Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 5th 2016
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"You should not have kissed me," she replied breathlessly."I do a lot of things I shouldn't. It does not mean I won't do them again."
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.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Luck Is No Lady is the first book in Amy Sandas’ new series of books, ‘Fallen Ladies’. This was the first book too of Amy’s that I have read, and it certainly won’t be my last.
The story is about Emma Chadwick. After her mother died, her father changed. He turned from a respectable gentleman, to a gambler who cared nothing for life anymore. When he eventually passed away Emma took on the role of both parents to her two sisters. She also took on the debts of her dearly departed dad. Debts she had no idea how she could pay.
Emma is determined that her sisters make their ‘come out’ in London and she hopes that they match well with future husbands. At least then the only one affected by her father’s debts would be her. In the meantime she has to make sure she has enough money to pay for their stay in London and all the expenses of a season in London. She has some money saved, but it isn’t enough, so she decides to find some employment. It must be a job that has anonymity and one that she can fit around being a chaperone to her sisters. The perfect job ends up staring her in the face when she reads the morning paper. A local business is looking for a bookkeeper, and with her love of mathematics, and having to try to keep her father’s books while he was alive, Emma knows she is perfect for the job.
The local business turns out to be a Gambling Hell, and it is owned and run by Roderick Bentley. He is the illegitimate son of nobility, and as such he has no standing among the ‘ton’. He gets on with his life though, and has made a fortune for himself, enabling himself to own the Gambling Hell where he has made his own social world. Unfortunately he finds himself in need of a bookkeeper because his previous one quit and disappeared without a trace, and Roderick is certain he had been stealing from him. Whoever he hires not only will have to keep the books up to date, but also find out just how much was stolen from him and how!
Emma impresses Roderick, and she gets the job. They know each other from an incident previously, but will they realise that? There is an instant attraction between them, but Roderick thinks he has nothing to offer her because of his illegitimacy and indeed his way of life. Emma just wants to concentrate on getting her family out of debt, particularly to one creditor who is not at all pleased that so far he hasn’t had any payment towards the loan. She also needs to concentrate on her sisters and them choosing future husbands wisely.
What follows is a beautifully written story of how Emma and Roderick’s relationship develops, and when things get intimate, it is done in such a sensual way, that you can’t blame Emma for wanting to give in to her desires. Will she give in though?
Along with the romance of course is the knowledge that Emma could find herself in danger because of the creditor that is after his loan being paid off. It’s so unfair that even though the money owed was borrowed by her father, that the creditor still expects her to pay it back after her father’s death. Will things get nasty because of the man’s desperation. Will Roderick discover what Is going one, and will he be able to help her to stay safe? What I liked a lot, and found unique is that I actually felt sorry for the creditor making demands on Emma. I have a feeling and I hope that he might play a part in the second book in the series. I will really enjoy reading what happens next in his story.
On the whole this book was a joy to read, I was captivated from the first page. The characters are likable, the story believable and I couldn’t read fast enough to find out how it all ends. How it ended was perfect and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Now I just have to hope the author gets writing the next book ASAP because I need to read more of what promises to be a great series of stories.