This is the first of SJ's recency romances that I have read in the series, and what a read it was!
Once I was introduced to the notorious rouge, Gavin Byrne and the hard-headed marchioness, Lady Haversham (Christabel) I couldn't wait to see how their characters and the relatonship between them would unfold.
In a devious plot to retrieve some letters that will damage her family's reputation, Christabel calls upon Byrne to help her get them back. The only way is to pose as Byrne's mistress to win an invitation to Lord Stokely's infamous card party. And only a certain type of guest makes the list; either for their talent at cards or their willingness for wickedness, as Christabel soon discovers. Before that however, she must master her skills at playing whist if Byrne is to partner her instead of the host this year without raising suspicion. Little does Christabel realise that she may have more to lose than her dignity to become a competant card player when Byrne challenges her to a game of whist for the wicked.
As Christabel's lessons continue, so develops a secret desire for Byrne, whose intentions to bed her grow all the more fierce with her abstinence. She will not succumb to his advances to be just another mistress, despite how his rough and passionate kisses make her feel. Yet she may discover that giving in is the only way to keep the unacclaimed prince.
This is definately a page turner and a great read! I loved the ending and would love to see this book made into a film! Enjoy!!