The Wallflower Wager

The Wallflower Wager 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 socie

  • Title: The Wallflower Wager
  • Author: Tessa Dare
  • ISBN: The Wallflower Wager
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  • Page: 488
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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 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 firstTE Content advisories are available for this book at Get A Copy Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries ebook, 368 pages Published August 13th 2019 by Avon More Details Original Title The Wallflower Wager ISBN 0062672150 ISBN13 9780062672155 Edition Language English Series Girl Meets Duke 3 Other Editions 11 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Wallflower Wager, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Most Anticipated Romance Novels of 2019 837 books 3,019 voters August 2019 Most Anticipated Romances 178 books 1,958 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.12 Rating details 3,165 ratings 651 reviews All LanguagesBahasa Indonesia 2 Deutsch 1 English 615 Espa ol 3 Fran ais 3 Italiano 1 Portugu s 1 1 More filters Sort order Aug 02, 2019 Anovelqueen rated it it was amazing Shelves d 4.5 STARSTessa Dare has proven once again why she is one of the BEST historical romance writers of all timensistency 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 timensistency 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 and in 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 flag 90 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jan 28, 2019 Sara Reads mostly LOTS of Romance rated it it was amazing Shelves fave couples, mans makes me wet, funny, intelligent people, guy is hot and muscly yum, historical romance, mans is sweet, cute, eccentric heroine 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 flag 83 likesLike see review View all 4 comments May 21, 2019 Pavlina Read sleep less blog rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, best cover, historical, favorites 5 STARS I m so in love with The Wallflower Wager, this is the best I fall in love with everything and esecially the characters I couldn t get enough of them.I laughed,I swooned and I melted with these two.Tessa Dare delivers a sweet,heartwarming and steamy romance Penny and Gabe are my favorite couple.I love their banter, they have an amazing chemistry.I laughed a lot with these two.Their dialogues were fun,entairten and sweet.There were some really hot and intense moments too to make you swoon 5 STARS I m so in love with The Wallflower Wager, this is the best I fall in love with everything and esecially the characters I couldn t get enough of them.I laughed,I swooned and I melted with these two.Tessa Dare delivers a sweet,heartwarming and steamy romance Penny and Gabe are my favorite couple.I love their banter, they have an amazing chemistry.I laughed a lot with these two.Their dialogues were fun,entairten and sweet.There were some really hot and intense moments too to make you swoon Penny is such a sweetheart, I loved her so much.She was kind,sweet and so lovely.Gabe is sexy, handsome and I loved how he felt for her.This one has all the sweet feels.I highly recommend it After the Duchess Deal this is my new favorite in the series flag 55 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Aug 17, 2019 Addie H rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves zq unstarched, zm opposites attract, zzz owns romance, o rom 5 stars, h rom regency, 6 kindle, za wallflower spinster, ze enemies to lovers Tropes 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 Tropes 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 all Good 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 out Quick plot When Gabriel Duke is finishing his new house for sale to make profit 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 Repeatedly Nothing pleased her than 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 other There was nothing off putting about her whatsoever She was on 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 common Certainly, 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 underbelly Listen 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 swimmingly Your 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 woo But 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 him it s not We 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. flag 52 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Aug 11, 2019 Lana Dirty Girl Romance rated it it was amazing Shelves historical romance, favorite heroine, favorite authors, favorite alpha hero 5 STARS She was a fool A na ve, trusting, sheltered fool And Gabe wanted to corrupt her so damned badly, his bones ached. See that pile of satisfied reader goo in the corner The one clutching her kindle to her chest and making moon eyes at the sky That, my friends, is this girl after downright binging on the absolute perfection that was this story.I don t know how it s possible for Tessa Dare to outdo herself with each book in this series, but my GOD does she I loved the first book and th 5 STARS She was a fool A na ve, trusting, sheltered fool And Gabe wanted to corrupt her so damned badly, his bones ached. See that pile of satisfied reader goo in the corner The one clutching her kindle to her chest and making moon eyes at the sky That, my friends, is this girl after downright binging on the absolute perfection that was this story.I don t know how it s possible for Tessa Dare to outdo herself with each book in this series, but my GOD does she I loved the first book and thought nothing can top it, then I felt the same about the second book And now reading the third, I m convinced that this author is a mythical unicorn that farts rainbows and creates pure swoony magic with her stories Yes, I realize most likely it s immense skill and talent, but just go with me here I m still on cloud nine after finishing this phenomenal romance.Now let s talk about this story and everything that it had.First, the third wallflower that gives the word eccentric a whole new meaning A spinster by choice and an animal lover by nature, Penelope has an innate ability to find the weak and wounded and nurse them back to health And over the years, she s developed quite the collection of animals Dear Mr Duke, As requested, here is an inventory of the animals in my care Bixby, a two legged terrier Marigold, a nanny goat of unimpeachable character, who is definitely not breeding Angus, a three year old Highland steer Regan, Goneril, and Cordelia laying hens Delilah, a parrot Hubert, an otter Freya, a hedgehog Thirteen kittens of varying colors and dispositions. But Penny s skill of attracting the wounded and lost doesn t just stop with animals Enter Gabriel Duke, or the Duke of Ruin as he s known to the lot Three things, however, never altered He always woke with the dawn He always woke hungry And he always woke up alone He had a set of rules when it came to sexual congress he didn t pay for it, he wouldn t beg for it, and he damned well wasn t going to wed for it. I say this every time I read a book from this series, but I swear Gabe was my favorite hero to date Broody, tortured, and hiding a heart of gold, this man absolutely stole mine There s something so vulnerable to his intensity Beyond the ruthless and cold demeanor there s a boyish charm to him that you can t help but gravitate towards.Then there s Tessa s signature brand of banter that will leave a goofy smile on your face and completely incapable to set the book down Every time I speak three words, you look as though you re going to swoon into my arms I do not, Penny objected, knowing very well that she probably