Gambling on a Scoundrel
In 1861, lonely railroad heiress Tempy Bliss, a budding journalist, is elated that Charles Dickens wants her to write an article about gambling for his newspaper. But when casino owner Lucien Hamlin bans Tempy from his gambling palace once he learns of her profession, she begins to suspect a much bigger story is at hand. Lucien's secretive behavior goads Tempy into uncovering the real story. Lucien is a hard-driving businessman whose life is about to be upended by his unexpected inheritance of an earldom. It's a fact he'd rather not have announced, and certainly not in newsprint, until after the sale of his casino. With Tempy's career goals progressing, as well as her dreams of becoming a part of her fiance's family, she refuses to accept defeat even when Ernest sends her a letter from Paris informing her he's fallen in love with a Frenchwoman. Tempy resolves to win him back while simultaneously conducting her research at the sumptuous Hamlin House casino.

Gambling on a Scoundrel Details

TitleGambling on a Scoundrel
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 4th, 2014
PublisherFlowers and Fullerton, LLC
ISBN-139781633030022
Rating
GenreHistorical, Romance, Historical Romance, Victorian

Gambling on a Scoundrel Review

  • Carra
    January 1, 1970
    Put together an interesting storyline filled with intrigue and well written scenes with characters that capture your attention and have depth, then add the historical aspect and throw in a dash of romantic tension, and you've got Gambling on a Scoundrel. I haven't read a lot of historical romance books, not for any dislike of the genre, but really more because I tend to gravitate toward the paranormal and sports romance books. I actually had to look up some terms for clarification (though I got Put together an interesting storyline filled with intrigue and well written scenes with characters that capture your attention and have depth, then add the historical aspect and throw in a dash of romantic tension, and you've got Gambling on a Scoundrel. I haven't read a lot of historical romance books, not for any dislike of the genre, but really more because I tend to gravitate toward the paranormal and sports romance books. I actually had to look up some terms for clarification (though I got the gist of things based on context anyway), but this did not take anything away from the story for me. It actually made me more interested as I got to learn terms and customs I wasn't aware of from that time period.The story flowed smoothly and kept me interested the whole way through the book. Tempy did frustrate me a bit at first with her desire to try and win Ernest back-if that had happened to me I would be the first one saying "good riddance"-but for the most part she was a strong character, especially during a time in history when strong women were frowned upon. And speaking of strong women, I loved the character of Millicent and thought she was a great role model for Tempy. And Lucien...*sigh* A strong, protective, shrewd man who helps others and is still a gentleman...a perfect lead male for this story.I really enjoyed this book, and can't wait to read more by this author, and definitely more in the historical romance genre. 4 well-deserved stars!
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    "Bliss Has Romantic Adventures" Tempty Bliss is a sweet and funny heroine. I enjoyed her romance with Lucien. Perhaps there could be more adventures with Tempty?
  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    http://ramblingsfromthischick.blogspo...+andhttp://booknerdloleotodo.blogspot.comWhen I heard of “Gambling on a Scoundrel” I was instantly interested because I really enjoy Victorian era stories. I had never read Sheridan Jeane and wanted to see what the story would be like. I also love hero’s and heroine’s that are outcasts and go against the tide. The heroine is Tempy Bliss. I really liked her and the way she conducted herself. Tempy is an outsider. She comes from money not breed, in the era o http://ramblingsfromthischick.blogspo...+andhttp://booknerdloleotodo.blogspot.comWhen I heard of “Gambling on a Scoundrel” I was instantly interested because I really enjoy Victorian era stories. I had never read Sheridan Jeane and wanted to see what the story would be like. I also love hero’s and heroine’s that are outcasts and go against the tide. The heroine is Tempy Bliss. I really liked her and the way she conducted herself. Tempy is an outsider. She comes from money not breed, in the era of the ton that made her an outcast. Her father made quite a lot of money off railroads but he was never much of a father to her. Tempy always longed for a connection with her father and although an outsider, she accepted that she would never fit in. Tempy made herself even more of an outcast when she decided to earn a living as a reporter. Although an heiress she doesn’t need the money but researching and writing are her passions. When she finds out that her fiancé-Ernest, now ex-fiancé, is engaged to a French woman, Tempy decides she needs to win him back.Enter our hero, Lucien Hamlin. Lucien also is not of British society, but he has a lot of money. Money he made when he opened his own gambling house. Lucien is more than comfortable with his position but is ready for a new venture. When, as a favor, he allows Tempy to come to his gambling house, things start to become more complicated. Lucien doesn’t need press, least of all bad press. Tempy has been asked by Charles Dickens himself to write an article. Tempy refuses to disappoint Mr. Dickens. Against his better judgement, Lucien allows Tempy to do her research, but more is involved. He also tries to help her win her ex-fiancé back-again-against his better judgement. As Lucien and Tempy start to spend more and more time together they begin to have feelings for each other but both try to fight those feelings. Tempy is determined to win her ex-fiancé back because she thinks that she will also lose his family, which was in part the only family she ever had. This was a really cute story and I really liked it. I also love to learn about the progressive time of Victorian England. I also really liked the hero and heroine. I have to say that the only parts that irked me were when Tempy seemed to go against her own characteristics. She is constantly tripping over things and needing rescue- I think this is done for comedic affect and its cute- but I really wanted her to have a stronger back bone, especially when it comes to her obsession with her ex-fiancé. Tempy really reflected the struggle that woman faced when they were trying to be taken seriously. I really didn’t like that she was so determined to validate herself by winning him back. Aside from these little tidbits, I really enjoyed the romance and plan to read more by this author.
