GAME OF SCANDAL is the story of reunited lovers Lilith and Gabriel. Ten years earlier, Lilith and Gabriel were heading towards marriage, but family tragedy kept Gabriel for asking for Lilith's hand, however this tragedy occurred after Gabriel "ruins" Lilith. As a result, Lilith leaves the country, only to return ten years later as the owner of a gambling club called Mallory's.
Gabriel, Lord Anglewood, is the leading crusader in Parliament against gambling. After suspecting that a peer was cheated at Lilith's club, Gabriel sets out to find out if the allegations are true. However, from this point, the story looses the focus of the gambling crusade.
Lilith does not trust Gabriel because of his broken promises in the past. Gabriel does not trust Lilith because of her leaving. This distrust follows the couple throughout the entire book. Even though they have conversations about what happen, and seemed to resolve the issues, one party or the other continues to distrust the other. This issue with the book weighs it down until the fun from the novel is taken away. Added to that a side storyline where Lilith is threatened by a rival club owner, and I had a very difficult time keeping my interest in the book.
It is obvious from Ms. Smith's latest effort, INTO YOUR ARMS, that her skills as a writer have only improved with the novels she has written. This is good. Some of the earlier work can be more trying to get through, but ultimately, the tales are good.