Friday, July 6, 2012

Historical Review: A Dangerous Love (de Warenne Dynasty) [Mass Market Paperback]

I've finished "A Dangerous Love" the book in her de Warenne Dynasty series by Brenda Joyce.

Product Description

A Dangerous OBSESSION Torn from his Romany mother's arms as a small boy, Viscount Emilian St. Xavier has spent a lifetime ignoring the whispers of gypsy that follow him everywhere. A nobleman with wealth, power and privilege, he does not care what the gadjos think. But when the Romany come to Derbyshire with news of his mother's murder at the hands of a mob, his world implodes. And Ariella de Warenne is the perfect object for his lust and revenge .…

A Dangerous PASSION Ariella de Warenne's heritage assures her a place in proper society, though as a radical and independent thinker she scorns her peers' frivolous pursuits in the Ton, fashion and marriage. Until a Roma camp arrives at Rose Hill, and she finds herself drawn to their charismatic leader, Emilian. Even when he warns her away, threatening that he intends to seduce and destroy her, she cannot refuse him. For Ariella is just as determined to fight for their dangerous love …

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (April 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373772750
ISBN-13: 978-0373772759

My Review:

Viscount Emilian St. Xavier was taken from his gypsy mom to live with his father an English Lord at an early age which has resulted in him hating all gadjos (non-gypsy) with a passion.  He was taken to his father to learn about the aristocracy and to take his place as his father's heir.  He can't decide if he's half gypsy or half English which makes him confused of what he is or who he wants to be.

When his gypsy family decide to settle on land he gets a calling to join them and leaves his estate and his business dealings to visit his mother's grave in Scotland.  They have settled on Cliff de Warenne's land and when Cliff's daughter Ariella sees/meets Emil she is intensely attracted to the dark and mysterious gypsy.  Emil decides to use Ariella to avenge his mother's death caused by the gadjos.

Ariella is a studious, smart and very interested in other cultures and traveling to other lands.  When she meets Emil she believes it's true love and that doesn't stop her from throwing herself at him.  He uses her for sex and she is still fascinated by him.

Emil is a rude, obnoxious, immature and full of hate and loathing.  He had remorse at first for using Ariella for sex to revenge his mother's death.


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