Release Date: Sep 24, 2019
Series: The Wagers of Sin
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: Avon Books
A delightful surprise.
I am not a fan of amnesia stories, not at all. It’s one of my least favorite tropes and only on a few occasions have I appreciated it. I am happy to report that Linden’s latest book is one of those few occasions.
This amnestic adventure begins with our hero, Lord Westmoreland or as our heroine comes to know him, Rob. Rob is a rogue, a lord with a cadre of dissolute friends who drink too much and gamble too high. He’s a regular at the infamous Vega Club spoken about through out Linden’s Wagers of Sin series. And, at the start of this story Rob wins a house. All the blame can be placed not at Rob’s feet, but the fool who wagered his home away. The lord who lost is a sore loser, rumors proceed and the result is a nasty accident for our hero when he is on the way to return the deed of the home to it’s rightful owner.
Enter the heroine, stage left. Georgiana Lucas is visiting her school friend, Kitty. Whose husband has gambled away the family home to a fiend. Georgiana finds our fiendish hero battered, bleeding and due to some issues in her past refuses to leave him on the side of the road. Of course she recognizes him instantly, and has to hide his existence from Kitty, since it will be Kitty’s home that Rob recovers in. Planning to confront said fiend, Georgiana is shocked when Rob remembers nothing of who he is, and heroine’s only recourse is to pass him off as her fiancé. I really expected this part of the storyline to give way to clichés and the like to have the big misunderstanding plus tantrums. Linden happily doesn’t let the story wander in that direction and things unfolded in a completely different manner.
Oh the tangled webs we weave… though I don’t ever believe this is Georgiana’s first time deceiving folks, she does the effort with great reluctance. Her mind naturally thinks the worst of every situation. Though thanks to her worry she starts to befriend the very man she though awful. I liked Georgiana because while she lied she didn’t compound upon the lie for too long. She dug herself in a hole with the express desire to find a way to dig out, she didn’t expect to fall for the man whose life she saved. And fall she does, but Georgiana has an all-too-real fiancé, once who ignores her. To say this book isn’t a bit dramatic in terms of the events that unfold is well… it’s true. For me that part made it fun.
Also, what makes this book fun is our hero, Rob. He should be furious with the lies fed to him, but instead of acting the idiot, our hero actually changes and in truth appreciates Georgiana’s efforts. Rob does lose his head, and I enjoyed the hero. He was refreshing, a nice guy who at first seemed anything but. There is more to this story than just a simple ‘falling in love while recovering from a cosh to the head bit’. No hero and heroine have to contend against Georgiana’s fiancé, high-handed brother, and the potential to cause a society scandal.
Overall, this book kept me on my toes. It was fresh, different, and I liked not knowing what would happen next. For readers who enjoy Lorraine Heath.