did You sigh like a fool, blush like a beet Your eyes are the worst of it They turn into these these pools Glassy blue pools with man eating sharks beneath the surface I hope you re not planning a career in poetry For the good of us both, you have to cease gazing at me Penelope has made a deal with the devil when she agrees to allow the Duke of Ruin to help her meet the terms she s promised to her aunt in order to not be forced to go back to her brother and eventually be forced to marry Those terms Finding a loving home for her beloved animals while letting the Duke introduce her back to the ton as something than the quirky spinster The story is full of lovable secondary characters, including past favorites, and some of the most memorable and funny animals to grace the pages of a book I couldn t get enough of this Did I also mention the cameos I ll look I m not afraid I intend to be there for every moment of the miracle of my own child s birth He crouched and squinted And I ve changed my mind Chase retreated to the far corner of the stall and sat on a crate, his pallor having turned a pale, sickly green Fine, Ashbury said I ll do it If I could stomach my own injuries from that rocket blast, I can stomach this He went to look, then reeled a step backward Oh, God Something s coming out Of course something s coming out, Gabe said A baby goat No, Ash said grimly No If it s not a goat, then what is it It s a punishment for all my earthly sins, is what it is This book was everything I ve come to expect from the amazing Tessa Dare and so much It was romantic and heart warming It had a tortured and protective hero It had a quirky heroine with an understated inner strength that you can t help but connect to And it had the most swoony romance full of laughs that you never want to end In a word PERFECTION An absolute must read for any historical romance fans out there ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on flag 50 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 28, 2018 Diem marked it as to read Lady Penelope Campion has a heart for wild and wounded creatures but this Duke won t be tamed found on Tessa Dare s website cackles for 5 minutes straight flag 42 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 10, 2019 lleskelle teamS ren I like big b00ks rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019, 02 coming soon, 03 i loved like a lot 5 STARS I m now looking at craiglist for possible parrots rescues, lol GAH I couldn t love this book This was such a real treat to read, delightful in every respect.The Wallflower s Wager was incredibly hilarious, charming and hot, SO, so hot I m talking positively scalding steam here If you re looking for a pick me up, call off the search, this is the book you ve been looking for YES, YES, OOH YES A neighbors to lovers pauper and the princess trope beast and the wallflow 5 STARS I m now looking at craiglist for possible parrots rescues, lol GAH I couldn t love this book This was such a real treat to read, delightful in every respect.The Wallflower s Wager was incredibly hilarious, charming and hot, SO, so hot I m talking positively scalding steam here If you re looking for a pick me up, call off the search, this is the book you ve been looking for YES, YES, OOH YES A neighbors to lovers pauper and the princess trope beast and the wallflower No one pays much attention to me The injustice in that statement confounded him How could no one be paying attention to her Over the past few days, he d been unable to concentrate on anyone or anything but her I just can t get enough of Tessa Dare s sassy and quirky heroines entangling themselves with prickly, roguish men Lady Penelope Campion or Penny, had me howling with laughter all throughout Pretty Girl She might be my favorite heroine from this series thus far I know I could have said so far but after reading a historical romance, one is compelled to employ words like thus , atop , drawers or column of arousal you know, the usual LOL From the previous books we knew Penny would be fun and eccentric, but I hadn t expected all the layers from her character She s such a lovable heroine, she s got the sass, the brain, the biggest heart and doesn t shy from her feelings even if it means poking at the beastly man next door She was a fool A naive, trusting, sheltered fool And Gabe wanted to corrupt her so damned badly, his bones ached This book has got to have the most entertaining and perfect meet cute ever Not even 5% in and I was already full on guffawing all the while worshipping at the altar that was the potent chemistry between Gabriel and Penny on their first encounter.Gabriel Duke knows better than reaching for what isn t for him, or so he s been taught over and over again during his upbringing One look at Lady Penelope Campion is enough to confirm she s not for the likes of him Self made man, ruthless business man, definetly not a gentleman He didn t earn his Duke of Ruin s title for nothing I flat out fell in lust love and everything that follows, with Gabriel Duke I felt seen and understood after reading that simply put but oh so effective first description of him by Penelope Lord but he was a big, beautiful beast of a man There was just so much of him Tall, broad, powerfully muscled And utterly bare, save for that thin bit of toweling and his thick, dark hair My, he had a great deal of hair Not only plastered in damp curls on his head but defining the hard line of his jaw And lightly furring his chest Yes, I m shallow like that But you know what He s proven himself to be than just that perfect body, a man with integrity and intense sense of care and loyalty, definitely a hero to swoon over.On the pretense to protect his business interests selling the house he s just renovated next door to Penny, he s agreed to save Penny s whole animal rescue menagerie Both she and Gabriel are on a mission to find them good homes so Penny s reputation as a lady can be restored in the eyes of her own brother.They re so different from each other, yet their differences made them so perfect together You are so maddedning 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 Ilike her The instant attraction between Penny and Gabe and the resulting tension without a doubt commanded my full attention Something that clearly stood out for me reading The Wallflower s Wager, was the focus on the positive sex scenes between Penny and Gabe Ravishing roguish man yes, but consent on the pages Wallflower of a woman, yes, but taking her pleasure and not shying away from exploring her desire The power exchange and respect interspersed during those scenes made the romance even special in this historical context If I were to lose my virtue, some would deem me worthless You could never be worthless Gabriel Duke You are priceless I don t believe I ve laughed this hard before reading a historical, Penny fighting tooth and nails to protect her animals well being, the whole crew from the previous books defending Penny from the big bad Duke of Ruin, Gabriel efforts to reason Penny Everything was brilliantly orchestrated to deliver the perfect heartfelt romance story.I ve been well and truly ruined by Gabriel Duke Penny decidedly got herself the best Duke of them all Fancy a fuck, love More reviews and book talk at You can find me here too flag 47 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Aug 11, 2019 chan rated it it was amazing Shelves historical romance, 2019 penny has the RANGE darling flag 41 likesLike see review Jul 26, 2019 Claire Robinson rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves m b, shit hot series 4 You ve met your match Stars The third book in the Girl Meets Duke series finally gives us animal lover Lady Penelope Campion s story Paired up with the Duke of Ruin as