With this year’s RT Convention taking place in beautiful Las Vegas and the fact that my latest historical romance, Luck is No Lady, is set at an exclusive gambling hell in regency London, it seems like a perfect time to talk about getting lucky.
Lucky in love, that is.
The internet is flooded with tips and tricks for winning big at the casinos, but some would say love is the greatest gamble of all. There is certainly a lot of risk involved in matters of the heart and the pay-out can be hugely rewarding or equally devastating. So, I thought I would share my tips for getting lucky in love.
#1 – There Are No Rules
In gambling, you must know the rules of the game if you expect to develop a strategy and play with any success. When it comes to love, however, there are no rules. Many readers may recall a book that came out some years ago that detailed the rules of dating and finding love. In my opinion, no one else can decide what is right and how love should proceed. The only rules associated with love are those that are meant to be broken.
In Luck is No Lady, Emma Chadwick is a woman who always plays by the rules of English regency society. Anything less than a strict adherence to social decorum could result in a loss of reputation and ruin her younger sisters settled into proper marriages. It isn’t until Emma starts breaking those unwritten rules that she has a chance at love.
#2 – Know Where to Go
This little gambling tip suggests that going off-strip in Vegas gives you better odds than remaining amongst the crowds in the posh casinos along the main drag. This could be true in love, as well. You never know where you might encounter someone who makes your heart skip a beat. Take a chance every now and then and do something out of the ordinary, go somewhere new.
Often, love will find you where you least expect it. As Emma discovers, maybe even in the halls of a notorious gambling hell.
#3 – Learn to Read Others
This is vital in poker where winning relies on being able to read the other players as much as it relies on the cards you are dealt. Learning the habits and tells of the others at the table assist in seeing through bluffs and deceptions.
Whereas poker is about deception, love is about truth. But it can require just as much attention to discovering what lies behind the façade someone else presents to the rest of the world. Taking time to get to know a person’s true self provides a much better chance at winning their heart.
#4 – The Higher You Bet, the Better Your Chances at Winning
Standard advice for gambling is to assume you will lose. Never take more money to the casino than you can afford to leave behind and always be aware of what you are spending. This may not result in a big pay-out, but will save you from serious debt.
However, in love and in gambling, the more you are willing to lose, the more you can win.
Love requires vulnerability. You have to be willing to share of yourself if you wish to win big. Trust doesn’t always come easy. It certainly doesn’t for the hero and heroine in Luck is No Lady, who both struggle to open themselves up to each other. Eventually, they discover that putting it all on the table is worth the risk.
#5 – Trust Your Hunches, Not the Odds
In gambling, it is important to know your odds and avoid long shots. Most gambling is about probability and statistics. Knowing the math will get you farther than trusting your gut.
In love, the opposite is true. There is no way to predict how love will play out, no statistical average to rely on. Love is random and unexpected. It is best to forget the odds and go with your gut.
Ironically, in Luck is No Lady, this is far easier for Roderick Bentley, the owner of a gambling hell, than it is for Emma. Roderick has trusted in his intuition for most of his life and it has rarely steered him false. But Emma has always enjoyed an acumen for mathematics and prefers when things add up neatly. Her feelings for Roderick do not fit into any orderly equation and she has to learn that when it comes to love, a long shot may be the perfect bet.
Best of luck!
About Luck is No Lady
“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 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…and give in to the pleasure of falling from grace.
Amy Sandas’s love of romance began one summer when she stumbled across one of her mother’s Barbara Cartland books. 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 lives with her husband and children near Milwaukee.