The illegitimate Romany son of a
nobleman, Viscount Emilian St. Xavier has spent his entire
lifetime on the edge of two worlds. Half gypsy and half gadjo
he doesnít know where he belongs. His heart lies with his
gypsy half and his life lies with his English half and never
the two shall meet. Emil is used to the whispers and stares
that he has been subjected to since his now deceased father
found him and brought him to Derbyshire to live. Educated at
the finest schools and excelling in business, Emil is still
aware of his Roma roots and when his Roma family comes to
Derbyshire with devastating news of his mother, Emil doesnít
hesitate to join them and forget about his life as an
Englishman for a while. When the caravan settles on de Warenne
land and Emil comes face to face with Ariella, he sees the
perfect opportunity to get revenge Ė by using the fair and
innocent Ariella de Warenne.
Ariella de Warenne is not like other
women her age. Innocent yet educated, she loves to travel and
read about history and immerse herself in all things
educational. She isnít captivated by balls and gowns but by
real life experiences and things that she can learn. When a
band of gypsies invade her fatherís land and she accompanies
her father to their camp, Ariellaís life changes in an
instant. When her curious and avid gaze meets that of Emil,
the leader of the camp, Ariella knows in a millisecond that
what she is feeling is forbidden and dangerous but she canít
help herself. Unable to stay away from Emil, she and he
embark on an illicit affair, an affair that each knows must
end Ė an affair that neither counts on as becoming necessary
for their existence.
Brenda Joyce was one of the first
historical romance authors I ever had the fortune of reading.
Her work thrilled me years ago and it thrills me no less
today, years later. A Dangerous Love is
gripping and very forceful. I could not stop thinking about
Emilian and how he treated Ariella. While he wanted to hate
her, he couldnít and that very fact made him livid. He wanted
to hate her and while his Roma side was almost like not having
a conscience, his English side fought for him to love her.
Ariella, like all de Warenneís fell in love immediately and
completely. No other man would ever do for her and she was
the perfect balance between vixen and innocent. She was
patient and often times I wanted to just smack Emilian but in
Ariellaís unassuming way she loved him, flaws and all.
A Dangerous Love is my idea
of a historical romance. I donít think you can get any better
than this. Brenda Joyce is just emphatically one of the most
talented historical romance authors I have ever read and I
donít envision my opinion changing any time soon.