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The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare
Series: Girl Meets Duke #3
Published by Avon on August 13, 2019
Genres: Historical Romance
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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.
I am so glad that The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare turned out to be a great read. I had found myself in a reading slump, or a reading dumpster so to speak, so nothing was really catching my attention except this story.
I honestly can’t pinpoint which of the characters I loved most, they all had an extra flare to themselves that pulled you in and made them so attractive to read about. Whether they were supporting characters or the main characters, I loved reading every interaction within The Wallflower Wager; everything was well placed and cohesive to the overall story.
The uniqueness of the hero and heroine was unlike anything I’ve ever read in a historical romance standalone or series. Their chemistry was so on point that the scenes with them together just oozed perfection. You could feel the angst the individual main characters had that kept them from fully giving themselves over to their attraction to each other. Usually when characters feel the need to give in to their insecurities and circumstances I sometimes feel irritated. Eight times out of ten this aspect of romances slows the pace of the story for me, which will work against my overall thoughts of the story once I’ve clicked or turned to the final page. But not so for the main characters in The Wallflower Wager, they were both well developed characters which I appreciated because I didn’t have to deal with the emotional upheaval that’s usually found in contemporary romances – both historical and present.
The abundance of animals in this story was a satisfying touch as well. The animals were unusual but their presence was so perfect for this type of story. They meshed so well with the overall ambiance Tessa Dare created with her character Penny.
Additionally, the repairs that were taking place in Gabriel Duke’s residence were a great representation to the unfinished work that still needed to be done to his character throughout the rest of the book. It was almost like he couldn’t feel secure in his position amongst the wealthy and established until he flipped the house and afforded someone else the dream of living amongst the aristocracy.
The bottom line is that I really enjoyed The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare. There’s really not one thing I would change or want to have happened differently. I blew through this story when I thought that it would take me as long as the other historical romances I’ve been reading lately had. I adored every character interaction as well as the conflict and its resolution.
Now that I have my first Tessa Dare story under my belt I will now scour every book store and library for her works because I have a feeling The Wallflower Wager won’t be the last book I enjoy by her.