A tantalizing journey to the rip-roaring days of Prohibition (1920-1933) when mobsters, bootleggers, and rum runners waged an all-out war with the Federal Government and the United States Coast Guard. Battles were fought in the streets and at sea in an attempt to supply alcohol to thousands of thirsty Americans willing to do or pay anything for “rot gut” liquor.
“You certainly know how to conjure up the historical period evocatively and authentically. The story is well structured, with charming characters and you have a natural, fluid writing style.” – Harlequin Mills & Boon editor
The Rum Runner’s Woman
Genre: Erotic Romance, Historical Romance
Length: 298 Pages
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Captain Eric Bolene is a nervy daredevil and expert seaman who courts serious peril on the high seas as he engages in that very special form of American outlawry—rum-running.
In a schooner too fast to catch he outwits, outruns, and outfights the United States Coast Guard. Intelligent, brave and cunning he has made a fortune in the illegal liquor trade and by the age of thirty-one he is a very rich man. The lusty outlaw leads a life of devil-may-care until the day he anchors his schooner, the Black Heart, at Okracoke Isle, North Carolina where he meets May Kaney.
May Kaney is a nineteen-year-old woman trapped on the island by poverty and forced by her alcoholic father into a life of unending toil as a waitress in a speakeasy. A talented artist, she longs to escape to New York City to pursue her dreams of fame and fortune, and perhaps find the love of her life. She has shown no interest in any of the local boys to the dismay of her father who wants her married and out of the house.
When her boss, the local bootlegger, attempts to rape her she manages to fight him off. When he vows to keep trying until he succeeds she is forced to commit a desperate act. May hides on a rumrunner’s schooner and ends up at sea with a crew of dangerous men, and in the arms of a very handsome and virile stranger.
When Captain Eric Bolene discovers the sensual beauty as a stowaway on his ship an erotic seduction ensues with little resistance from May. She falls in love with him and willingly gives up her virginity. Eric is a skilled lover who takes his time to thrill a woman. She tells him she’d had no idea a man could give a woman so much pleasure.
When Eric’s lust for the sapphire-eyed, raven-haired, Southern beauty turns to love he is forced to reassess everything about his life. He vows to give up his outlaw ways to marry her. First he must deal with an ex-lover, mobsters and a Coast Guard officer who is determined to sink him and his schooner, the Black Heart, into the salty brine.