I love Sharon Shinn's books. They are what I call gentle reads. She takes the time to build the world, the characters and the plot. They are romances but unlike so many today when the time comes for sex the character go into the room and close the door. What goes on behind that door is just hinted at later dialog. My book beginning today is from Royal Airs (An Elemental Blessings Novel). This is book two in the series so I recommend you read Troubled Waters, book one, first.
"Rafe shuffled the deck for the third time, and handed it to the woman on his right so she could cut the cards. It was clear the other three player distrusted him, and even the card cutting didn't reassure them he wasn't cheating."