• A Wicked Wager

  • Avenging Lords, Book 2
  • By: Adele Clee
  • Narrated by: Liisa Ivary
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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A Wicked Wager

By: Adele Clee
Narrated by: Liisa Ivary
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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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Great 2nd book in the series

We met the male lead in the prior book so it was great to hear how things turn out for him. In addition, this has a few great twists. Enjoyed it.

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loved these two together

After spending the last five years making his fortune in India, Devlin Drake has returned to England bent on revenge against Miss Hannah Bromfield for the hateful lies she's been spreading about his late brother since his mysterious death. The best punishment he can think of is to make the lady suffer daily as his wife, even if it means giving up his hidden dream of marrying for love. Devlin knows the despicable lady will never accept him so he determines to win her hand in a bet against her father.

Baron Bromfield's illegitimate daughter, Miss Juliet Duval, has suffered Ms. Bromfield's wrath and the Baron's censure since she moved into their house upon her mother's death six years ago. She lives as an unpaid servant until her father's reckless wager requires a daughter for satisfaction, for which he is all too eager to use Juliet.

Hulking, self-assured Devlin and dainty, loving Juliet couldn't be more opposite and though they're thrown together in marriage for all the wrong reasons, it soon becomes clear that they're exactly what the other needs. This is only more apparent as they work to unravel the mysteries of the past and ensure their future together.

This was a lovely story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm always a fan of the hero coming to the defense of an abused heroine, especially when it's her own family who have mistreated her. I'm here for the just desserts. It was lovely to see Juliet gain confidence and I really appreciated the honesty between her and Devlin and how they worked so well together without a ton of angst between them. I'm looking forward to Valentine's story now.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.