When her father loses her in a poker game, Lexie Markland is sent to work in the household of Nicholas Wetherby for one year to pay off the debt. Innocent, but not naïve, she is savvy enough to know she must maintain her distance from this man, who frustrates her with his relentless teasing but whose kisses bring her to her knees. Because although she may be just another conquest to him, it’s not just her heart in jeopardy should she succumb to Nicholas’ considerable charms.
Since his brother's death almost a year before, nothing has held Nicholas’ attention for long—not women, not booze, not even an excellent hand at cards. Nothing, that is, until he meets the woman he won in a drunken night of poker. Intrigued by his prize and her chilly reserve, he makes it his mission to crack Lexie’s cool demeanor. But even as passion explodes between them, the question remains: will Nicholas be able to take the ultimate risk...and gamble on love?
Author - Meggan Connors
Posted by RT BOOK REVIEWS on 9th Jan 2013
Set in late 19th-century America, Connors’ fine tale still has the flavor of a Regency. The heroine’s desire to protect her abusive father is not difficult to empathize with, and there are a number of secondary characters whose stories one will long to discover.
When Lexie Markland’s father is sure he has the winning hand in a poker game, he wagers her as a maid for a year to Nicholas Wetherby. Nick is surprised to discover Lexie is as beautiful as her father claimed. Lexie is surprised by her attraction to Nick, and is determined to keep her distance. Lexie soon discovers Nick to be more of a gentleman than either her father or the man she promised to marry when she turned 21. It is a promise that becomes a nightmare when her fiancé’s abusive nature is revealed, and she falls in love with Nick.
Posted by Shelly Wasserman on 17th Feb 2012
I loved that the book was historical, but took place in the U.S. I felt transported to another time. The love scenes were beautifully written and sensual. I'm hoping to find out more about the supporting characters in the book, specifically about Claire and her husband, and James. I can't wait to read more from this author!