A ring of braided grass. A promise. Ten years of separation. And memories of an innocent love with the power to last through time.When Luca Ward was five years old, he swore he would love Imre Claybourne forever. Years later, that promise holds true-and when Luca finds himself shipped off to Imre’s North Yorkshire goat farm in disgrace, long-buried feelings flare back to life when he finds, in Imre, the same patiently stoic gentle giant he’d loved as a boy. The lines around Imre’s eyes may be deeper, the once-black night of his hair silvered to steel and stone…but he’s still the same slow-moving mountain of a man whose quiet-spoken warmth, gentle hands, and deep ties to his Roma heritage have always, to Luca, meant home.The problem?Imre is more than twice Luca’s age.And Luca’s father’s best friend.Yet if Imre is everything Luca remembered, for Imre this hot-eyed, fey young man is nothing of the boy he knew. Gone is the child, replaced by a vivid man whose fettered spirit is spinning, searching for north, his heart a thing of wild sweet pure emotion that draws Imre into the compelling fire of Luca’s frustrated passions. That fragile heart means everything to Imre-and he’ll do anything to protect it.Even if it means distancing himself, when the years between them are a chasm Imre doesn’t know how to cross.But can he resist the allure in cat-green eyes when Luca places his trembling heart in Imre’s hands…and begs for his love, over and over again?