STORY: Love may be their greatest gamble…
Tony Matthews spends his time in London’s most notorious gambling dens, frittering away his fortune. But when his latest victory leaves a man ruined, Tony knows he’s reached his lowest point. Determined to make amends, he returns home to his family’s country estate with plans to settle down and marry at last. And he hopes the lovely Juliet Townsend will help him—if only he can keep his disgrace a secret.
Juliet’s secret wish has always been for Tony to love her. The only bright spot in her dreadful London season was dancing with him—before he disappeared to the card rooms. Now, he’s returned, but has he truly changed? Or will gambling always be his mistress, even if she becomes his wife? And does Juliet dare risk her heart by finding out?
REVIEW: Tony Matthews has won the estate of George Chelsworth in a card game. Tony’s father was a gambler who lost a fortune and while Tony enjoys it as well, he knows he does not want to become like his father. His older brother, Nathaniel, is married to Anne and has a child. Tony knows his brother is going to be angry that he has gambled at all. He doesn’t want to be known as a gambler. He wants a respectable life instead. For that reason, he has offered a fair price for the estate to the loser and has kept his generosity a secret. However, this has vastly reduced his funds.
Juliet and Sophie Townsend are the sisters of Anne, Nathaniel’s wife, and lives with them. Nathaniel and Anne have taken on responsibility for their care since their parents passed away.
Juliet is a bit of a rebel in that class differences means nothing to her. She enjoys helping her neighbors even if it means literally getting her hands dirty by helping with planting and such. She also prefers the country life over Town.
Mr. Bartleby wants to court Juliet but she sees that he is a nasty, controlling person. When he is alone with her, he becomes threatening and hurts her physically saying that whether she wants to or not, she will marry him.
When Tony and Juliet interact more, they find themselves drawn to each other. He gives Juliet her first kiss. As they fall in love, Tony wants to ask her to marry him but is afraid that he only has the estate he won plus some monies with which to support her.
Will Juliet be satisfied with what Tony has to offer? Can they truly find happiness together. Will Juliet be safe from the threats of Mr. Bartleby?
This is a well-written story that I enjoyed immensely. Tony and Juliet are a delightful couple.
Connie for b2b
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