The Earl's Prize (Tallants, Bk 1) (Harlequin Historicals, No 684)
The Earl's Prize - Tallants, Bk 1 - Harlequin Historicals, No 684 Author:Nicola Cornick Amy Bainbridge is the daughter of a baronet who ruined his family through his gambling. Now her brother is going the same way as his father, and Amy has sworn never to touch the cards herself. But there are other ways to gamble as well as in play... — When Amy finds a winning lottery ticket, her troubles are only just starting. She needs to disco... more »ver which of her brother's ramshackle gambling cronies is the real owner of the ticket. She devoutly hopes that it is not Joss Tallant, the most hardened rake and gamester of them all, whom rumour has it does not have a heart to lose...
Joss has no intention of marrying for love. Amy has no intention of marrying a man who is just like her father. So why are Joss and Amy so attracted to each other and what are they going to do about it?
A unique Regency historical, shortlisted for the RNA Award for the best category romance of 2002.« less
This book is fabulous. One of my favorite regencies of all time. It is on my keeper shelf and will stay there.
Amy and Joss are a wonderful couple and Nicola Cornick does an amazing job with their dialogue. Their sparring and encounters really allow the reader to see how their relationship grows and deepens over time. The secondary characters (particularly Joss' sister and Amy's best friend) really help to push the plot forward, but in a believable manner.
I thought the lottery ticket, particularly when combined with Amy's background, was a really creative concept on Cornick's part. This book made me fall in love with Cornick's work and I have read 5 of her books since I this one. However, The Earl's Prize remains my favorite and I read it repeatedly.