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Luck Is No Lady

(Fallen Ladies #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,255 ratings  ·  188 reviews
"You should not have kissed me," she replied breathlessly.
"I do a lot of things I shouldn't. It does not mean I won't do them again."

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
Mass Market Paperback, 382 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

I'd like to take a moment to thank the book gods, and express my appreciation of my bookworm instincts... I've been toiling through some unsuccessful reads since Friday night, and its been awhile since I've read a 5 star book. I mean, 4 stars are great but nothing beats the exhilarating feeling you get when you finish a 5 star read! And boy did this book blow me away. It had everything I look for in a memorable book, a tortured hero, a strong heroine, a great romance, sexual tension and a health
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ALL HR FANS!!!

Just as perfect the second time around *happy sigh*

I L O V E D this book!!!!!! This book is exactly why I love HR. It was fabulous.

“You should not have kissed me,” she replied breathlessly as her thoughts began to reorganize themselves and a raw panic seeped into her bones.
“I do a lot of things I shouldn’t. It does not mean I won’t do them again.”

Roderick Bentley is the bastard son of an Earl. He is one of the wealthiest men in town, known for his knack with investments and his gambling hel

Lover of Romance
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance My Review Updated
Emma Chadwick, is one of the three daughters of a gentleman. She along with her sisters, were reared to take their part into society when it was their time. But with their mother and father gone, and a mass of gambling debts that their father foolishly created before he died, Emma knows that she will need to seek employment away from the eyes of the Ton. All Emma truly cares about is making sure her two sisters make good matches
Ok, so the book itself wasn't that bad. I liked the somewhat unexceptional beta hero, and the story was ok, even if I don't buy the main conflict (big sister sacrificing herself so that younger sisters can make advantageous marriages while she burdens all responsibilities, including finding a blackmailer. I have issues with that because clearly the sisters were mature enough to deal with this, and most importantly I didn't get why she herself wasn't married at 25. It's never explained why she is ...more
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Netgalley for honest review

4.5 rating

This romance had wonderful and likable characters. This hero was a winner. It's been difficult lately to find hero's that I really like. What's getting old is the jerky hero/man whore type that seems to be permeating books lately (I can handle some but they seem to be everywhere). Well this author delivered a beautiful, wonderful, sexy and caring hero, so refreshing. And the heroine was just as likable, strong and also caring. Thank you Amy Sandas!!!

Emma, ou
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Sweet and uncomplicated. There was no silly drama, no meanness between the main characters, it was all straightforward. Sometimes that's just what you want after some of the drama llama situations other books come up with that cause severe eye rolling issues.

Now, this isn't disgustingly sweet or filled with lots of poetry and love sonnets spouted between the two main characters. Their attraction starts by accident, continues at work, and grows through mutual interest and admiration. I liked the
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm telling you, Luck is No Lady filled me with so much girlish giddiness that you'd think I was a sixteen year-old who suddenly got asked to the prom by the school's main quarterback.


It's been so long since I'd had this much fun from a historical romance novel. Not even the recent releases from my favourite writers made me this invested in a story; they'd felt too formulaic and for some, too complicated.

And this is where Amy Sandas comes in. This book of hers was like a breath of fres
I've given this a C+ at AAR, so 3.5 stars.

The first book in a new series from Amy Sandas, Luck is No Lady tells the story of a young woman forced to live a double life, attempting to guide her younger sisters through a London Season while at the same time working as a bookkeeper in a gaming house in order to provide the wherewithal to do so. With the added complication of the massive gambling debts left by their late father, Emma Chadwick is constantly looking over her shoulder; how long until t
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Emma Chadwick's father was bad at money, so Emma takes a job at a gaming hell in order to make some cash. Roderick Brentley, owner of said hell, has got the burning loins for his new bookkeeper. Eventually they make out on a card table because gaming hell and they realize their mutual boners have grown feelings. Gross.

1. This was a pretty delightful romp.

2. Sure, the prose is a touch purple and could use some editing, but I enjoyed how things developed?? I could have used more of Emma decipher
Addie H
(Tropes: Opposites Attract, Spinster, Secret Identity, Work Relationship, Forbidden Love,)

I read this book out of turn, so my first introduction to Amy Sandas was the second in the series and I was not a fan. I don’t remember having issues with the prose, but the characters and absurd plot in the 2nd caused me to loathe it. But I had bought both at the same time, so this one has been left in a dusty corner on my Kindle.

Today I read it. In one sitting.


With a subtle twitch of one dark eyebrow
3.5 Stars!
I read this courtesy of Netgalley with a promise of an honest review.

I was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed this book. I was expecting a typical HR and found that in fact it was quite refreshing.

Having spent 7 years caring for her ailing mother through her death then her gambling addicted father shortly after left Emma a spinster at 25. Emma, the eldest of her two sisters, has found herself in a heap of debt and responsible for her younger siblings comming out. Luckily, Emma is we
Vikki Vaught
Vikki’s Musings

This is the first book I have read by Amy Sandas, but it will not be the last. I received an invitation from the publisher to read Luck is No Lady, via Net-Galley, in exchange for an honest review. I am so glad I accepted.

After the death of her father, Emma Chadwick is saddled with a huge gambling debt. She is racing against a deadline to repay the moneylender or else. What or else entails is a mystery to her, but she knows it will be scandalous for her and her two younger sister
Sonya Heaney
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Even though maths bores me to tears, I liked that this heroine was original in her interests, and that she had a talent for something that wasn’t going to get her very far in polite society. I like historical romances that delve into a darker world than just the fancy ballrooms, and books that deal with lower-ranking characters.

However, I do think the plot was a stretched a little thin for the length of the book, and by the halfway point the characters were just going through

Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures.

