Amanda writes erotic romance, suitable for readers over eighteen. The bedroom door is not closed to the reader. Heat is estimated to be 3 flames out of 5 on the index.

18-year-old Merry's on the run. She's put 3,000 miles between herself and Kempton, her one-time abuser, but he's so obsessed with her, he's followed her from Vermont to Oxford in England. Escaping his clutches again, she seeks refuge on a sea cruise to give her wealthy Aunt Clara the chance to have him dealt with. On board the "MV Albion", Merry meets a danger of a different kind: an attack on the protective cocoon she's built around herself against her horror of sexual intimacy. The charismatic Captain Maynard, a man well-seasoned in the art of love-making, intrigues her. She finds herself falling for him. He's a good teacher, and she wants to learn, but her past trauma threatens her chance to enjoy consensual sex.

Meet the Captain and see what you think of him. Will you love him or hate him? Will he persevere and bring them both happiness, or will he decide Merry's fear is too great a challenge even for him? And as for Kempton, will he manage to track Merry down again?

This is the story of a young woman coming to terms with her past and seeking the happiness all women deserve.

Where there are Irish Travellers, there you'll find their beautiful Gypsy Horses.

Where there are Gypsy Horses, you'll find handsome Dane McDeglin, the bare-knuckle champion of the north of England.

But Rikki's not a gypsy. She's a settled girl living in an upmarket suburb of Manchester, in a house befitting her father's social and financial standing as a top barrister. Years ago, she used to sneak over the fence to the illegal gypsy campsite next door. There she met Dane and joined his boys' gang as an honorable member. She lost her child's heart to him. All too soon the connection was broken, and she hasn't seen him for years.

Now, turning eighteen, Rikki goes on a school trip with the Pony Club to the world-famous Appleby Gypsy Horse Fair in the north of England. The fair is a meeting place for Irish Travellers and the Roma to trade and enjoy their beautiful vanner horses with their flowing manes and feathered hoofs.

At the fair, Rikki and her best friend, Sasha, are set upon by a bunch of unruly ruffians, but all is not lost. Rikki's childhood hero, Dane McDeglin, charges into their rescue. Dane is now over six-foot, devastatingly handsome with his Irish black hair and blue eyes, and a successful businessman to boot. Although Rikki recognizes him immediately, he's merely helping out a couple of silly girls wandering about after dark.

Rikki's badly smitten - she always has been - and Dane seems to like her at first. But nothing has prepared Rikki for the way their past history rises up and sucker-punches what they feel for each other.