Queen of Hearts by Tammy Andresen – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Queen of Hearts by Tammy Andresen to review.

Queen of Hearts by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

She hates the Earl of Edgemere with a passion…

Arabella White can confess that if she’s going to root out the thief from her gaming hell, she’s going to need assistance. An idea she hates. But the dark and mysterious Earl of Edgemere is as conceited as he is dastardly. Never mind that he’s also handsome as sin. He’s the last man she’d allow into her business that she’s sacrificed everything to obtain. Because this earl? He might just steal it all…including her heart.

An unlikely earl…

The Earl of Edgemere has been living on the edge. Since he inherited an earldom, it’s been one problem after the other. Between beating off the creditors and the loss of his first wife, he can hardly see a way out of the deep pit to which he’s fallen. If he could just find an heiress to marry, perhaps he could breathe again.

But when he gets an offer to complete an investigation in exchange for a financial boon, he knows he has to take it. Never mind the woman giving the proposal is as beautiful as an angel, there’s not a damn thing he can do to pursue her. His future, and his family’s, are tied to the needs of the earldom. Still, a man can dream and Arabella, as strong as she is independent, is the sort his dreams are made of. She’s everything he wants but can never have.

The more time they spend together, however, the more he wonders… what would the future hold if, rather than listen to reason, he gave into temptation?

This is book 18 in the Lords of Scandal series, and I’ve been waiting for this particular title since a tantalising taster after book 15. Like the other titles, it works perfectly well as a stand-alone book too, although I prefer reading them all. However this is the first time in this particular series where the title is based on the female lead character rather than the male.

The story starts with Arabella White, the Queen of Hearts fuming, having just read a letter from Hart, the Marquess of Diamonds that he is not planning to return to the Den of Sins, the gaming club they all own a 7th share in. Instead he plans to freely give his stake to Edge, the improverished Earl of Edgemere, the very man who almost ruined his sister Daisy, Arabella’s best friend.

Bella, along with partners (Duke of) Chance, East and Clubs pay Edge a late-night visit to inform him, he is not welcome. The men are all for punching him, but Bella makes him a paltry counter-offer, to help them catch Sir Thomas who has been stealing from the club and in return they will buy him out along with a year’s worth profits.

Edge accepts the offer, but only if they help launch his sister Lizzie in society. Will Bella be able to pull strings with Chance to get Daisy to help Lizzie. Can they work out a deal? And is she seeing a different side to Edge to what she imagined? Perhaps they have more in common than she thought.

Plus I like how the books are linking their nicknames to a deck of cards, when the continuity link throughout the whole series has been a gaming club, the Den of Sins. So last time we had the Marquess of Diamonds and now we have the Queen of Hearts. The next title to look forward to will be the Baron of Clubs.

Queen of Hearts is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. Once again another light short romantic story with a dash of danger from Tammy.

About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

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2 thoughts on “Queen of Hearts by Tammy Andresen – book review

  1. Susan B

    The Earl of Edgemere? It’s difficult not to smile at the pseudo-Royal titles that Tammy creates for her characters. I love, though, that she has found a market for her work, that people enjoy her books, that she is so prolific and that she is doing well. Respect to her.



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