A Little Bit Scandalous by Robyn DeHart

Forbidden Love, Book 3

Synopsis: A woman in search of a gamble…

Mathematics prodigy, Caroline Jellico, plans to support herself by winning big in the gaming hells of London—while dressed as a boy. She’s tired of waiting for the elusive Roe to notice her. She’ll marry him or no man.

A gambler in need of redemption…

Monroe Grisham, Duke of Chanceworth, needs to marry off his beautiful young ward and ensure she attaches herself to the right man, not an irresponsible cad like him. But all grown up now, Caroline’s presence is an utter distraction. One he can neither act on nor deny.

A game of seduction…

But when Roe and Caroline meet across the gaming table, all bets are off. Seduction is in the cards and the winner will take all…or lose everything.

Review: By reading the synopsis of the novel, I was immediately intrigued by the ideas put forward by the author. We are here with Volume 3 but I confess that I have not had the opportunity to read the other previous novels. This is really not a bother by the way because I did not have any problem in my reading. Do not hesitate to start with this novel if you feel like it.

As I said, I loved the ideas used by the author. Indeed, the heroine Caroline is not a woman like all the others. Oh no, because her greatest passion is the card games but in a time like hers, it’s something very difficult to achieve. The solution is imposed on her: to dress as a boy to play in special houses and win some money. Yes, because our heroine has big plans for her future and is determined to do what she wants. Still, this game will also force her to face the man she has always loved and who refused years ago to marry her when she made her proposal. But this time, Caroline is determined to do her quest at all costs! But in addition to this, our two characters are going to have to team up to investigate a character who seems to steal money destined to poor orphans.

I loved to follow this story and it was interesting to see the men/women roles exchanged a little bit here. Indeed, this time, Roe is the one who is reluctant to engage in a story, for fear of hurting the person he is taking care of. Yet this resistance is really hard for him. It is quite frustrating to see that he also likes her. But the person I enjoyed the most is probably Caroline. This young woman is amazing! She doesn’t let go of things, and even hurt, she remains determined in her choices, her goals and tries to do everything to achieve them. She does not care what society thinks of her, and only Roe accounts for her. She also knows from the beginning what to expect. Her rebellious spirit, full of freedom and desire to progress affects us and I took a great pleasure to follow her and to see how she would change with the events.

So yes I had a great time with this novel and I admit that I am very curious to read the previous novels to discover the stories of the other characters.