A Little Bit Scandalous

A Little Bit Scandalous

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A Little Bit Scandalous by Robyn DeHart
A woman in search of a gamble...
Mathematics prodigy, Caroline Jellico, plans to support herself by winning big in the gaming hells of London - while dressed as a boy. She's tired of waiting for the elusive Roe to notice her. She'll marry him or no man.
A gambler in need of redemption...
Monroe

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A Little Bit Scandalous by Robyn DeHart
A woman in search of a gamble...
Mathematics prodigy, Caroline Jellico, plans to support herself by winning big in the gaming hells of London - while dressed as a boy. She's tired of waiting for the elusive Roe to notice her. She'll marry him or no man.
A gambler in need of redemption...
Monroe Grisham, Duke of Chanceworth, needs to marry off his beautiful young ward and ensure she attaches herself to the right man, not an irresponsible cad like him. But all grown up now, Caroline's presence is an utter distraction. One he can neither act on nor deny.
A game of seduction...
But when Roe and Caroline meet across the gambling table, all bets are off. Seduction is in the cards and the winner will take all... or lose everything.

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ISBN-13:
9781622662296
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
08/12/2013
Series:
Forbidden Love
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
102,446
File size:
3 MB

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A Little Bit Scandalous


By Robyn DeHart, Alethea Spiridon Hopson, Rima Jean

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Robyn DeHart
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-229-6


CHAPTER 1

London 1876


Caroline Jellico pulled on the trousers over her drawers and fastened them. She slipped the linen shirt over her head and straightened it, then tucked it into the waistband of the tweed pants. Her bound breasts felt strange against the strip of linen that held them tightly against her. She pulled up the suspenders and then donned the coat she knew she wouldn't take off. Even if it proved to be hotter than Hades inside the gaming hell, she'd leave it on.

She wound up her hair and knotted it into a tight bun on the top of her head, tucking the flat cap down over it, effectively hiding everything but the color. She'd cut a fringe to the front of her hair so some of it fell across her forehead. No doubt she looked very much the part of a newsboy.

Using the soot she'd collected from the fireplace, she smudged some on her face and dirtied her fingernails. She stood back, looking at herself in the mirror. Newsboy, or perhaps a chimney sweep, a good disguise. No one would suspect her a woman. For the first time in her life, she thanked God she was tall and slender. It certainly made her look more the part. She could definitely pass for a young man. Taking one last look, she took a deep breath and left the room.

She flew down the stairs and headed straight for the parlor at the back of the house. It was where the two sisters preferred to spend their evenings after dinner. Breathe. Just breathe.

She stepped inside the room. "Well, how do I look?" she asked.

The two older women turned simultaneously. One shook her head, the other smiled broadly.

"I look like a boy, don't I?" Caroline asked.

Millie clapped. "Caroline, it's perfect." She came to her feet so she could reach up and touch the hair exposed on her forehead. "Cutting your hair was a most excellent addition to the look."

"I think so, too." Caroline shifted her weight to the other leg, then walked around the room a bit. It would take a while to get used to wearing the trousers. She was so very used to corsets and heavy woolen gowns.

"I still believe this is far too dangerous," Aggie said.

Millie looked at her older sister and sighed. "We've discussed this. Multiple times. The girl wants to play. This is her only option. Rodale's is the safest gaming hell in all of London."

"She has another option, she could not play. Or I could invite people over to play her," Aggie said.

Millie waved her hand dismissively. "No, she wants to play an honest game with a true opponent."

And she wanted to win, to win enough money to convert her family's townhome into a boarding house for other orphans, girls who were too old to live in asylums and didn't have the benefit of guardians in the form of handsome dukes. But Caroline said none of that. She wasn't ready to share her plans with anyone.

"I would feel better if you told that step-son of yours what was going on," Aggie said with a tight frown. "Let him know Caroline will be playing in his establishment so he can protect her."

"Aggie, dear, we've already agreed your man will accompany Caroline into Rodale's. He will keep her safe," Millie said. "You said yourself that you would trust him with your own life. Will he not also protect our dear Caroline?"

"Of course. Boomer is most capable," Aggie said. "Still, anything could happen. Someone could identify her as a woman and then what shall we do?"

"How could anyone believe me a woman when I look like this?" Caroline turned a circle so they could get a full view of her.

