I recently finished Luck Is No Lady (Fallen Ladies Book 1) by Amy Sandas, Sandas is a new- to me author and I was surprisingly delighted. Emma Chadwick shoulders the burden of her father’s debt, he was a gambler and a bad one he was also deeply in debt to a moneylender. Emma does everything she can to protect her sisters from any gossip that might effect their chances for a good match, even when she has to find employment to support her sisters and try to pay back the debt left by her father. Emma ends up taking a job in a gaming house run by Roderick Bentley the bastard son of an earl. Roderick is not only wealthy but seriously sexy, they have their first meeting while Emma is trying to hide from a Lord who gets a little too grabby with younger ladies. Naturally Emma is hired by Roderick because she is not only smart but he is naturally attracted to her. Now the reason Roderick needs a new book keeper is because his old one ran off with some money, and his books were a mess. The money lender who was after Emma and her sister is where I had a problem, it not only took away from the story in that he had his own unclear story, he had a daughter (I think) with a prostitute and that was reason he kept pressing Emma to repay the debt. Emma of course decides the only way to do that is to gamble and she is very good at it to the point she wins more than enough money to repay the loan and keep her sisters going for the rest of the season. However she doesn’t repay it in time causing one of her sister to be kidnapped and sold at brothel auction ( I am all here for that!).
Over all I enjoyed this book and will be picking up another one from this author. I gave it five stars on goodreads because and I know I forgot to mention this, sexy times on a card table and behind a curtain in the library. You are welcome. The only draw backs to this book that I can really think of is the moneylenders ‘story’ which I honestly didn’t care about. Emma was well written and anyone who has a strong sense of family and knows what it’s like to shoulder all the family drama will connect with her ahem. Lastly, hello sexy cover! Now I don’t gamble but I might be persuaded to if all card games end like this.