Gabriel Duke is known behind his back, this self made man is not one to be welcomed into polite society eagerly, especially as he as made most of his fortune from bringing down nobles who have fallen on hard times You are anything but calming You re not particularly cuddly yourself Filled with all the banter, one li 4 You ve met your match Stars The third book in the Girl Meets Duke series finally gives us animal lover Lady Penelope Campion s story Paired up with the Duke of Ruin as Gabriel Duke is known behind his back, this self made man is not one to be welcomed into polite society eagerly, especially as he as made most of his fortune from bringing down nobles who have fallen on hard times You are anything but calming You re not particularly cuddly yourself Filled with all the banter, one liners and general verbal sparring I have come to expect from this author, this book didn t disappoint in those aspects It is however a lot shorter than its predecessors, and although advertised at 380 odd pages going on the time it took me to read it I would say it s actually around the 200 page mark, and that to me made a massive difference in relation to the author bringing depth and development to the characters This one leapt into the sexy times pretty quickly, and for me read like contemporary than historical in that regards You deserve good things Promises Tenderness Love Everything you ve ever dreamed Lately, all my dreams are of you Still a great read, but for me it was over far too quickly and lacked the roundness of its predecessors I d sell my soul for a Penny ARC Generously provided, in exchange for the above honest review flag 30 likesLike see review Aug 16, 2019 JenReadsRomance rated it it was ok 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 thoughtsNTENT 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 thoughtsNTENT 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 have character 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 lot work Even Gabe s response in this moment is entirely passive As 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 hand Part 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 the I think about this line, the I 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 The I think about all of this, the upsetting it is How do we carefully unpack something that seems so carelessly done flag 38 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Susan in Perthshire I love your review and totally agree I was so disappointed in this as I had been so looking forward to it I loved the Duchess Dare and the Governess I love your review and totally agree I was so disappointed in this as I had been so looking forward to it I loved the Duchess Dare and the Governess Game and was expecting something as captivating Gabe was so under written what a waste updated 19 hours, 5 min ago Mephala I honestly feel like the whole book was too light and romantic comedy like to really dig deep and unpack the heavy subject of sexual abuse 19 hours, 48 min ago Aug 10, 2019 Alba and Her Secrets rated it it was amazing Shelves 5 stars, fucked up character, alpha male, best dirty talk, favorites, arc netgalley gift, cute children, billionaire wealthy, outstanding heroine, dirty talk 5 My beast in shinning armor Stars ARC provided by the author publisher via Edelweiss.And Tessa Dare does it again, people I am completely in love with this series and this new novel is absolutely no exception Of course, since I adored the other two books, I had high expectations for this one and I was not disappointed I mean, who does not get curious when you read words like Duke of Ruin I did not even need to start the novel to want to dive right in the whole thing I literally devour 5 My beast in shinning armor Stars ARC provided by the author publisher via Edelweiss.And Tessa Dare does it again, people I am completely in love with this series and this new novel is absolutely no exception Of course, since I adored the other two books, I had high expectations for this one and I was not disappointed I mean, who does not get curious when you read words like Duke of Ruin I did not even need to start the novel to want to dive right in the whole thing I literally devoured it in just a few hours The Wallflower Wager is the third installment in Tessa Dare s Girl Meets Duke series, which follows the love stories of a peculiar group of female friends It was now time for Lady Penelope Campion, the loyal and passionate wallflower who cares deeply for her friends and her beloved animals She happens to have a new neighbor, the wealthy and ruthless Duke of Ruin Gabriel Duke , who wants to sell the house he renewed But that happens to be a problem when you have an enticing pretty wallflower next door who lives with a very singular group of animals she does not want to let go He would not put his hands on Lady Penelope Campion again.Absolutely not.Definitely not.Probably not.Damn Gah This book was so freaking good My heart simply melted with Penny and Gabe s love story I laughed, I swooned, I cried and I loved every single second of it Tessa Dare writes brilliant pieces of historical romance and I love them so much because they have a bit of everything unique characters, lots of banter and sweetness, sexual tension, feelings and a couple with burning chemistry It s impossible not to fall in love with Penny and Gabe because together they just click They are so different and they come from very different environments but their connection is so special and heartwarming This book just melted my heart with the sweet, hilarious and sexy moments between this wonderful couple The past, the future none of it mattered There was only this moment, this man This one heartbeat, and then the next, stringing together to make this life A life that belonged to her At last Therefore, my rating for The Wallflower Wager is 5 STARS because, as you can see, I literally devoured this beautiful love story I could not stop reading because Penny and Gabe just melted my heart with their connection and explosive chemistry I love Tessa Dare s historical romances and I cannot wait to read from hers, especially the fourth book in this series which sounds, of course, SO good Also, it was great to catch up with the rest of the group too since I adored the other two books too especially The Duchess Deal Guys, if you love this type of romance, I cannot recommend this series enough times CHECK OUT MY BLOG HERE flag 28 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 30, 2019 Nicola rated it really liked it Having loved the first two books in Tessa Dare s Girl Meets Duke series, I couldn t wait to dive into this and see what delights lay in store for the group s very own Dr Dolittle, Penny They called him the Duke of Ruin With a rags to riches background and bit of a reputation to go with it, Gabriel Duke isn t exactly Mr Popular and he and Penny waste no time in bringing us witty repartee and chemistry as they grow closer whilst wrangling Penny s menagerie of pets, who themselves create plent Having loved the first two books in Tessa Dare s Girl Meets Duke series, I couldn t wait to dive into this and see what delights lay in store for the group s very own Dr Dolittle, Penny They called him the Duke of Ruin With a rags to riches background and bit of a reputation to go with it, Gabriel Duke isn t exactly Mr Popular and he and Penny waste no time in bringing us witty repartee and chemistry as they grow closer whilst wrangling Penny s menagerie of pets, who themselves create plenty of giggles along the way I beg your pardon Marigold is not that kind of goat Throw in a bromance between Ash, Chase and Gabe that was just perfection and The Wallflower Wager although not my favourite of the series which largely came