The Marker manages to be both sweet and sexy at the same time. It starts off with an unsavory bargain between two men with questionable honor and quickly turns into a contest of wills between two people inextricably drawn to each other. I'll admit that I didn't care much for Nicholas in the beginning; however, he does grow on me later in the story. Lexie is a wonder from the start. She is more than a challenge to Nicholas and his ideas. I love their interactions. The dialogue is smart and the characters are very well done. I felt like I knew both Nicholas and Lexie. The seduction is sexy and romantic. Secondary characters bring the story alive with detail and conflict. I love historical romance and this one is thoroughly enjoyable. I really hope there are more stories from this cast of characters. I'd love to read the O'Connor's love story and James needs a lady.
Lexie Markland was used as a marker in a poker game. When her father lost the hand, she became the property of Nicholas Wetherby. She was to work for him a period of one year. Nicholas was drunk and bored when he agreed to the wager and found himself escorting a young woman to his home. Neither were prepared for the attraction that rages between them. Lexie must make it through the next year with her virtue intact but Nicholas is equally determined to win her affections as well as her body.
When her father loses her in a poker game, Lexie Markland is sent to work in the household of Nicholas Wetherby for one year to pay off the debt. Innocent, but not naïve, she is savvy enough to know she must maintain her distance from this man, who frustrates her with his relentless teasing but whose kisses bring her to her knees. Because although she may be just another conquest to him, it’s not just her heart in jeopardy should she succumb to Nicholas’ considerable charms.
Since his brother's death almost a year before, nothing has held Nicholas’ attention for long—not women, not booze, not even an excellent hand at cards. Nothing, that is, until he meets the woman he won in a drunken night of poker. Intrigued by his prize and her chilly reserve, he makes it his mission to crack Lexie’s cool demeanor. But even as passion explodes between them, the question remains: will Nicholas be able to take the ultimate risk...and gamble on love?