Luck Is No Lady is the first installment in the new Fallen Ladies series of historical romances by Amy Sandas. It is currently scheduled for release on April 5 2016. Gently bred Emma Chadwick always assumed she'd live and die the daughter of a gentleman. But when her father's death reveals a world of staggering debt and dangerous moneylenders, she must risk her good name and put her talent for mathematics to use, taking a position as bookkeeper at London's most notorious gambling hell. Surrounded by vice and corruption on all sides, it is imperative no one discovers Emma's shameful secret or her reputation-and her life-will be ruined. But Roderick Bentley, the hell's sinfully wealthy owner, awakens a hunger Emma cannot deny. Drawn deep into an underworld of high stakes gambling and reckless overindulgence, she soon discovers that in order to win the love of a ruthless scoundrel, she will have to play the game.
Luck Is No Lady is full of great characters and the resulting banter. The heat and wit that flies between Emma and Roderick is first class. Both characters have multiple layers, and reasons for their behavior and emotions that are not apparent to outsiders. I like how they react to each other, and both balance the shoulds and wants in their lives. Emma's position and strengths make her a particularly interesting heroine, and I hope to see more of her and her sisters in the future installments. (I have not researched the titles or subjects of the rest of the series- because I want to be surprised.) Roderick is a perfect blend of honor bound gentleman and rogue. He cares deeply about those he trusts, and expects the trust and care he offers to those in his inner circle in return. The developing care, and mutual blindness of the pair, make the story interesting and I found it so much less frustrating than the stories that have a misunderstanding keep the pair apart rather than real issues, like what this pair face. My only complaint is that there were certain action points that felt familiar. While it might have been from previous books from the same author, I do not think so. They were small bits of de ja vu, rather than anything really troublesome.