As one of the owners of London’s most infamous and scandalous gambling hall, The Underworld, Luke Reese looks like a man who has it all. But underneath his swagger lies a pain which no amount of liquor, women or card games can ease. Because, nine months ago, Luke’s son was stolen by his half-brother, Lord Dursley.
Luke knows the agony of growing up without a family, and he will not allow his son to suffer the same fate. So when evidence leads him to Coventry and a mysterious governess named Georgina, Luke doesn’t hesitate in tracking her down.
But nothing is ever as simple as it seems in the London ton. And soon, Luke is facing his most dangerous gamble yet. Dare he risk losing his heart to find his son?
This is the third instalment of “The Bastards of London Series” and I do think this is the best one yet. I have been really looking forward to reading this one, after meeting the dark and shadowy Luke Reece in the previous book’s he intrigued me. I wanted to know his story, his past and what in the hell his happening with his lost son and Bryant doesn’t disappoint.
She looked up to find him bedside. His bare chest a breath away, his silver-grey eyes as sharp as ever. “ Ours is a timeless love….”
Luke is the third owner of the Scandalous and powerful gaming hell; The Underworld. Along with his brother owners Cole and Max, he was born on the wrong side of the blanket. Which in all doesn’t bother him, just because he’s a bastard and has lived his life on the fringes of so-called “better society” doesn’t mean he isn’t a good, intelligent and charming man. Far beyond it, he is the sexiest man who you will come across with the brains to match.
One day while at work his then four-year-old son; Nathanial was kidnapped by non-other than his half-brother, Lord Dursley for some unknown reason. Luke has tried and failed for a year now to find out where his son has been taken, but time and time again he gets doors closed in his face and the trail grows cold. He knows that, even though he is Nate’s father he hasn’t got a chance with the authorities, as being who and what he is; a by blow won’t stand up in court next to his charming aristocratic brother. Because of his parentage and his occupation, he is never taken seriously and he knows too well that the courts will always side with own of their own, his half-brother.
So he is left to find his son by his own means, but after a year Luke doesn’t know in which direction to look next, his only clue resides in Dursley’s journal which Luke stole and that is a name. Georgina Smith, governess. He sets out to Coventry to speak to this governess for himself and hopefully find either where his son or the clue that he desperately needs. But what he finds instead turns his life upside down.
‘I need your help.’ His admission tempted for all the right reasons and set her heartbeat into an anxious gallop for all the wrong ones…..
He finds an exceedingly beautiful, too smart for her own good and kind young woman who, yes did look after Nate for a time and she could be the answer to all his prayers. She could be the means to end his year of agony and finally find his son. The only problem is she point-blank refuses to go to London with him, she is hiding something and she is as scared as hell of something. He knows that she is hiding from something, but what? But more importantly can he gain her trust to help him find Nate before he loses himself in her kind, blue eyes?
Georgina is hiding from scandal, she fled London and society, left her family behind after a mistake. She has been burnt, her heart and trust of men in general has been broken and she now finds it incredibly difficult to find herself trusting again. She has vowed never to step foot in London, she would never bring shame and scandal on to her family. So the only way to protect them and herself is to stay in her idyllic little country life, where no one knows her true identity or her past.
She has set up again in her quiet little Coventry village, she lives modestly as a governess with her temperamental Pug; Biscuit. But, even though from the outside she appears to have everything, she is constantly looking over her shoulder wondering when the day will come that her parent’s will find her and force her back to London and live by their strict society rules once again.
So when a sinfully handsome man knocks on her door and asks for her by name she is instantly on guard, who is this silver-eyed, silver-tongued rogue with dimples that could make the iciest heart melt? And more importantly what does he want with her? She realises that he isn’t going to anywhere until she hears him, once she does she soon learn’s that he hasn’t been sent by anyone and he doesn’t know her, he only wants to know where is son is.
Now, his eyes glinted silver, daring her in a dozen wicked ways, suggesting things and evoking desire with nothing more than a glance…..
…… He smiled , that dimple at work to weaken her knees…..
She sees how deeply hurt and worried he is about his son being taken from him and she instinctively knows that he is a good father, she doesn’t know him as a man but she knows that he has a good caring heart. But can she in all honesty do what he needs her to do? Can she find herself going back to London to face her past and help Luke with his future?
I adore Georgina and Luke they are both wounded souls in their own way, both hurt by what has happened in each of their past’s. Yet together they make the cutest couple, they heal each other, they bring light and happiness into each other’s dark lives. And by some of the best scenes comes when it’s just Georgina and Luke getting to know each other – or when poor Luke gets bitten by that little hell raiser; Biscuit.
Luke is such an incredible character, not just that fact that he is sinfully handsome with the ability to seductively charm the birds from the tree’s, he’s got a fabulous mind and personality. He is a very intriguing and interesting man and by far the best thing about this series. I knew there was something special about him, but it’s not until you get to know him and his back ground that you get a real sense of just what a fascinating and complex man he is. He lives in the shadow’s and on the edges of society he feels like he doesn’t quite and belong anywhere, except at the helm of “The Underworld” he is the Captain of the gaming hell.
Again, like at the coaching inn, he reminded of a wolf under a moonlit sky, tensed and at the ready to pounce…..
….. If he was the wolf on the hunt, she realized belatedly, he’d made her his prey…..
This series caught my attention from day one and it’s gone from strength to strength, Bryant has yet again created an entertaining, thrilling and sensuously attractive story. The thing that does set this one apart from the others has to be Luke, we have had snippets of this shadowy man’s turmoil in the previous two books “The Den of Iniquity” and “Into The Hall of Vice” and to finally get to see his story unfold and see his Happy Ever After is very satisfying.
I cannot say how much I enjoyed this one and I am so pleased that Bryant is taking this series further with book four, I can’t wait to see in which direction she is going to take this wonderful series in.
The Last Gamble is out now and can be found at Amazon.