Cassie Parker is a woman who has lost faith in romance after an emotionally abusive engagement. Filled with self-doubt, she scoffs at the present her great-aunt sends from Russia. The antique lover’s box is supposed to guarantee her wildest fantasies will come true. Not believing in Gypsy magic, she decides she has nothing to lose and gives it a go. Filled with sudden optimism, she takes herself off to prepare for her night of wanton bliss. Of course, she really doesn’t believe it will work, but what does a girl have to lose by being prepared?
Max Stone specializes in antiquities acquisition and doesn’t always sweat the legalities. He knows he’s hit the gold mine with the Gypsy lover’s box rumored to be the key to a treasure left over from Czarist Russia. What he wasn’t expecting was that a light-fingered senior citizen could lift it off him and ship it back to the states with him being none the wiser, and then to tell him exactly where it was. His plan? To break into Cassie Parker’s apartment above her aunt’s shop and steal it right back.
Sparks fly at first sight and the chemistry between Cassie and Max fairly burns off the pages. But it doesn’t end there. When another antiquities dealer sets his sights on the treasure and sends his henchmen to retrieve the box, Max knows Cassie won’t be safe if he leaves her behind.
What follows is a wild ride in search of a legend nearly a century old. But more than that, it’s an exploration of the importance of wealth and love. And when the magic fails, the heart still knows what it wants.
Cami Dalton weaves a plot full of adventure and intrigue. The depth and scope of the plot interwoven with the intense chemistry between the characters guarantee this book will be read and reread. The last page comes far too soon leaving this reviewer hoping there will be a sequel out soon.