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Captain Caleb Frobisher, Hedonistic Youngest Son Of A Seafaring Dynasty, Wants To Be Taken Seriously By His Family, And Understands He Has To Prove Himself Sufficiently Reformed When Opportunity Strikes, He Seizes The Next Leg Of The Covert Mission His Brothers Have Been Pursuing And Sails To Freetown His Actions Are Decisive, And He Completes The Mission S Next Stage But Responsibility, Once Exercised, Has Taken Root, And He Remains In The Jungle To Guard The Captives Whose Rescue Is The Mission S Ultimate GoalKatherine Fortescue Has Fled The Life Of Poverty Her Wastrel Father Had Bequeathed Her And Come To Freetown As A Governess, Only To Be Kidnapped And Put To Work Overseeing A Child Workforce At A Mine She And The Other Captured Adults Understand That Their Lives Are Limited By The Life Of The Mine Guarded By Well Armed And Well Trained Mercenaries, The Captives Have Been Searching For Some Means Of Escape, But In Vain Then Katherine Meets A Handsome Man A Captain In The Jungle, And He And His Crew Bring The Sweet Promise Of RescueThe Sadistic Mercenary Captain Who Runs The Mine Has Other Ideas, But Caleb S True Strength Lies In Extracting Advantage From Adversity, And Through The Clashes That Follow, He Matures Into The Leader Of Men He Was Always Destined To Be The Sort Of Man Katherine Can Trust With Her Body, With Her Life With Her LoveThe First Voyage Is One Of Exploration, The Second One Of Discovery The Third Journey Brings Maturity, While The Fourth Is A Voyage Of Second Chances Continue The Journey And Follow The Adventure, The Mystery, And The Romances To The Dramatic End Didn t like being left hanging But there you are Now have to wait for the final of the Adventurers Quartet to see everything come together I don t know if it s because of middle book syndrome or what, but this was the worst book in this quartet so far If there were half star ratings, it d get 1.5 I finished it in 5 hours because I skimmed and flipped through most of it going don t care, don t care There s a difference between adding details for world building and bludgeoning your readers with them And the character I was the most interested in was the plot moppet a small child who has no purpose or development except to drive the plot forward SBTB. This is the third book in the series and my favorite so far At the end of the previous book, A Buccaneer at Heart, Caleb has stolen Robert s journal and departed for Freetown, to take up the next leg of the investigation He is the youngest of the brothers and considered to be rather reckless He wants the respect and trust of his brothers, and has been unable to convince them that he can be responsible.As this book opens, Caleb and his crew, and fellow captain and friend Philippe and his crew, have located the slavers camp and take it upon themselves to wipe them out They are also smart enough to make it look like the slavers have simply moved on to greener pastures Their next move is to find the mine and send its location back to England for them to mount a rescue In doing so, they meet a young lad and one of the women, the only two captives allowed outside the gates of the compound.Kate is the missing governess, who was taken to be in charge of the children She is stunned by the presence of Caleb and his men They bring hope to a group who have increasingly realized that they won t leave the jungle alive Kate is able to make use of her trips outside the gate to get information to Caleb that is useful for his mission She knows he ll have to leave, to return to England, but the hope he leaves behind will have to sustain them.But Caleb can t bring himself to leave the lovely Kate and others in danger So he sends the information off with his ship and most of his crew, while he, Philippe and others remain behind to watch over the captives Unfortunately, the mercenary in charge of the mine discovers the men and makes them captives too Caleb isn t too concerned He is a man who is used to making the best of situations, and he immediately settles in to becoming part of captives unit.I have to say that I loved Caleb He is one of those people that nothing can keep down for long He is also smart, intuitive, and easy to like He quickly makes a place for himself with the captive leadership, helping them to find ways to help themselves A realistic look at the obstacles they face has them pulling together to survive until they can be rescued I loved seeing Caleb s natural leadership abilities emerge He doesn t simply take charge, he involves everyone, right down to the children, in the efforts to save them all Of course, one of his biggest motivations is the desire to get to know Kate better Kate is the perfect match for him She is just as strong a leader and devotes her efforts to keeping hope alive among the women and children She is also clever and thinks well in crisis situations.I loved the development of the relationship between them Caleb had been taken with her from the moment he saw her, meeting her simply solidified his fascination Kate s fascination with Caleb was equally strong Somehow, in the midst of the danger, they manage to have a truly wonderful courtship With nothing but time stretching in front of them, they have the chance to truly get to know each other Some stolen kisses ramp up the attraction they feel, and the hope that they will survive to explore it further.But not everything goes smoothly The captives are fully aware that when the mine is played out, they will be killed They have to find a way to keep the mine going until their rescue can be accomplished One tunnel is nearly depleted, and they have no idea how many diamonds are in the second tunnel Plus, with the addition of Caleb and his men, there are bodies able to dig When it looks like that tunnel may play out before they are ready, the captives must come up with ways to delay that won t rouse the suspicions of their captors I loved the spirit of cooperation that imbues them all, and the cleverness of their actions But things look increasingly bleak as their efforts still bring them up short The arrival in camp of one of the conspirators from town is just one straw to be dealt with A desperate attempt nearly goes horribly wrong, but in the end, brings an unexpected reprieve We are also left with a cliffhanger, as the captives are still waiting for their rescue.In the final part of the book we also finally get a look at the backers of the mine, and discover just how evil and highly placed they are Their greed knows no bounds, and two of them decide that it s time to go to Africa and apply their own brand of motivation.We also see Caleb s ship arrive, and the information sped to London and Caleb s brothers Just as they are reading it over, still in the hallway, a carriage arrives, obviously in a hurry From that carriage steps the oldest brother, Royd, who had been sent for by Wolverstone To the shock of Robert and Declan, Royd is not alone With him is a woman, referred to only as Trouble I m so glad I already have the fourth book, as I would not want to have to wait to read the conclusion to this exciting series. I am glad I started picking up historic romances they actually have plot outside of romance So far, most of the contemporary romances are just about the romance, which is ok if you like that In this one, the fight to free the captives continues with the youngest brother who is headstrong and brazen, but looking to gain the respect and trust of his older brothers.I rather like Caleb, he is rather funny.Kate is strong, in a different way from the other two women for the older two brothers.She is a nice foil for Caleb, a responsible mature woman, but she still has the adventurous spirit to match his.It will be interesting to see how she interacts with the much headstrong Edwinna and Aillen.There was actually a good bit of action in this one, from the capture of the men, to the mine collapse I love how Kate and Caleb are both so good with children as well, as that acknowledges what a lot of romances don t babies usually follow So far, the first book has shown this as well, with the second not really touching on it.