Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Review Tour + #Giveaway: Gamble of Hearts by Virginia Barlow @virginiabar1031 @GoddessFish

Gamble of Hearts

by Virginia Barlow

GENRE: Historical Romance


When a powerful duke arrives to collect his winnings from her brother, Lady Amora Hargrove discovers she is one of them. Following her brother's arrest, she becomes the duke's ward and falls for him hard and fast. Problem is, the duke has a violent hatred for gamblers, and she possesses a natural ability. Something he can never discover, or she will lose him forever.

The Duke of Ravencroft exacts revenge for his nephew's death and gains a ward. Irresistibly drawn to the villain's sister, he must play and gamble with their hearts or lose everything.

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He stared at her mouth as he ran a thumb over her bottom lip. “I have wondered for days what you taste like. You asked if I thought your mouth resembled a rose petal, and I have decided I must know the answer.”

Her lips parted in anticipation, and she dared not breathe for fear the spell would break.

He leaned close, blocking the moonlight above her as his warm lips covered hers. Afterward, she would always equate the scent of magnolias with her first kiss, for they surrounded her along with the duke’s heat beneath the magical night sky.

He slid his firm mouth over hers, searching and applying gentle pressure while his hands caressed her face.

She could not believe this was happening and leaned against him, wrapping her arms high around his neck. His embrace comforted her as no one else had, and for the first time since Nathan dragged her to London, she felt safe.

With a groan, he tipped her head to the side. “Open for me.”

She opened her mouth to ask what he meant but never got the chance, for his tongue slid between her lips and stroked along hers, sending shivers of delight through her body. She trembled against him, wanting each moment to last for an eternity. The taste of him in her mouth intoxicated her, and she could not get enough. Her blood sang, and heat filled her belly.

My Review:

Gamble of Hearts grabbed my attention with the summary and never let go until the last page was read. The moment I picked up Gamble of Hearts I was pulled into its world as my own disappeared. The characters and the world-building were written very well. I could see it all playing out in my head as I read.

I fell in love with Lady Amora Hargrove from the very beginning. My heart went out to her with the way she was treated by her brother. Amora’s brother loved to gamble and he made her play as well, disguised of course as she was very good at it.

But her brother was not and had gambled her way to others on numerous occasions as payment to his debtors, who knew how many times he had done this. He was mean to her leaving her bruised on more than one occasion.

Her brother’s many gambling debts finally cost him his life. Upon his death, the Duke of Ravencroft came to revenge his nephew’s death and gained himself a ward, Lady Amora Hargrove.

Amora became a ward of the Duke of Ravencroft until she could find a suitable marriage. But before that could happen sparks began flying between the Duke and his ward. There were quite a few steamy scenes between these two.

If you are looking for a historical romance with dukes and royalty then look no further as the Gamble of Hearts may be just what you are looking for. So grab your copy of Gamble of Hearts today and go back in time today!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I have always loved reading romance novels. I used to sneak them from my mom’s room as a young girl and read them while she was gone. As I grew older, my reading and tastes expanded to sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy.

I considered becoming an author in my late twenties but as a busy mother with toddlers, I didn’t have the time. Later, in my fifties, I decided to give it a try and have enjoyed every word of it since. I recently signed my thirteenth contract and am doing my happy dance as I type this. My husband of forty-one years is my greatest support as are all my kids. Most of them are grown and carving out lives for themselves. They are the beat of my heart and with every grandchild, the rhythm gets stronger. I enjoy every moment of my life.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

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ann said...

Thank you for hosting today!

Virginia Barlow said...

Thank you for hosting today! Welcome readers! I will check back during the day. Have a great day!

Virginia Barlow said...

Hope everyone is having a great day!