His Marriage Gamble
Love’s a Gamble ~ Book 2
by Nancy Fraser
Felicity Beaumont, the rebellious daughter of the Louisiana elite devises a plan to move her father’s illegally owned slaves north to safety using the gambling river boat known as the Lucky Lady. Dressed as a young farm boy, she attempts to sell family heirlooms to raise the funds she needs. Short the full amount, she continues her ruse and bargains her way aboard the boat as their chaperone.
Charismatic owner of the Lucky Lady, Jake McAlister doesn’t trust women, and when he discovers Felicity’s subterfuge, he remembers exactly why.
While they find themselves in agreement about helping the free men and women, they are at odds over everything else, including their quickly escalating feelings for one another. When caught between Felicity’s powerful father and the ire of a local judge, they’re forced into a marriage neither wanted.
Can they make the best of a bad situation? And, will gambling on love be a bust or reap them both a happily ever after?
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Tagline: Will gambling on true love bring them heartache or the happiness they both deserve?
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Felicity Beaumont grasped the heavy hunting knife firmly in her hand and lifted. Pressing the shiny blade against her thumb, she tested the sharpness of the weapon’s edge. Tiny red bubbles beaded on her skin and she bit back a cry of pain.
Raising the knife level with her chin, she made the first cut. Tears stung her eyes and her knees threatened to buckle beneath her. She made a second cut before stopping to survey the damage.
Not enough. Not nearly enough.
A third cut made her stomach lurch, and with the fourth, tears ran freely down her cheeks.
If Papa could see her now, he’d turn her over his knee. He’d be upset, even angry, especially when he realized she was gone and when he found out what else she had done. With one last swipe of the knife, her latest show of rebellion was complete.
A mound of chestnut silk lay pooled around her ankles, twenty year’s growth of hair chopped off in less time than it took Papa to trim his mustache and beard, less time than it took for her to make the most important, albeit reckless, decision of her life.
Peeps, this book and series. It is so good and keeps getting better. Keep in mind that you do not have to read the first one to understand Jake and Felicity’s story at all. Matt, Kate, and everyone else from the first book show up and we are also introduced to their cousin, too. Did I mention that this is a marriage of convenience story? When done right, it is brilliant. Ms. Fraser nails it with these two. We get to see them grow and learn to trust each other throughout the book. Love comes later but when it does, I really felt like these two really loved each other.
Historical romance is tricky for me. Especially when an author uses the marriage of convenience trope. Most of the time, I really have to suspend all beliefs for me to even finish the book but Ms. Fraser sets up Jake and Felicity in a way that is totally plausible and believable. The setting of the book is in America and right after the Civil War. Not to mention that people in the South’s attitudes toward their daughters are slightly skewed. Doll them up and put them in a corner. They didn’t think that most of them were that smart but that’s where Ms. Fraser shines. Felicity is super smart, kind, and big-hearted. Jake learns this early on and doesn’t keep her down. He encourages her to do things but he still can’t bring himself to love her.
I really loved Jake and Felicity. They are two strong-willed people that needed to learn to trust each other but more importantly, love each other. Their love is a slow burn that is sweet and heartwarming. Ms. Fraser takes her time with that aspect of their relationship. The smexy times come first and I couldn’t help but laugh at Felicity at times. Girl, you are gonna love it. Promise. But it was honest. She told Jake what she was feeling and how it made her feel. Not many authors will do that and it only enhanced their love story in the end.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series. If you are looking for a historical romance series that centers around real people, with real situations then this is for you. The next one should be a doozy.
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NANCY FRASER—Jumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.
Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.
Nancy has published over thirty-five books in full-length, novella, and short format.
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Will doing the right thing be his first mistake? Or, his last?
He’s the owner of a gambling riverboat. She’s the willful daughter of a rich man, hoping to free his wrongfully indentured slaves.
Can he help her with her quest without consequence? Or, will he end up with a bride he didn’t want?