The Rogue's Wager (Sinful Brides, Book 1)
by Christi Caldwell
Publisher & Release: Montlake Romance, October 25, 2016
Time and setting: 1821, England
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Length: 336 pages
Rating: 4.25 Gold Crowns
Lord Robert Dennington, the Marquess of Westfield, has long reveled in the freedom afforded him as the ducal heir. He knows he must someday do right by the Somerset line, but he’s in no hurry to give up his carefree existence.
Helena Banbury is a bookkeeper in a gentleman’s gambling club, adept at analyzing numbers and accounts but helpless for lack of influence. She’s never belonged among the nobility on the gaming hell floors, but neither does she feel completely herself among the men who run the Hell and Sin Club, despite the fact that they are family. The once-illiterate girl from the streets wants more than the gilded walls her protective cage can offer.
When Robert mistakenly enters her chambers one night, Helena is forced out of her predictable life and thrust into the glittering world of Society. Will the charms of the marquess prove more perilous than any danger she ever knew on the streets?
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I discovered Christi Caldwell’s books last year, so when I received an invitation from the publisher to read her newest one in exchange for an honest review, I eagerly accepted. I know I can count on a great emotionally-charged regency romance, and The Rogue's Wager did not disappoint.
Bastard daughter of a duke, Helena Banbury, now lives a quiet existence keeping the books for her brother’s gaming hell…until one night a lord stumbles into her bedchamber. That event changes her life beyond anything she ever expects when her father takes her into his home and thrusts her into a London season.
Lord Robert Dennington takes advantage of his status to a ducal title, living a carefree life without a care in the world until his father tells him he has to marry an heiress to save the family fortune.
When Helena and Robert’s worlds collide, can they overcome their different backgrounds or will it drive them apart?
The Rogue Wager is fast-paced and has an intriguing plot. It’s a great start to a new series, and I can’t wait to read her brother’s story. It should be quite interesting. The characters have good depth, and I fell in love with them from the start.
Helena started out as a pampered child until her fifth year, then through machinations of someone–can’t say who, don’t want to have a spoiler–she ended up on the streets until her brother is old enough to protect her. Needless to say, she is wary of men. I loved how she opens up to Robert. I really rooted for them to have their happy ending.
Robert has every reason in the world to mistrust women since his heart was broken at the tender age of seventeen. His grandfather’s deplorable actions destroyed his innocence completely. I could feel his emotional pain over that event and his struggle to come to terms, regarding his growing feelings for Helena.
If you enjoy Regency romance with great descriptive writing and a moving love story, then you will love The Rogue Wager as much as I did. I highly recommend Christi Caldwell’s novels, and this one was definitely a pleasure to read. Happy reading!