Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"Full Steam Ahead" by Karen Witemeyer

About this book:

  “When Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston from an eastern finishing school, she's stunned to find her father in ill health. Though she loves him, he's only ever focused on what she's "not." Not male. Not married. Not able to run their family business, Renard Shipping.
  Vowing to secure a suitable marriage partner, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure: a dagger personally gifted to Nicole's father by the pirate Jean Lafitte. Many believe the legend that the dagger is the source of all Renard Shipping's good fortune, though Nicole is sure her father's work ethic and honorable business practices are the keys to their success. Before she can board the steamer to New Orleans, Nicole finds her father's rivals—the Jenkins brothers—on either side of the gangplank, ready to grab her and steal the dagger. Quickly, she decides to instead travel north, to Liberty, Texas, where she can decide what to do next.
  Darius Thornton needs a secretary—someone to help him get his notes in order. Ever since the boiler explosion aboard the "Louisiana," Darius has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. The pretty young socialite who applies for the job baffles him with her knowledge of mathematics and steamships. He decides to take a risk and hire her, but he's determined her attractive face and fancy clothes won't distract him from his important research.
  The job offer comes at exactly the right time for Nicole. With what Darius is paying her, she'll be able to afford passage to New Orleans in mere weeks. But Mr. Thornton is so reclusive, so distant, so unusual. He can create complex scientific equations but can't remember to comb his hair. And his experiments are growing more and more dangerous. Still, there are undeniable sparks of attraction between them. But Nicole is leaving soon, and if she marries, it must be to a man who can manage a shipping empire. Darius certainly doesn't fit that description. And the Jenkins brothers have not given up on kidnapping Nicole and seizing the Lafitte dagger for themselves.

Series: As of now, no. :(

Spiritual Content- Romans 8:1 at the beginning; Many Prayers and Scriptures are quoted; Talks about God, His Will & trusting Him when bad things happen.  

Negative Content- In the prologue, Darius tries to save a drowning little girl, but sadly, fails and it haunts him throughout the book.

Sexual Content- a ‘wrench’; Nicole studies Darius when he’s sleeping (on the couch); Kisses (Two detailed, a semi-detailed and the rest are not-detailed)

-Nicole Renard
-Darius Thornton
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                              Set in 1851 (Prologue set in 1849)
                                                        346 pages

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My personal Rating-

“Full Steam Ahead”  had me smiling & swooning like a ninny; my pulse would race when the plot thickened. I think this might be my favorite Karen Witemeyer book yet!

I'll see y'all on Friday for another review! :)

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this review.

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