down to Penny and Gabriel s relationship feeling less developed than previous couples was a charming, steamy, hilarious and thoroughly enjoyable addition to the series perhaps love can t cure every problem, but it makes the wounds heal a bit faster Copy received courtesy of Mills Boon via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion flag 25 likesLike see review View all 9 comments May 25, 2019 Esther rated it liked it Shelves arc edelweiss, edelweiss, humor, arc, virgin heroine, epilogue, family, funny, hero rich, heroine rich ARC provided by Edelweiss and Publisher in exchange for an honest review.I m the odd one here with my three star rating, but I just had some issues with this storyline and characters In my humble opinion this Historical romances had that contemporary feel that seems to be fairly prevalent in HR Review to come closer to publication flag 29 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Aug 14, 2019 Somia rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves tessa dare, favorites, historical romance 4.5 Charmed Stars Gabriel Gabe Duke known as the Duke of Ruin is in equal measures despised and feared by polite society, deemed ruthless and a threat to the gentry, he has risen up from poverty and is determined never to know the hunger and pain of his childhood, but the man is not as ruthless as he and society seem to think he is The heart behind the strong and powerful man becomes increasingly clear as he interacts with Lady Penelope Penny Campion Penny may have a warm and kind heart bu 4.5 Charmed Stars Gabriel Gabe Duke known as the Duke of Ruin is in equal measures despised and feared by polite society, deemed ruthless and a threat to the gentry, he has risen up from poverty and is determined never to know the hunger and pain of his childhood, but the man is not as ruthless as he and society seem to think he is The heart behind the strong and powerful man becomes increasingly clear as he interacts with Lady Penelope Penny Campion Penny may have a warm and kind heart but I love how she never cowered when it came to Gabe, she s just the type of Lady I adore.I could gush over Gabe for a long while, but I m going to contain myself and say he is one man person who sees what a gem Penny is from the get go protective and passionate, I liked how her views and opinions where what he cared about than those of the people around her something he made clear to Penny and her friends family The scene with Marigold, Ashbury, Chase and Gabe was so funny, and then there are the amusing scenes with Mr Hammond and Mrs Burns the housekeeper, whom Hammond thinks may be as the book progresses view spoiler 1 a ghost that s taken corporeal form something that has him than a little uneasy 2 a vampire leading him to carrying around garlic, and finally 3 a succubus this one he says thinks with glee hide spoiler It was lovely seeing the characters from the previous books pop up in this one I do wish the scenes with Poppy s brother had a bit punch behind them, but this little niggle didn t diminish the enjoyment the story and characters gave me.I did a mental cheer when I realised this was finally out, and my excitement for this book turned out to be justified, I lost myself in the pages of the book Gabriel and Penny SIGH I adored individually and as a couple A rich tapestry of humour and passion mean this book will certainly be staying in my re read pile, with the couple being than a little memorable, that being said I do wish the book had been a little longer, so a compelling layer of depth could have been added, for example Gabriel was fab but I think the author could have given us when it came to him.Potential Triggers view spoiler A mother selling her child and child labour is mentioned, as is the grooming of a child hide spoiler flag 25 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Aug 19, 2019 Robin Bridge Four rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves awesome audio, 2019 reads, beautifully broken bastards, book boyfriend material, sexy, chick i want to hang out with, historical happiness, 4 5 stars, cool creatures This review was originally posted on Books of My HeartReading a Tessa Dare book, is like going to coffee with a friend you haven t seen in a while I always know I m going to have a good time, it will feel like coming home and there will be some giggling The Wallflower Wager didn t disappoint and is everything I ve come to expect from Tessa Dare Penelope I never met an animal I couldn t rescue Campion, has a barnyard full at her house and at six and twenty has reached spinster status This review was originally posted on Books of My HeartReading a Tessa Dare book, is like going to coffee with a friend you haven t seen in a while I always know I m going to have a good time, it will feel like coming home and there will be some giggling The Wallflower Wager didn t disappoint and is everything I ve come to expect from Tessa Dare Penelope I never met an animal I couldn t rescue Campion, has a barnyard full at her house and at six and twenty has reached spinster status She is threatened by her aunt and brother that if she can t figure out a way to get rid of all the animals at the house and end up in the society pages, she will be hauled off to the country to live out her spinsterhood There is no way she is going to find a home for a parrot who formally resided in a house of ill repute Good God That man is intolerable Yes, Penny said He is Alexandra sat up no small feat, in her condition and regarded her with concern Oh, Penny What The way you said that You sounded dreamy I am not dreamy, she fibbed Chase remarked that he was intolerable, and I agreed If you like, I ll add that he s ill mannered and beastly Precisely, Nicola said That s what worries us He s just the sort of man you d be drawn to We all know how you love a challenge Gabriel is a self made man who has purchased the home next door and needs Penny to reside there if he has any hope of selling it to someone looking to climb the ranks of society by living next door to an Earl s Daughter If he has to figure out how to place all the animals in her care and help her get out into society, then fine, it is a small price to pay He for the life of him can t understand how someone so beautiful and funny could possibly not be attached to a man with a brood of kids already Gabe is great at finding undervalued things, putting a shine to them, and selling them off for he s built a fortune on it and Penny is definitely undervalued There is no way in hell that your unmarried state is due to a lack of interest Please, enlighten me as to the reason That s simple You ve been hiding yourself, and you re good at it A master of camouflage She laughed Camouflage That s the only possible explanation You ve made a frock from the same silk covering the drawing room walls, trimmed it with cat hair and feathers Then when gentlemen visit, you stand still and blend in Penny is completely adorable I love all the animals in her care and how much trouble they seem to get Penny into Then there is the attraction she is feeling toward Gabe and the way he makes her feel, maybe she can save him too.Both Gabe and Penny have some tragedies in their past and as they get to know one another they find that in some ways they are alike than once believed This did get a little serious as Penny confronted the tragedy from her past, but there was enough humor to not make it a total mood killer and I did love how she saved herself in the end, she has learned much from the Duke of Ruin.The Wallflower Wager is the 3rd book in the Girl Meets Duke series, but like most historical romance can be read in any order I ve liked this the most out of all the books of this series, probably because of Penny and all