This novella is the prequel to What The Groom Wants. I found The Groom’s Gamble on Amazon and devoured it. Having read What The Groom Wants first, I knew a little about Caroline and her dashing Scottish Earl, Gregory Murray.
Gregory Murray and Carolines Lyncott “forbidden romance” is sweetly told, it begins two years into Caroline’s tenure as the housekeeper to the Earl of Hartfell. Gregory’s sister Lady Ann invites gypsies into the house, and one attempts to rob the house. Caroline intervenes and is injured. Gregory swoops in and saves Caroline from near strangulation.
During her recovery Gregory decides to promote Caroline, she becomes Lady Ann’s companion. Caroline, the unrecognized great grand-daughter of a Duke, raised to have the poise of a dutchess even though she was as broke as all the people in her London neighborhood, can pull it off. During preparations for the Season, Lady Ann insists that her brother hunts up a wife or she will blow off the Season, and not look for a husband.
The antagonist “Deamon Damon” from What The Groom Wants makes an appearance in name and the scars he left on Caroline when she was 18. The scars Carolin believes will keep her an old maid housekeeper only fuels Gregory’s passions and love.
Sex scenes are well executed and the dialogue is fantastic. I found the tension between Gregory and Caroline was intense from the second they are in the same room. The waltzing practice later in the book only heats things up between Caroline and Gregory. While Caroline willingly jumps in his bed, Gregory wants more from her than a mistress.
I wish Gregory had slipped into his Scottish brogue more frequently. It would have added a lot more depth and credence to his character. I am hoping that there is a book that deals with Gregory’s sister, she seems like a character that deserves her own book. Lady Ann’s entanglement with the gypsy man and fascination with the occult seems like it would make a great story. More history on the deceased sister would be nice as well.
I am hoping that there is a book that deals with Gregory’s sister, she seems like a character that deserves her own book. Lady Ann’s entanglement with the gypsy man and fascination with the occult seems like it would make a great story. More history on the deceased sister would be nice as well.
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