Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, couldn't save his father, but he'll be damned if he won't save the man’s dream. He'll acquire a Triple Crown–winning horse at any cost, even marriage. Luckily, the lovely lady in mind loves challenges as much as he. Certainly, he can win her heart without losing his own…

Hell will freeze over before Miss Dina Campbell agrees to marry a horse-mad man who wants her dowry of a prize stallion, no matter what her father wants. The duke may be handsome, but he’ll have to prove he is a suitable match for her before she’ll even consider the offer. And there’s no way this love-averse man will ever succeed with the wager that she has planned…

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Colorism: Dina is not a dark-skinned person usually perceived as Indian community skin color. There are other characters as well. The focus is on the story and a specific lived experience as I have grown up seeing all shades around me.

Cultural references: The majority of the Indian cultural tradition and food mentioned in the book, comes directly from my lived experiences. Others I have done my utmost to research and stay true to. Of course, there could be flaws. All are entirely mine to learn and correct from.

Trivia: Hand Drawn Mehendi without cone! As Dina does.

Most of the desis might not use the cone for Mehendi. At times we are rushed and all of us are not Mehendi artists. But Mehendi doesn't need a professional artist! Those are usually reserved and hired for weddings and other functions. Day to day when the urge hits all we need is Mehendi paste in a bowl, the leftover incense stick or a match stick, and in modern times Q-tips work too! Those are childhood Mehendi memories.

Here is a video if you would like to see it. Enjoy!

My muse for the book! Maharani Gayatri Devi in 1930s.

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