Being a Black female and a huge fan of romance books, I rarely find Regency/Midevel romances dealing with Black characters. In fact, when one reads most romance books dealing with these time periods, it's as if Blacks were non-existent. Finally a book where there are several Black characters and they are portrayed beautifully! At first I was leery of how Camille (Jack's mulatto mistress) would be portrayed but I was more than happy to see that the relationship between the two was not cheapened and that Jack truly cared for her. The romance that blooms between Esme and Mr. Shropsley...well, I won't get into all of that but I will say I was happy with this book and would love to see more novels featuring a variety of ethnic characters. The story itself was wonderful. I loved Priscilla's character. She was truy a wonderful, charming, very likable woman. I disagree with another reader concerning that little escapade that Jack has with Vivienne. Jack was under a spell and this just went to show how powerful the magic was that held him. I think it read very well. I highly recommend this book!
Jack is a very loving and caring hero...he takes care of his aunt and his cousin even though his aunt is a bitter woman. He loves his French mistress and hates to leave her when he has to travel to England to claim his earldom after the death of his twin brother.
Priscillia loves butterflies, they start out ugly then become beautiful - they can change their appearance unlike humans. Pris is plain, she was surprised when Jack's brother ask to marry her but relieved that the marriage didn't take place. Now he has died and his brother has come home.
Pris and Jack slow fall in love, Jack adores how innocent Pris is compared to his very experienced mistress. Their first kiss is magic, but there is black magic brewing that might keep the lovers apart.