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.
Luck Is No Lady by Amy Sandas is the first book I’ve had the privilege to read by this wonderful author. I’m not going to trim hedges here… I had my reservations about. I thought I was crazy that I even going to read it. You might be wondering why at this point. Well, I hadn’t picked up a historical romance in probably a year and a half! By far, I could not have picked a better book to reintroduce myself to the genre with.
In particular, Luck Is No Lady, is the beginning of a series that focuses on three sisters. The eldest, Emma, is who you meet in the first novel. I loved this girl from the get-go and her attitude. Her focus and strong will to protect her family at any costs, even if it meant harming her own reputation, was charming. She was daring, and fun to read.
Roderick threw me for a loop at the beginning but soon wormed his way into my heart. You’ll have to read the book to find out why I’m not about to give you that spoiler. We’ll just say that he and Emma meet in the most peculiar way.
There is a great plot to this book, one I haven’t often seen in historical romances. Sure, the blurb gives you a hit, but the characters and the authors writing really make it. The chemistry between the main characters alone is entertaining. It is a slight bit angsty, and by that, I mean a very small bit. All of it tends to drag you along for an amazing story about two people who aren’t supposed to like each other, falling in love.
Things you may want to know. Luck Is No Lady is written in a third person POV. It does have an HEA, so no, there is no cliffhanger. It can be read as a standalone but also has a great segue with one of the sisters for the next book. (Trust me when I say, the segue is artfully and intriguingly done.)
Overall, a wonderful four star read.