Luck is No Lady is a historical romance that I was looking forward to because, hey, gambling den!

Emma Chadwick is a woman in dire straights. She's threatened by a moneylender that her father was in debt to when he died. Due to this financially stressed circumstances (it cost a lot to launch your sisters in society) Emma needs to find employment. Fast.

A gently bred woman finding respectable employment is no easy thing in the Regency era. Hence, Emma's e
Sam (AMNReader)
I thought this was a solid read: (3-3.5)
-A practical yet passionate accountant and committed older sister
-A man who makes his own family and is ultimately sweet, supportive, and loyal
-a well developed relationship
-an engaging enough plot
-well-written sexy times

I'm no HR expert, but I did have fun with this book. I struggled a bit with how this all came together, or the lack of tension. I'm not sure what was missing, but I did enjoy the elements of this book a great deal. You get a great sense of
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it
3,5 stars!

Ps: I can't wait to read Lily's book!
Luck is No Lady began so compellingly. Drama, suspense and great chemistry.
Sadly after the half way point all that made this read interesting imploded and it became a chore to finish.
The problem, the hero was too beta too good too nice. To keep up with the great start the hero should have played a more active role in directing the romance instead the hero became a bystander even toward the end when the romance almost seemed to end due to his lack of action.

There was a class difference as the h
Although I often found Amy Sandas’s writing to be a bit mechanical in style, I enjoyed this book. I think the world she managed to create around Bentley’s was really well done, plus gambling hell settings will always be a favorite of mine. I also liked the buildup of tension and slow burn romance between Emma and Roderick. The fact that they were both extremely likable leads was a nice bonus as well. But the best part for me was the close bond that the three uniquely different Chadwick sisters s ...more
Slow, so painfully slow.
I'll put it aside for now
Jun 12, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Aww! I loved this one! The characters were so great and I loved the romance! I'm excited for more from this series!



I'll be honest, Luck Is No Lady was a book that I added to my TBR because of the beautiful cover. I'm such a sucker for a lovely cover and this definitely had one. Thankfully, the inside of Luck Is No Lady was just as great as the outside and I had a blast reading this historical romance novel.

Emma, the main character in this book,
Avid Booker
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
Thanks to Stephanie for recommending this book to me. The series is now on my watchlist because of the ending that reeled me back in.

I enjoyed this book. It wasn't a "omg what's gonna happen next!" or even a "dey soo cute! *heartthudding*" but it was a comfortable read and interesting enough.

The Hero: He wasn't our usual club owner, who's demanding, brooding, manipulative. He was generous, nice, and all around good guy. What made him on the outskirts of society was his questionable bir
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Original review at The Book Portal.

4.50/5.00 stars.
I picked up this book last year. I read a good portion of it then I put it down. Why you ask? Because:
1. School;
2. I've lost interest.
During the school time, a slow burning romance is not a good way to entertain yourself. You need adrenaline. Action. Something that keeps you going. (So that is my excuse.) In other words, I was not in the mood anymore.
Putting my reasons aside, I was 100% sure I will return to this book. And not surprisingly, I di
Debra Martin
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This book started out great--a hero on the fringes of society through no fault of his own and a young woman who at 25 was already considered a spinster. One of the things I would have liked to known was what happened at Emma's own debut. Why did she not attract a husband in the last seven years? I did admire her absolute devotion to her younger sister, so much so, that she was willing to do whatever she needed to for their successful Season.

Roderick was an interesting hero, but for someone who g
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The theme of the strong and capable woman who doggedly shoulders the world without help from anyone (but who also secretly longs to let go and be taken care of sometimes) is a common one in historical romance. But Amy Sandas creates an engaging and beautifully written Regency era romance that is original, fresh, and quietly introspective.

Emma Chadwick is the devoted and protective eldest sister of three, helping her unmarried siblings navigate the intricate expectations of ton society to find a
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
it isn't a bad book. I just couldn't quite believe the attractions between Roderick and Emma. That killed the story for me. for a gaming hell story, I have read better (and worse). this book wasn't all that memorable to me. A spinster/mother hen of a heroine sacrificing herself for her younger sister and a bastard son who made his fortunes, nothing original but it wasn't awful either. just no chemistry between lead characters, mostly because Emma was such a spinster all around. and I don't take ...more

Such a well-matched pair! Roderick Bentley was an alpha but he was like the kind of alpha more heroes should be. Like you can be an alpha without being a total damn asshole. I liked Emma a lot, she had a lot of characteristics that I could relate to, the need for control, to avoid showing emotion and being vulnerable, never letting your guard down. The chemistry between Emma and Roderick was very easy, very fiery and I enjoyed the world building of Roderick's club. I look forward to bot
Ermione Pickwick
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I wanted this novel to never end! Marvellously sweet.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks so much to Dawn's super gorgeous review of this story. One of the best reads this year. My very first book by Amy Sandas. She's now one of my Top Authors!

I've so fallen in love with Emma and Roderick. In desperation, Emma went to work in a gaming hall, the gentlemen's club, in 1817! She was already a spinster wallflower at 25. But she was determined to give her two younger sisters their Season.

Roderick owned the club. Emma got the job there not because he saw her once before and was att
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Amy's love of romance began one summer when she was thirteen and complained of boredom. She ended up with one of her mother's Barbara Cartland books and an obsessive interest that expanded from there. Her affinity for writing began with sappy pre-teen poems and led to a Bachelor's degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities.

She writes in the early morn

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Fallen Ladies (4 books)
  • The Untouchable Earl (Fallen Ladies, #2)
  • Lord of Lies (Fallen Ladies, #3)
  • No Kind of Lady (Fallen Ladies, #4)
“You should not have kissed me," she replied breathlessly.
"I do a lot of things I shouldn't. It does not mean I won't do them again.”
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