Kissing the Captain


By Eboni Manning

Publisher : Outer Banks Books

ABOUT Eboni Manning

Eboni Manning
I write under two pen names, Alexandra Kane and Kianna Alexander. I'm a married mother of two young kids, who wedges writing time in between kissing boo-boos and my day gig as a freelance copywriter. I write in several genres, including romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and histor More...



In 1879, near the small northern California town of Ridgeway, Lilly Warren is a young black woman who has recently lost her father. There is little time for mourning, though, as the responsibility of running the twenty-six acre farm now belongs to her. To make matters even more complex, her father has deeded the house and the land to her in his will with an interesting condition: that she share the land with a person she's never met, or forfeit ownership.
Ricardo Benigno is a Spanish captain of the Anna Juanita, a shipping vessel bringing spices and oils to the shores of California. Seeking out the farm of his old friend Leonard Warren, he discovers that the older man has passed away. To his surprise, Ricardo has also been willed joint ownership of Warren land, as long as he shares it with Lilly, Warren's only child.
The attraction between them is instant, and they both agree that marriage is the only acceptable way they can share the land. But can two people from such different worlds learn to love each other, or will Lilly's heart be broken if she dares to kiss the captain?

Back in 2010 I wrote a story to answer an anthology call at a well respected publisher. The didn't fit their expectations, so I rewrote it, expanded it, and it became Kissing the Captain. Some things about the story evolved and changed, but the hero has always been the dashing Spanish sea captain, and the heroine, always the feisty farmer's daughter.

Review for the Nook Version at

Posted February 21, 2012

Great read

Couldnt put down my nook until the story ended.....cant wait for part two