I once commented to a writer that there are only so many Dukes to go around, but if you read historical romance, you would trip over them. So here it is a story of the youngest son. In Regency England a younger son wasn’t allowed to work and was basically useless. So how do you make a love story with a younger son interesting? You have Julie Anne Long write it. I have a confession to make: I like my hero’s a little bit rough around the edges. Jonathan Redmond has been described and talked about as though he’s a young buck with no direction, so for me this hero would be a problem. The book starts out as him being funny and poor, two things I dislike in a main hero. Thomasina de Ballesteroshas is described as a borderline courtesan, another least favorite of mine. Thankfully I love Julie Anne Long and I was in for the long haul. The beauty in her writing is that she can take an impossible situation and make it believable. Jonathan is desperate to find investors for his new idea and his rich family won’t support him. Thomasina is desperate to escape poverty and Jonathan is just the right person to help her. The friendship and love that develops between the two is beautiful and believable and that’s what makes her such an amazing writer. She takes two people who would not work with any other writer and makes an amazing book.— Rosa, New Jersey
More than one beautiful woman's hopeshave been dashed on the rocky shoals ofJonathan Redmond's heart. With his rivetinggood looks and Redmond wealth and power,the world is his oyster—until an ultimatumfrom his father and a chilling gypsy prophecysend him hurtling headlong toward a fatehe'll do anything to avoid: matrimony.
Intoxicating, elusive Thomasina de Ballesteroshas the bloods of London at her feet. But noneof them knows the real Tommy—the one witha shocking pedigree, a few too many secrets,and a healthy scorn for rakes like Jonathan.
She's everything Jonathan never wanted.But on one fateful midnight, he's drawn intoTommy's world of risk, danger . . . and a desirehe'd never dreamed possible. And suddenlyhe's re-thinking everything . . . includingthe possibility that succumbing to prophecymight just mean surrendering to love.
USA Today bestselling author Julie Anne Long originally set out to be a rock star when she grew up (and she has the guitars and fringed clothing stuffed in the back of her closet to prove it), but writing was always her first love. Since hanging up her guitar for the computer keyboard, Julie has penned books that frequently top reader and critic polls and have been nominated for numerous awards, including the RITA®, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, and the Quill, and reviewers have been known to use words like "dazzling," "brilliant," and "impossible to put down" when describing them. Julie lives in Northern California.