by Tessa Dare
Series: Girl Meets Duke #3
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.
The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare is the third novel in the Girl Meets Duke companion series and Dare delivered with laughs, swoons and plenty of four-legged beasts. Grab an iced coffee and chat with me!
The romantic gestures, the animals and bold heroine made The Wallflower Wager my favorite summer romance!
Coffee Dates with The Wallflower Wager
- First Date: Our date begins when we meet Penny (Lady Penelope Campion), the daughter of an Earl and based on Ton standards a spinster. She is trying to coax a parrot from her window ledge before he takes flight but the parrot does so and enters an open window in her neighbor’s home. Not to worry, the new owner is not in resident and she’ll just nip over and retrieve her wayward ward. Said owner, Gabriel Duke (the Duke of Ruin) is in fact in residences and just like that I am hooked! From the talking parrot, to the chemistry I know nothing will go as planned and I cannot wait for my next date.
- Second Date: Penny’s Aunt has informed her that her brother will come to collect her at the end of the month. She begs her Aunt to intervene and a deal is struck. If Penny gets rid of her animals and appears in the society papers her Aunt will plead her case. Gabriel needs Lady Penny to stay in residence if he hopes to sell the home next door and so he agrees to assist her. I laughed so much I had tears. Between the animals and Gabriel’s housekeeper. It was all so delightful. The back-and-forth banter and chemistry between Penny and Gabriel was swoon-worthy. Penny was simply refreshing and I loved how impulsive she was. The whole sandwich thread… Hilarious ?
- Third Date: Feels, obstacles, confessions and growth made my dates delicious. I laughed, cried, and enjoyed watching the romance develop between them. My kindle sizzled and their chemistry felt genuine as did the obstacles they encountered. Dare tends to keep things realistic and doesn’t drag out the drama. She also touched on some tough subjects involving young adolescents girls. View Spoiler » One of the characters was taken advantage of by a trusted adult in a sexual way « Hide Spoiler My date wrapped up nicely and we were even treated to an epilogue.
Once again Tessa Dare transported me and I became completely swept up in Gabriel and Penny’s story. I recommend you add The Wallflower Wager and all the Girl Meets Duke books to your summer reading list.Tessa Dare delivered a delicious #historical #RomCom with The Wallflower Wager #GirlMeetsDuke #NewRelease Click To Tweet