Book Cover First Impressions:
My initial assumptions for this story was, it is one of those hot sappy romance novels, where she looks at the man and they lavishly melt each others hearts … (an assumption based on the book cover alone).
About this book:
Lady Madeline Essex is the last of the unwed “ducklings” in her family—and by far the most outspoken. But when she boldly enters London’s most notorious gaming house in search of fodder for her novel, even her sharp tongue can’t save her from the horrible crime she stumbles upon there. As luck would have it, first on the scene is the last man she wants to see her vulnerable. The one man who could tempt her heart…
Christian Monteith, the new Earl of Gresham, isn’t much for card rooms and gaming hells. But as a favor to his former commanding officer, he’s investigating a gamester for espionage on the night that Maddie ventures in looking more enticing than he’s ever seen her. Suddenly, his feelings for his friend aren’t so friendly anymore. And when her curiosity brings the impetuous novelist to the attention of a madman, Christian will stop at nothing to protect her—from a sinister plot that is far more dangerous than any stolen kiss…
What was most exciting was the romance element combined with a murder mystery. along with Maddie’s personality, the star of the novel and how she went beyond her social cliches to investigate a murder that implicated her brother.
And along the way falling in love with an ex-army soldier who was also investigating the murder. A heated romance that will make you blush and hold your book tightly in the danger scenes.
A great read and one I would highly recommend to romance readers who are seeking a bit of an edge. Click to read it.
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