Simon Alexander Derain Winters, Earl of St. Albans, Baron Winters, etc., etc., is totally unaccustomed to taking orders from anyone-even his King or the Regent. And the sooner his Gypsy gets that simple fact into her head, the happier everyone will be. Except that Glynis Chatwin, in spite of being found in the earl's bed-with neither of them very well dressed, in the bargain-will be no man's servant.
She is on a quest-to establish the truth of her Gypsy mother's claim of marriage to a titled man-such proof needed to end, forever, the question of legitimacy for her and her younger brother, Christopher. The current peer, Francis Dawes, Lord Nevin, would much rather see the young woman hanged as a thief. From this rather unconventional beginning, a wonderful tale emerges.
Their mutual desires bring Simon and Glynis (and Christopher) together in their search for the proof Glynis seeks. Simon will lend his not inconsiderable resources if she will only masquerade as his mistress. The battle of wills this engenders is very much a taming of the shrew, if only one could be sure of just who is the real shrew!
The plot, which contains as much mystery as it does romance is engrossing, and you'll find yourself rooting for the satisfactory outcome that finally emerges, along with the romance. Both Glynis and Simon find themselves in strange situations, wondering how their original paths could have ended them up in such different locations, both physically and emotionally.