Book Review

by Christina Dodd

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Regency England

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Practical, pragmatic Lady Madeline de Lacy. The Marchoness of Sheridan and one-day Duchess is not about to allow her gambler father to lose her future on the turn of a card. When he gambles her away, she changes places with her sweet, quiet cousin Eleanor and takes a position as a companion
to Thomastin Tabard.

In this role, she gains entrance to a country home where the "game of the century" is to take place, and she believes her father will be there bringing a priceless family heirloom with him.

It is not easy for Madeline to be unassuming and obedient (or skilled with an iron), but it is even harder to face Lord Gabriel Ansell, the man she jilted.

Gabriel does not give away Madeline's identity. Instead he is determined to find out what is behind her charade and to win back her heart. But before that can happen they have to join forces to find the de Lacys' heirloom tiara and stop a con man's scheme.

Fast-paced, humorous, poignant, adorable and just plain fun, this first title in the Changing Places duet is a surefire winner. Watching Madeline being humble and her growing friendship with Thomasin is a pure delight, but most of all, it is seeing how Gabriel goes about reclaiming Madeline's love that makes this unforgettable. SENSUAL (Mar., 400 pp., 6.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Avon

Published: March 2003

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3 Stars

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Scandalous Again

Submitted by Robin in PA on July 22, 2010 - 10:58pm.

Madeline de Lacy can't believe her father has lost his entire estate--and her--to a stranger. On the way to meet the man who won her family fortune, Madeline decides to change places with her cousin and companion, sending Eleanor to confront the man who won the bet. This leaves Madeline free to enter the home of a notorious gambler so she can recoup her family's fortune. She doesn't expect to run into Gabriel Ansell, her former fiance who she dumped four years ago.

This was just an "ok" read for me. The heroine cooked up one scheme after another in order to win back her mother's tiara. The hero steps in and says he will win the tiara for her for one night in his bed. Of course, the hero is the best gambler EVER and NEVER loses when he puts his mind to it. (Yes, I get really bored with perfect heroes.) I think it would have been more interesting if we there was actually some suspense as to who would win the tiara or how the story would end. My rating: 3 Stars.