Pippa is a young Lady who has been odd her entire life. She is very intelligent and instead of doing "ladylike things" she chose to read and learn. This has set her apart her entire life. She is engaged to a nice but simple man. The problem is, Pippa has no idea what marriage and the marriage bed specifically entails and like any good scientist, she will not go in blindly, she plans to do research. So she sets out to be ruined.“I am going to ruin you, Pippa. I shall show you pleasure you’ve never known, the kind you’ve never dreamed. Over and over and over until you beg me never to stop.” -CrossJasper Arlesey, Earl Harlow, also known as Cross, is one of the four owners of The Fallen Angel, a gambling hell. Cross is running desperately from a past he can not escape. His families future was in his hands so many years ago and he failed. He was the perfect second born son. He lived a life of debauchery and sin. He was not prepared to be the heir.“Temptation turns you. It makes you into something younever dreamed, it presses you to give up everything youever loved, it calls you to sell your soul for one, fleetingmoment.” -CrossPippa goes to Cross to get her education in all things scandalous. After all, Cross is notorious among the women. Pippa soon discovers that she may get more than just a simple education and that Cross may be more than she bargained for.Pippa is naive and adorable at the start of this adventure. By the end, she is taking the bull by the horns. I absolutely adored her zest for life and her scientific undertaking of this thing called love.Pippa is gambling for more than she ever dreamed and the cost may just be her heart.“But there, in that remarkable room, surrounded by a laughing, rollicking, unseeing collection of London's brightest and wickedest, Pippa's knowledge of anatomy expanded. It seemed there was such a thing as a broken heart.” -PippaI really liked this book. I loved Cross in all of his maddening bullheadedness. The sexual chemistry between Pippa and Cross was amazing. The things he does for Pippa just makes my heart melt. Pippa proved that she was no shrinking violet either. Amazing HR read.4 Bespectacled Stars.