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A Scandalous Wager

As the Black Raven she’s cold distant and aloneuntouched by the gossip and scorn of her aristocratic peers Until he enters her house and her life then suddenly her icy shell is no match for the heat of attractionNotorious Widow Lisbeth Carslake Countess of Blackhurst was acuitted of her husband’s murder but no one believes in her innocence Known as. Lisbeth Carslake the Countess of Blackhurst is a notorious figure She was acuitted of the murder of her husband the Earl of Blackhurst getting off on a technicality There are many among the ton who do not believe that she was innocent and that it s a travesty that she s still a free woman She is known as the Black Raven and is the subject of malicious rumour and gossip in all of the clubs She is also the subject of many wagersOliver Whitely has recently become the Earl of Bellamy after the untimely death of his older brother The family seat is almost broke and Oliver desperately needs money in order to keep things going Although he doesn t want to be the Earl and is finding the idea that he is hard to reconcile with he also knows that he must do his best to fix the mess that his brother unfortunately left behind much of which is tied up with the Countess Blackhurst Oliver s brother invested with the Countess s late husband and she has not refunded the investments after his deathA little drunk Oliver decides to take on the Black Raven wagers in order to get some money he also wants to find out about her and he unexpectedly finds himself agreeing to a business proposal that Lisbeth offers He will accompany her in society so that she can seek out the real killer of her husband and in return she will confirm that he is the recipient of all of the wagers concerning her But when the attraction begins to simmer between them things start to get a little complicated Add in the danger of someone who doesn t want to be discovered and things get very complicatedI m reading so much historical romance at the moment I m almost automatically drawn to them now There s something about the formula that is really appealing to me at the moment I ve always read a lot of contemporary romance but the historical trend in my reading has only started in the last couple of years or so This one has some good points and some not so good pointsFirstly I liked Lisbeth uite a bit She s had a horrible time of it the past few years She was married to a terrible man an abusive man and in some ways the fact hasn t always made her life easier She s been shunned by her own family and society in general She was charged with the murder but acuitted somehow on a technicality and now she lives in relative seclusion some two years later People have tried to visit her mostly men who think they might be able to woo a lonely widow and potential murderess in order to collect on the vicious wagers that are pledged in clubs Lisbeth has decided that the only way she can clear her name is to find out the identity of the real murderer and to do that she must re enter society and she needs an escort someone to provide her with cover and support given most if not all other people will shun herAlthough I understood Oliver s motives for approaching her and agreeing to be a part of the plan I have to admit I didn t really warm to him as a character and I never particularly really felt their attraction much He does have relatively good connections and he s personally invested in finding the murderer as well considering he may receive back some of the family fortune by working with Lisbeth if it can be proven how much that his brother invested Most of the time though he felt a bit extraneous to the plot like he wasn t really necessary for anything to move forward And although Lisbeth is supposedly shunned by all it doesn t really feel like people are that scandalised by their appearance at social events Given Oliver is almost broke it s unlikely he has enough social clout to smooth the way that muchThe most disappointing aspect of the story and the weakest in my opinion is who the murderer is It s glaringly obvious from the very first time they appear on the page and it seems to take an age before Lisbeth and Oliver realise who it is and even then they basically only realise because he tells them Lisbeth and someone else gives Oliver the information he needs to put it all together The story never really attained the level of suspense I felt it should particularly in the scenes of the final confrontation Likewise some of the scenes between Lisbeth and her husband which are shown in flashback lack the emotional impact that scenes of that nature shouldAll in all this was an okay read I enjoyed certain aspects of it but there were others that didn t really resonate with me

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At the end of a fire pokerShe will let him win the wager and he will help find her husband’s killer before the killer finds her But business agreements don’t mean trust and Lisbeth certainly doesn’t trust Oliver her body’s reaction to him or her heartLove may be the biggest gamble of their lives but is it a wager their hearts can afford to lose. There is a new hero in town Oliver the Earl of Bellamy freshly returned from the war to take up the reigns after his brother Henry s accidental death To his dismay there are suspicions raised about said death pointing towards the Black Raven Lisbeth Carslake Countess of Blackhurst who was tried and then acuitted of her husband s murder But there are still ugly murmurs about the Black Raven and some of them involve not only murder but money and greed The night Oliver gains access on a wager to the Black Raven s house opens the novel Given the dark nature of things this first meeting is surprisingly fresh and comic Oliver is totally foxed but still conscious enough to be uite endearing and witty And he continues to be right through the book He is strong enough to be protective man enough to cope with the Black Raven rumours as he escorts Lisbeth through the ton and generous with his honest affections Lisbeth on the other hand comes from a shockingly damaged background and is very guarded Every reader s heart will go out to her I know mine did I loved watching these two find their HEA and can t wait for the next Cassandra Samuels

