I began reading Jo Goodman’s books with her ‘Compass Club’ series about four regency rogues in need of taming. I became quite a fan of her wicked wit and intricate plotting. Her latest book, “The Price of Desire”, is just as enthralling.
Olivia never really had a childhood. It was taken from her in a most cruel way and she’s learned never to depend on anyone. So why her brother’s actions, promising her to the owner of a gaming hell until he’s able to pay his debts, hit her so hard is a mystery. But the owner of this gaming hell is a mystery also. He’s handsome, even with his scar, and honorable, even as the owner of a hell, and kind, which may be the most frightening thing to Olivia of all.
Griffin is a peer who lives his life as he sees fit while still overseeing the requirements of his station. When Olivia’s brother appears to have gone missing, he’s not sure what to do. But it doesn’t take him long to be fascinated by Olivia, and soon after that he’s sure that no debt could equal her value in his life. But there are a few obstacles in his way: her past, his past, and a mystery surrounding a ring.
Goodman’s books are almost overflowing with emotion–everything from humor to despair to love. Her stories have both breadth and depth and always leave me smiling.