A one-night stand brought Natasha Raley the greatest gift of her life—her son. She wants to give him a better life than she had, but a gambling bet lands both of them in a homeless shelter. When the shelter director gives her a ticket to a masquerade ball, Natasha finds herself dancing with the most intriguing and mysterious man she’s ever met.
Adrian Tavonesi is creating a paradise on earth in Sonoma California, determined to be worthy of his vast fortune by making the world a better place. Convinced women only like him for his money and his status, he invents an anonymous relationship with the beautiful Natasha to create a dream world for both of them.
As passion flares into an all-consuming affair, the lies Adrian and Natasha have told each other threaten to ruin everything. Adrian is kind, generous, and sincere—Natasha knows he would be the perfect father for her son. But will her past and the devastating gamble she once made destroy her new world? Or will betting on the truth this time lead to ever-lasting love?
Poor Tasha (Natasha) hasn’t had the best start in life. She suffers from a form of dyslexia, this has had a huge impact in her life. Her life seems to be on a downward spiral, and on a whim inspired by her a dream about her mum, Tasha blows her life savings on a spin of the roulette wheel……
We catch up as she stands outside a homeless shelter, her luck surely can’t get any worse, but unbeknownst to her it’s about to get worse; someone from her past is stalking her and wants something special from her.
Adrian is a fiery and passionate Italian man, but he has difficulty in accepting his parents fortune, so he tends to overcompensate, and his heart often rules his head.
And all he wants is a woman who wants him, not his bank account so after meeting Tasha at a charity ball, he is totally hooked. So with a plan in mind he slowly reels his woman in.
But life and love doesn’t always go to plan. Natasha hides her past and her shame from Adrian, and he in turn tries to woo the woman he intends to marry in a way that makes for lots of misunderstandings.
Will Adrian’s language barrier and Natasha’s fear of men and her past, get in the way, or will they get their happy ending.
The characters were very well written and the descriptive way the author set the scenes were breathtaking. I could see myself in most of the scenes, my favourite part was the garden in which Tasha was working in.
This wasn’t my favourite story from the series, but it was great catching up with previous characters.