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My advice to both of them would likely be the same. I would want them both to know that they deserve so much more. From the moment Emma and Roderick meet, they are both drawn to each other in that intrinsic, unquantifiable way. The anonymity of their first encounter allows them to explore this attraction a bit more freely than they would have an opportunity to do otherwise. But once they meet again, face to face in the real world, they are both wrapped safely in all the reasons nothing can happen between them.
For Emma, it is a belief that her chance for romance has long past. She is now a spinster guardian to two younger sisters who believes she must put her duties and responsibilities before all else. And she has a lot on her shoulders with insurmountable debt and her sisters’ futures to worry about. Every decision she makes, every action she puts in motion has the same goal of seeing her family settled and safe from further financial threat or social ruin. Her own personal desires come in at a dead last. In fact, she actually believes she needs nothing for herself.
Until she meets Roderick. And even then, she may acknowledge her attraction, but she certainly cannot risk acting upon it when any hint of scandal could ruin her sisters’ chances on the marriage market.
Though the son of an earl and a marquess’s daughter, Roderick was born a bastard. He has known his entire life that the circumstances of his conception leave him with no claim to the respect and courtesy afforded his legitimate half-brother, and most often insight derision and scorn. Of course, a wild and reckless youth and the fact that he is proprietor of a notorious gambling hell adds more cause for polite society to shun him despite his wealth. For the most part, Roderick welcomes the fact that the shallow, judgmental world his parents came from will have little to do with him. He creates an existence of acceptance and family within the walls of his club and that is more than enough for him.
Until he meets Emma. Though she pretends to be something she is not, Roderick knows she belongs to the high society that spurns him even as they accept the money he can make for them. He also knows what damage it could cause her reputation if it were to become known that she was associating with the bastard owner of a gambling hell.
These two are determined to put others before themselves; Emma with her sisters and Roderick with Emma herself. They resist the true desire of their hearts with good intentions and if I could have given them any advice at the start of their story it would have been to believe in their own personal worth and trust that they should have all the happiness that they wish for others.
Luckily, even without my advice, they both managed to come around by the end.
“You should not have kissed me,” she replied breathlessly.
“I do a lot of things I shouldn’t. It does not mean I won’t do them again.”
Gently bred Emma Chadwick always assumed she’d live and die the daughter of a gentleman. But when her father’s death reveals a world of staggering debt and dangerous moneylenders, she must risk her good name and put her talent for mathematics to use, taking a position as bookkeeper at London’s most notorious gambling hell. Surrounded by vice and corruption on all sides, it is imperative no one discovers Emma’s shameful secret or her reputation—and her life—will be ruined.
But Roderick Bentley, the hell’s sinfully wealthy owner, awakens a hunger Emma cannot deny. Drawn deep into an underworld of high stakes gambling and reckless overindulgence, she soon discovers that in order to win the love of a ruthless scoundrel, she will have to play the game…and give in to the pleasure of falling from grace.
About the Author: Amy Sandas’s love of romance began one summer when she stumbled across one of her mother’s Barbara Cartland books. Her affinity for writing began with sappy pre-teen poems and led to a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She lives with her husband and children near Milwaukee.