Hello! I’m Tina Gabrielle and I write adventurous historical romance featuring feisty ladies and bold heroes. I’m excited to be on Writerspace to celebrate my new historical release, HOW TO BEST A MARQUESS, the second book in my Raven Club series.
When I was researching How to Best a Marquess, I came across fascinating tidbits of information. Gambling was immensely popular during the Regency. Wealthy men gambled on everything—from betting books at their gentleman clubs like White’s, Brooks’s and Boodle’s to private rooms at balls and Almack’s. Card games such as whist, faro, macao and rouge-et-noir were popular. Many clubs had separate, secret rooms for high stakes games.
I pictured an opulent gambling club when I wrote How to Best a Marquess. My heroine, Lady Ellie Swift, seeks to become an independent woman and take over her brother’s infamous gambling club, the Raven Club. But her dreams are in jeopardy when a handsome boxer kisses Ellie for good luck during a match in the boxing room of the club. She discovers that the mysterious boxer is not only Hugh Vere, the Marquess of Deveril, but the man who broke her heart five years ago. To make matters worse, Hugh has returned to town to purchase the Raven Club. Hugh may still make Ellie’s heart pound, but she refuses to succumb to the scoundrel. And even more important, she refuses to allow him to steal the club from beneath her feet.
To everyone’s surprise, her brother issues a challenge: whoever is the most successful overseeing the club in one month’s time will win. Both think they are the best, but they soon discover that they are equal in intelligence and winning won’t be easy. Soon Ellie and Hugh learn that rivals make the best lovers…
Here’s a blurb about the book:
When a handsome boxer kisses Lady Ellie Swift for good luck during a match, it turns her world upside down. Because the rogue isn’t just anyone…it’s the Devil Marquess returned. Thanks to Hugh Vere, Marquess of Deveril, Ellie learned at an early age that men are more trouble than they’re worth. Now, instead of a husband, she wants to take over her brother’s infamous gambling club—the Raven Club. And apparently the devil wants it, too.
From the moment Hugh sees Ellie again sparks fly, but battle lines have been drawn. Whoever is the most successful overseeing the club in one month’s time will win. And Hugh intends to win. And he intends to stay very close to Ellie to make sure she follows the rules. What he discovers, though, is that Ellie is no longer the sweet girl he knew years ago—and winning won’t be easy. But the nearly combustible chemistry between them is hard to ignore, and soon the club is not the only prize he wants…
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London society is cruel for a young woman whose father is an avid gambler. Miss Grace Ashton is not one to stand idly by while her family becomes destitute. Donning a mask, she slips into the night and attends the infamous Raven Club to confront the proprietor. But nothing prepares her for the sinfully attractive and wealthy Ian Swift.
Ian is intrigued when Grace walks into his gambling club but refuses her offer of a few jewels to pay her father’s large debts. Unbeknownst to anyone, Ian has inherited the Earldom of Castleton, and he must reluctantly take his place in Society. But Ian’s manners as a gentleman have suffered. He needs a tutor, and he knows the exquisite lady standing before him is the answer. But soon tutoring turns to flirting, which unfortunately lands both of them in…marriage?