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  • 368 pages
  • The Wallflower Wager
  • Tessa Dare
  • English
  • 19 June 2019
  • 0062672150

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The Wallflower WagerThey call him the Duke of RuinTo 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 evenLoyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn t take into her home and her heartWhen 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 homesDone, Gabriel says How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens And a two legged dogAnd a foul mouthed parrotAnd a goat, an otter, a hedgehogEasier 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 himNot if he ruins her firstTE Content advisories are available for this book at 8 20 2019AAAANDDD TRYNA START MY COME BACK FROM BOOK DEATH WITH A BANGGGWhat better way to ease my way back into reading than a Tessa Dare novel Here goes5 UNSURPRISING, TOTALLY KNEW I D LOVE IT STARSOops Guess who did it again Tessa FUCKIN Dare That s Who.You know the one thing I love about her books is that they re feel good, don t take themselves too seriously with the perfect amount of romance, passion and emotion Her men are all the same lol But It s not like them old highland novel 8 20 2019AAAANDDD TRYNA START MY COME BACK FROM BOOK DEATH WITH A BANGGGWhat better way to ease my way back into reading than a Tessa Dare novel Here goes5 UNSURPRISING, TOTALLY KNEW I D LOVE IT STARSOops Guess who did it again Tessa FUCKIN Dare That s Who.You know the one thing I love about her books is that they re feel good, don t take themselves too seriously with the perfect amount of romance, passion and emotion Her men are all the same lol But It s not like them old highland novels where all the men are just like grunt and point Her men have humor which is honestly all I can ask for when using the same formula for all your heroes Her heroines on the other hand, are what MAKE all the novels I love how she definitely improved here from the Governess Game The last book in the series was rushed and I was annoyed on how she completely brushed over the heroine s hobbies and career It was supposedly a big part of her life but wasn t even discussed Here I absolutely loved Penelope and her dedication to animals, and how aware of herself.Not gonna lie, Gabriel wasn t that special, however they had wonderful chemistry and he was so so sweet and funny I loved the humor, I definitely laughed out loud several times The sex well, can t complain can I The plot was cute and fun, and not too heavy.Now if you re looking for a realistic historical, lol you won t find it here The year is 2019 The audience is mostly middle aged women with MANY sexual fantasies lmao Therefore, if you re looking for a realistic, very non independent, non sexually empowered victorian heroine, you will most definitely not find it here.Read the book, read all her books, know what you re signing up for and don t take it too seriously That s all folks xxxAnother Tessa Dare novel ABOUT AN ECCENTRIC SPINSTER ANIMAL LOVER WITH A HOT GRUMPY ENGLISH PEER WE HAVE SEEN AGAIN AND AGAIN IN ALL OF HER BOOKS WHO DOESN T HAVE A JOB BUT HAS ABS AND IS GREAT AT SEX COUNT ME THE FUCK IN BABYOH MY GOooOOOoOD THAT COVER FUC ME COVER OH LORDY THATS A BEAUT COVER HOLY SHITE GAH I JUST WANT A MAN TO LOOK AT ME SWEETLY N DO THAT WITH ME LITERALLY CRYING RN K BYE me looking at dat cover while im single in the lib procrastinating on my essay wearing an oversized graphic tee eating 4 bars of chocolate Tessa Dare writes historical romance like no other and I will forever bow to the queen This was SO heckin charming.TW pedophilia in the past , grooming in the past 4.5 STARSTessa Dare has proven once again why she is one of the BEST historical romance writers of all time.consistency I cannot say a bad thing about any of her books and this one ranks top too.Lady Penelope loves animalsspecifically wounded and abandoned animals Her love of animals leads her into a rather sexy introduction to our hero Gabriel Duke Gabriel has dragged himself from the gutters of London and he has become what we would consider today a real estate mogul But he als 4.5 STARSTessa Dare has proven once again why she is one of the BEST historical romance writers of all time.consistency I cannot say a bad thing about any of her books and this one ranks top too.Lady Penelope loves animalsspecifically wounded and abandoned animals Her love of animals leads her into a rather sexy introduction to our hero Gabriel Duke Gabriel has dragged himself from the gutters of London and he has become what we would consider today a real estate mogul But he also takes pleasure in bringing the hated aristocracy to their knees financially When he meets Penny he presents as very hard and serious, but he has a soft side that he has kept hidden for fear of vulnerability.I loved the romance between Penny and Gabe Talk about serious laugh out loud moments especially with Gabe s interaction with the animals and the guys interaction with each other true bro moments I was in stitches And the steam factor was off the charts They truly had odds to overcome but you as the reader are pulling for them hard.Tessa Dare has a way with words and her stories flow fast I read this in one sitting and my attention was glued to my IPAD Her use of dialogue makes the story come to life and develops the characters magnificently