Reviewed by May
He’d done everything right. He always played by the rules, enver forgetting the importance of his ducal role. He shouldn’t regret anything. But tonight, he’d loosen his grip on the reins of his ducal propriety. After all, what had being proper ever gotten him?
Two years ago Alexander Lewis (Duke of Greyland) had an encounter with a woman that marked him to his soul. He thought about the widow all the time, and while others thought his melancholy was in regards to a fiancée jilting him – only he knew the truth. So imagine his surprise when he sees Cassandra working the floor of a new gaming hell. One so new and fashionable it doesn’t even have a name.
Right off the bat we learn that he had been a mark to her- for our heroine in this story is a con artist. While she did feel deeply for him despite the con – she knows he can never be a permanent part of her world. She’s working this gaming hell with her long time mentor who promises this is the last score. The problem? No sooner have they begun and the mentor disappears with all of the money leaving her with creditors, angry employees, and only one person she can think of to call on for help.
“Not eager to put my neck on the block.”
“No one’s chopping off anyone’s head,” he answered. “Not while I’m around.”
Her worries frayed to the breaking point. “Is that supposed to be a comfort?”
“It’s the truth. Whether or not you’re comforted by it isn’t of concern to me.”
Alexander isn’t quick to forgive or forget – but he can’t help his attraction to Cassandra. He finds himself needing to be involved – and it allows for them to get to know each other better before commitment to a life of happily ever after. This author writes wonderfully rich, beautifully emotional tales of love. Not only that, but it’s never a simple “two rich people without a care in the world” type of story. There are always unconventional characters, twists, and real problems to overcome.
While neither of these characters was exceptionally special or memorable for me, I did enjoy my time with them in this story. I loved watching Alexander realize how much of the world there is that he is simply unaware of as a Duke. And Cassandra learning how to trust and be in an honest relationship. From chasing leads to confrontations with seedy characters – this was an enjoyable story and a sweet change of pace from the usual historical romance.