Title: Luck Is No Lady (Fallen Ladies, book #1)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Amy Sandas
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 2016
Source: Free for review from the publisher.
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Gently bred Emma Chadwick always assumed she’d live and die the daughter of a gentleman. But when her father’s death reveals a world of staggering debt and dangerous moneylenders, she must risk her good name and put her talent for mathematics to use, taking a position as bookkeeper at London’s most notorious gambling hell. Surrounded by vice and corruption on all sides, it is imperative no one discovers Emma’s shameful secret or her reputation-and her life-will be ruined.
But Roderick Bentley, the hell’s sinfully wealthy owner, awakens a hunger Emma cannot deny. Drawn deep into an underworld of high stakes gambling and reckless overindulgence, she soon discovers that in order to win the love of a ruthless scoundrel, she will have to play the game…and give in to the pleasure of falling from grace.
Emma is drawn to Roderick but they are from different levels of society. She is the daughter of an earl and he is the bastard son of an earl. They both know that there is no future for them. Emma needs to protect her own reputation and that of her sisters in their first debutante season.
This is a sublimely sensual, slow developing romance full of heated encounters with breathless chemistry between the hero and heroine. Ms. Sandas can write these scenes lusciously. Emma keeps her problems to herself and we long for her to share them with Roderick because we know he can help. There is a bit of confusion when a character is talked about but not actually introduced to the reader. His name is Nightshade and is very mysterious, so perhaps we will find out more about him in future books of this series along with Emma’s sisters’ stories.
I can recommend this book for the elegantly written romance. It is a page turner, I was up until the wee hours not willing to put it down.