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    I received Gambling on a Scoundrel as part of a Goodreads giveaway. Railroad heiress and budding journalist Tempy Bliss has been tasked with investigating London's gambling underworld. Still nursing a broken heart after her fiance leaves her for another woman, Tempy is determined to win him back in the course of breaking the story. What she didn't gamble on (no pun intended) is the entrance of Lucien Hamlin, a soon-to-be-earl, whose large gambling den is the site of Tempy's research. As, against I received Gambling on a Scoundrel as part of a Goodreads giveaway. Railroad heiress and budding journalist Tempy Bliss has been tasked with investigating London's gambling underworld. Still nursing a broken heart after her fiance leaves her for another woman, Tempy is determined to win him back in the course of breaking the story. What she didn't gamble on (no pun intended) is the entrance of Lucien Hamlin, a soon-to-be-earl, whose large gambling den is the site of Tempy's research. As, against Lucien's will, she learns more about him, Tempy finds herself questioning everything she ever knew about the man she thought she loved.It's relatively rare to read about a hero and heroine, neither of whom was raised in the peerage. Tempy's father made his money in business, while Lucien only inherited his title late in life. I liked this slight deviation, which gives the setting and tone of the book a slightly different feel than most period historicals, a bit grittier and more down-to-earth. An entertaining read.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I received this copy for free through Goodreads First Reads.4 1/2 stars. I absolutely loved loved this book!!! It takes place in 1861. It was a great and wonderful escape to another time and place!! It's beautifully written and easy to follow. It's a book you don't want to put down, ever! I really really loved the characters!! I grew attached to them. I absolutely adored Tempy and couldn't wait for the happily ever after with Lucien! Lucien is hot!!! In fact, I want him! ;) I found myself rootin I received this copy for free through Goodreads First Reads.4 1/2 stars. I absolutely loved loved this book!!! It takes place in 1861. It was a great and wonderful escape to another time and place!! It's beautifully written and easy to follow. It's a book you don't want to put down, ever! I really really loved the characters!! I grew attached to them. I absolutely adored Tempy and couldn't wait for the happily ever after with Lucien! Lucien is hot!!! In fact, I want him! ;) I found myself rooting for them through out the whole book. I wanted to be there with them as their love story unraveled. If you love historical romances, and who doesn't? I very highly recommend this book. You should read it, you won't be disappointed! I will be looking for more Sheridan Jeane novels as I enjoyed this book immensely.
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  • Lavinia
    January 1, 1970
    Intense and awesome!A lot of times people post reviews where they talk about what happened in the story. I don't like to do that because the back cover does that, and anything more is a spoiler. So I'll just say this - what a great story!!!! I really felt like I got a chance to connect with the characters (Tempy is awesome. You'll like her, I did!), and I really wanted her and Lucien to GET TOGETHER! Romances are supposed to have happy endings, but there were times when I thought "no way! it's j Intense and awesome!A lot of times people post reviews where they talk about what happened in the story. I don't like to do that because the back cover does that, and anything more is a spoiler. So I'll just say this - what a great story!!!! I really felt like I got a chance to connect with the characters (Tempy is awesome. You'll like her, I did!), and I really wanted her and Lucien to GET TOGETHER! Romances are supposed to have happy endings, but there were times when I thought "no way! it's just never going to work out!" If you are looking for some romance - and who isn't? - this one is really good!
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  • Wendy Larken
    January 1, 1970
    A great escape to another time and place and a wonderful romance as well! I loved the cameo by Charles Dickens!
  • Sheri Ferguson Edmondson
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. It's a blend of My Fair Lady, Pygmalion, and the movie French Kiss all rolled into one delicious morsel. If you're looking for a great summer read, this is the book for you.
  • Regency Girl
    January 1, 1970
    I love stories set in Victorian England. Add in a feisty heroine and an appealing hero, and what's not to like? A fun read that kept me turning the pages until the HEA ending.
  • Sheri Ferguson Edmondson
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. It's a blend of My Fair Lady, Pygmalion, and the movie French Kiss all rolled into one delicious morsel. If you're looking for a great summer read, this is the book for you.
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