Sometimes, the turn of a card changes your life.
Two years ago, Isabella Harrington defied her parents and society, and ran off with her lover to Milan. They thought they'd conquer the world at the gaming tables. But her dream of happily-ever-after led to nothing but debts and a shattered heart.
Abandoned and left on her own in a foreign city with little but her wits and skill, Isabella managed to survive. Survive and thrive, commanding the cards until she won enough to send for a very particular matchmaker.
Isabella needed a way back into the society she shunned and what better way than through a proper, aristocratic marriage? And this matchmaker of note would be her key back home to England.
Traveling the continent, Jonathon, duke of Strathmore, agreed to meet the mysterious Miss Harrington. Wary of the rumors surrounding her, a woman who vanished from London with only scandalous tales left in her wake, he hadn't counted on the intriguing Isabella to thoroughly capture his attention.
Will a game of cards change both their fates? Will she become a mistress or a duchess?
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The love story ended up being rather sweet but nothing out of the ordinary. It may be a consequence of the speed imposed upon the writing in this genre but Reed often is lazy in her language, using predictable descriptions and wording. There was a generous amount of vigorous sex - enjoyable for this senior citizen. The second half of the book was better although the little mystery they solved while aboard ship seemed superfluous.
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