Brooke Culpepper resigned herself to spinsterhood when she turned down the only marriage proposal she'd likely ever receive to care for her family. After her father dies, a distant cousin inherits the estate and becomes their guardian but permits Brooke to act in his stead.
Heath, Earl of Ravensdale, is none-too-pleased to discover five young women call the dairy farm he won and intends to sell, their home. Desperate, pauper poor, and with nowhere to go, Brooke proposes a wager. His stakes? The farm. Hers? Her virtue. The land holds no interest for Heath, but Brooke does and he accepts her challenge.
Brooke loses, and her devastation is compounded when the cousin arrives, intending to haul the Culpepper misses off to London. Heath astounds himself and proposes in order to apply for guardianship of the other girls. Does Brooke dare marry the handsome stranger who'd been bent on compromising her? Will Heath regret his impulsive gesture, or will unexpected love flourish?
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Love, love, loved Heath and Brook. What a great story. There wasn’t any murder or mystery or anything like that. It was just a love story, which I’ve begun NOT to like very much. It had a little less than 300 pages but it was so interesting it felt like it was over way too soon. And I have to admit there really isn’t enough dialogue for me but I can suffer when the story is good.
Brook was one selfless and brave woman, and didn’t take any crap from anyone. Heath was such an arrogant goof I couldn’t wait for him to be brought down. LOL
I liked the other players a lot; Blythe, Brette, Blaire and Blaike, Leventhrope, Hawksworth, and poor old Duffen. I liked the dog, Freddy, too. I did not like Sheridan, what an absolute jerk he was.
There was sexual attraction in this story and a nice bedroom scene very near the end of the book. And, there was very little swearing.
As to the narration: Again Stevie Zimmerman was awesome. Every man sounded like a man and she read with such emotion: laughing, whispering, crying, yelling, you name it and she did it. Wonderful narration!
Yes, I would (and have) definitely recommend to a friend.
So hard to choose, but I'm going to say Heath. I felt a bit sorry for him when he was thrown into the dovecote. He's endearing, and I love that he wants to take care of not only Brooke, but all the ladies.
Yes, definitely! I love the historical touches Ms. Cameron adds to her novels - the language and funny sayings, the way of dress and accessories, and historical facts. I always learn something new about the period when I read her books.
Nothing. She was fabulous! She does such a great job of capturing each character's personality and giving each of them a distinctive voice.
Love the author and narrator - would listen to anything by this dynamic duo!
I'd listen to Wagers Gone Awry again because I found it entertaining as my first experience with an audiobook it gave me the opportunity to listen while I did something else at the same time I would definitely listen again.
I enjoyed the the way these women stuck together and tried too make their situation more tolerable even though their nasty cousin is not helping them whatsoever ( why would you need enemies if you have relations like him)
My favourite character would have to be Heath the Earl of Ravensdale,he is a rogue and an honourable one even though he is used to getting his way.
I really enjoyed the whole story , and there were a few scenes l liked, one of them was when Heath met Brooke and the rest of the family . I also enjoyed their wager and the ensuing mayhem! Brooke is a very caring sister and cousin and she didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for her family, even though it all worked out in the end.
Collette Cameron is a very talented author she has a way of drawing you in the characters life and situations along with humour and witty dialogue . As this was my first audio it was truly a great experience I enjoyed the narrator's accent it made me feel that I was part of the story!!
Our heroine Brooke Culpepper takes total responsibility for her sister and cousins upon her fathers death. She is charged to maintain the family dairy and farm. Her distant cousin, however, becomes their guardian and she must share her merger farm profits with him.
It is quite the shock when Heath, Earl of Ravensdale arrives at the farm and announces he is the new owner having won the farm in a bet with her cousin.
Heath is just blown away at the terribly poverty these five women have suffered. He is immediately attracted to Brooke and she is charmed but skeptical of him.
It is a bet between Heath and Brooke that finds them at the altar. Heath first proposes the idea of Brooke being his kept mistress but he realizes he is in love with her and asks her to marry him.
This is the perfect historical romance. Ms Cameron knows just how to ignite her characters bringing them to life. This author peppers her story with humor and sorrow which reaches your heart. Ms Cameron is a remarkable storyteller.
I would highly recommend this book.
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