Aggie frowned. "At least slouch your shoulders. I don't believe young men have such nice posture."

Caroline smiled and nodded at Aggie. "I shall be very careful. I am merely going to play cards. Nothing more." She held up her hand as if she were making a pledge, then thought better of it and simply offered Aggie a smile. Before coming to stay here, she'd only met Millie's sister a handful of times, but she had always liked the woman despite her eccentricities. Still, she would have expected a little more forward thinking for a woman who had taken her manservant as her lover.

"Yes, but remember, you will not be allowed in the main room," Aggie said. "Servants and commoners must play in the back room. You'll be with them, as you certainly can't pose as a young gentleman."

"Precisely. And being in the back room allows me to play with your man," Caroline said.

Aggie couldn't help but smile. "Yes, Boomer is a good man, He will keep you safe."

Millie grabbed Caroline's hands. "You must keep your disguise at all costs. It is very important. If your true identity were discovered, it would ruin your reputation forever."

Caroline didn't point out that her reputation was of little value as it was. She was an orphan and the barely acknowledged ward of a man who usually ignored her existence. She was of such little consequence socially she had virtually no name to ruin. Nevertheless, she agreed. She would never do anything to tarnish Millicent Grisham's good name. The duchess had an impeccable reputation. The woman had cared for her and basically raised her since Caroline had been orphaned at fifteen and sent to live with her new guardian, the Duke of Chanceworth. He hadn't been willing to uphold his duty, but had somehow convinced his mother to take Caroline in.

"I believe I'm ready," Caroline said. "I should like to get this first night over with. Get past the disguise and get on to playing the game. 'Tis the point, after all."

"Best of luck, my dear. I know you shall win. You are quite brilliant," Millie said. "I would kiss your cheek, but you're a little sooty."

"Well, if this all goes amiss, we certainly know whom to blame," Aggie said.

"Indeed. My dear son should never have taught Caroline to play in the first place," Millie said.

"Precisely. I was perfectly content with embroidery before he taught me the game."

Millie shook her head. "You are terrible at embroidery, my dear."

Caroline sighed dramatically. "Quite true. It is why I must play cards."

And with that, she was off, into the hired hack with the driver they'd procured for her with Boomer, Mildred's special servant at her side. He never said much, but Caroline could tell that, despite the man's oppressive appearance, he was a gentle man.

The ride to Rodale's seemed to take forever, as if the carriage were traveling through mud, but it hadn't rained in two days and Caroline knew the streets were clear. Her nerves were rattled, twisting her dinner into knots. She took a deep breath and closed her eyes. The game was second nature, but so far, she had only played the people she herself had taught. It wasn't a legitimate test of her skill. But playing with others, with men who knew the game, that would be the right measure. That could prove she didn't have to rely on others forever, that she could do something on her own. And hopefully, she'd actually win some money, perhaps even enough to restore her family's townhome so that she might live on her own, support herself.

The carriage pulled to a stop and she stepped down, the weight of the unfamiliar boots felt heavy and cumbersome on her feet. But she stepped forward, climbed the stairs, and walked into Rodale's, the most luxurious gaming hell in all of London.

The entrance for servants and commoners was on the side of the building, near the alleyway, and prevented her from seeing the main gaming area where the gentlemen would play. Instead, she found herself in a room the size of a dining hall. It hosted six tables, and she immediately found one playing the game she sought, Vingt-et-un, the French card game where players sought to beat the dealer to reach twenty-one.

Caroline took a few steadying breaths, reminded herself who she was tonight, then approached one of the tables. It was still relatively early in the evening for gaming so there were three empty seats remaining. She took one and placed her coin on the table to buy into the game.

The other men eyed her, summing her up, and she held her breath, waiting for one of them to call her bluff and declare her a woman, but they merely nodded and she was dealt her cards. Sweat itched her palms, but she wouldn't wipe them, refusing to show these men her fear. She was a man, at least for the time being, and men wouldn't be afraid of something so simple as a card game.

She swallowed, placed her first bet, and looked at her cards. An eight and a seven. She scratched at the table, asking for another card. A five, bringing her total to twenty. Pretty darn perfect for her first hand. The dealer ended up with eighteen, so he had to pay her and one other player. Caroline relaxed a measure and put her bet out for the next hand.

