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The church condemning his unnatural inclinations, he'd determined to suppress them, to one day seek a suitable wife befitting the captain he intended to become.


Adoration of his role model, Woods Rogers, was easily justified, his inclinations easily controlled when the governor's tone always added a silent codicil to his name:

"Beamish!" You addle-plot!

...But Dan Tempest, a despicable pirate, a scoundrel who only out of boredom on the Charleston voyage had lured him to his bed, teaching him pleasures he'd never before dreamt of... Tempest was the man he could never forget.


He'd never looked for that suitable wife.