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A Wicked Wager

Avenging Lords, Book 2
Narrated by: Liisa Ivary
Series: Avenging Lords Series, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Romance, Regency
4 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Two lonely people discover that true love doesn’t have to be perfect.

The gentleman makes a wager.

Devlin Drake is out for revenge. Since his brother’s mysterious death, the cruel and devious Miss Bromfield has taken to spouting vicious lies, spreading vile gossip - and he vows to make her pay. How better to punish the lady than to make her his wife? A lifetime of misery is what she deserves. Knowing the lady would never accept him, Devlin devises a plan to get her to the altar - he’ll win her hand in a bet. 

In choosing to marry the spiteful lady, Devlin must accept he will never know true love. But his fortunes turn when he’s offered another tempting option. 

A surprise announcement. 

Miss Juliet Duval, the illegitimate daughter of Baron Bromfield, was taken into the lord’s house after the death of her mother. The baron finds her an embarrassment, and her half-sister’s jealous tirades see Juliet banished to the role of servant. That is until her father makes a foolish wager and needs a daughter to satisfy his debt. 

An unsuitable match.

Thrown together in an odd twist of fate, Devlin and Juliet are mismatched in every regard. He is a hulking figure of a man, powerful, commanding. She is dainty and petite, used to obeying her father, and despising of masterful men. Yet both quickly become what the other needs and together must battle against those determined to tear them apart. 

Features:

  • Regency historical romance novel
  • A novel of approx 70,000 words
  • Contains some descriptive sex scenes
©2018 Adele Clee (P)2018 Adele Clee

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I loved the honestly between characters!

I really liked this book. I really, really loved that the couple was completely honest with each other from basically the start. I HATE deception books so their honestly was refreshing and I loved it. They took care of each other and they helped each other with their problems. It was just an all around great book.

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Amazing!

I knew when I got my hands on this book that it would be another winner. Ms. Clee has never disappointed me. This book, just like all the others she wrote, is full of exciting characters and a mystery with a lot of twists and turns. Whenever I thought I had it all figured out I was thrown another curveball. The story kept me enthralled until the very end. This book is not to be missed! And the narrator Liisa Ivary did another fine job reading it.

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An engrossing story

As usual with an Adele Clee story I was gripped from the first page. I enjoyed the first in the series and this second book was equally as good. I liked that there was a mystery to be solved and a few villains to contend with. The main characters of Devlin and Juliet were extremely likeable. They both had issues with their background but I loved the connection between the two of them. What a life Juliet had endured with her father and half sister! I liked the camaraderie between Devlin and his friends. In this book we met more of his close friends and I’m looking forward to meeting the rest. I thought the narrator read the story very well, she altered her voice for the different characters and really brought the story to life.

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Good book, bad narration

This is much better than the first book in the series. This allowed the characters to develop and come to their HEA. It was still alittle fast, as they were in lust/love within a week. The problem with AC's book is so much is about how the heroine looks, but I guess it is like that in real life!
The narrator is too dramatic, and not in the good way. She even says the chapter number in such a heightened way I feel tired after the second chapter. It's like the description of a bad actor "eating the scenery". If she could calm down when nothing is going on, then you would appreciate when there is an exciting scene. The entire series uses this narrator, so I have to put up with it...but I don't have to like it!
Some parts towards the end of the book are too drawn out and slow, so this could really have been cut. After they find the letters, they keep reading them , and then rereading them and again a couple more times...not sure why?? Other than that there is a nice little twist to the mystery.
Overall it was better than I thought it would be and was worth a credit.

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  • 03-26-19

Easy Listening

I enjoyed all the Characters and the story was believable.
The hero finds his plan of revenge backfires. The heroine's life is changed and realising her good luck, she does her best to make it work. Those that deserve it get their comeuppance. I am not sure I am into mystic people, but he adds interest