Lulia Vasile is a gypsy and proud of it. She’s a master fencer and skilled at fortune-telling. She grew up playing roles in a traveling theater and performing at county fairs. Her life changed when she became friends with an earl’s daughter and became involved in an exclusive ladies-only gaming den. She’s successful but misses her family. She travels to their last known location to spend Christmastide with them. While there, she must decide what she wants for her future.
Finley Prescott, the duke of Clare, doesn’t leave his estate unless it’s necessary. His injuries at Waterloo have left him bitter, and he never expected to inherit the dukedom. That was supposed to be his brother’s duty. Now, he has responsibilities and people who depend on him when all he wants is to disappear from the world. For him, all hope is gone, and he’s not the hero England believes him to be.
After a chance meeting and a magical kiss, Lulia and Finley discover that sometimes, the one thing a person needs is the last thing they expect.