The Price of Desire is the latest book from best selling author Jo Goodman it is the story of two souls outside the realms of polite society, both have demons from their pasts that haunt them, both are looking for something more… could they each be the salvation of the other or will their budding desire be the ultimate downfall of them both?
For years Griffin Wright-Jones, the Viscount Breckenridge has owned and operated a popular gaming hell in London’s infamous and dubious Putnam Lane. It is nothing new to have a gambler go into more debt than they aught but when Alastair Cole looses his father’s heirloom emerald ring due to his enormous debt he offers something very shocking indeed as his marker to get it back… his sister.
Olivia Cole is not new to difficult times indeed her life thus far has been little else but a series of trials, some of which haunt her unrelenting in their torment. But when two burly men appear and escort her to Putnam Lane and to the door of a gaming hell she is convinced that fate has dealt her yet another dubious hand. Lined by hells and infused in the middle of the red light district Olivia fears what recompenses her brother has now brought upon himself and possibly her with his drinking and carousing. Even the handsome and mysterious Griffin Wright Jones can not still the dread that grips her from the moment she arrives. But never had she imagined that she had been handed over as a marker for his gambling debt. Hurt, betrayed, penniless and undeniably alone Olivia has no choice but to honor the debt and the marker. She agrees to stay until Alastair can raise the money and repay his debt. What she didn’t count on was the attraction that quickly grows between her and her sexy capture. She finds in Griffin a tender and caring man who is both honorable and trustworthy in spite of the business he runs there is much more to the Viscount that meets the eye. But someone is out to destroy Griffin and Olivia finds herself firmly caught in the crossfire of the dangerous villains.
Griffin can’t believe that his good fortune has brought this angel into his life. Truly the turn of the cards and something much more profound has brought her into his care. And he sees in Olivia a broken soul that he longs to mend and show that her worth is beyond measure. She brings out feelings he thought long dead and buried in himself. Yet he sees that something is holding her back even from herself. Griffin makes it his personal mission to get to the bottom of the demons that hold Olivia prisoner. More than anything he longs to give her the security and peace that has never been hers before.
Can both of their haunting pasts separate them or will they find in the other the balm that can finally ease their troubled spirits. Can love come from something that started out so twisted and wrong? And can they together overcome all the obstacles fate has placed in their path to find a life that neither of them dared hope for before?
This story is so touching on many levels both of the main characters have their own tormented pasts that they must overcome and it’s both interesting and heartwarming to behold the transformations that their budding love brings them both. It is a story of redemption, betrayal, danger, vices, forgiveness, and above all it’s a heart wrenching lesson in love. I could not put this one down from the moment I started it. I am not usually a huge fan of regencies but this is most definitely not your normal regency. Its different and I mean that in the best possible way it’s edgy and real and truly stirring where I find that many regency lack substance of either of those things. Jo Goodman is a master of her craft and it’s easy to see why she is a best seller she has the rare talent to put you in the hearts and minds of her characters to where you feel and see things through their eyes through the entire story. I have found and long believed if you see her name on a book it’s a guaranteed good read! I highly recommend The Price of Desire it’s a keeper! And one you won’t soon forget!