The door opened and a man walked toward the table. He was a hulking man, standing way too tall and too broad. He spoke to a few people on his way over, then lowered himself into the chair next to her. He looked over and leaned back a little, surprise etched in his grizzled features.

Caroline's heart stopped beating and she quickly averted her glance.

"You're new," the man said in a gruff voice.

She cleared her throat and dared another glance at him. "Grey," she said, lowering her voice.

The man grunted. "Well then, Grey, I'm Erickson." He eyed her. "You any good?"

"Decent enough."

"Let us play then."

Caroline didn't know how long this would last, but for tonight, she'd infiltrated the man's world, and she intended to continue to do so for as long as possible.


* * *

Two months later


Roe looked at the letter in his hand one more time before tossing it onto his desk. He swore and exhaled sharply. It was time to pay a visit to his brother, Justin, to see if Roe could finally get into the back room at Rodale's.

As he climbed into his rig, Roe considered the letter that had come by post this morning. Mr. B.D. Cabot still refused to entertain an audience with him. It was a slap in the face, truly, because what good was being a damned duke if it didn't get you an audience with a common archeologist?

Of course, Cabot was the best there was. The man wasn't in London very often, but he was nursing an injury and had been home for nearly three weeks. Roe had tried several ways to contact the man, but to no avail. Damnation if he didn't need Cabot since the men currently working for Roe were having no luck finding Constantine's Shield. In fact, the men seemed no closer to it than he and Christopher had been nearly a decade before.

They had become interested in the artifact during a holiday stay at Cambridge and too much time in the library there. Christopher had found mention of it in an ancient text. Legend stated that before going into battle, Constantine had a dream that Christ instructed him to imprint the Greek letters for "Christ" on his shield and it would protect him. The following day, Constantine ordered the symbol printed on all the shields of his soldiers. But the first one made, Constantine's Shield, was said to be specially marked and would be the most valuable. So had begun their quest. Someone would eventually find it; it was one of the most sought-after antiquities. But unless it was Roe, then his name would not be attached to the discovery, and he owed the man at least that. Had Roe not been so hell-bent on discovering the blasted thing, he and Christopher might not have taken that fated trip to Persia. It had been his bloody idea and he had to live with that.

Finding the damned antiquity would at least make it seem as if some of it had been worth it, worth Christopher's life. Roe would go himself, go back and dig in that God-forsaken sand until his hands bled, but he didn't deserve the pleasure of discovering the artifact himself. So he stayed in London, played cards, and funded whatever he could to make certain the shield was eventually found.

Perhaps the card playing would work to his benefit in this one situation, though. Cabot enjoyed the game, and Roe had tried once before to invite the man to join his table, but he'd declined. Cabot favored playing in the back room at Rodale's, the room where the commoners and workingmen played.

The carriage stopped in front of Justin's townhome and Roe made his way to the front door. A surprised-looking butler greeted him and led him into Justin's study. It was on Roe's tongue to make a sly remark to the butler when Justin walked into the room.

"Just now coming home for the evening?" Justin asked.

"Why is it that everyone assumes I do not know what morning is?" Roe took a seat across from Justin's desk.

"You have such a strong aversion to mornings and daylight hours in general that I was beginning to wonder if perhaps you'd become a vampire." Justin sat and offered his brother a genuine smile.

"An interesting notion, but no." Roe sat back in the chair, extending his legs out in front of him. "I suspect I could be quite a good vampire, though."

"Indeed." Justin's hand clasped together on the desk. "Now, what is it that you need?"

"What would you say if I asked for money?" Roe asked.

Justin's brows rose in surprise, then folded in on a frown. "That seems unlikely, but if you need money, of course I would give it to you."

"I don't need any money." They'd had this discussion a handful of times over the last several weeks, but Roe felt certain he could convince Justin to give him entrance. "I want to play the boy. The one in the back room." Roe had started hearing rumors about a young man, known mostly as "the boy" who was on quite the winning streak. It was said he was the most skilled player at Vingt-et-un, other than Roe himself.

Roe had asked to play the boy on a few occasions, but Justin had not agreed, but now he knew that Cabot was in that back room as well and this might be the best opportunity to gain a face-to-face meeting with the man. He'd didn't require his brother's permission. He could do as he pleased. But he knew that the men who played in that backroom did so partially to get away from their employers, aristocrats the likes of him. Playing there would likely cause a disruption, so he'd sought Justin's approval thinking that would ease the breach into that sacred space. The time had come to truly convince Justin, though. It was important he get an audience with Cabot. Playing "the boy" gave him the perfect reason to be there. No one would be surprised since his arrogance about the game was widely known.

