Descirption: Forced to leave her home in the vicarage, proud and resolute Olivia Sherwood has hired on at Ravenwood Hall where preparation for the new earl’s arrival is underway. At first glance Olivia sands transfixed by the dashing gallant with eyes dark and gleaming in the moonlight. Though his origins are shadowed in secrets and Olivia knows better than to trust a man she’s never met… she is intoxicated by him.
Crossing the threshold of his new home, Dominic St. Bride, the Earl of Ravenwood, sees suspicion in the faces of everyone surrounding him- for his staff knows of his illegitimate birth and dubious background. Yet, the radiant face f beautiful servant intrigues him. Although the familiar wariness flares in her eyes, Dominic senses a smoldering desire there as well and he determines to claim her. But can his passionate soul win the unlikely devotion of a defiant maid – thereby redeeming him with her unconditional love?
Review: When Dominic St. Bride comes to Ravenwood manor, it begins a most interesting story. From the beginning, we see how much the gypsies (Romany) people are mistrusted due to how different they are. That prejudice sets the tone for the entire novel and it plays an important role in how the main characters interact. James created some interesting characters and some rather annoying ones. The blind sister Emily drove me crazy. She was a constant irritant throughout the story. Overall, a nice little love story about how love conquers all.
Score: 3 out of 5