In Bedfordshire, England, 1785, a dying gypsy woman gave birth to Lord Alex' illegitimate son and named him Dante. Alex never knew about Dante, because his own father (the Marquis of Alston a.k.a. Lord Alston) kept the information from him. Lord Alston had Dante's Romany grandparents, Sandor and Carlotta, raise the child. Lord Alston gave them gold to help care for Dante and insisted that Dante be sent to Cambridge at age sixteen.
Now, in 1813, Lord Alston wishes he had spent more time with his grandson, no matter Dante's heritage. Lord Alex had died ten years before with no children. Thus Lord Alston's nephew, Calvin, is next in line for the title. But Lord Alston did not trust Lord Calvin with the family fortune. Calvin gambled too often and spent money he did not have. Therefore, Lord Alston changes his will and makes Dante his heir. In a codicil of the will, Lord Alston demands that Dante wed Lady Esme Harcourt within six months of becoming the new Marquis of Alston.
As Dante steals a kiss from the beautiful lady at a country fair, he has no idea that her name is Lady Esme or that he is to meet her again in the near future. Dante intended to deny the title, wealth, and estate that his English grandfather is pushing on him. However, when Lord Alston is murdered and set up to look like suicide, Dante cannot let the murder of his kin go unpunished. He will accept the title and use everything in his power to locate the killer. As for Lady Esme, no matter how prejudiced she may be toward gypsies, she WILL become his wife. After all, she has already proven that she is not immune to his charms.
**** This story is filled with obstacles for the main characters to overcome, as well as danger, suspense, mystery, and romance. Author Connie Mason does an excellent job of making the characters come alive. Marvelous! ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.