The Turn of the Card

Gambling on Love Book 1

I was drawn to this futuristic novel because of its unusual premise, the heroine being sold based on a card game by her own father. I really liked Kiernan and how the author has him and his men sweep in and save the day for Jessica and the other women.

Jessica is an admirable heroine, being strong willed, and a natural leader. Jessica’s suspicion of men and their motivation is perfectly understandable, given her father’s behaviour and that she was raised amongst men were more or less cut from the same cloth as her father. It was fascinating to see how unsettled Jessica is with Kiernan’s attitude, his kindness; his consideration and insistence that she have a choice in whether or not to accept him, as it is the complete opposite of everything she has ever learned about males.

This is a very enjoyable romance which I would heartily recommend.

Book Blurb for The Turn of the Card

Jess Windemere’s father lost her in a game of cards. Sent to a distant planet to be bound to a stranger, she is determined to regain her freedom. The Turn of the Card Book 1 of Vicky Burkholder’s new romance series, Gambling on Love, is a rollicking space adventure you won’t want to miss. When the turn of a card can seal your fate, you better stack the deck!

Jessica Windemere loses her freedom when her father bets her in a poker game. But she isn’t willing to accept her fate without a fight. To have her revenge, she first must survive an unknown world while contracted as some stranger’s wife. She wants nothing more to do with men until a huge, dark god rides into her camp. Can she risk losing her new love on the turn of a card?

Kiernan Randall is on his way home from a trading mission. The group of abandoned women he finds were definitely not expected, especially their feisty red-haired leader. She is contracted to his enemy, but gives herself to him and firmly entwines his heart. Can he trust her enough to let her wager their future together on her skill with cards?

Content Notes: Spicy, Science Fiction, Action, Adventure, Space Opera, Aliens

Re-Release: (Captiva Press 3/10/10, Aces and Eights, Victoria Allen)

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2015 4.00