Diane Gaston was recommended to me as a newer author whose regency's were not run of the mill. I had immediately wishlisted several of her books. The is the second I have read and I definately enjoyed it.
Lord Guy Keating marries Emily Duprey to get her money which he desprately needs. Emily is a plain girl who cannot believe someone like guy wants to marry her. Days after their elopement Guy finds out her father lied about her heiress status. Guy sets out gambling to try and save his estate and take care of his family and new wife. Emily decides to leave the marriage upon finding out Guy only married her for her money. To earn money she takes the guise of "The Lady Widow" and also gambles to earn money for her escape from the marriage.
There is a very hot "stip poker" card scene that was fun to read. Secondary characters add greatly to the story.
I highly recommend this regency.
A good Harlequin historical. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good romance story.
Guy swish Emily to Scotland for a fast marriage because he wants her money to restore his estates. Only one problem her money is only 50 pounds and her father has been lying about her inheritance. So Guy is still broke with another mouth to feed.
He goes back to gambling....and Emily has played cards all her life because her father is a gambler but loses mostly.
Emily redesigns some of her mother's old dress has her maid make her a mask and heads to the gambling hells to win money to leave her husband. She is Lady Widow. She is alluring and very good at cards.
Each night she makes more money. Then Guy comes to the same gambling house and in lust when he see Lady Widow...but it doesn't take him long to realize it is his mousy quiet wife Emily that all the men are tripping over to bed. Guy goes back each night to watch over her.
The characters were not loving at all. they were bland and boring. There was neither desire or romance in this book that made much sense to me. Even at the very end of this book, I was left with no feeling for either character or the entire premise of this book. She was no seductress and he was no ones hunk of burning love.
Great characters, delicious sexy card game! I really enjoyed this book.