The Price of Pleasure by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Grant Sutherland, brother to Derek Sutherland from The Captain Of All Pleasures is on a mission to locate members of the Dearbourne family. They were lost at sea many years ago, and the lone member of the family (the grandfather) is convinced that they are out there, alive, somewhere. With the promise of giving him the Dearbourne estate, the grandfather hires Grant for one last mission to locate the family.
Turns out, there were only two survivors from the shipwreck....one of them being granddaughter Victoria. After learning to survive on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere for eight years, Victoria isn't too sure she wants to be rescued....but her lone companion is very sick, so she agrees to go.
Grant is a rigid, play-it-by-the-books kind of guy, and Victoria is (what he considers) a wild child who is going to have problems fitting back into civilized society. But the attraction is there from the beginning, and he fights it, and kind of lies to her....and so on and so forth.
The only thing I do hate about this book is that it sets up the storyline for a 3rd book, the story of Sutherland cousin Ian....but that book has yet to happen. (Mostly, I think, due to the success of the Immortals After Dark series.) I do hope at some point, Kresley Cole will return to the world of the Sutherland family and let us know what happens to Ian.