From the streets of London…
…to Venetian high society!
A Matches Made in Scandal story: To catch his father’s murderer, broodingly arrogant Conte Luca del Pietro requires help from a most unlikely source―Becky Wickes, London’s finest card-sharp. Against the decadence of Carnival, Becky’s innocence and warmth captivates Luca, but as their chemistry burns hotter the stakes in their perilous game are getting higher. For Luca is no longer playing only for justice―but also to win Becky’s heart…
My, oh, my!! What a thoroughly enchanting book, I have been following this series from day one and every time Ms Kaye blinds me with her romantic and skilful writing. Just when I think that this series cannot get any better, then boom! This beauty comes along swirling romance around the reader, and takes you on a magical journey through a Venice carnival. In my view this one could be the best yet. I am in absolute love with this book, it is utterly romantic.
This is book three in the unbelievably good Matches Made in Scandal series, which as we know follows The Procurer as she orchestrates second chances for people who genuinely are down on their luck and need a little push in the right direction. This time we meet scared and innocent card-sharp Becky who after trusting the wrong person which led to one of the worst scandals she is forced into hiding in the dreaded slums of London. When the famous, yet mysterious Procurer knocks on her door with a proposition she cannot say no to, she finds this is the beginning of a trip to Venice that chances her life.
Once Becky reaches Venice she is greeted by her new employer; Conte Luca del Pietro who needs her unique set of skills with the cards. The job he has asked of her is one that will fore her to return to her past role as a card sharp, a role she never intended to ever play again. But as ever in these cases it is never as simple as playing a game of cards as Becky has to don not one, but two mask’s – quite literally in on sense – as two roles: t of Luca not only needs her card skills to be able to play the part of “The Queen of Coins” in the carnevale’s gaming halls at night, but to keep all whisper of scandal at bay she must also play the part of his innocent and demeanour “cousin Rebecca” by day.
Charming yet arrogant Luca has his reason’s for why he needs Becky’s help, he has got revenge in his mind and his heart. When we first meet him he appears dark and dangerous and yet oh, so sexy! I love that description of how Becky sees him, that he reminds her of a pirate, which is bang on the mark. He is a seduction, secretive and deadly charmer, and doesn’t he know it!
What I essentially love about this series, and the thing that really caught my attention from the start is that the heroines are just ordinary women who have been on the wrong side of the scandal mill, they have found themselves lost and unable to find a way to be able to move past what has happened to them, these heroines are so deserving of a happy ever after and I think Ms Kaye does a brilliant job at creating these complex character’s and storylines.
This is simply splendid, for me the true star of the whole book has to be the setting; Venice! Marguerite Kaye is a wonder at transporting the reader to another place, the descriptions of everything from the Carnivale, the Gondala ride to the city itself, the sights, smells and what our character’s are hearing is perfectly precise and wonderfully atmospheric. So much so that I am in complete awe of the fact that Ms Kaye has openly said that she has never been to Venice, that all details are purely from research, and there is a lot of research you can feel the authors passion and knowledge leap of the page.
The story flows with absolute ease from the slums of London to the grandeur of Venice, I was completely immersed in this wonderfully vivid world. It is no merely a romance His Rags to Riches Contessa is full of intrigue and suspense, and that is just the sizzling chemistry between Luca and Becky. This really is marvellous and I cannot wait for the next one!
This was an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review.
His Rags to Riches Contessa is released on 4th October and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.