Olivia Cole is devastated to learn that her ne'er-do-well brother has promised her to the operator of a London gaming hall as payment of his debts. Olivia accepts her fate-even if it means that her reputation will suffer from living among rogues and gamblers. But when she meets the sexy and mysterious Griffin Wright-Jones, Viscount Breckenridge, Olivia has more than just her good name to worry about--for he rouses in her wanton thoughts she's never dared entertain-until now.
Griffin wears the scars of his life on his striking face. Although he wants Olivia like no other woman before, he doesn't force her to share his bed-a difficult task considering how beautiful she is. But with each passing night, Griffin and Olivia's resolve weakens until finally they take their greatest gamble on one night of reckless pleasure.
An great read and one of my this year's favorites.
I adore Griffin - even though his life and occupation are far from that of an ideal hero, he is incredibly good. He is gentle and patient when it comes to Olivia, but not overprotective - he allows her a kind of freedom that most upper class women could only dream of.
Olivia is a woman whose childhood is truly horrific - the abuse she suffered could break a lot of people. And yet she managed to find an oasis for herself (and I'm not talking about her brother's house). The hell that Griffin runs becomes a home for her.
I liked their relationship - no drama, angst, misunderstandings. They are two people that life hasn't treated well that had the fortune to find each other. They were friends first, there was trust before they slept together.
There's just a tiny complaint I have: I wish that the some of the villains didn't get off so easy her father particularly.