Anissa, the widowed Marchioness of Overton will do anything to protect her son from the wiles of her deceased husband's uncle, Lord Howard's machinations, even leave all she holds dear behind in England and set sail for America. Anissa swears her young son to silence of who they really are and asks the Captain Alex Hawks to allow the lady and her son passage on his ship. The handsome Captain reluctantly agrees to do so discovering soon that Anissa is not all she admits to being.
As the ship sets sail to a commotion on the docks, Alex immediately understands that Anissa and her child are fleeing from something serious and although he is hesitant, he will stop at nothing to keep Anissa and her son safe from harm. He does not however ensure that she will come to no harm from him as his attraction to her builds daily and Anissa feels that spark of attraction as well. As a widow, Anissa has the freedom to do as she wishes, but risking her son's life and his inheritance keeps her wary of that attraction to the Captain.
When Alex discovers the true reason for Anissa's flight he vows to keep her safe by means of using his family's help. Opening up his home to Anissa and the young boy for months only brings the two people from different walks of life closer. Alex believes he can never be good enough for Anissa but his feelings for her could his good sense. Love has a way of seeping in and changing everything and Alex and Anissa are not immune to the effects.
When danger in the form of Lord Howard, comes seeking his prize, Alex has no idea how dangerous an enemy he has. Anissa and her son have come to mean so much to him that losing either one of them would tear out his heart. Now all he has to do is eliminate the danger and restore Anissa and the young Marquess to their proper places.
LADY OVERTON'S PERILOUS JOURNEY by VIKKI VAUGHT is a wonderful story with intrigue and romance. The Captain is a perfect Alpha and his protectiveness towards Anissa is stirring. Lord Howard's hatred towards Anissa and his nephew's heir makes this story fascinating and a nail biter. This is the very first book by Vikki Vaught that I have read and it will not be my last as I have enjoyed the journey that this talented author has taken readers like myself on. Ms. Vaught is eloquent and her evident love for historical romance shines.