My only real complaint, if you can call it that, is I wish the Epilogue was longer andin depth I wanted to hear about some babies Readers, so far the historical romance writers are coming out fully loaded and ready with some awesome books this summer They are bringing some heat to the often overlooked genre of historical romance and I for one say HEAR HEAR.Add this one to the pile ladies and don t wait to readit is part of a serIes and you will definitely want to read the others to understand fully Chase and Ash HIGHLY RECOMMEND On Kindle sale today 20th Jan 2020 USD 1.99Tropes Unstarched him , Wallflower Spinster, Class Difference, Enemies to Lovers, Opposites Attract 4.5 stars I ve been on a pretty lousy romance reading path lately, so last night I bought Tessa Dare s latest as I needed a sure thing And boy did it deliver I started it this morning and read it in one sitting It s got adorable, charming, and rude animals, hilarious revisits and interaction with characters from book 1 and 2, amusing dialogue On Kindle sale today 20th Jan 2020 USD 1.99Tropes Unstarched him , Wallflower Spinster, Class Difference, Enemies to Lovers, Opposites Attract 4.5 stars I ve been on a pretty lousy romance reading path lately, so last night I bought Tessa Dare s latest as I needed a sure thing And boy did it deliver I started it this morning and read it in one sitting It s got adorable, charming, and rude animals, hilarious revisits and interaction with characters from book 1 and 2, amusing dialogue that made me laugh out loud, plus plenty of hot, sweet, sexy, and tender moments There is also a couple of punches to this book which will be surprising, but it adds very good value to the story and just shows what a brilliant writer TD is This book had it allGood God, he said What have I unleashed Me She lifted his hand and kissed it I m in control of my life and my body, and you can t know what that means I m not sure I know what it means But I m all anticipation to find outQuick plot When Gabriel Duke is finishing his new house for sale to makeprofit to his already vast fortune, he is not prepared for the continuous challenges presented by his pretty neighbour and her brood of animals It becomes quite clear that these two will butt heads RepeatedlyNothing pleased herthan looking after those around her Feeding them, warming them, protecting them, giving them a home She doled out affection from an endless supply The only problem was, she was running out of people to claim it Lady Penelope Campion had a softness for animals Gabe had no softness at all But there is no denying they have noticed each otherThere was nothing off putting about her whatsoever She wason putting, in every way Penny wasn t unused to men, but there was a difference between friendly acquaintance and a close range confrontation with sheer masculine physicality It felt like someone had taken a mallet to a gong of femininity hidden deep in her belly, and now the vibrations traveled through her bones, summoning an ancient, primal force Penny could think of only one name for it lust It s a good thing they have such a like for animals in commonCertainly, I like animals Roasted animals Fried animals Minced and baked in a pie animals He gestured expansively I like all kinds of animals And it doesn t take long for Gabriel to expose his soft underbellyListen to me, he said sternly My motives are never kind Neither are they generous or charitable or good They re money driven and entirely selfish You d do well to remember that And they get along swimminglyYour Ladyship, you are anything but calming You re not particularly cuddly yourself, she said Luckily, I have some experience soothing prickly beasts She clenched her hands into fists You are so maddening You have a way of provoking me, unlike anyone I ve ever known It s as though I become a different person when I m around you, and I m not certain I like her He pulled her to him I like her He would not put his hands on Lady Penelope Campion again Absolutely not Definitely not Probably not Damn For the good of us both, you have to cease gazing at me Then you have to cease wooing me Wooing you He grimaced, as if the words were a pickled lemon on his tongue I don t woo You do too wooBut all the money and influence in the world can t change my nature There s nothing wrong with your nature Your nature is fine For that sentence alone, she could have kissed himit s notWe are who we are, I suppose We are who we are, she agreed Gabe despised the defeated note in her voice He liked who she was, beneath the mask And when he was in her company, he almost liked who he was, too. Hm Well I m going to be working through some things here and this is 100% spoiler filled and without tags Enter at your own risk This is really rough and I will probably continue to edit at will So forewarned is forearmed These are first thoughts.CONTENT WARNINGS Childhood sexual assault As always, there is some delightful banter and if that s your jam, then that will be pleasing in this book Penny is a likable heroine, of course but I have some real concerns about her character deve Hm Well I m going to be working through some things here and this is 100% spoiler filled and without tags Enter at your own risk This is really rough and I will probably continue to edit at will So forewarned is forearmed These are first thoughts.CONTENT WARNINGS Childhood sexual assault As