Dominic Edgemont's reputation in late Georgian British society is rather tarnished: aside from rumors of womanizing, he's said to be part gypsy--a rumor that Catherine Barrington, Countess of Arondale, discovers to be true after she is kidnapped by scheming relatives, passed from hand to hand and finally bought by Dominic who is visiting the gypsy band where he was raised. A clash of wills follows as Dominic tries to seduce Catherine out of the virginity she has so far managed to preserve; as fate would have it, the two, not surprisingly, fall in love and he succeeds. Martin's tale is a good one with some reservations, one being an unnecessary scene in which Catherine provokes Dominic into beating her to the delight of the gypsy camp. Early on, Martin is careless with certain genre conventions almost to the point of comedy: Edgemont's title (Lord Nightwyck, heir to the Marquess of Gravenwold) overhints at the diabolical and Martin's description of Catherine as an atypical beauty--with "eyes . . . a little too large and a little too green, and her lips were a little too full"--makes one wonder at the era's ideal. Although well-intentioned, Martin ( Captain's Bride ) also sometimes buys into stereotypes about gypsies.
Great book! Not only was it a touchingly romantic book but it was also very insightful.
Decent story line; strong-willed heroine & hero; star-crossed lovers; lots of sex.
another winner for kat martin this is a story that keeps you turning the page for more. a story that you just cant put down.
As always I loved this Kat Martin story...the characters seem to take on story and run with it....
From the back cover
When tall, handsome Dominic sees one of his Romany band whipping a beautiful, flames-haired captive, he never dreams she is a pampered heiress stolen from the English court. To have her, he will pay a kings ransom and make himself her lord.
Lovely Catrina forbids Dominic her bed, but her fiery temper is no match for his cool determination to take her as his lover. Still, she will not be passions slave forever. She and her Gypsy Lord will meet again-in a glittering London setting, far from the rustic tent they shared. Will her desire for revenge overwhelm her natural urge to love?
It wasn't exactly bad, good enough to finish without much complaint. It wasn't exactly good, the characters unmemorable, the love scenes tepid and unimaginative, the plot not particularly gripping or surprising.
Gypsy Lord offers a view of gypsy life, and from some personal research, it might be somewhat accurate. However this is offset by the particularly inaccurate view of the life of people in Regency era England, dialogue and situations that seem out of place for the time. Part of what makes historical romance fun is not just the love and sex but learning a little bit about people and the times, or the beautiful prose of a particular author. In the case of Gypsy Lord, not so much. Probably wouldn't read another by this author.