the animals It is a little rushed at the end and there were a few questions still left a little open but they were for minor things and I m not sure anyone else would notice Narration Mary Jane Wells has performed all of the books in the Girl Meets Duke series She does a fantastic job of capturing Tessa Dare s humor and bringing characters to life I even think I ended up liking the previous book, The Governess Game, due to her narrative I listened to this at my normal 1.5x speed.Listen to a clip flag 24 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 15, 2019 Sam AMNReader rated it really liked it Shelves one clicked that I am done with this But I am not done, and for that matter, nor have I started my review I guess I just did Does this count I need this to count.I missed out on some lols It may have been my mood bc I loved the book.But, as with any book with social commentary, I want the author to be artistic about how it is integrated in the story Dare was We know she s not the subtlest of authors Her characters are big Her plots and dialogue breezy A lot of delight Hope Balance some heavy issues.B I am done with this But I am not done, and for that matter, nor have I started my review I guess I just did Does this count I need this to count.I missed out on some lols It may have been my mood bc I loved the book.But, as with any book with social commentary, I want the author to be artistic about how it is integrated in the story Dare was We know she s not the subtlest of authors Her characters are big Her plots and dialogue breezy A lot of delight Hope Balance some heavy issues.But then her art failed at the end Please don t insult readers intelligence I fully agree I am 100% on board But somehow she didn t let the story and characters work in the way they already were She got in their way.So3.5 but I m gonna read it again So 4 stars But so close I adore this couple s dynamic flag 23 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Aug 16, 2019 Anna A Romance Reader rated it it was amazing Shelves favorite hero, favorite heroine, favorites, 2019 favorites Loved it I think this is my favorite of the series and that s saying a lot cause I love The Duchess Deal Gabriel and Penny are one of my favorite couples ever From the start the chemistry between them is off the charts and I love how they talk to each other without reservations Their love is just so real This is a book I ll re read in the future for sure and its going straight to my favorites of 2019 flag 22 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Aug 05, 2019 Barbara Rogers rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, 2019 read Series Girl Meets Duke 3Publication Date 8 12 19Number of Pages 384 3.5 Stars rounded up to 4 As I sit here trying to write this review, I am in a quandary over how to rate it Sadly, that is the usual case with me and this author Her books are always witty and filled with quirky characters that you can t help but love However, they are also thoroughly modern books dressed in period clothes and that really bothers me.I do want to mention here, near the beginning of my review, that th Series Girl Meets Duke 3Publication Date 8 12 19Number of Pages 384 3.5 Stars rounded up to 4 As I sit here trying to write this review, I am in a quandary over how to rate it Sadly, that is the usual case with me and this author Her books are always witty and filled with quirky characters that you can t help but love However, they are also thoroughly modern books dressed in period clothes and that really bothers me.I do want to mention here, near the beginning of my review, that there is a trigger in this book It is hinted at throughout the earlier parts of the book, but it is spelled out beginning around the 78% mark I won t tell which trigger it is but if you are sensitive to certain triggers, at least you ll know that it does contain one Gabriel Gabe Duke, known by the ton as the Duke of Ruin, is a self made man in every way Immune to emotional entanglements, he is ruthless in business and single minded in the pursuit of what he wants He was born in the gutter with no idea who his father was and his mother was a gin addicted woman who sold him as basically a slave to a pub owner After the pub, he spent years in an abusive workhouse He s never had anyone who loved him and he s certainly never loved anyone himself.Gabriel s current focus is the profitable sale of a newly acquired property on Bloom Square in Mayfair He s been refurbishing it, adding modern conveniences such as running hot water and updating the interior Now, all he needs to do is rid the neighborhood of the menagerie living in the house next door Who knew the menagerie s owner could be such a delightful creature.Lady Penelope Penny Campion is everything light and beautiful from her soul, to her physical appearance, to her heart she is beautiful inside and out She always looks for, and finds, the best in everyone That gloriously enormous heart of hers extends to animals as well as people Her home is filled with the world s castoff animals a parrot who is really foul mouthed, a dog with useless hind legs, a goat, an otter, a hedgehog, laying chickens that don t lay, a Scottish coo, many, many, many kittens you name it and she takes it in Now, both her family and her neighbor are demanding that she get rid of them all How will they survive without her care There are so many delightfully entertaining scenes in the book something on every page that will keep you smiling if not laughing out loud The banter and dialogue are thoroughly modern but so very entertaining The scene with the three men acting as a midwife for a goat is one of the best I ve ever read.If you want a highly entertaining read and don t care about historical accuracy, this book is for you unless the trigger will bother you As I ve written this review, I ve pondered the rating and have decided that I ll rate it at 3.5 stars because it is so historically inaccurate, but I ll round that up to 4 because it is such an entertaining book.I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own flag 20 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jul 10, 2019 Angie rated it it was amazing Shelves ebooks, historical romance, snuggable chick lit, arc copy, adult romance, favorites 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 PennyAs expected, Tessa Dare has once again written a novel that is capable of speaking to so many people on many different levels I myself was able to relate to Penny on such a base level as I see so much of myself in her our shared love of animals, our continued optimism and hope in the fac 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 PennyAs expected, Tessa Dare has once again written a novel that is capable of speaking to so many people on many different levels I myself was able to relate to Penny on such a base level as I see so much of myself in her our shared love of animals, our continued optimism and hope in the face of a not so easy past, and ultimately our yearning for freedom and control over our destinies Her character arc was absolutely one of my favorites Tessa has written so far, and I hope to meet my Gabriel one day I ve built a fortune by spotting things that are undervalued, dusting them off, and selling them at the proper price I know a hidden treasure when I see one GabeSpeaking of Gabriel, he is the epitome of a surly and broody hero, and I loved him so He was sold by his mother when he was young and has fought hard to leave his past behind He makes his fortune by flipping properties and is content to never stay in one place too long, so when Penny and her veritable farm prevent him from making a profit, he vows to help her settle her animals in exchange for her lofty influence But as