always, there is some delightful banter and if that s your jam, then that will be pleasing in this book Penny is a likable heroine, of course but I have some real concerns about her character development I think this book has some very big structural problems that undermine it entirely Under developed HeroListen, can you just tell readers a few times that the hero is a villain without showing your work There s very little to work with here In the first 2 3 of the book, we only see Gabe when he arrives to do something with Penny The entire I need to make money off flipping this house plot really doesn t make any sense, sorry And even if it did he never interacts with another human outside of the people introduced by Penny or in the setting Are you really that dastardly of a villain without any people around you He doesn t even have a valet, a man of affairs, a banker, a lawyer, a henchman I have struggled in the past when a character has no people, but this is pretty extreme He doesn t even seem to have his own interests Somehow anything he had in process just comes to a grinding halt to deal with Penny, her menagerie, and selling this house I guess Some of Penny s pets havecharacter development than Gabe, and most of the heavy lifting about his character is done in chapter 21 when he decides to deliver a baby goat Maybe I m just real churlish, but an entire chapter devoted to baby goat delivery at the 70% mark as the primary way of convincing your readers that he s really loves her and is a really good guy I wish you could see my face Chapter 24 I have a lot of feelings about this reveal First of all, I want to say that I think survivors deserve HEAs but I also think survivors deserve to see their stories told with dignity and respect, and not as a plot twist This big reveal really comes out of nowhere, and it felt to me like a craft mistake OF COURSE women who have been molested keep secrets, but they also presumably develop a set of very finely honed defenses for how to cope with their feelings when they come up For example, it could have been done when she thought about her brother and extended family, when she embarked upon a sexual relationship with Gabe, when she thought about her past and her life as a spinster ANY NUMBER OF PLACES Instead, given there was almost no forecasting of her past, this reveal came out of fucking NOWHERE It s just air dropped in, and it made ME feel as a reader feel like the message is women who are molested just turn into lovable old kooks.And you know what, that did not feel great From a craft perspective if an author is going to introduce a big, hidden secretThen do the work As a reader, I am very interested in the ways in which characters reveal their truths to others Here is a story that Penny has kept to herself for most of her life Now she is going to tell someone How exactly did she do that We get the story she tells herself about what happened, but we don t get the way in which she tells it to Gabe This is also true later in the book when she tells her friends and then her aunt and finally her brother It s all internal, and so for me as a reader, it didn t feel real I had to reread the scene several times what did she actually TELL him The only way we know it took a Long time is because she got thirsty Could this be an attempt on the author s part to show that she s trying to keep an emotional distance I guess, but it just felt like a scene that needed a lotwork Even Gabe s response in this moment is entirely passiveAs she talked, a series of objects drifted in and out of her hands She didn t notice them being placed in her grasp, and she didn t recall setting them aside They were merely there, in easy reach, exactly when she needed themAt some point, the objects ceased moving into and out of her grasp, and she found herself clinging to one steady source of comfort Gabriel s handPart of me doesn t mind this passivity, it is after all, Penny s story But this becomes a problem when later in the book, Gabe explodes into fucking action in the worst way How are we to believe that the man who apparently SAT AND LISTENED, DIDN T ASK A SINGLE QUESTION, DIDN T MAKE A SINGLE SOUND, DOESN T REVEAL A SINGLE FEELING then later jumps straight to dueling And I found myself feeling like this was honestly, an emotional cheat Why is this moment, which should be an emotionally weighty scene, the scene of the most important emotional connection between these two characters why is this scene less carefully developed then a scene where Gabe delivers a baby goat If this chapter and this plot point disappeared from the book, would it change who Penny is Would it change who they are I d say no Literally NOTHING about the first 23 chapters would have to change at all if chapter 24 were gone, and that is very damning, because that means it s not a real part of her character These two big reveals about their childhood traumas felt clumsy and ill conceived I hated that the molester appears again at the end, how convenient She s successfully avoided him for how fucking long, but there he is again The aunt suddenly appears to save the day I guess I d call it all deus ex machina, but honestly, is the last third of the book even thematically related to the first 2 3 It s not god in the machine It s a new machine A book with virtually no conflict for the first 2 3 then turns into a huge amount of buried conflict, which is just as