Tatiana Angelo always dreamed of a life of opulence and glamour. When her cousin became the wife of the King of Cardenas, she was swept away by the intrigue and decadence of palace life and became the jewel of the royal court. Catching the eye of a rich and titled lord seemed like a dream come true, but a few months after their whirlwind elopement, Tatiana found herself abandoned by the man she once thought loved her. Now, all she wishes to do is return to her previous life, one of simplicity and freedom. When Adrian Wilshire enters her life, Tatiana is certain she’s found in him the freedom and passion she desires. Despite the scars left on her heart by her past love, she throws caution to the wind and opens herself to the possibility of a future with him. But when the truth of his identity comes to light, the pain of his betrayal is too much to bear. Yet, despite her anger and sadness, she finds that turning her back on him will be harder than she could have ever imagined.
A few months ago, Adrian Wilshire was nothing more than the illegitimate son of a courtesan and titled lord. After years of hard work, he’s finally saved enough to begin the modest but quiet life he’s always craved, hoping that in doing so he will finally leave the ghosts of his tormented past behind. When he sets eyes on the vivacious Gypsy dancing under the moonlight, Adrian knows that he has finally found the woman that could make his dream of a happy life complete. But the strains of a responsibility he never wanted weigh heavily on him, as the demands of an estate left to him by his father press in on him from all sides. Can he live his life trapped in a gilded cage he despises and still keep the heart of a woman who desires freedom above all else? With his vengeful half-brother bent on destroying everything Adrian has inherited, as well as his life and love, Adrian will find keeping the balance between duty and desire even more complicated.
Can Adrian fight the dangers of the present and the ghosts of the past while claiming the fickle heart of the Gypsy Rose? Can two broken hearts find comfort in each other and lasting love? Elise Marion's Kings of Cardenas saga continues with a story of heartbreak, passion, deception, and love.
Lynn's 5 Star Audio Book Review
What did you like best about this story?I am not a huge romance fan but this story is so much more than that. Its a gripping tale of deceit, betrayal, murder, piracy, and love. The characters are well defined and multi dimensional. As the narrator, Kate Walsh, brought the story to life all around me.
Which character – as performed by Kate Walsh – was your favorite?I adored Kate Walsh's performance of Tatiana. All of the characters were preformed spectacularly but Tatiana was my favorite. The accent was simply intoxicating. I could envision the character right before my eyes.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?Without spoiling too much of the story, when Tatiana and Adrian finally accept each other with all their faults, heartaches, and scars I could not help but cheer them on.
Any additional comments?I cannot wait to find additional audio books narrated by Kate Walsh. I cannot say enough about her hypnotic voice. She is by far one of the best I have heard.I am a huge fan of Elise Marion's paranormal romance series and I must say I find myself wrapped up in the spell that is the Kings of Cardenas. She is a talented author with a flare for adding mystery and intrigue. There is a gripping story and not just sex in her books. I love that she has substance and not just fluff.