The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke #3)
By: Tessa Dare
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
They call him the Duke of Ruin.
To an undaunted wallflower, he’s just the beast next door.
Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now he wants to get even.
Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.
When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.
Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?
And a two-legged dog.
And a foul-mouthed parrot.
And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog . . .
Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.
Not if he ruins her first.
I forgot I had started reading this series, lol. It’s been a while since I’ve had read a historical fiction title and I was in the mood for something light. So here we go 🙂
Bottom line? I didn’t love it as much as the first two novels–not sure if it was because I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I thought I would (but I did empathise with their plights and their own personal problems)–but I was entertained enough. I liked how Penny stood up for herself and sought to chart her own course, her own future. There was one particular detail about Penny’s past that did leave me surprised and appalled and totally feeling for her ordeal. And while she and Gabriel seem like totally different people, they are complimentary in that Gabriel also sought to chart his own future, rose up against such difficult beginnings. But other than that I wasn’t wholly swept away with their romance other than them beating the odds of what Society deemed and the different social backgrounds that they hail from.
Admittedly the most hilarious parts of the books came from the reappearance of friends from previous volumes. The men in particular–Chase and Ashbury–were especially hilarious and driving Gabriel insane to no end, lol.
Overall, The Wallflower Wager was a fun enough read. I look forward to the next volume as Nicola, the last of the friends to be featured in this series, appears to have quite a predicament in her hands.