Joss, Earl of Tallant, received one piece of advice from both his parents: never fall in love. It is advice he takes to heart—until he meets Amy.

Amy Bainbridge was 14 when she made the vow to marry only a man she could love and respect—definitely not a gambler. Her father gambled and left his family in dire straits. Yet when she keeps encountering Joss, her brother's gambling associate, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him.

When Amy finds a lottery ticket that brings about a change of fortune, she feels obligated to find the true owner. However, it's not as easy as she expects, especially when one of the suspected ticket owners is none other than Joss.

The Earl's Prize is a captivating Regency story with an interesting and engaging twist. Two wonderfully human characters are presented that are remarkably intelligent and a pleasure to get to know. I was pleased to find entertaining secondary characters, with no villain trying to keep the hero and heroine apart. This is a purely delightful story, which I enjoyed immensely. SWEET (Dec., 304 pp., $5.25)

Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley