Ella Quinn delivers another enchanting tale with her newest book ENTICING MISS EUGENIE VILLARET.
William, Viscount Wivenly, travels to the St. Thomas (at the time the Danish West Indies) to help out his late uncle's family. William's father has been receiving conflicting reports about the business. The reports from the manager say everything is great while the ones from his aunt provide a bleaker picture. William is traveling with his friend Mr. Andrew Grayson because Andrew's family has a shipping business and William needs his expertise.
Upon their arrival they are met with the beauty of the island and the stifling heat. Late one evening, as William and Andrew begin their investigation into the business, William comes across two women in the shipping office and is quite surprised to find out that one of them is the beauty he saw in the town. William makes the assumption that by her clothes and age she must be a companion to the young woman with her. He is instantly attracted to her and has visions of hot nights with her in his bed.
Miss Eugenie Villaret de Joyeuse is looking to help her family by wanting to look through her stepfather's office. Her mother has refused all requests so Eugenie decides to take matters into her own hands. She and her friend Cicely Whitecliff decide to break into her stepfather's office and look over the shipping business books to find out what is really going on. She comes face-to-face with Lord Wivenly, the handsome man she saw in town. She is instantly attracted to him but also unsettled by what she feels for him.
Together, Eugenie and William begin their relationship off on the wrong foot. Things always seem to go wrong for them. But when Eugenie is threatened, William proves that he is the one for her.
Lord Wivenly is a great character. He is a rake in the truest sense but when it comes to courting an actual woman, he was a bumbling mess (or using Andrew's description, a buffle-headed clutch). It was hilarious how many times he stuck his foot in his mouth throughout the story but this just made him all the more endearing.
"I've never met anyone like her. I can't' keep my hands off her. I'm envious of any man she looks at, but I can't seem to be at all civil with her. It's not like me."
Eugenie herself was a delight! She is no simpering miss; she is educated, daring and has a backbone of steel. She is a refreshing female character for a historical romance. Together, William and Eugenie were lovely. Even though they fell in love pretty fast, it was a very sweet courtship and they had the backdrop of the beautiful Caribbean. Alongside the story of romance between William and Eugenie, there was also the secondary romance of Cicely and Andrew. I also loved Eugenie's parents, Nathan and Sidonie, who I think should have their own book!
ENTICING MISS EUGENIE VILLARET is a wonderful story; I think it's the best in the series so far! The story is well written with such an enticing setting! I want to go to the Caribbean and try a rum shrub! The story has wonderful intrigues with the loss of Eugenie's stepfather and the scheming relatives. I also loved the idea of a pirate priest; it was a wonderful addition to the story. If you are looking for a sweet historical romance, then ENTICING MISS EUGENIE VILLARET is it!