I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Lord of Chance
In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind rags-to-riches romance with rollicking adventure.
Disguised as a country miss, Charlotte Devon flees London, desperate to leave her tattered reputation behind. In Scotland, her estranged father’s noble blood will finally make her a respectable debutante. Except she finds herself accidentally wed to a devil-may-care rogue with a sinful smile. He’s the last thing she needs…and everything her traitorous heart desires.
Charming rake Anthony Fairfax is on holiday to seek his fortune…and escape his creditors. When an irresistible Lady Luck wins him in a game of chance—and a slight mishap has them leg-shackled by dawn—the tables have finally turned in his favor. But when past demons catch up to them, holding on to new love will mean destroying their dreams forever.
This book is an expanded "Author's Edition" of the story that appeared in the limited edition Scandal's Daughters boxed set.
Lord of Chance by Erica Ridley, made me laugh out loud and seriously had me falling in love with the affable, yet flawed, lead character Anthony. I found my new book boyfriend by reading this book and hope that you do too…if I feel like sharing him that is.
Did I mention that I loved Anthony?
Okay, so he has a bit of a gambling problem. He just.can’t.help.himself. It’s a serious problem that haunts him throughout the story. That might be a deal breaker, because at times I was disappointed in him. But a hero that knows that he has a problem and actively tries to redeem himself is good enough for me. I do believe it becomes good enough for Charlotte as well.
Both of these characters were endearing and that’s hard to come by sometimes. I loved that she believed in Anthony and she actually trusted him! *gasp* I know. Lately, trust tropes–or lack thereof–are the main issue in romances. Bo-ring! She knew about his gambling and when they both find themselves “stuck” with each other, she makes the best of it. No pouting, and no absolute mistrust. He said that he wouldn’t gamble, he tries to keep his word, and she does not falter either. Even when his character comes into question. She trusts her own heart and trusts his. I loved that practical outcome. LOVED!
I also loved their dialogue. A story rarely makes me giggle and laugh out loud. Case in point:
“And that is what you get for assuming all prodigal rakes act precisely the same way. Let that be a lesson to you.” He shook a finger at her.
She fell back against the mattress with a moan. “Why on earth are you awake?”
“Hmm, I’m not sure,” he said. “Did you miss the part about my legs dangling into the abyss all night or the bit about my neck bones being fused at an odd angle? The next time we share a room, I”m taking the bed.”
“Then where do I sleep?” she asked tartly.
“Also the bed.” He turned back to the looking glass to dry his face. “Do try to pay attention.”
“Do try to stop dreaming.”
This type of dialogue never dries up. This lightheartedness keeps throughout the story even in times where it gets more serious. It does not detract from the story, but their character personalities stay constant. Character growth also takes place. After all, he has gambling debts and she has social issues.
Overall, not a bad start to a series. Hope they are all this fun to read.