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  • Extraordinarily charismatic male character!

    Anthony Fairfax is in a gambling hell, on the border between Scotland and England, where he is gambling. Again. Gambling is Anthony’s way of supporting his family, and the difference between living decently or in the gutter. Anthony had noticed a particularly lovely woman, sitting by herself in a corner and watching. Anthony’s evening was going pretty well, and he surmised it might be because of the presence of “Lady Luck”, Charlotte Devon. Anthony has huge debts in England, and one big win might do it. He invites the pretty lady to join him, and he wagers everything he has. And of course, the silly fool loses everything to Charlotte, who is searching for her father. Then, because of Anthony’s very gallant gesture towards Charlotte, they both end up married. What are the chances that what happened in Scotland remain in Scotland? Not bloody likely! Anthony really got himself in a dreadful pickle, and then inadvertently dragged Charlotte along as well, the poor thing, as if she didn’t already have enough worries. But what a delight it is to follow these two wonderful characters’ adventures! Charlotte has a fantastic and sad backstory, yet she is the strongest one; she is clever, ingenious, and straight as an arrow. Anthony has a debilitating gambling addiction, which occurred because of his family’s lofty ideals, and the issue is treated very realistically, it is not glossed over; he has to crawl his way out of the hellhole he got himself into. Granted that Anthony is rather impulsive, but I was never quite sure why he blurted out what he did, when he did; it could have been dealt otherwise, but then again, if he had, we would not have had this interesting marriage of convenience story, or rather marriage by accident! The author mentions that LORD OF CHANCE is an expanded edition of a previously published story, and in certain places, unfortunately it shows. There is a scene, albeit cute, which serves no purpose, and there are several unnecessary repetitions, which is very unusual for Ms. Ridley. In spite of Anthony being a reckless fool, I loved him so much; he is truly adorable, exceedingly naturally charming, kind, and utterly irresistible. Anthony and Charlotte are opposites in very unusual ways, and I loved the dynamic it created between them; Charlotte is endearing, easy to relate to, but Anthony is one of the best characters I have ever read: I saw him, his gestures, his smiles, his debonair attitude; he has charisma in spades and he felt so real to me, it was uncanny! So much in Anthony and Charlotte’s lives has to do on keeping up appearances, the meaning of family, of love, and it is riveting. And Anthony and Charlottes’s road to romance is absolutely lovely; they are two good people forced into an odd situation, but they are determined to succeed, whatever it takes. The ending was somewhat predictable, but still very satisfying. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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  • Delightful Read

    Erica Ridley is an exceptionally talented regency romance writer. Her stories are well thought out and her characters are well developed and engaging. The hero, Anthony Fairfax is swoon worthy, charming, caring and an all-round nice person. The heroine, Charlotte Devon is intelligent, strong willed, proud and independent. Both characters have faults and issues and it is how they surmount these problems that makes for a captivating and well written novel. Throughout the novel I was so routing for Anthony and Charlotte to find their HEA. I was totally engrossed in their story as Erica’s plot had me hooked from the first chapter and held my interest through the epilogue. There were several twists and turns I did not see coming that only enhanced her storyline. I have enjoyed reading many of her novels and “Lord of Chance” is another winner. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to read a really good regency romance. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Thoroughly Enjoyable.

