Mired in scandal after his parents’ mysterious deaths, notorious gambler Lord Jarret Sharpe agrees to tamely run the family brewery for a year if his Machiavellian grandmother rescinds her ultimatum that he marry. But the gambler in him can’t resist when beguiling Annabel Lake proposes a wager. If she wins their card game, he must help save her family’s foundering brewery. But if he wins, she must spend a night in his bed. The outcome sets off a chain of events that threatens to destroy all his plans . . . and unveils the secret Annabel has held for so long. When Jarret discovers the darker reason behind her wager, he forces her into another one–and this time he intends to win not just her body, but her heart.
With only two books into this series, I have come to conclusion that this series is gonna fall under my favorites. They are highly delicious and full of witty banter and humor. I loved Maria and Oliver in the first book, but I also enjoyed Jarret and Annabel just as much, which I have a feeling I will end up liking all the Sharpe siblings and heir chosen ones.
Jarret is the second oldest of the five Sharpe siblings. He is known to be the ‘gambler’ and can be seen at just about any gaming table playing whist or piquet. He relies on playing cards as it is a connection to his father, plus it helped him to manage and get through school while being away at Eton after his parents died. Beside being a well known gambler, he also holds others, except his family, at a distance as he doesn’t allow anyone or anything get close to him, afraid of them being ripped away from him. So therefore, he does not feel any caring emotions towards women until Annabel barges in on him at Plumtree Brewery, requesting his help. One look at her and the ‘ol chap is done for.
Annabel is a very likable heroine. I liked how she wasn’t afraid to stand up, nose to nose, to Jarret and hold her own. She is also very caring and loyal with her family, doing anything to help them and save the family brewery. Even though she cared for Jarret, she wouldn’t accept his proposal and leave the one thing that means the most to her behind – that is how loyal she is to her family. But don’t fret, they get together at the end like all happy swoon worth romances do.
Again, I enjoyed all the characters as usual, and Hetty, boy that woman is still at it and still a hoot. She’s such a mischievous grandmother, but hey, I like her just as she is. With a glimpse of Giles Masters in this book, I cannot wait to read his and Minerva’s story as the man just about hinted and fished for information pertaining to if Minerva found someone to marry yet. Oh, it smells good already.