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Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Betting Chance by Lynne Connolly

A Betting Chance by Lynne Connolly
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (151 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

In this game of hearts, winner takes all.

The Triple Countess, Book 4

Sapphira Vardon needs five thousand pounds to avoid a cruel marriage and a grim future, and there’s only one path for her. Don a mask and an assumed name, and risk everything to win at the gaming tables. First, though, she has to get through the door. Luckily she knows just whose name to drop.

Corin, Lord Elston, is curious to find out who used his name to gain entrance to Mother Brown’s whorehouse and gaming hell. The enigmatic woman who calls herself Lucia isn’t the sort of female usually found here. Behind her mask and heavy makeup, she’s obviously a respectable woman—who plays a devilish hand of cards.

Sapphira is desperate to keep her identity a secret, but Lord Elston’s devastating kisses and touches demand complete surrender. And once he learns the truth, there’s more at stake than guineas. Corin finds himself falling hard for a woman who’s poised to run. A woman who’s about to learn that he only plays to win.

Tantalizing, true to the time period, and tightly written, A Betting Chance, has love scenes that take the breath away and clandestine dealings that keep the tension at the breaking point.

The Georgian Period in England had the merchant class rising and the peerage having to cope with a changing social structure not always to their liking. However, wealth and money fueled the machinations in all facets of the society.

Sapphira Vardon becomes a pawn in her father’s unyielding pursuit for wealth and power. With welts on her back and only four weeks to find an escape from a soul-destroying situation, she makes the biggest gamble of her life. Her temerity, in the face of frightening odds, sets her in the middle of an adventure that skates close to disaster repeatedly. From a whorehouse and gambling hell to the elite homes of the peerage, she struggles to evade a life of bondage.

Corin, Lord Elston, is intrigued with the mysterious woman gambling at Mother Brown’s. He has long since become bored with the Season’s social scene. He calls the balls and social events “Cattle Markets”. But, the masked woman dressed in a riding habit captivates him. He wants her.

The fashions, the rules of conduct, and the flavor of London for this historical time are woven into this story. They give it a rich, realistic texture. However, the love scenes throb with emotion, stir the senses, and are SO satisfying.

Moreover, when Corin realizes he wants Sapphira’s happiness above all else, I fell in love with him and deemed Sapphira one lucky lady who had gambled with far more than money and won.

A Betting Chance is an exciting short trip to the past, and reaffirms one’s belief in true love.