    Lord of Chance is the first book in the Rogues to Riches series by Erica Ridley . Anthony Fairfax is a bit of a rake and a lot of a gambler. He's only ever been able to manage to help his family to pay bills etc by winning on card games. Recently his luck has been horrendous and he's on the run from particularly nasty debt collectors. In an inn on one particular night his luck changes for the better. He credits the change to a good luck charm in the form of a beautiful stranger sitting at the sidelines of the room. Every hand of cards he is dealt, he has a winner. Even when the beautiful woman joins in to play all is going well until he ends up winning all of the woman's money. In an effort to be fair, he allows her to play a hand after making a ridiculously small wager, to his utter horror, he goes all in with his money and LOSES. He manages to persuade her to be as kind to him as he was to her and to allow him to play one more hand. He wagers that if he loses he will be her slave for the night. He loses! Miss Charlotte Devon is the woman he loses to, she is fleeing London because her mother is a well known courtesan and as she looks like her mother people are mistaking them and are treating her like they do her.. She doesn't know who her father is, but knows he is in Scotland, and that jewels her mother gave her are his family heirlooms. Charlotte thinks if she is seen around the place with the jewels on maybe her father or people who know of the family, who are nobility, will spot her. It's a fairytale story she wants, she wants to find her father, for him to welcome her with open arms, despite never even meeting her, and she wants the respect due from being the daughter of a Noble man rather than the attitude she gets from being the daughter of a courtesan. When she and Anthony meet there is an attraction, but most importantly is they are both needy of money, money which they lose to each other. Charlotte also has the feeling that somebody is following her, and unable to afford a maid to travel with her, she is very nervous about being on her own. When Anthony becomes hers for the night, the only thing she wants is for him to escort her to her room in the Inn to make sure she isn't accosted. Due to circumstances the couple find themselves in the hallway telling people that they are married to each other. Unknown to either of them, in Scotland that makes them officially married! What follows is the glorious story of how their relationship develops, and of Anthony's attempt to gain enough money to pay off his debts before he ends up in debtors prison. Charlotte still needs to find her father, but something she finds out from Anthony makes her realise that her search has been in vain. Heartbroken she may be, but her focus now must be to help Anthony. They have only got a fortnight to pay off the debt, even if she sells her jewels, it won't make anything like the amount of money needed to get Anthony off the hook. How on Earth are they going to be able overcome the scenario they are in? The more time they spend together the more their feelings grow for each other too, Charlotte can't lose Anthony to debtors prison, but if she does, she will do everything in her power to get him out, no matter how long it takes. I adored this story, I loved how Charlotte could push past Anthony's barriers to make him see that people won't only love him or want to be around him when he has money and can give them things. I too love how Anthony shows Charlotte that despite her background she is worthy of love and worthy of sacrifice. This was truly a beautiful romance but with the added bonus of a bit of danger and intrigue as subplots. This is just the first book in this series, and it has me wanting very much to read the rest as soon as I can. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers' copy of this book.

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  • Once I started, I wasn't able to put it down

    Once I started reading, I wasn't able to put it down. Charlotte and Anthony are completely charming together. The sweet flirtation and witty banter they exchange is delightful and kept me laughing from their very first encounter. I'm finding it difficult to put into words my thoughts about this book. There's a lot of story here, but because of the sweetness and laughter it all felt very light. It touches on some big, heavy topics like addiction and acceptance but it stays away from the dark places it could have gone with those. I love that we get the opportunity to revisit some of our favorite characters from the Dukes of War series, to see what's happened since we left them. I'm also trying very hard to be patient while waiting for our next Rogue. I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book.

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  • Regency Romance

    Lord of Chance by Erica Ridley Rogues to Riches #1 Great way to start a new series of Regency romances that will, if similar to this first book, be quite different from others of this genre. Why? Because the rogues are not your typical hero and the females are atypical, too. That said – I believe these books will definitely be worth reading. I look forward to reading the series as it is released and wonder how the author will find ways to redeem the rogues she writes about. A gambling addict running from his debts finds himself losing a large purse, his bachelor status and possibly his heart to a young woman searching for her birth-father in Scotland. Both have secret desires to be loved and accepted for more than they believe others see them to be. Both grow through their journey from first to last page. Both learn truths about themselves, their beliefs about self and others and find a place to fit in the world that they might never have found had then not met one fateful night. I liked Charlotte, her tenacity and ability to rise above the station she began in life. I found Ethan charming and applauded his ability to finally overcome the addiction that could have seen him in prison. I enjoyed reading the growing relationship between the two main characters and though some of the story might not be realistic did like the HEA ending that was assisted by an unlikely benefactor or two. Books in the Series: Lord of Chance Lord of Pleasure Lord of Night Lord of Temptation Lord of Secrets Lord of Vice Thank you to the author for the ARC – this is my honest review. 4 Stars

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