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The Black Raven bringer of bad luck and death she is eviscerated by the gossips and mocked in the clubsShe’s also the subject of London’s most scandalous wagerOliver Whitely Earl of Bellamy needs money but it takes than a few drinks to take on The Black Raven Wager He finds himself drunk at her house and surprisingly agreeing to a business proposal. Lisbeth Countess Blackthorn was found not guilty of killing her husband in court but that doesn t mean society believes of her innocence Known as The Black Raven when her husband was found dead in their home three years ago he not only left behind his wife but he left behind a lot of angry investors Blackthorn was known for making money a lot of money and right before his death he convinced a lot of people to invest a lot of money into a speculation only it ended up being a fake speculation and many were left with nothing Lisbeth however was left all of her husband s money and not everyone is happy about it She has barely left her house in the past three yearsShe had an abusive marriage so Lisbeth was not too upset when her husband was found dead Because she is such a recluse wagers have been set up in gaming hells to offer money to those who actually make it over her threshold Which is how we find our hero Oliver Bellamy sitting on her door step drunk and in the freezing cold hoping her butler will let him in Oliver s brother died around the time of the failed speculation leaving Oliver an Earland with a heap of debt Only having a beloved elderly aunt as family Oliver doesn t have many he can turn to for advice So he decides to be the one that will cross into Lisbeth s house win the wager and help pay off some debt When her butler finally lets him in he can t believe itLisbeth wants to track down the real killer of her husband but to do that she must re enter society She decides the poor Oliver who is camped out front will do She offers him money from future wages against her to accompany her for a few weeks to balls and certain events He agrees and off they goI really enjoyed both Lisbeth and Oliver they have nice banter in this book Lisbeth is strong willed smart and not too afraid to take on those who think she is a murderer Her husband not only hit her but verbally abused her too He was truly a horrible man She still lives with the mental scars and it s hard for her to overcome them When she first meets Oliver she is taken back by how handsome he is Of course he was totally drunk during their first meeting too which makes her think twice about the man she chooses to help her And although she tries so hard not to let her eyes roam sometimes she just can t help herselfOn than one occasion he had sighed and shifted in his seat causing her to look at other parts of him Parts she definitely should not have been looking at She should not care one wit he had powerful looking thighs or that his legs seemed to stretch a considerable length ending in incredibly large shoes or a the fall of his trousers it seemed there was hardly enough room for what lay beneath She d felt heat rise from her throat to her cheeks and had fanned herself furiously vowing never to look at him again After another guilty look she realised how ridiculous her first vow had been and amended it to not look at him again until the performance was over She failed miserably at that vow too By the end of the performance her sinful mind had memorised every inch of himOliver started out a bit silly he unabashedly flirts with Lisbeth and gives her a good natured hard time Walking into a ball with her on his arm gets everyone in a tizzy which he finds uite amusing What I really liked about their relationship is how loved he makes Lisbeth feel He is such a good guy and makes her feel special and warm and attractive and I liked how he slowly removed her past demons At times he may have pushed a little too hard especially with her abusive background but he made me smile and laugh overallI do wish the hunt for the murderer had taken on a bit of a faster pace Lisbeth and Oliver s banter is great but at times I wanted a little suspense The end reveal of the bad guy isn t all that revealing as wellBut this author has a nice voice I will definitely read something else by herGrade B


10 thoughts on “A Scandalous Wager

  1. says:

    They Call Her The Black RavenLisbeth Our Heroine Is Rud To Have Killed Her HusbandOliver Is The Lucky Man To Win A Wager To Lure The Black Raven OutsideMysteryWitty BanterSilver Tongued HeroIntelligent Strong Minded HeroineLearning To TrustSeductionUnfolding SecretsDual POVNo OWOM DramaThe Writing And Conversa

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    Love may be the biggest gamble of their livesClick on Banner to EnterCassandra is offering an eCopy of A SCANDALOUS WAGER Ends April 23 2015International where allowedThe Ton calls her the Black Raven but do they know wha

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    Lisbeth Carslake the Countess of Blackhurst is a notorious figure She was acuitted of the murder of her husband the Earl of Blackhurst getting off on a technicality There are many among the ton who do not believe that she was innoce

  4. says:

    Lisbeth Countess Blackthorn was found not guilty of killing her husband in court but that doesn’t mean society believes of her innocence Known as The Black Raven when her husband was found dead in their home three years ago he not only left behind his wife but he left behind a lot of angry investors Blackthorn was know

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    It was interesting to read this just after the Suzanne Enoch of the same general plot line investigating the death of a husband Where the Enoch was full bodied and interesting this lacked action character development and forward progress We spent the entire book in the heads of two not so captivating characters

  6. says:

    I always enjoy stories that not only provide witty banter feasible storylines charming yet virile heroes and of course determined strong heroines I am delighted to say this story filled all my reuirements for a great story Oliver Ear

  7. says:

    Really good bookBy 3% I had to stop at least 4 times to laugh out loud at Oliver’s silly drunken thoughts then again at his funny thoughts when he had a hangover And I like the fact that he was a pretty happy guy while Lisbeth was

  8. says:

    There is a new hero in town Oliver the Earl of Bellamy freshly returned from the war to take up the reigns after his brother Henry's accidental death To his dismay there are suspicions raised about said death pointing towards the Black Raven Lisbeth Carslake Countess of Blackhurst who was tried and then acuitted of her husband's murder But

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    Lisbeth Carslake is the widowed Countess of Blackhurst infamously and unkindly known as the Black Raven “the bringer of bad luck and death” She is vulnerable yet she displays an inner strength and fortitude that has seen her weather the scandal of her husband Nathaniel’s murder She was accused and acuitt

  10. says:

    As a reviewer for RRM I get books sometimes that are out of my period and sometimes those that are within it This happily was within it Yet as the historian in me looks at the work set in the mid teens I find little to place this in historical context It is the Regency George the Prince of Wales acting as Regent for his mad father Waltzes at balls prevalent instead of a novelty in the mid teens still something

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