they spend time together, the Gabe finds himself caring about Penny s various pets and the woman herself, while Penny finds the freedom and love she has been longing for She looked not only desirable, but necessary A part of him The better part, of course The part where his redeeming qualities might be hiding, if indeed he possessed any Gabe doubted he did, but he found himself longing to search her thoroughly, inside and out, just to be sure. And just as the gorgeous cover suggests, this novel turned out to be a lighter romance, a soft and blossoming pink that is warm and contagious but still sweeps down your neck in an all encompassing flush that makes even your toes tingle with warmth Penny s animals proved to be such entertaining secondary characters, while Penny s human friends were pure comedic gold what with birthing goats and seconds and thirds I m ashamed that I haven t read Emma and Alex s books yet, but seeing Ash and Chase here has definitely prompted me to bump them up on my tbr I d recommend this to every romance reader, especially those who love HRs with relatable heroines, surly heroes with a soft underbelly, and a lovely courtship propelled by goats and kittens.My Gabriel Duke, the Duke of Ruin, with his ever present scruff ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review flag 23 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Aug 04, 2019 Lacey Booklovers For Life rated it really liked it Shelves historical romance, tbr 2019, arc, adult, made me laugh, review copy If you love a quirky heroine, a grump of a hero who tries to hide a soft heart, hilarious characters, and a whole bunch of animals, READ THIS BOOK The Wallflower Wager is too adorable for words I had so much fun with Gabriel, Penny, and their friends I don t even know why I skipped over book 2 but I m remedying that immediately I love Tessa Dare so much flag 19 likesLike see review Aug 13, 2019 Lauren The Novel Lush rated it it was amazing Every book in this series is my favorite until the next one comes out and is even better The Wallflower Wager has me cackling out loud with its sassy MCs and and saucy parrots If you thought the two nieces in The Governess Game were hilarious, wait until you meet Delilah Penny and Gabriel both had heartbreaking backstories and both struggled with their own worth while proving to the other just how priceless they really are So many feels ALL the feels Super steamy as always Love me some Tes Every book in this series is my favorite until the next one comes out and is even better The Wallflower Wager has me cackling out loud with its sassy MCs and and saucy parrots If you thought the two nieces in The Governess Game were hilarious, wait until you meet Delilah Penny and Gabriel both had heartbreaking backstories and both struggled with their own worth while proving to the other just how priceless they really are So many feels ALL the feels Super steamy as always Love me some Tessa Dare flag 18 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 27, 2019 Holly rated it it was amazing Shelves audiobook, 2019 read, historical romance, favorite book Tessa Dare is back and this is the historical romance book you have been waiting for I rarely give out five stars but I enjoyed this book too much not to This book was hilarious It reminded me a bit of Bea from Lisa Kleypas Love in the Afternoon another book I highly recommend , in that they both feature a heroine who tends to like animals than people But when comparing the two, this one was lighthearted overall with several literal laugh out loud moments for me Well, I should s Tessa Dare is back and this is the historical romance book you have been waiting for I rarely give out five stars but I enjoyed this book too much not to This book was hilarious It reminded me a bit of Bea from Lisa Kleypas Love in the Afternoon another book I highly recommend , in that they both feature a heroine who tends to like animals than people But when comparing the two, this one was lighthearted overall with several literal laugh out loud moments for me Well, I should say there was one thing that was absolutely NOT lighthearted and definitely deserves a trigger warning view spoiler child grooming molestation discussed, not seen directly by the reader hide spoiler This book is part of a series but you can read it as a standalone You just won t know who some of the friends are that appear, but it s not integral to the story Oh and it s WONDERFUL as an audiobook if you want to go that route flag 38 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Kat Valentine Fabulous review Holly Aug 29, 2019 07 40PM Aisling Zena Fab review Holly Aug 31, 2019 07 46AM Aug 05, 2019 Lubnaa Romance Library rated it really liked it Shelves beautiful cover stepback, so fucking cute, historical romance, own, fav couples, 2019, hero survivor of abuse, fav heroes, heroine survivor of abuse 4.5 stars I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.The Wallflower Wager is the third book in Tessa Dare s wonderful Girl Meets Duke series Not only does this book have one of the best meet cutes of all time, but it also has the best final line ever I m literally smiling like a lunatic as I write this review I ve said this before and I ll say it again Dare s books are anachronistic If you re a reader who values historical accuracy above all, then she s not the author 4.5 stars I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.The Wallflower Wager is the third book in Tessa Dare s wonderful Girl Meets Duke series Not only does this book have one of the best meet cutes of all time, but it also has the best final line ever I m literally smiling like a lunatic as I write this review I ve said this before and I ll say it again Dare s books are anachronistic If you re a reader who values historical accuracy above all, then she s not the author for you As for me, Tessa Dare gets a free pass Always She s the only one who gets away with all the craziness in her books because her humour and characters just work really well for me Society papers have nicknamed Gabriel Duke as the Duke of Ruin because he excels at ruthlessly ruining aristocrats and taking all of their assets This path of ruin leads Gabriel to buy the house next door to Lady Penelope Campion, a spinster who lives with a variety of animals that she has saved over the years Gabriel begins living in his newly acquired house while it is getting renovated, but he somehow gets roped into helping Penny find loving homes for her animals And chaos ensues As it is with Tessa Dare s books, The Wallflower Wager had me laughing my ass off, sighing, and swooning Gabriel is a big, gruff, and beautiful beast of a man, with a head full of stubborn, unruly hair and whiskers that sprout in the space of an hour In his own words, he s the latest wild beast that Penny has acquired in her collection LOL Oh and he also gets grumpier when he s hungry This man Ugh He keeps saying how bad and ruthless he is, when he s really a softie underneath all of that gruffness Need me a man like that I love how Penny makes her silly way under his skin and discovers him for the softie that he really is This man is literally a kitten magnet and a baby goat cuddler Ughhhhhhh So Cute Excuse me while I swoon Gabriel is honestly everything he says he s the furthest thing from romantic, but then he says and thinks the most romantic stuff The thing is he isn t aware that he s actually being romantic LOL This Man His moment of clarity when he realizes that he s in love with Penny is the best thing ever LOL Gabriel and Penny are so wonderful together Penny is definitely quirkier than the usual Tessa Dare heroine Her naivete feels a little overboard at times, mostly because her friends baby her way too much Like Gabriel, I