The Duke's Gamble
by Miranda Jarrett
Once again, Miranda Jarrett takes us on a fun-filled journey to Penny House. In The Duke's Gamble we are re-acquainted with Amariah, who is the last unmarried Penny sister. We also become exceptionally familiar with Eliot Fitzharding, who is the Duke of Guilford.
Amariah is charged with keeping Penny House, the private gambling club, open and operating smoothly. Everything is running fairly well until a mysterious gambler accuses Penny House of harboring a cheat. Rumors begin to fly over the accusation, but are only made worse when Eliot stands by Amariah and Penny House's innocence.
While the gossips are enjoying the scandal, Amariah is very concerned. A vast majority of Penny House's profits go to charity; a scandal could not only ruin Penny House, but deprive the charities as well. As the trouble surrounding the scandal grows, so does Amariah and Eliot's relationship, but their budding relationship comes to a screeching halt when Amariah learns that Eliot made a wager about bedding her. With everything that has happened, will Eliot be there when Amariah truly needs him? To tell you would surely be a spoiler!
Amariah is a likable character. Strong and independent, she is a force to be reckoned with. As the daughter of a clergyman, Amariah was brought up with a strong sense of morals, and an undeniable duty to all mankind. Her caring nature is demonstrated not only by her donations to charity, but by her overall attitude. Amariah is far more mature than her years, with a great depth of character.
Eliot is the picture of masculinity. He is strong, independent, thoughtful, and intelligent. Team those qualities up with the fact that he is a duke, and you have the perfect hero for this story.
In my opinion, this was the well-written novel of the Penny House series. I thoroughly enjoyed The Duke's Gamble, and it has secured a permanent place on my keeper shelf.
“A game of chance is never as exciting as a game of love.”
April 2006, 296 pages
Eliot Fitzharding, Duke of Guilford, once visited Penny House to enjoy the games of chance. Now he finds that his heart beats faster – not at the turn of a card, but at the thought of matching wits with Miss Amariah Penny, the fashionable club's proprietress.
Amariah, a clever copper-haired beauty, enjoys Guilford's company as well…perhaps too much. If only he were not so wickedly attractive! When an unknown gambler accuses Penny House of harboring a cheat – and threatens violence if the man is not expelled – Guilford comes immediately to Amariah's rescue. But as the two of them race to shield Penny House from the rumors, they risk becoming an item of choice gossip themselves….