Catherine Rodgers doesn’t like Mercy ships, or the courtesans who work on them—not after her husband left her for a Mercy woman. But after her yacht gets blown up to prevent her from cracking the lid off a corporate scam that’s left hundreds dead and a few people very rich, the only ship around to save her is the Bonnie Belle.
Sean Harrison has worked as one of the Belle’s courtesans for years, bringing happiness to countless women along the space lanes. When he’s asked to care for Catherine while the Belle brings her to safety, it should be just another job.
Somehow it’s anything but. Sean is captivated by Catherine’s sense of justice and responsibility. And Catherine finds a softer, more emotionally intelligent man in Sean than she expected. Drawn together in darkness under the threat of death, they find the beginning of something lasting. But with pirates after the Belle and a price on Catherine’s head, that beginning might be all they get.
Sean Harrison has been through a lot and now spends his days working as a Courtesan onboard one of the Guilds ships. Oh he realises not everyone understands the true benefit of what he does, but he has no reason to feel ashamed and in point of fact, the benefits of the type of therapy he brings to his female clients is something he is rightly proud of. As the Belle's acting medic, when a nearby ship explodes and it's sole survivor is rescued, it's up to him to tend to her but Catherine is the sort of woman that gets under Sean's skin and it's been a long time since that happened!
Catherine has no reason to approve of the type of people onboard the Belle as her ex husband left her for a Courtesan, but spending time with the crew enables her to really see that no matter what the job, they are still just human beings trying to survive and achieve a better life. Catherine has vital information about a conspiracy that is costing lives and it's imperative she gets to the proper authorities but it's clear whoever wants her dead will keep trying, which puts everyone in danger. Sean and Catherine may be attracted to each other but how could two such different people ever hope to have a future together? Besides the danger that stalks Catherine is far from past and now it's up to the crew of the Bonnie Belle to make a stand!
I really enjoy these stories and it was such fun to catch up with these diverse and colourful characters. Last time the story focused on a murder mystery whilst throwing in the romance between Sam and Daniel and it was lovely to catch up with them and so amusing as they still struggle to be discreet about their relationship. Ms Nantus writes with such humour but it's not in your face, no it's much more subtle and works really well. As for the romance here it was a delight to read about Sean who has previously seemed a little subdued and clearly as a slightly more mature Courtesan knows his time working is running out. The simple idea of pairing him up with a responsible woman such as Catherine opens up a world of possibilities. She has obviously thrown her energy into her career and it's high time she had some fun and who would know more about showing a girl a good time then the experienced Sean? I loved the way their relationship slowly built and thought it so amusing as Catherine constantly second guessed herself whilst the ever knowing Sean saw through all her machinations!
Great story and I'm looking forward to more from this author.