Justin exhaled loudly. "You are not going to cease badgering me about this until I agree, are you?"

"I believe that is one of my finer gifts, my ability to badger people."

"You realize entering the back room is going to cause a stir all over Rodale's."

Roe stretched his arms. "Since when do I give a damn about causing a stir? One could say that is a favorite pastime of mine."

"This will not start a trend, where you damned aristocrats go to the back room to win monies from the poor working men," Justin said.

He chuckled. "I doubt the rest of the blue bloods are eager to mingle with their servants and the like in such a setting. But I'll be as discreet as possible."

"See that you do."


* * *

Caroline checked her cards again, then mentally ran through the ones that would remain in the deck. It was a risk to take another card, but she felt certain her calculations were correct and would result in a win. She eyed the dealer, then inclined her head, indicating she wanted another card. The man's eyebrows rose, but he dealt her a card nonetheless. A three, precisely the card she needed to bring her total to twenty. She would win this hand. The rest of the table turned their hands over. The dealer chuckled. "You've won again, boy," he said.

She gave a tight smile and accepted the money shoved in her direction. It was a good night, though it seemed the other players were beginning to get annoyed with her. She'd introduced herself with a fake name the first night she'd come, but no one seemed to remember it or her for the first several visits. Then they noticed she was winning, and winning regularly. They simply called her "the boy," which was fine by her. Maybe if they all heard that enough, they'd believe it and no one would question or even consider she was anything but.

"That's seven hands in a row, boy," the man next to her said. He was a tall man with broad hands and long fingers. She thought she remembered people calling him Cabot. He'd been coming to play the last week or so. "Pretty good luck."


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

A life-long lover of stories and adventure, it was either become a stuntwoman for the movies or live out those adventures from the safety of her PJ's and computer. Award-winning author, Robyn DeHart chose the latter and couldn't be happier for doing so. Known for her unique plotlines and authentic characters, Robyn is a favorite among readers and reviewers. Publishers' Weekly claims her books as "sizzling romance" while the Chicago Tribune dubs her "wonderfully entertaining." Robyn is an award-winning author as well as being a four-time RT Bookclub Reviewers' Choice award nominee, and a three-time RomCon Reader's Crown nominee. Look for Robyn's trilogy on forbidden love from Entangled: A Little Bit Wicked, A Little Bit Sinful and A Little Bit Scandalous. In 2013, she launched an historical romantic suspense series with NAL, the first in the series is The Secrets of Mia Danvers. Robyn lives in Texas with her brainy husband, two precocious little girls and two spoiled cats.

