A seductive beauty turns the tables on a gentleman gaming for the guiltiest of pleasures in this rich and sensual Regency romance from beloved newcomer Cecilia Grant.
Lydia Slaughter understands the games men play—both in and out of the bedroom. Not afraid to bend the rules to suit her needs, she fleeces Will Blackshear outright. The Waterloo hero had his own daring agenda for the gaming tables of London's gentlemen's clubs. But now he antes up for a wager of wits and desire with Lydia, the streetwise temptress who keeps him at arm's length.
A kept woman in desperate straits, Lydia has a sharp mind with a head for numbers. She gambles on the sly, hoping to win enough to claim her independence. An alliance with Will at the tables may be a winning proposition for them both. But the arrangement involves dicey odds with rising stakes, sweetened with unspoken promise of fleshly delights. And any sleight of hand could find their hearts betting on something neither can afford to risk: love.
Bantam, (May 2012), ISBN-13: 978-0553593846
"Powerful, emotionally intense and highly sensual... will mesmerize readers yearning for an unconventional story and dynamic characters."
"Impeccably written, exquisitely sensual... refreshingly unconventional, multilayered characters and richly emotional storytelling style."
—Booklist (starred review)
"With exquisite prose, breathtaking sensuality, and stunning emotional insight, Grant spins a poignant, compelling story of two deeply troubled protagonists who need to come to terms with who they are, forgive themselves, and learn to love."
"Takes tropes tried and true in historical romance and presents them in an utterly unique way... Rewards readers with a superbly novel take on historical romance."
"Romance in its purest form—two interesting, intelligent, damaged, human characters who lead the reader on a beautiful journey to discover just how well their broken edges match."
"Beautifully written, with two troubled protagonists, an intriguing plot, passion, powerful emotions, gambling, wit, romance and love, this story is one for the keeper shelf."