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on April 14, 2013 :
Olivia’ Gamble is a provocative story exploring the depths of humanity.
Olivia a young beautiful woman, along with her mother, is one of the servants working for Lord James Barrister. The lord of the manor has lusted after her since she and her mother appeared on his doorstep following the death of her father. The her mother dies.
Lord Barrister, sickly and crazy, believes if he sleeps with a virgin (Olivia) and bathes in her blood, he will get better. On the eve of her mother’s funeral, Olivia escapes but it is wet and stormy then she bumps into the handsome, but very drunk Gabriel. The two are attracted to each other and Gabriel vows to protect her. They escape with Lord Barrister’s man hot on their trail and hunted by wolves.
The story is quick paced. One almost has to catch a breath especially when the wolves attack. The theme of human behaviour, the depravity and lengths the character Lord Barrister goes, is well written with vivid description. The characters in the story are well developed and at times sympathetic. Dean Peake has written a short story that could easily be turned into series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 13, 2013 :
I enjoyed this story and I'm looking forward to the continuation of Olivia's Gamble.
(reviewed long after purchase)