This HaBO comes from Stephanie, who is searching for this historical:
The heroine is part of a group of ship wreckers in the Outer Banks. She is in her early teens, but “belongs” to the leader. She secretly hates him, but her mom wants her to be with him cause it is good for her (mom).
Someone survives from one of the ships and she falls in love with him and escapes the islands with him. Somehow somewhere on their travels they meet a sexy alpha whaler and he helps them with part of their journey. He secretly loves the heroine and thinks the survivor is not worthy of her huge spirit.
Years later she ends up with the whaler and worries about her sordid past coming out among his high-kick friends.
Well this is something.