The Price of Desire

The Price of Desire

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by Jo Goodman
     
 

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USA Today bestselling author Jo Goodman delivers a deliciously wicked tale of forbidden desire that knows no limits. . .

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

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USA Today bestselling author Jo Goodman delivers a deliciously wicked tale of forbidden desire that knows no limits. . .

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. . .

Praise for Jo Goodman's If His Kiss Is Wicked. . .

"Authentic characters and a thrilling story line will keep readers smiling and guessing."--Publishers Weekly

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Shocked to learn that her heedless brother has "given" her to Griffin Wright-Jones, Viscount Breckenridge, as a guarantee that he will pay his gambling debt, beautiful Olivia Cole stoically moves to Griffin's gaming establishment, intending to honor her brother's vow. She is surprised, however, at the care he takes to keep her reputation safe. However, Olivia defies Griffin by dealing at the faro table. She convinces him to let her continue-for a percentage-and works her way into his heart. A pair of unlikely but well-matched protagonists and assorted secondary characters add to the elegant charm of this sultry, nicely paced romance that is graced with an unusual setting, a bit of mystery, and a twist on a classic premise. Goodman (If His Kiss Is Wicked) is noted for her well-delineated characters, scintillating sensuality, and compelling plots.


—Kristin Ramsdell

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420107067
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
99,015
File size:
764 KB

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Price of Desire 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1823 Alastair Cole owes Viscount Griffin Wright-Jones 1000 pounds due tomorrow he does not have the money to make remittance in less than twelve hours so he pleads for four days. As quid pro quo collateral the Viscount claims the family emerald ring Cole wears to be returned with a prompt payment.--- Two men, Mr. Fairley and Mr. Varah come to collect Mrs. Cole unaware that Olivia is his sister not his wife. They deliver her to Griffin who tells them they paid their debt in full. Griffin realizes she is either Alistair¿s cousin or sister when he offered her in remittance of his debt. Even now the idiot is back at the gaming hells having learned nothing. He is a bit surprised as to how calm the very tall willowy woman is when he presents the facts to her. Her bravery is obvious and soon she demands to deal in his gambling hell. As they fall in love, they become entangled in a dangerous game in which the bet is your life. --- The lead pairing make for an enjoyable Regency romance as their banter is delightful fun to follow. Readers will admire the unsinkable Olivia as she displays strong conviction and courage throughout. Griffin is somewhat mysterious and on the surface seems hard yet Olivia sees inside to his soul especially when he does not force her into his bed as the payment allows him. Much of the rest of the Ton are hedonistic losers who will leave readers wondering how the sun failed to set on the British Empire prior to Victoria¿s ascendancy. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had not read one of her books in a while and now I remember why I put that one down. The entire incest theme is disconcerting and completely took away from the romantic nature of the book. I was horrified and shocked although emphathetic towards the heroine. It spoiled what I thought would be a good romance for me and I wish the back cover had hinted at it at all otherwise I wouldn't have subjected myself to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging and entertaining story featuring wonderful dialogue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book since it deals with some realities that many of us try to ignore. The writting and the story line was really good and the connection and developement to their love was nicely played out.
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Depressing................................................................................ The heroines background was so sad.  Her family betrayals so horrendous.   You wondered how she functioned.  No less fell in love. I felt sorry for her and applauded her ability to cope...but I couldn't say I enjoyed it.
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This was my first book written by Jo Goodman and it was excellent. I liked that the main characters were straightforward with eachother and didn't beat around the bush in their conversations. Olivia's past was an unexpected twist but a refreshing change from most romance novels and their wishy washy plots. Griffen is my favorite what a great guy to have on your side. I couldn't put the book down. I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms. Goodman.
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Shreeta Ashley More than 1 year ago
I am actually late for an appointment because I had to finish this before I left my house. :)
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