The Queen of Diamonds never loses …

Felicity Fox is a rarity for a woman living in the early 1800s. Not only does she frequent the ‘gambling hells’ where most ladies would not dare to tread, but she can also beat any man at his own game. It’s no wonder she’s gained notoriety as the ‘Queen of Diamonds’. 

Edward, Earl of Addington, despises gambling and is not exactly enamored of Felicity Fox either, especially after she tried to swindle his family. Except now the Earl requires assistance from the Queen of Diamonds – and there’s everything to play for. But with Edward will Felicity find she’s involved in a more dangerous game than she’s ever played before?

Title:  A Game of Desire
Series:  —  —  —
Author:  Sharon Ibbotson
Genre:  Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Published:  June 25, 2019
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  4.5 stars

If you enjoy a Historical or Regency Romance with a bit of a darker tone, definitely some bite, characters that leap off the page as realistic – oh, and a really good “catfight” then you’ll have a wonderful time with A GAME OF DESIRE.

While I enjoy a lighthearted Romance as much as the next reader, I also love the tension, the suspense of the darker, grittier stories of how life truly was during this time period for those not born to the ton.  And it was vastly different.  Felicity is a survivor, a strong, independent woman with a skill at cards or games of chance.  She uses those skills with wit, charm and an eye to the eventual prize – winning.  She first came up against Edward years ago when he believed she was running a scam on his father over a diamond necklace and had her banished from London.  Again, as a survivor, Felicity still continued to flourish and continued to win in spite of Edward’s actions.  Now, years later, the tables have turned and the new Earl needs some help from the Queen of Diamonds.  (don’t you just love when that happens?)

Remember that diamond necklace?  It’s at the core of two stubborn people reluctantly working together and discovering that attraction has nothing to do with a like/dislike for another person, but is instead an entirely different game of chance that is played so that both win in the end.

At this point it would be so easy to say too much – and I don’t willingly do spoilers, so A GAME OF DESIRE is a story of two people who come from far different backgrounds finding that love knows no barriers, even when tossing them up left and right to no avail.  I liked Felicity and Edward together and individually for different reasons.  I’ve no doubt that you will as well.  There is danger in this story, discovering that all is not what it seems, a love worth fighting for, and two people who fit, but also bring out the best and the worst in the other and in spite of that remain in love with a future that will definitely be lively.  I would not hesitate to recommend Edward and Felicity’s romance to any reader who enjoys going a bit deeper, seeing the darker side of London, characters who will anger you as well as make you smile with satisfaction.  Yeah, I had a good time with this one.

I began my love affair with Historical/Regency Romances with Barbara Cartland, Rosemary Rogers, and Kathleen Woodiwiss.  Yes, I know, that’s quite the switch between writing styles.  Moved back to the classics as in Jane Austen and today have about half a dozen authors who are automatic buy the book, request it or borrow from the library when the book budget is tight – I’m adding Sharon Ibbotson to that list to keep an eye out for new titles.  I don’t read as much Regency as I once did yet I know what I enjoy, what keeps me flipping pages quickly and A GAME OF DESIRE had me glued to the book in spite of the 4th of July fireworks going off last night.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher Choc Lit / Ruby Fiction. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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