A sparkling Regency romance from the queen of the genre
Beautiful Deborah Grantham, mistress of her aunt's elegant gaming house, must find a way to restore herself and her aunt to respectability, preferably without accepting either of two repugnant offers. One is from an older, very rich and rather corpulent lord whose reputation for licentious behavior disgusts her; the other from the young, puppyish scion of a noble family whose relatives are convinced she is a fortune hunter.
Max Ravenscar, uncle to her young suitor, comes to buy her off, an insult so scathing that it leads to a volley of passionate reprisals, escalating between them to a level of flair and fury that can only have one conclusion... (from Goodreads)
This is a book about a gambling house! Only it’s a gambling house run by genteel ladies and thus not really all that seedy or gross. Or profitable, apparently. Genteel ladies don’t know how to run good gambling houses, I guess.
The heroine is Deborah! She’s tough and beautiful and everyone thinks she’s a ho because she works in her aunt’s gambling house. Okay. She’s also way old– 25?— and has no prospects, so of course when a young rich titled dude becomes enamored of her and wants to marry her, everyone thinks she’s going to jump on him and become Mrs. Rich Titled Dude like THAT.
But Deb has honor! She will not marry RTD because he’s young and inexperienced in love and that’d be taking advantage of him. But she’ll PRETEND she wants to marry him, if it means annoying RTD’s uncle, Max Ravenscar.
This is a book about PRIDE AND PREJUDICE! Deb is too proud to ever explain anything and/or accept help for her crappy gambling house. Max is too prejudiced to realize what a nice lady Deb really is, and that she’s totally worth being friends with. Then they learn to change! Kinda.
Most of the story is actually about Deb messing with Max through ill-conceived plots. It’s probably the strangest romance I’ve ever read; they don’t really have an easy faux-argument “ohoho you light up my life” kind of relationship. They are SERIOUSLY fighting, and it’s a little scary. (At least until the end.)
Somewhere amongst all the schemes and plots, though, they do manage to fall in love. To find out how– you’ll have to read the book! Ha!
Personally, I thought Faro’s Daughter had great characters, but maybe not such a great plot. Generally I prefer my hero and heroine to be less vitriolic towards each other for the majority of the book, you know? But I loved how Deb wouldn’t accept any help from Max, and some of her revenge plans were quite funny. I also loved how Max slowly got to know her beyond her “faro’s daughter” shell! THAT part was very satisfying.
Read: February 3-4, 2014