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A Little Bit Scandalous 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ondreea More than 1 year ago
A Little Bit Scandalous is the third book of the Forbidden Love series. I have read all of the series up to this point but believe this book can be read on its own and the reader will not be lost. That being said however, one of the things I really enjoy about this series to date is that ancillary characters that are depicted in one book then become the main characters in the next book; almost like a vinette. For example, book 2 started up towards what is the end of the first book but from the view point of Clarissa and Justin who we got to know a little in the first book. A Little Bit Scandalous does the same, picking up the story with Monroe (Roe) and Caroline. All of these stories are a light but not fivoulous love story that invloves mystery and danger. Robyn DeHart keeps enough of the historical accuracy to satisfy fans of the time period, but also make some "artistic changes" to keep the story relevant to a modern readership. In this book as well as her others of the series, the heroine is intelligent and indepedent, overall making smart decisions. Roe is sex on legs *yummy*. An aspect specific to this story I found quite appealing was the younger "innocent" female seducing the slightly older worldly male. Solid story and great series. 
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
A Little Bit Scandalous is story about the gamble of love and how high the stakes are to win the one you love. Caroline has been in love with Roe for as long as she can remember, but he does not notice her. When she is caught in disguise he is furious and intrigued at the same time. Roe would have to be a simpleton not to notice and appreciate Caroline’s beauty, but Roe is not worthy of her and the more he can push her away, the better off she will be. The intensity between Caroline and Roe is just delicious in this story. They are so perfect for each other, but Roe is determined to save Caroline from his scandalous ways. Caroline is up to the challenge and in this game she is playing for keeps. The seduction, romance, and thrill of the game make this story a must read that will win you over and leave you asking for more! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Jellico has a very handsome guardian, Monroe Grisham. He is a Duke but that isn't why she loves him. When she asks him to marry her, he refuses. He feels responsible for her brother's death. Time passes but her love does not. Caroline is determined to be her own person. If Roe will not marry her, she will stay single. How will she get the money she needs? By playing Vingt-et-un (a card game). To do this she goes to Rodale, a gaming hell, and plays there, disguised as a boy. When Roe finds out, he takes her to his town house so that he can keep an eye on her. Now the stage is set. When these two are together sparks fly and desire ignites. Roe and Carolyn are a passionate couple. I love their interaction. Roe is determined to see that Carolyn has everything and she wants him to understand that he is what she needs. There is a mystery to solve that will keep them busy. The ending was a shock. I never saw it coming. Don't miss A Little Bit Scandalous. It is a great romance entwined with a suspenseful mystery. You get the best of both worlds.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
What can I say about this book? It was just brilliant! A card-shark of a heroine, a guilt ridden rake of a hero, high stakes, steamy romance, and a swindler on the loose. A Little Bit Scandalous had all that and more. Loved this book! Caroline was a wonderful heroine. She was just so easy to like. She's had an infatuation with Roe for years and, even though he rejected her, she wasn't going to let that bring her down. So, she packs up to London, decides she wants to obtain independence, and sets about doing just that by playing cards in a club, dressed up as a boy. And I really liked that she was a reasonable heroine. I love my romance heroines, but they have a tendency to be melodramatic. It was nice to see a heroine who was a little more clear headed. I really liked her character. I thought she was just great. Roe was also amazing. Though he's always had a thing for Caroline, he never let himself do anything about it because he feels that he's responsible for her brother's death. Is that true? No. But that doesn't stop him for feeling guilty about surviving while his best friend died. He might play the part of the rake, but he was a gentleman at heart. Except when it suited him not to be. He was so sweet and adorable and I just loved him. He was a brilliant hero. The romance was lovely. It was so sweet, with how both Caroline and Roe fell for each other, even while they told themselves they shouldn't. But, thankfully, they didn't wallow in denial for long. And, though the chemistry was undeniable, I would say it was more sensual than spicy. And I liked that about it. I could feel that sexual tension throughout the entire book and, when it was finally realized, it was steamy. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked. The investigation of who was stealing money from the orphanage kept me riveted and the final reveal of what was going on with that scheme was a surprise. The story was lovely and the ending was perfect. A Little Bit Scandalous was a brilliant historical romance. I LOVED this book! It had steamy romance, mystery, secrets. Romance lovers, you have to read this book, because it's just fantastic.  *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story - a girl who always knew what she wanted - and took the initiative to get it. Thoroughly enjoyable!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
