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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Review - The Gambler by Eryn Blackwell

Title: The Gambler

Author: Eryn Blackwell

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

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Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewed by: Mickey

From the moment he set eyes upon the beautiful Regina, Draven McCormick wanted her for his own, preferably in his bed. He never dreamed her husband would gamble her away. Draven hasn’t made The Southern Belle into the most well-loved gambling establishment in Galveston in 1887 because he let chances pass him by.

Regina’s learned most men lie, but Draven commands her trust as he awakens her passion. She’d lost all hope until the night her husband lost a card game to the gambler, who instructed her in the art of pleasure. And for the pleasure Draven offers her, she’d give almost anything.

Dare I admit that it has been awhile since I have read a western romance? Which must be the reason why reading one as well written as The Gambler by Eryn Blackwell was not simply just enjoyable, it was also a wonderful surprise. The story is exciting and true to the time period which I consider extremely important in an historical novella. I found Draven and Regina very engaging characters, both as a couple and as individuals. Their scenes together were by turns hot and steamy, yet somehow sweet, charming and a touch innocent. One of the more enjoyable aspects of The Gambler was that Ms. Blackwell managed to make her secondary characters just as credible as the primary ones, maybe not as charming and likable, but they were still apropos to the time period and a perfect fit for the storyline.

Ms. Blackwell has a nice concise writing style that allows her to make the best of the limited time frame allotted to a novella, and produce a very lush, rich and satisfying story. The scenes are very colorful, and she uses just as much detail to describe the paneling and furniture in a parlor, as she would to depict the occupants conversing in it. And the story itself flowed well, with a thrilling premise and a well-paced plot. I enjoyed The Gambler very much and look forward to future works from this author.

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