THE WALLFLOWER WAGER by Tessa Dare

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Girl Meets Duke, Book 3

From the publisher:

They call him the Duke of Ruin.
To an undaunted wallflower, he’s just the beast next door.

Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society–and now he wants to get even.

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.

When her imposing–and attractive–new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.

Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?
And a two-legged dog.
And a foul-mouthed parrot.
And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog . . .

Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.

Not if he ruins her first.


Just when I thought I would have to give up on historical romances with 21st century problems, Tessa Dare proves it can be done. Thank goodness! The #MeToo movement has hit Regency England and Dare does it proud.

This book is a perfect example of the Regency genre, it has it all. Love: of course. Humor: lots of it. (A parrot that learned to speak in a whorehouse; need I say more?) Sex: just enough to keep things interesting. Plus chemistry galore, an unusual plot line, terrific secondary characters, and more. The characters come to life on the page, their backstories are believable, and of course, they get their happily ever after.

Another terrific entry into a wonderful series. I loved this book!

8/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

THE WALLFLOWER WAGER by Tessa Dare. Avon (August 13, 2019).  ISBN 978-0062672162. 368p.

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