At the start of Love’s Abyss, Madison St. John is a fiery, but somewhat silly, young woman engaged to be married to a dashing British commodore, Andrew McClain. On her way to pick out her wedding dress, the ship she’s on is attacked by pirates. The pirate captain is Alexander Xavier, an alias used to hide the fact that he’s really Nicholas Sinclair, the governor’s son. Sinclair knows that McClain is not the dashing hero he appears to be, but is instead a murderous scoundrel responsible for the death of the one woman Alexander Xavier loved and with whom he fathered a son. When he spies his dead lover’s necklace around Madison’s neck—a gift from McClain, he kidnaps her. Intending to use her to even the score with McClain, he soon finds himself attracted to her.
Love’s Abyss has some great love/sex scenes and a great love story, plus plenty of action on the high seas. The characters are well-drawn, multi-layered people whom I grew to care about. I especially liked watching the character of Madison change from the silly airhead she was at the beginning of the book into a sensuous and mature woman. And Nicholas/Alexander—well, now there’s a man to dream about!