Ivan Everley, 13th Baron Rothvale, will tell you himself he's the LAST person on earth who should have custody over a priceless collection of art, but since when does the irony of life ever fall in line with what somebody wants? Ivan might be a Lord according to British law, but he's just a regular guy with an appetite for speed...and women...and some dominating kink in the bedroom. Yeah, just a regular guy who happens have Olympic gold medals stashed away in his house. Riiiight. His public profile is merely a sham--his private life a carefully guarded secret borne out of the pain of betrayal. Even his famous cousin, Ethan Blackstone, doesn't know the whole story about the man he considers a brother.
Lord Ivan has a plethora of problems piled up to his aristocratic eyeballs--that only get more complicated when a beautiful art conservationist shows up to appraise his inherited collection of paintings--but that doesn't stop him from digging himself in deeper. Nope, not a bit. Once Ivan gets a taste of Gabrielle Hargreave, mistaken identity or not, he can't think of anything else but how perfect she felt in his arms the night he first laid his eyes on her.
He wants her, and what Ivan wants, Ivan gets. He is Lord Ivan after all. Gabrielle soon discovers that the Dom in him isn't taking 'no' for an answer. But, yet, Gabrielle Hargreave might just teach our discontent lord a thing or two about life, and about himself, and help them both discover the undeniable truth in what it means to find something genuinely...priceless.
After reading the Blackstone Affair, which I will admit I was a little late to the party to do, I fell in love with the characters and was a little worried I wouldn't be able to love these new characters like I do Ethan and Brynne. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the two sets of characters are nothing alike and can therefore be loved on their own merit. You learn of Gaby and Ivan in the Blackstone books and this trilogy is all about them. Both characters are a little jaded and broken by past relationships which are not touched upon in this book but are insinuated. Gaby who is scared of the reaction she has to Ivan, runs at every opportunity to get close to Ivan. Ivan is relentless in the pursuit of Gaby and uses unconventional means to make her his. This first book is all about cat and mouse and it's a great book.