The Gypsy Lord (Royals of Cardenas Book 5)
Elise Marion, author
The Gypsy Lord is Book 5 in Royals of Cardenas, a historical romance series set in the fictional kingdom of Cardenas, following the lives of the royal Rothchester family. When Desmond Amador’s sister married the king of Cardenas, the son of a Gypsy dancer and a sailor became a titled lord with more wealth, land, and power than he could have ever hoped to possess. But, before long he discovered the true nature of both his adulterous wife and the gilded world of the royal court. Bitter and jaded after a public divorce, Desmond cultivates a reputation for himself as a conscienceless rake, one he wears as a badge of honor. After the death of her father, Lady Anastasia Harden flees the only home she’s ever known to escape the clutches of her despicable cousin, who plans to force her into marrying him. When her escape goes awry, she finds herself penniless and without a friend in the world. Taking shelter within The Red Rose, a brothel catering to a wealthy and titled clientele, Anastasia faces a choice between working her fingers to the bone as a maid or earning wealth and comfort as the lover a dark lord. Upon finding the enigmatic Ana working as a maid at The Red Rose, Desmond is determined to have her, and no price is too great. With an arrangement agreed upon, he thinks to indulge in a meaningless affair, but finds himself rapidly falling under Ana’s spell. As feelings of passion begin to develop into something more, he will be forced to acknowledge his growing love for her. Anastasia does not want to keep the truth of her past from Desmond, but the revelation would tear them apart. Yet, when that truth becomes a danger to them both, she is left with no choice but to reveal it all. Faced with the possibility of losing everything, Anastasia will learn that Desmond’s wild heart is not so easily captured, or tamed.