Because she originated as a secondary character—the perfect, pretty “other woman” who was Lucy’s rival before they became friends—Sophia Hathaway is different from a lot of Regency heroines. For one thing, she’s beautiful and she knows it. She’s also wealthy and privileged: no Cinderella story here.
But what she has, in a quantity even greater than beauty or fortune, is imagination. A wild, wicked, irrepressible imagination, which has been her secret escape from her boring life as a proper Regency miss. This creativity of thought translates into a few concrete talents. She’s an accomplished artist, for one. Sophia is also a very good liar. She finds uses for both talents aboard the Aphrodite.
Her imagination is both a blessing and a curse. She can’t stop herself from dreaming after wild passion and sweeping romance, and thus ends up on a rather gritty, grueling, unromantic ocean crossing. But it’s that same wicked imagination that gives Sophia the emotional courage to hold her own with Gray. She has the soul-deep conviction that they both deserve to love and be loved, flawed as they might be.
So, it’s that age-old job interview question: Do you have a personality trait that is both your strength and your weakness?
In my case, I think it’s my dislike of arbitrary procedure and rules. I’m not exactly a rebellious sort, but I just can’t get exercised about enforcing random policies. And on the wild journey that is parenting, that’s definitely proven to be both a blessing and a curse!
How about you?
Desperate to escape a loveless marriage and society’s constraints, pampered heiress Sophia Hathaway jilts her groom, packs up her paints and sketchbook, and assumes a new identity, posing as a governess to secure passage on the Aphrodite. She wants a life of her own: unsheltered, unconventional, uninhibited. But it’s one thing to sketch all her wildest, most wanton fantasies, and quite another to face the dangerously handsome libertine who would steal both her virtue and her gold.
To any well-bred lady, Benedict “Gray” Grayson is trouble in snug-fitting boots. A conscienceless scoundrel who sails the seas for pleasure and profit, Gray lives for conquest—until Sophia’s perception and artistry stir his heart. Suddenly, he’ll brave sharks, fire, storm, and sea just to keep her at his side. She’s beautiful, refined, and ripe for seduction. Could this counterfeit governess be a rogue’s redemption? Or will the runaway heiress’s secrets destroy their only chance at love?