When the Earl of Langley, Geoffrey Selwyn, accused his
wife, Anna, of infidelity, he vowed she'd never see their
child after its birth. True to his word, immediately after
his son was delivered, he took him and left the room. But
unbeknownst to him, another child was to be born that
night, a baby girl Anna named Althea (Thea). With help from
the midwife, Anna was able to conceal her daughter's birth
and steal away.
In the British West Indies, Anna raised Thea to be a proper
lady, but growing up on a Caribbean island, Thea didn't
always act like one. As one of the partners in Merewether
Shipping, her outspokenness is perfectly acceptable on the
island. Suspecting theft at the London office of the
shipping company, Thea decides to travel there to
investigate before her Uncle Ashby discovers the stealing.
Since no Merewether ships are headed to London, Thea has to
commission passage on another ship.
Pierson Drake may have been born on the wrong side of the
blanket, but he's everything a proper lord should be. Once
he returns to London with his cargo, he'll be an extremely
wealthy man and finally able to seek a proper wife. He'll
also be able to prove to his aristocratic father that he's
a better man. When his ship's steam engine breaks and
threatens the promised delivery date, Drake stops at an
island to find a blacksmith. Meeting Thea Selwyn for the
first time, he instantly gets the wrong impression and puts
his domineering skills to work.
On the trip to London, Thea falls in love. Drake is
everything she'd want in a husband; however, she promised
her mother that she would not marry a man like her father.
Besides, she has secrets she doesn't want exposed, and she
realizes that Drake is a take-charge man who'd certainly
want to solve all her problems. Drake admits his attraction
to Thea is undeniable, and his aunt helps him realize that
Thea would make a good wife. After compromising her, Drake
proposes, but he is denied. Once in England, Thea and Drake
pretend to be betrothed, so he can keep her safe and help
in her investigation. Now he just has to prove to Thea he's
not like her father and get her to the altar.
TOUCH ME is an extremely romantic story. Drake knows what
he wants and Thea fights for what she believes in. You'll
cheer Drake's success on their passionate journey to the