"You will be mine. You will be my wife."
With her identity concealed, Allegra Valenti enters Italy's most glorious masquerade ball determined to make happy memories to sustain her through her impending arranged betrothal. But a passionate encounter with a masked stranger leads to far-reaching consequences that tear apart her dutiful life.
Brooding Spanish duke Cristian Acosta cannot believe the masked siren he finally let his guard down for is his best friend's sisterthe pampered heiress he grew up despising. Now, to safeguard the Acosta legacy, Cristian must adorn Allegra with a trinket of his owna gold wedding band!
About the Author
New York Times Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Now this is how it's done. When you suddenly realise you are crying without being conscious of it, that is a good sign. This is not so different to the last Yates book I read. There is the smexy in the first chapter and then the consequences. But there is a lot more in this book. Yes there is anger, but there is sadness and loss and grief and pain. So. Much. More. Allegra has known Christian for years, her best friends brother who orchestrated her prestigious engagement to royalty when she was only sixteen. Years have passed and he has married and been widowed but still remains untouchable. With her wedding approaching, Allegra is a little despairing, feeling the trap closing on a loveless royal marriage. When she sees a man at a masked ball and there is an immediate connection, she decides this is her chance to have a choice, just once. You see where this is going. *nods* Yes, dear fellow reader, the mysterious masked man with whom Allegra has an instant physical rapport is none other than her brother's besty. Christian. Who luckily is a Duke because her parents are going to be soooo annoyed about her messing up a royal marriage. There is so much angst in this. Allegra and Christian have been aware of each other for years but their relationship has been full of his rigid disapproval and her defiance. Now they have to make things work and Christian has "reasons" that make it impossible for there to be a normal loving marriage. I love it when there are "reasons". And he isn't a manwhore either. *swoons*. Overall, I loved this book. It has all the kinds of feels I like...love. This is why I will always read this author, even after one that wasn't quite what I wanted.