Fawn Bailey – Cards of Love: The Emperor

He is dark, he is sensual and he is here to steal your heart and soul…

Fawn Bailey presents The Emperor, a STANDALONE full-length dark romance novel.

In Venice, Italy, a world of cursed diamonds, hidden secrets and twisted fantasies awaits a star-crossed couple who were meant to be together. But can they work together to bring down a villain? And will their love survive it all… or break into a thousand pieces?

GINGER
I’ve always been a pawn. That stops now. I’m ready to play. I’m ready to win.
My past is catching up with me. I left everything behind twice – first, when my sister killed her twin and our parents, and then again when I walked away from the love of my life, my soulmate, Ryker Marino.
Now, both of my worlds are colliding. My sister is coming for me, but not if I find her first.
Astor is crazy. Evil. She won’t stop until she’s killed our entire family.
I follow her to the other side of the world – Venice, Italy.
Here, a game of cat and mouse draws me further into her trap.
Here, one of us will end the other.
But what Astor doesn’t know… is that I’m ready for a fight.

RYKER
I’m The Emperor. L’Imperatore. And I’m going to win my girl back.
Ginger disappeared without a trace seven years ago. I uprooted my life because of her. I moved to a different continent. I became obsessed with a cursed diamond that has shaped my family’s lives for centuries.
But what if the stone isn’t to blame for our misfortune? What if everything, including losing Ginger all those years ago, is my fault?
I have to face my fears. I have to find Ginger. I have to bring her back.
But there is a third player involved in this game of chess… And she’s about to beat us both.

Fawn Bailey is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author Isabella Starling. Ryker & Ginger first appear in Fawn’s series Gilded Cage.

Spoiler-free Review

When I read the blurb I already knew I had to have this book. So I clicked on the button and dove in head-first. My god, what an amazing decesion it was!

As much as I was confused and disappointed with Clarissa Wild’s short, this story really gave me what I was waiting for. It was exciting, it was giving you informations little by little, had a huuuuuuuge, Everest-sized twist in the end… And yeah, it was still sensual, funny and sexy as hell. 

Let’s move on to the characters. Our main heroine is really good at hiding. She had been doing this since she was a teen. Also, she has her reasons that you have to learn by time. When fate brings her close once more with her past and past lover things get really hot and action-filled.

Ryker. Oh my God, Ryker, what can I say about him? He is enigmatic, rich, tall, dark and handsome, sexy as hell – it is almost a sin -, and he has a really sweet spot for Ginger. They had a connection in the past that he is not willing to lose and now that he found her again he will do anything to protect her from the gathering darkness. What a hero, my fellow ladies!

This short story gave me goosebumps, laughs, oh-my-god-so-hot-in-here moments, some wth moments and of course a lot of enjoyment. If you were wondering what should you read next, then look no more. This is your perfect one-night stand.




Fawn Bailey is a the dark romance pen name of USA Today bestselling author Isabella Starling. Fawn loves to write men that test the limits of her readers, and adores stories that push boundaries. Fawn is firmly a cat person and a heavy coffee drinker, with her nose permanently stuck in a book.

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