didn t find it funny how her friends treat her like fragile glass But I love how self aware Penny is she knows what she feels and she accepts those feelings She s gone through her fair share of pain, but she also recognizes her privilege, especially next to Gabriel, who grew up in poverty I love the set of characters that Tessa Dare has created in this series They all have such great chemistry together, especially the heroes LOL The bromance is one of my favourite things about this series The climax was also exceptionally and cleverly written It made the ending all that much sweeter and satisfactory I think my only complaint about this book is that the pacing felt a little off I also wanted some neighbourly shenanigans, but otherwise, this book pretty much hit all the right buttons for me What matters the most though is that I ultimately finished the book with a permanent grin on my face and with my heart full of feels P.S I have a trigger warning for this book This is something that is hinted very early on in the story and it s really easy to figure out what it s about Edit I ve added a spoiler tag below in the comments to explain about the trigger warning and you can also expand the following spoiler tag to read about it view spoiler The heroine, Penny, was sexually assaulted by a close family friend when she was a young girl It s subtly hinted in the beginning of the book, but not fully revealed and explained until 78% ish into the book She also has to face her attacker again many years later The assault is not graphically described or shown it is only told hide spoiler Let me know if you need details flag 15 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Aug 20, 2019 Rachael Caribbean girl bibliophile rated it it was amazing Shelves favourite, historical romance Spoilers aheadWe met Penny in the previous books as the romantic who saw the best in everyone She loves animals and has quite a few of them in her home When her beloved parrot escapes into her neighbor s house Penny ,believing the place to be empty, does a little breaking and entering and has an unconventional meet with her new neighbor Penny leaves thinking to stay away from the half naked beast of a man but then her brother and aunt brings her and her neighbor into deliciously close proximi Spoilers aheadWe met Penny in the previous books as the romantic who saw the best in everyone She loves animals and has quite a few of them in her home When her beloved parrot escapes into her neighbor s house Penny ,believing the place to be empty, does a little breaking and entering and has an unconventional meet with her new neighbor Penny leaves thinking to stay away from the half naked beast of a man but then her brother and aunt brings her and her neighbor into deliciously close proximity.Gabriel Duke has clawed his way up from poverty to bring a feared, respected and wealthy member of society His rise to power was made upon the ruins of many families thus earning him the moniker the Duke of Ruin When he encounters Lady Penny and learns of her situation he offers to help her find homes for her animals to suit his own needs Even though they biker and rarely agree the chemistry between the kind hearted lady and the brutally honest Duke is unmistakableI honestly thought Penny would be a weak heroine, she was so sweet and kind and romantic that I prepared myself for a doormat Nope Lady Penny fell in LUST with Gabriel, she wasn t even afraid of it She was brave, kind, strong and thoughtful and I loved her She d been through something very traumatic as a child and it still affected her but in the end she was finally able to over come her fears.Gabriel was a good H, he d been with women before but it d been a while and Penny knocked him for a loop He had some issues because of how he was raised and the things he went through so he did some pushing away but nothing too OTT He was a loyal, protective, honest and supportive beast of a man who was brutally honest being the only one to tell Penny her sham sandwiches sucked lol.The newly formed bromance was a delight, the secondary characters in the form of previous mcs and Nicola were fantastic and funny together The animals and especially Gabriel,Ash and Chace s delivery of a baby goat were laugh out loud funny.I was happy Penny s childhood abuser got his comeuppance but honestly I felt he deserved worst.All in all I adored this one and look forward to the final book in the series unless the H was a manwhore too or slept around while engaged to Nicola even if she didn t want him , time will tell h was sexually molested by a family friend, no penetration but touching flag 18 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 29, 2019 Suzanne Under the Covers Book blog rated it it was amazing Shelves coming soon aug 2019, genre historical romance, heroine plainjane bluestocking, best of the best 2019, funny funny har har, pets adorable, hero grumpy, hero self made man 4.5 starsLady Penelope Campion, Penny, our wallflower, is known by the ton to be unusual and avoided Not that she cares She has a group of friends she adores and a menageries of unwanted and unloved animals to lavish her love and affection on Her new neighbour Mr Gabriel Duke is not quite as please by her cadre of animals A ruthless businessman, he has recently bought the house next door to Penny and her animals are disrupting his plans So, Penny sets him a task, if he can find a home, and 4.5 starsLady Penelope Campion, Penny, our wallflower, is known by the ton to be unusual and avoided Not that she cares She has a group of friends she adores and a menageries of unwanted and unloved animals to lavish her love and affection on Her new neighbour Mr Gabriel Duke is not quite as please by her cadre of animals A ruthless businessman, he has recently bought the house next door to Penny and her animals are disrupting his plans So, Penny sets him a task, if he can find a home, and not just any home, but a loving one, then she will part with her beloved pets How hard can it be There are a handful of authors where I get genuinely bouncy and impatient for their next release Where the anticipation for the release is almost a physical force, and the closer it gets to release day the stronger that force is Tessa Dare is one of those authors for me I have never read a book of hers that I haven t adored So you can imagine how excited I was to get my mitts on The Wallflower Wager I picked it up then could not put it down until I had gotten to the last word.One of the reasons I love Dare s books so much is that they have such a wonderful balance of humour and romance, with the addition of enough real emotional depth that it has you connecting with the characters And with The Wallflower Wager, we also have the added bonus of some really adorable and unusual pets But, where this book really shines is the banter and the way Penny wiggles her quirky way into Gabriel s heart.If you like a hero who is all ruthless and cold hearted on the outside, but by the end of the book you realise he s really all marshmallowey goodness, then Gabriel is the guy for you I adore this type of hero And watching his perplexity as he was trying to deal with the quirky, beautiful and supposedly naieve Penny was a thing of beauty They were a delightful match Their witty repartee had you eating up the pages of this book, and their unmistakable physical attraction was delicious This is a book that has a lot of heart and I guarantee will leave you with a smile on your face.Now, the cycle starts again as I am once again left wanting for the next book Tessa Dare will release flag 18 likesLike see review Aug 05, 2019 Bookphenomena Micky rated it it was amazing Shelves edelweiss, 2019 read, hero swoon, arc read, historical, all the feels, favourites 