Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, her London season offered no prospects. Now visiting the Dorset coast, Poppy is thrilled to discover a smugglers’ hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and stow her, bound and gagged, on the ship captain’s bed . . .
Known as a reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby is actually an agent of the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he’s stunned to find a woman in his cabin—a Bridgerton, no less. He knows he may have to wed her to avert a scandal—though Poppy has no idea he is the son of an earl and neighbor to her aristocratic cousins in Kent. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to intoxicating passion. But when Andrew’s secret is revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart . . . ?