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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

An angry earl. A desperate spinster. A reckless wager.

For five years, Brooke Culpepper has focused her energy on two things: keeping the struggling dairy farm that’s her home operating and preventing her younger sister and cousins from starving. Then one day, a stern-faced stranger arrives at their doorstep and announces he’s the dairy’s new owner and plans on selling the farm. Though she’s outraged, Brooke can’t deny the Earl of Ravensdale makes her pulse race in the most disturbing way. 

Heath is incensed to discover five women call the land he won at the gaming tables their home. Their guardian made no mention of his beautiful, impoverished wards, nor did he reveal that he forced Brooke to send him the dairy’s proceeds or he’d evict them. Heath detests everything about the country and has no desire to own a smelly farm, even if one of the occupants is the most intelligent, entrancing woman he’s ever met. 

Desperate, pauper poor, and with nowhere to take her family, Brooke rashly proposes a wager. Heath's stakes? The farm. Hers? Her virtue. The land holds no interest for Heath, but he finds Brooke irresistible and ignoring prudence as well as his sense of honor, he just as recklessly accepts her challenge. 

In a winner-takes-all bet, will they both come to regret their impulsiveness, especially when love is at stake? 

*Previously published as Brooke: Wagers Gone Awry.

©2015 Collette Cameron (P)2016 Collette Cameron

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I couldn't stop

I really enjoyed listening to this story. It was filled with twists and turns, I never knew what was going to happen next. Brooke and Heath along with the others were a delight to get to know. I can't wait to see what happens with the rest. I would definitely recommend this!

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Introducing the Misses Culpepper

What an absolutely wonderful beginning for a series. This story is about Brooke Culpepper and Heath, Earl of Ravensdale. Brooke, the oldest Culpepper, has run herself ragged (really) handling the family farm and dairy business. Heath has won the farm acreage from the Culpepper's sleazy cousin and has come to collect (and then sell) his winnings. He is not greeted with joy. In fact, five beautiful Misses Culpepper and their retainers do not make him feel welcome at all. There is a spark between Heath and Brooke that might develop into something good. It doesn't look good, especially when his solution to their situations is to make Brooke his mistress. He doesn't score points with anyone, including his own friends, for that one. Brooke is devastated; everyone else is furious with him.

The main characters in this story couldn't be less alike. Heath is a devil-may-care confirmed bachelor. He just wants to take advantage of a business opportunity. Brooke, along with the whole Culpepper household, is strong, kindhearted, caring, and determined, in fact desperate, to do what is best for those she cares for. These opposites don't attract; they collide. The four Culpepper girls stick together and support each other and Brooke. The little peaks at their personalities whet the appetite for each of their stories. Leventhorpe and Hawksworth add some humor and provide advice and support for Heath (and Brooke). The mumbling protective retainers, Mabry and Duffen, and Freddy, the ancient Corgi, round out a fantastic group of characters. The story is interesting and entertaining. It doesn't feel like a love story at first, but it gets there. I enjoyed and recommend this one and look forward to the other stories in this series.

Stevie Zimmerman turns in her usual talented performance. She does such a good job with different voices. She makes the gentlemen sound haughty and arrogant, the girls sweet and sassy. She also has a pretty good mumble.

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A most engaging story

This story was such a joy to listen to. I loved the family love between the sisters and cousins. Brooke was such a caring person, the way she put her family first. Heath was a loveable rogue but he had met his match in Brooke. There were tantalising glimpses of two friends of Heath, Leventhorpe and Hawksworth, who surely have their own interesting stories. Stevie Zimmerman narration was excellent, as usual, she used different voices to bring the different scenes to life. This was a very entertaining story.

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Stupendous

Such a wonderful love story. When Ravenwood wins a farm in a card game he goes to check it out. He doesn't expect to come to a home of destitute but beautiful ladies, especially Brooke who catches his eye right away. What ensues is calamity, wittyness and a man who tries everything to get what he wants. But the formidable Brooke throws a monkeywrench into his world. I received a complimentary audio and I am voluntarily reviewing.

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Wonderful!

Collette writes an interesting and exciting love story. Brooke managed a diary farm that had been lost in a wager to Heath. Then when he got there things started to happen to him. He even made a wager with Brooke. Stevie did a superb job narrating it.

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  • South Florida USA
  • 05-05-18

Delightful story... delightfully narrated

Thoroughly enjoyed this tale. Spunky characters, descriptive countryside, and happy tale. Well narrated, too. Highly recommend.

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Delightful

Very entertaining! I have found a new favorite author and narrator.

I look forward to reading the next books in the series. I read it straight through- couldn’t put it down until I finished it.

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 06-26-16

Great story..Awesome narration..

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!

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Love this story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would (and have) definitely recommend to a friend.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Have you listened to any of Stevie Zimmerman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nothing. She was fabulous! She does such a great job of capturing each character's personality and giving each of them a distinctive voice.

Any additional comments?

Love the author and narrator - would listen to anything by this dynamic duo!

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Entertaining!!!

Would you listen to Wagers Gone Awry again? Why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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)

Which character – as performed by Stevie Zimmerman – was your favorite?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

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!!