By- Judith James
Sarah, Lady Munroe, better known as the Gypsy Countess, and her half brother Ross, Earl of Huntington, are in search of their little brother James. He has gone missing; they have hired investigators to hunt for him. Upon hearing the news that their baby brother has been found living in one of the finer Parisian brothels, the two set out to bring him home to the safety of their family, though expecting the worst.
Arriving is Paris, Sarah and Ross find James has not been harmed, only because a male prostitute, Gabriel, has befriended the little boy and protected him at all costs.Gabriel is intelligent, musically gifted, and handsome, but has known nothing else but life in the high-class brothel, having been brought there as a child, himself.
Little James is insistent that Sarah and Ross obtain his friend Gabriel's freedom and bring him home to live with them as the child's companion. They offer Gabriel the position, which he accepts, and strike an expensive deal with Madame Etienne for Gabriel's release.
This is where the love story begins and what a love story it is! Taking place in the Napoleonic era, it is full of secrecy, danger, suspense, and intense romantic devotion and desire. It takes the reader on a whirlwind adventure into the lives of Sarah, Gabriel, Ross, Gypsy Davey, and an assortment of other interesting characters.
Judith James has created an exquisitely written, sexy, fast moving, extraordinary book that the reader can barely lay aside once they open the book and begin to read. Readers who are looking for historical romance, high adventure, a page-turner, and don't mind adult content, will not want to miss this one.
Note: Thanks to Judith James for my review copy.
(You can also find this review at my blog Everything Victorian.)Happy reading!