Lover's Gamble

Jennifer Ann Coffeen
Lover's Gamble
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
April 2011
Historical Romance

Sophie Hartlend likes to play with fire.

The reckless and beautiful Miss Sophie has spent her young life doing whatever she pleases without much consequence—except for that one night when passions went too far with the maddeningly handsome Lord Rayburn.

Months after their encounter, Sophie's newfound infatuation with gambling has landed her in trouble, threatening her precious independence. Lord Rayburn gallantly offers to help, but he insists the wild Miss Sophie do things his way. Once again they find themselves in a battle of wills, attracted but with opposing views.

Will Sophie relent when she discovers she must lay down all her cards in order to win Lord Rayburn's heart?

Book Review by Tiffy (reviewer)
Jul 20, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
176 people found the following review helpful
Jennifer Ann Coffeen has created two unforgettable characters in her latest novel, LOVER'S GAMBLE. Sophie Hartlend is not your run of the mill Regency Era heroine. She's full of fire and refuses to be subdued by any man, much less a husband. Lord Rayburn is determined to change Sophie's mind if it's the last thing he does and it may well be. Sophie had seduced Lord Rayburn one hot August night. How could she have possibly known that he would turn up on her doorstep the next day with a marriage proposal?

Sophie has cajoled her Uncle Dorris into taking her to a notorious gambling house in St. James Square called Newbury House. While Uncle Dorris is indulging in a glass or two of claret, Sophie gets involved playing the latest fashionable game from France called vingt-et-un. Unfortunately Sophie has difficulty grasping the concept of the game and proceeds to lose hand after hand. After several hours, Lord Rayburn appears and tries to force Sophie to stop playing. When Sophie finds out that she has lost twenty thousand pounds instead of several hundred, she is devastated. Her fortune is gone. How will she live?

Lord Rayburn promises to win back all of Sophie's money, but he expects a favor in return. Sophie agrees and Lord Rayburn proceeds to win back her fortune, but there's the small matter of the favor. Sophie makes a mad dash for the door only to be caught by Lord Rayburn before she can escape. Lord Rayburn is ready to collect on the favor. He wants Sophie and will ask her Uncle for her hand in marriage the next day.

Will her uncle agree to the marriage and make Sophie fulfill the terms of the favor? Will Sophie agree to march down the aisle? Does Lord Rayburn have to handcuff Sophie and drag her down the aisle? Will Sophie return to Newbury House and try to win back the money and pay off Lord Rayburn?

This short novel was a delight to read. The author has managed to give us two main characters that are fully developed and a secondary cast that enhances the storyline. I'm looking forward to the next novel by Jennifer Ann Coffeen!
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