If you’re anything like us, you enjoy reading books set in the place you’re visiting. And since we’re headed to Vegas next week (!) for the RT Convention, we asked historical author Amy Sandas to suggest some historical romances set in gambling hells — like her latest, Luck is No Lady, which is out this week!
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas — This book has a wonderfully wicked hero, Derek Craven, who clawed his way up from his gritty origins in London’s underworld to become the owner of the most successful gambling hell in town. Dark, wicked and only slightly civilized, Craven wants nothing to do with Sara Fielding, a sweet young woman from the country who comes to his club in search of research for her novel.
On the surface, these two are total opposites. But passion reveals a deeper connection when the excitement of the club inspires Sara to do something daring and Derek is powerless to resist his fierce attraction to the little country mouse.
Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas — Coincidentally, this one is also from Lisa Kleypas. Sebastian, Viscount St. Vincent, is widely considered one of the most memorable heroes of historical romance. Selfish and debauched, he is the definition of a scoundrel and seems unlikely to be worthy of any lady’s fine regard. Evangeline Jenner, however, is not interested in the tender aspects of marriage when she boldly proposes an elopement.
Painfully shy, Evangeline sees Sebastian as a means of protection from dastardly relatives who wish to claim her fortune once she inherits her father’s gambling hell. Evangeline does her best to protect her heart from her wicked and sensual husband, while he ends up being in just as much danger of losing his.
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean — Any list of romances at a gambling hell would be scandalously incomplete without including one from Sarah MacLean’s Rule of Scoundrels series. Picking a favorite is not so easy. I chose this one because it includes a hero for whom gambling has been both his downfall and, in a way, his salvation. Michael Lawler, Marquess of Bourne, has spent years consumed by his desire for vengeance against the man who manipulated him into losing his inheritance when he was young and reckless. Marrying Lady Penelope Marbury is a necessary step toward regaining his family legacy.
While Michael does his best to keep Penelope at a distance, she is determined to explore the decadent world in which he lives as part owner of the most exclusive and wicked hell in town. And once she discovers her own sensual nature, she won’t accept anything less than everything from her husband.
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