2019, heroine love I think I have found a Dare book that has pipped When the Scot Ties the Knot to the top spot because THE WALLFLOWER WAGER delighted my reading heart in the best way possible Gush alert This is a novel of wit, with a rich and heart warming story and characters that I want to read again and again I was laughing along by a few pages in and the humour really didn t ebb at all The story of Penny and Gabe was one literally surrounded by animals goats, an otter, a parrot, kittens and a disabled I think I have found a Dare book that has pipped When the Scot Ties the Knot to the top spot because THE WALLFLOWER WAGER delighted my reading heart in the best way possible Gush alert This is a novel of wit, with a rich and heart warming story and characters that I want to read again and again I was laughing along by a few pages in and the humour really didn t ebb at all The story of Penny and Gabe was one literally surrounded by animals goats, an otter, a parrot, kittens and a disabled dog It was enchanting and I now feel attached to them all.This was also a story of insecurities and hearts looking for a home Penny was a spinster hermit, she had retreated to her life with animals, content in her small circle of company The way Gabe and Penny met had me highlighting so many moments in the book and from there, these two were hilarious and full of chemistry Gabe was a self made man with a reputation for unscrupulous business dealings I loved the developing friendship between these two They had a real platonic connection and as this developed into , the friendship remained I adored them and I loved their shared ideals and values.Now I ve come to look at all the quotes I ve highlighted and they re all either super racy or spoilery, so I won t be sharing those but just know that the banter, dialogue and narrative is fun and delicious.Thank you Ms Dare for bringing this delightful story into my life I will re read this without a doubt.Thank you to Avon Publishing and Edelweiss for the early copy.This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities Blog here flag 14 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Aug 14, 2019 Pamela added it Review to come, but the Cliff Notes version is that this may be one of my favorite romances ever flag 13 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jul 10, 2019 aarya rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves r subgenre hist romance european, owned in arc ebook, year 2019, owned in audible, tag s mf, rating 4, bookstagram, fiction genre romance, ripped bodice bingo 2019 2019 Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo Next Door Neighbor Bookstagram not a review protagonist suffered sexual abuse as a childTessa Dare at her best Ridiculously funny, heart warming, and poignant You re guaranteed to love it if you ve loved her previous books And if you haven t yet tried Dare, this works as a stand alone despite featuring characters from previous books The Wallflower Wager has the following Slytherin Hufflepuff pairing hero 2019 Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo Next Door Neighbor Bookstagram not a review protagonist suffered sexual abuse as a childTessa Dare at her best Ridiculously funny, heart warming, and poignant You re guaranteed to love it if you ve loved her previous books And if you haven t yet tried Dare, this works as a stand alone despite featuring characters from previous books The Wallflower Wager has the following Slytherin Hufflepuff pairing heroine that is literal manifestation of sunshine and kindness Duke of Ruin hero who is a real softie underneath Overprotective friends who get put in their place y all, let Penny kiss whoever she wants without unnecessary unwanted interference Found family okay, those overprotective friends aren t all bad A discussion of how virginity isn t a measure of worth or something that can be ruined Oh no, a carriage accident What could possibly happen now That s right, sharing a room at the inn A suite of rooms is still forced proximity Regency version of Schr dinger s cat Whorehouse parrots Don t ask A goat that may or may not be breeding spoiler it s breeding A housekeeper slash vampire slash witch slash ghoul slash succubus Three Men and a Goat Baby flag 13 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 12, 2019 Lisa Remarkablylisa rated it it was ok Shelves august 2019 I am literally so disappointed in this read from Tessa Dare, a writer whom I ve grown to love, and a book in the Girl Meets Duke series I absolutely loved the first two in this series and can t recommend it enough but this one, I want to tell everyone to be warned The pacing was off from the beginning when we meet our two main characters It was a good meet cute and we established the fact that the Duke of Ruin was a cold heartless bastard so imagine my surprise when he flipped really quickl I am literally so disappointed in this read from Tessa Dare, a writer whom I ve grown to love, and a book in the Girl Meets Duke series I absolutely loved the first two in this series and can t recommend it enough but this one, I want to tell everyone to be warned The pacing was off from the beginning when we meet our two main characters It was a good meet cute and we established the fact that the Duke of Ruin was a cold heartless bastard so imagine my surprise when he flipped really quickly and kissed her It also was never established what was between them I took it as a friends with benefits kind of deal but when again, declarations of love were done, I was taken aback I thought there was some issues with chemistry between the characters as well I enjoyed parts of the story a lot including the farm load of animals, feminist qualities, and nice quotes about being worthy in society.Although, I didn t get why Penny thought the way she did sometimes Like it s clearly not that reason why Gabriel decided to marry her but she has to bring feminism and worth into it and I m like um, calm down sis Cause this ain t it I was also confused about how Penny s brother was forcing her to come back to his house and that was supposed to add tension and be a problem for Penny but she seemed unfazed by it most of the time It also had to do with the fact that Penny s brother didn t even show up for majority of the book In my honest opinion, this book didn t feel like a Tessa Dare novel It felt like someone writing under her name and saying this is part of the series UGH flag 12 likesLike see review Mamacita wants a Bedtime Story NOOOOOOO Please don t let it be true Aug 12, 2019 09 49AM Ashley Anne omg I thought the same thing That someone slapped Tessa Dare s name on th cover of another booke Aug 19, 2019 05 25AM Shreya Gudge I completely agree with you this does not feel like Tessa Dare s writing Sep 01, 2019 12 03PM Aug 18, 2019 Els rated it it was amazing Tessa Dare did it again I loved this book, and can t wait for the next one flag 15 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers also enjoyed 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 Excellen 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 in than 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 Other books in the series Girl Meets Duke 4 books Books by Tessa Dare More Trivia About The Wallflower Wa No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from The Wallflower Wager The older woman smiled Now, that was satisfying I never knew until this moment how much I wanted to have henchmen 2 likes Wounded male pride has caused the world destruction than the Black Death and the Great Flood put together 1 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 1232, 1250, 545, 103, 35 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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