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GAMBLING ON LOVE
~NANCY FRASER & PATTI SHENBERGER~
Mississippi after the Civil War isn’t easy when you’re a willful young lady nor if you’re a slave, and Felicity is determined to make their lives better. She devises a plan to move her father’s illegally indentured workers North. After conning Jake McCade, the owner of the gambling river boat known as the River Maiden, into helping her, she, disguised as a boy, accompanies her slaves. Everything is going according to plan until Jake gets a little too close and discovers her subterfuge.
While Jake and Felicity find themselves in agreement about helping the slaves, they are at odds over everything else, including their quickly escalating feelings for one another.
When her father catches up to them, it’s either marriage or jail for Jake, so they decide to chance the wedding –for propriety’s sake. Will gambling on love be a bust or reap a happily ever after?
Jake brushed the silky bloom across her cheek and teased her lips with the fragrant flower. “It’s very close to the color of your skin.”
Felicity felt a rush of warmth fill her body and knew she was blushing.
Jake dusted the flower across her cheek a second time. “It’s an even closer match now.”
The telltale warmth grew stronger, and Felicity wished she could turn and walk—no, run—away. Yet, she couldn’t. “I wish—”
Jake lifted her chin until their gazes met. “You wish what, Princess?”
Felicity swallowed as delicately as the huge lump in her throat would allow. “I wish you’d not do that.”
“Make me blush. Call me Princess. Either.”
The one word piqued her inquisitiveness. “What did you think I was going to say?”
“I thought perhaps you were going to wish for another kiss.”
Okay, Felicity, this is your out. Your chance to let him know he has no effect on you. “I suppose we could. I mean you are going to help, and—”
He smiled down at her, finding obvious amusement in her rambling, and then took a step forward until they were nearly touching. When he reached out his hand and cupped her cheek in his palm, her breath caught and her heartbeat took a hummingbird’s flight within her chest.
“Well, which is it?” he asked slowly, deliberately.
She darted her tongue out, wetting her suddenly dry lips and earning his throaty groan as a reward for her action.
“Never mind, Princess, I’ll choose for both of us.”
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