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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Review Tour: A Game of Chance by Lauren Linwood (Giveaway)

Buried Under Romance is reviewing Lauren Linwood's A Game of Chance today.  :)

**Lauren is hosting a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Commenter Giveaway for a $10.00 Amazon or B&N Gift Card and 5 Digital Copies of A Game of Chance (via Rafflecopter below)

About the Book: 
Gambler Jed Stone journeys to California to track down Simon Morgan, the man responsible for his best friend’s death. Arrested for robbery and murder upon arrival, Jed is shocked to see his face on a wanted poster. He escapes before his hanging, unaware that the man guilty of those crimes is the twin brother he never knew existed. In a case of mistaken identity, Jed acquires the most famous whorehouse in San Francisco in a rigged card game his twin is meant to win.

Lily Frontiere takes over running Lucky Lil’s from her dying mother, the house madam who shielded her by sending her away to boarding school. Lily’s intelligence and astonishing resemblance to her mother help in her charade, but she’s entered a world she knows little about. She clashes with the handsome stranger who turns up with the deed to Lucky Lil’s in hand, yet she is attracted to the charming risk taker.

Jed asks Madam Lil to stay on as he learns the business and is fooled by Lily’s performance until he stumbles upon the real Madam Lil and learns the truth behind Lily’s deception. His admiration for Lily blossoms into love.

But Simon Morgan seeks both Lily’s hand and ownership of Lucky Lil’s—and he will go to any means to possess both. Will Jed foil his nemesis while bringing his outlaw brother to justice and win Lily’s love?
Buy Link:  Amazon 

Told in multiple perspectives, A Game of Chance read like an imposing tapestry woven into the fascinating post-Civil War era in the American Old West, where tales of robberies and outlaws are as real as it gets, and everyone is out to discover the newest get-rich scheme, some through nefarious plans. Such is the story that captured my attention from the first page. 

The story begins with a young Cara Lee bemoaning her naivety as she was giving birth. Her husband, Gordon, was a charismatic ne'er-do-well who essentially tricked her into a marriage (that was fake) in order to obtain a child to prove to his grandfather, Max, of his respectability. What he didn't know was that his Cara Lee had given birth to a second son after his cold departure with the first, making Jed Stone and Cal Hart twin brothers who grew up similar to The Prince and the Pauper

Year later, Cal Hart has grown into a vicious outlaw who is forever trying to squeeze more money out of Max, and Jed had grown into an honorable man whose livelihood depends on his luck. Several cases of mistaken identities brings him into contact with Lily Frontiere, and the rest, they say, is history. 

This book was really fun to read. I loved all the fitting historical diction and characteristic dialogue, as well as the setting imagery which made the time period spectacularly alive. The multiple perspectives provided not only backgrounds for the characters, but also their mannerisms, their motivations and thoughts, which fueled their actions throughout the book. Most of all, I enjoyed how Jed and Lily came to fall in love in spite of their troubles and disguises, and how they were both surprised by their changed circumstances but managed to resiliently weather against that turbulence. 

Jed is a wonderful hero who had grown up an all-around great guy, never forgetting his orphaned past. He dedication to helping orphans was a nice sign of his humanity, which made him all the more winsome. Lily's character matches his in personality and spirit, both intelligent and resolute, striving for beyond instead of being caught up in self-pity.

Combine great characterization, a highly engaging plot, fantastic writing set in a rich historical setting, and two devious villains, who can resist the allure of this novel? It seems that I'm forever discovering new authors to read, and Lauren Linwood has definitely made my list of authors whose books I need to read. 

*Review copy courtesy of the author through Tasty Book Tours; as always, this is my honest review.
About the Author:
As a child, Lauren Linwood gathered her neighborhood friends together and made up stories for them to act out, her first venture into creating memorable characters. Following her passion for history and love of learning, she became a teacher who began writing on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones.
Lauren’s novels focus on two of her favorite eras, medieval times and the American Old West. History is the backdrop that places her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire and yearning for one another grows into the deep, tender, treasured gift of love.
Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with five mile walks. She is thinking about starting a support group for Pinterest and House Hunters addicts.

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  1. Thanks for hosting me today, Mary! So glad you enjoyed reading Jed & Lily's story.

    1. Thanks for coming! It was a great read. :)

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    1. It takes even more twists & turns beyond separating those babies, HC! I had a blast writing this one.

  3. This looks great! Great review too!



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