easily swept away I was disappointed.UPDATE PART TWO I don t read historical romance because I care about history So, for example, I don t really care that Penny walks herself down the aisle and says she is her own person and wants to give herself away But I don t think that an author can have it both ways Penny embraces a very modern sensibility about her body and her identity, but it is paired with a very old fashioned type of belief about why when she should disclose her past to her family She thinks that she should only disclose the abuse if her brother happened to have girls, so thank god he had boys This did not sit well with me AT ALL and in a way I am very much struggling to describe I m including the actual language here, which I m hiding behind a spoiler tag bc I feel like it has the potential to be very triggering view spoiler On the day of her brother s wedding, Penny had vowed that if Bradford and Alice ever had a baby girl, she would break her silence No matter how painful But they d only had sons, thank heavens, and by now speaking the truth seemed pointless hide spoiler What does it mean for an author to completely flout social s of the time period for which she s writing to make her character an ardent feminist, AND SIMULTANEOUSLY ground that character in the worst kind of old fashioned thinking in another Can I also say that theI think about this line, theI would like to talk about ALICE Who is never a part of the conversation SHE NEVER EVEN APPEARS ON PAGE It s all about what would Bradford think about Penny, but as a reader, I keep thinking about Alice Does no one here ever wonder about her ARG TheI think about all of this, theupsetting it is How do we carefully unpack something that seems so carelessly done penny has the RANGE darling 4.5 stars No one can be reduced to numbers in a ledger, or a stack of banknotes, or a single silver coin We are humans, with souls and hearts and passion and love Every last one of us is priceless Even you Gabriel Duke You are priceless One2020 goal readhistorical romances They re so good and freakin enjoyable to read This one was so hilarious I really enjoyed it Something that I love about historical romances, is that subtle sense of humor I don t know I just enjoy it s 4.5 stars No one can be reduced to numbers in a ledger, or a stack of banknotes, or a single silver coin We are humans, with souls and hearts and passion and love Every last one of us is priceless Even you Gabriel Duke You are priceless One2020 goal readhistorical romances They re so good and freakin enjoyable to read This one was so hilarious I really enjoyed it Something that I love about historical romances, is that subtle sense of humor I don t know I just enjoy it so much Gabe and Penny s interactions were so fun and heartwarming The book was so enjoyable Their banter left me with a goofy smile on my face The dialogue was so amusing Such an adorable read Penny was such a fun adorable character And Gabe was her absolute opposite And all those pets A two legged dog, a goat, and my favorite, a parrot with a smart dirty mouth the slytherin hufflepuff ship we deserve Penelope loves animals.All kinds of jacked up animals that nobody else wants All Gabriel Duke wants is to flip the house next door to hers and sell it for a nice profit Besides the newfangled hot water tap he s had installed, the biggest selling point the house has going for it is that Lady Penelope lives next door Apparently, folks will pay good money to say their next door neighbor has a title.Who knew Everything is going swimmingly until Gabriel meets Penny and her entourage of pets Incl Penelope loves animals.All kinds of jacked up animals that nobody else wants All Gabriel Duke wants is to flip the house next door to hers and sell it for a nice profit Besides the newfangled hot water tap he s had installed, the biggest selling point the house has going for it is that Lady Penelope lives next door Apparently, folks will pay good money to say their next door neighbor has a title.Who knew Everything is going swimmingly until Gabriel meets Penny and her entourage of pets Including a parrot with a potty mouth that she rescued from a brothel, a suspiciously fat goat, and a two legged dog that rolls himself intotrouble than most toddlers.Unfortunately, Penny s brother has decided to move his weird sister out of town and into the country.Fortunately, her aunt has convinced him to let Penny try her hand at husband hunting for just a little bit longer.Unfortunately, Penny sucks at interacting with anyone other than animals.Fortunately, Gabriel knows he can polish her up, get rid of the smelly animals, and find some gentleman who is willing to marry such a pretty young woman.Unfortunately, he may be falling for her himselfThis one was a typically adorable Tessa Dare romance If you re looking for something cute and sweet with a bit of humor in it, you can t go wrong with The Wallflower Wager


About the Author: Tessa Dare

Sign up for Tessa s newsletter and be the first to hear about new books and hot deals Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America s prestigious RITA award twice and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence Booklist magazine named her one of the new stars of historical romance, and her books have been contracted for translation inthan a dozen languages.A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.