The Rogue’s Wager
Sinful Brides #1
“Lord Robert Dennington, the Marquess of Westfield, has long reveled in the freedom afforded him as the ducal heir. He knows he must someday do right by the Somerset line, but he’s in no hurry to give up his carefree existence.
Helena Banbury is a bookkeeper in a gentleman’s gambling club, adept at analyzing numbers and accounts but helpless for lack of influence. She’s never belonged among the nobility on the gaming hell floors, but neither does she feel completely herself among the men who run the Hell and Sin Club, despite the fact that they are family. The once-illiterate girl from the streets wants more than the gilded walls her protective cage can offer.
When Robert mistakenly enters her chambers one night, Helena is forced out of her predictable life and thrust into the glittering world of Society. Will the charms of the marquess prove more perilous than any danger she ever knew on the streets?”
I must say that I am completely over titles that have no remote closeness to the actual novel. As far as I can recall there was no wager in this book, so why is there one in the title? Aside from that, I was not impressed with this novel. Despite having an interesting/pretty original premise, I feel that the execution well short.
While this was not the worst romance I’ve ever read, it was nowhere near the best. The storyline was too clunky, the characters made poor decisions (and not even in a ‘this will help the plot way’, and the characters did not think things through well.
My BIGGEST pet peeve of this book was the constant dialogue between one character’s thoughts and another’s speech. It happened WAY too many times to be cute.
Aspects I did enjoy were the contrast in characters. Robert was almost too perfect, despite his penchant for not loving again.
Overall I don’t recommend this book.
About the Author
“USA TODAY Bestselling author CHRISTI CALDWELL blames Judith McNaught’s “Whitney, My Love!” for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and pick up her laptop to try her hand at romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections, and she rather enjoys torturing them before crafting them a well deserved happily ever after!”