Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

About the Book

From award winning author Elizabeth Essex comes an enchanting prequel to the Kent Brothers Chronicles…


Nessa Teague has never believed in the magic that swirls around her village like a fine Cornish mist. She’s never had need of it. Until the day Lord Harry Beck returns to Bocka Morrow and Nessa realizes there is nothing, including the blackest of magic, she won’t do to have him for her own.


Harry Beck has left the Royal Navy only to find himself shoaled upon the rocky coast of Cornwall, where smugglers haunt every cove and treachery fouls the waters. His best hope to find the traitor selling secrets to the French is to charm the vicar’s observant and intelligent daughter, Nessa Teague.

But in a place where loyalty runs deeper than the deep blue sea, they’ll need more than charm to uncover the secret plot that threatens their country, and shakes their faith in the power and magic of true love.

What They’re Saying…

“This was my first time reading a book by Elizabeth Essex and it did not disappoint…The ending was great and a bit of a surprise.” –Sassy Book Lover

This novella previously appeared in the Vexed anthology.