Friday, December 7, 2018

Wager for a Wife by Karen Tuft + $25 and Book Giveaway!

William Barlow's life has been forever altered: his estranged father is dead, and William has inherited the title of Viscount Farleigh. Along with the title comes a neglected estate, an enormous amount of gambling debt, and one astounding acquisition that will turn William's world upside down . . .

It is her first London Season, and Lady Louisa Hargreaves could not be more pleased. She has attracted the attention of the Earl of Kerridge, and the two are on the cusp of an official betrothal. That is, until she learns of a generations-old family debt: her grandfather gambled her hand in marriage and lost, and now Louisa must pay the price. She will marry not the earl but a man she just met, who has taken her freedom in one fell swoop. Even as she struggles to understand the handsome and aloof man she is to wed, Louisa is irresistibly drawn to him—and he to her. But she soon realizes he is harboring secrets, and as her wedding day approaches, she must discover what her future husband is hiding before she makes the gravest mistake of her life.

I have to say first that I loved William from the very beginning.  His sense of loyalty, his determination, and his vulnerability all combine to make him so endearing as a character.  I love when books give me a very clear feeling of who the characters are right from the beginning.  It makes it so easy to attach myself to their story, their heartache and their hope.

This is a sweet regency romance.  It felt all things gentle and proper while reading it.  The author did a great job of creating great visuals for my mind so I could easily make the people and places come to life in my head.  There is an extensive cast of secondary characters but I never felt overwhelmed with keeping them straight.  The people in Williams life, while not blood family, sure gave that feeling of family and I loved it.  

Will and Louisa couldn't be more different.  Louisa has a gift of words.  She is a verbal being and communicates well.  Will on the other hand, doesn't.  He doesn't use his word often or well, but he still feels deeply.  I love how Will recognizes this in Louisa and allows her to verbalize because he knows she needs it and he tries so hard to give her what she wants from him.  He doesn't really always succeed, but he tries.  See?  How can I not love Will?

This book was very enjoyable and ever so sweet.

Content:  kissing

- I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own.


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