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376 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published November 25, 2014
She is the most powerful woman in Britain,My review...
A queen of the London Underworld ...
But no one can ever know.
He is the only man smart enough to uncover the truth,
Putting all she has at risk . . .
Including her heart.
By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a Duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now.
Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.
"The years away had been tremendously freeing once she’d accepted the idea that she’d never have the life for which she’d been so well prepared. It wasn’t just the corset and skirts that constricted now. It was the knowledge that mere feet away, there were hundreds of prying eyes watching, judging, waiting for her to make a mistake.
Hundreds of people, with no purpose, desperate to see her fall.
But this time, she was more powerful than any of them."
"A king [Duncan] in his own right, with power unrivaled by all but one [Georgina]. Georgiana sighed, suddenly keenly aware of how powerless second-most-powerful could be."
"Caroline signed. “Society events sound terribly boring.”
“They’re not, you know.”
Caroline turned surprise eyes on her mother. “They’re not?”
Georgiana shook her head. “They’re not. They’re really quite entertaining if you’re . . .” she hesitated. If you’re welcome to them didn’t seem to be the appropriate finish to the sentence. Particularly since Caroline was fairly ruined. “If you’re interested in that sort of thing.”"
"He [Duncan] loved her.
The realization should have terrified him, but instead, it washed over him with the warm pleasure that came from truth, finally revealed. And at the far edge of that pleasure was the edge of something unpleasant. Devastation. Denial."
Roulette was like life ...
He removed his shirt then, pulling it over his head, revealing a long sinewed torso, all curves and crevices. No man outside of classical sculpture should look this way..... Poseidon flashed again ...
Hypocrisy was the bedrock of the peerage.
"I am going to taste you and touch you until you come and your screams fill this room with only the water and the sky as witnesses."
We are like witches
"I wish I could dance," he whispered.
"I would dance with you."
He loved her
“Chase and I need each other to survive,” he said, “just as it seems you need him.”
She inclined her head. “We are all in this boat together.”
He narrowed his gaze on her. “You and I are in the boat,” he said.
“Chase may have built it and set it on its course. But it is our boat.”
“You violate our rules.”
“Don’t you mean Chase’s rules?” Bourne said, and Georgiana wanted to slap his face for the sarcasm in the words. “I wouldn’t worry. Chase seemed to forget those rules in certain cases.”
“Here is something that is not a lie; I am going to make you scream your pleasure. You will beg for me to stop, and then, when I do, you will beg for me to start again. You won’t know what to do with yourself when I am done with you, because you will not remember your body outside of the pleasure I intend to give you.”
1. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (book 2)
2. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (book 4)
3. A Rogue by Any Other Name (book 1)
4. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (book 3)
We are two halves of a coin.
Why not take the pleasure and leave everything else?