They are a dangerous duke, a fierce lord, and an infamous earl—dark, bold, brave men who know exactly what they want. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees…
He is first and foremost—at everything. A man who’s made his own way in the world through ruthless cunning and sheer force of will. A strong and imposing Scot who can turn on the charm but does not suffer fools. His title: Lord Chief Justice of the High Court. His name: Cassius Gerard Ramsay. His mission: To investigate the goings-on at London’s most notorious gaming hell, owned and operated by one of the most intriguing and desirable women he’s ever met.
IN THIS GAME OF LOVE, THE RULES DO NOT APPLY
Cecelia Teague was an orphan facing a rather dire future—until a secret benefactor from her mother’s scandalous past swept into her life. Sent to prestigious boarding school and later to university, Cecelia believed high society was at her fingertips…Then, from out of nowhere, she became the inheritor of a gambling establishment. Now Cecelia must live two lives: one as a proper lady who finds herself undeniably drawn to Lord Ramsay and the other as a savvy gaming hell owner trying to save her business from the very same man. He has no idea she is both women…and Cecelia would like to keep it that way. But what happens when consuming passion and escalating danger threaten to reveal the truth?
This book was absolutely delectable! A plus size heroine that was so brave and selfless and a grumpy, giant Scottsman completely stole my heart. This author’s writing is SO beautiful! She just has a way with words that just capture your heart and you are guaranteed to swoon!
Cassius Gerard Ramsay, Lord Chief Justice of the High Court was a crotchety, self rightous man who did not partake in pleaures of the flesh and lived with a motto that women should not be trusted. He really is not a character I should have loved but of course every brooding hero has a tragic past and his will pain your heart. He was also SO, SO sexy!
He was built like a conqueror put on this earth to shame and dominate lesser men. He might have been a warlord in days past.”
Ramsay and Cecelia meet in the most peculiar way and there is a bit of an enemies to lovers and hidden identity trope in the beginning of the book. Ramsay is WILDLY attracted to Cecelia’s soft body and voluptuous curves but has convinced himself that she is a deceiver and not to be trusted. Ramsay was so stubborn minded and his obnoxiousness blinded him to the truth.
Meanwhile kindhearted yet strong willed Cecelia has been entrusted to care for a group of women and children after inheriting a “gambling” establishment. I loved her strength and her willingness to do everything to protect her charges. She was also highly intelligent and particularly gifted in mathematics. This was frowned upon in a world where women should not have such talents.
Once Ramsay comes to his senses and he gives in to his attraction to Cecelia, there is so much steam and incredible chemistry. I loved watching this surly brute of a man begin to soften. He was strength personified when he was protecting Cecelia but he was so tender and loving with her by the end.
There is a mystery unraveling throughout the story filled with suspense. There are also a few shocking moments that added to the overall enjoyment of the story. Cecelia and the other Red Rogues are such amazing women who are bold, intelligent and particularly stand out in their time. Alexandra’s book is the first in the series and I highly recommed and I am eagerly awaiting Francessca’s book!
Interconnected Standalone (Devil You Know #2)
Heat Level: Moderate
*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review