic suspense trilogy.
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