I was drawn into this novel by the cover, it is captivating. History, ships, enigmatic wealthy captains and an opium trade that seems to touch literally everyone in the book.
I did like the historical elements within the book and the factual pieces put in for authenticity are fantastic, but the story left me flat…The hero uses the heroine…every time he needs something, he takes from the one woman who has nothing to give. He’s got friends in high and low places, but she is the one he gets to help him, and she is the one who gets caught. When the captain’s children become involved, of course he relies on her again and almost gets her killed. Then, when she needs him the most…he disappears, and leaves her to deal with a life-threatening problem with strangers.
Perhaps this book is more true to how real people use others and I like a good strong female lead, but this left me feeling as if the relationship would not be happily ever after, but happy for now.