When Caroline Jellico puts her heart on the line and suggests to her guardian, Monroe Grisham, that he marry her, only to be turned down, she decides to take her future into her own hands, literally. She turns to the one thing she’s good at, cards. By dressing up as a boy and playing cards, she earns a large sum of money, money that she is convinced will help her live an independent life, a life where she will be financially free from Roe. But when Roe decides to play “the boy” in a game of cards, he learns that he’s not playing a boy, but rather a woman. A seductive woman. When Roe reveals to Caroline that he recognizes her, a different kind of game begins. A game where hearts and emotions are on the line. Set in 1869 England, this novel was a fabulous, fast paced, read by Robyn Dehart. I loved everything about this novel, from the well-developed characters, fast paced plot, and romance to a bit of mystery, deceit and suspense. Caroline and Roe’s relationship was a great “second chance at love” story and was very entertaining. I especially enjoyed the meddling family members who are secretly pushing Caroline and Roe together, all the while, helping them find themselves as well. Overall, a great story that I would recommend to anyone who loves historical fiction, set in the Regency Era. This book was received from the publisher for the purposes of an honest review. Rating: 4 Heat Rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilP Review Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
I have finally read the third book in the Forbidden Love books, and I think A Little Bit Scandalous happens to be my favorite. Which each book it just keeps getting better and scandalous. This time the scandalous relationship is between Monroe Grisham (Roe), Duke of Chanceworth, and his ward Caroline Jellico.  Caroline has been in love with Roe, I have no clue how long. When she was about to start her first season, she made it abundantly clear that she wanted Roe. However. Roe being older and wiser declare it would be unwise, since he was her guardian. After two dismal weeks, Caroline decides to scurry back to the country declaring she would never marry. Yes, a bit dramatic, but she's entitled to be. About six years later, Caroline decides to her make return to London with her guardian's mother, Millie. Millie is an absolute hoot by the way. Anyway, they come with a hair-brain scheme to raise money for her plans to help orphan children. After all she's a talented card shark, and what easy way to raise money when the cards are in your favor. Yet, there is a snag when she's caught by Roe. Now this will cause a tad of a complication. Seriously, I think this is the best out of the three stories. You actually hear about Caroline in the earlier books, but not as we know her in this story. She's refer to as "the boy"(we don't find out why she's refer to as the boy until this book). The banter between Roe and Caroline is phenomenally witty. I actually really like Roe, because he believes he wouldn't make a good husband since he's a lot like his father. Or at least he believe he is and it takes a clever young woman to prove him wrong. Caroline is a lot of fun. Of course, she has to be, I mean what kind of young woman goes around masquerading as a man to make money? A clever one. Overall, I think this is the best of Forbidden Love books. So, you can't resist a young woman who risks her reputation to go to a gaming hell, you might want to give A Little Bit Scandalous a try. Copy provided by the publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The heroine Caroline Jellico becomes the ward of the hero, the Duke of Chanceworth (Roe) at 15 when her brother dies from cholera when the 2 men are in Persia looking for a precious artefact. Roe is guilt stricken over his best friend’s death. He was saved by his father who brought him back home; but who refused to do the same for Christopher, Caroline’s brother who was merely a baron’s son.  The ward & guardian trope is nicely done; Caroline falls in love with Roe quite early on & tells him of her love & suggests they marry instead of her having a Season. When he turns her down, she continues to London with Roe’s mother & is introduced to Society but declares herself done after 2 wks & returns to the country. Even then, Roe is already attracted to Caroline but refuses to acknowledge his feelings since she’s his ward. I like both Caroline’s & Roe’s characters & they had wonderful chemistry. Caroline is intelligent. Roe teaches her cards when she became his ward & she becomes a master at it by counting the cards & calculating the probabilities of what card will turn up (I can’t imagine being able to do that mentally!). She’s determined to be independent & stay unmarried since Roe will not have her.  The story reopens 7 years later with Caroline back in London with Roe’s mother & his aunt. She’s come up with a plan to disguise herself as a boy to be able to enter the gambling dens & win enough money to not have to depend on Roe. Her plan is to convert her family’s townhome into a into a boarding house for other orphan girls who were too old to live in asylums. She’s way successful & soon is quite well known as “Grey” the young boy who always wins. Her disguise doesn't last very long with Roe who realizes quite soon when he plays her that Grey is female & later discovers it’s Caroline.  I love when he gets protective of Caroline (he gets all worried that someone will see thru her disguise & what would happen then) & jealous when other men notice her beauty (when she's not in disguise of course). He has a chip on his shoulder that he’s not capable of loving Caroline as she deserves to be loved being his father’s son (who never loved or was faithful to his mother) & his 1st failed engagement.  I enjoyed the book & would recommend it to those who enjoy a light historical romance read with engaging characters. There were a few typos in the ARC copy that I read but not that numerous that it became irritating.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
A Game of Seduction 5 stars I love stories set in the Regency-Victoria era, because they are so romantic! So I decided to read for the first time, a book written by Robyn DeHart; A Little Bit Scandalous #3 of her Forbidden Love series. I was not disappointed! It's the story of Caroline Jellico and Monroe Grisham; set in 1869, she is 18 years old and has a crush on Monroe but time goes by until they meet again in 1876. She has become a beautiful and independent woman who plans to support herself by gambling. Monroe has to find the right man to marry her, but discovers that he has strong feelings for her. Sparks will flare between Caroline and Monroe! Some scenes are so funny, when Caroline plays card dressed as a young man. You have to read this story, if you want to discover the plot behind this intrigue! Ms. DeHart has written a romantic story filled with emotions, it's charming and funny! I enjoyed her Regency story very much! I like the style of writing of this author for her humour that she added to this story. I highly recommend this book, if you love Regency-Victorian stories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand and then post this on three diff books