Release Date: Aug 13, 2019
Series: Girl Meets Duke
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: Avon Books
“Ooh! Ooh! Yes! Yes!”
Truer words were never spoken, especially when reading Dare’s newest release, The Wallflower Wager. This is the third book in her Girl Meets Duke series and she continues her fabulous trend of hooking me in at the end of each chapter, blending romance with humor, and creating characters I fall for over and over.
Our heroine, Lady Penelope Campion, Penny to her friends, is facing a conundrum… either find homes for all her wayward pets and re-enter society or be shipped back home to the family seat in the countryside. Enter her next door name, the rose-from-the-streets, ill-bred, and ill-mannered Gabriel Duke; otherwise known to the Ton as The Duke of Ruin. Gabe just purchased the house next door to Penny. He’s a Victorian Era house flipper with grand plans to make a profit off this house. A house with cats, goats, a two-legged dog on wheels, and more isn’t conducive to house sales.
The wager of a lifetime.
Gabe agrees to help, he just doesn’t expect to be so damn attracted to Penny. She’s naïve, trusting, sweet… all traits that would usually send him running, but instead she’s drawing him in like a siren on the sea. Penny never thought she’d find a man attractive until now. She can’t stop imagining Gabe naked, dripping wet, and it’s driving her crazy. That’s just the beginning of the hijinks. As these two pair up to find homes for the dear animals they start on a path of falling for each other that is just as scandalous as it is endearing. So why no 5 star you ask?
Because while I kept picking the book up, I found myself able to put it down. Usually, I can’t let a Tessa Dare book go, at all. This one while enchanting, as Dare is capable of doing for every book, didn’t quite jive with me from a conflict prospective and it appears as if some other elements leading to book four are just thrown in wherever they can be squeezed, a little too convenient. FYI, my 5 star expectations for 2019 are high. It’s been a tough year and I need some real wow moments.
Other things I liked, the heroine is truly heroic. The hero is not your average Duke and his actions often surprised me. There were many unexpected twists and turns for this book, along with highlights I didn’t suspect. Previous characters in the series make multiple appearances, and the ensuing conversations made me chuckle; especially a very special delivery.
Overall, I believe fans of Dare will not be disappointed. New readers, I believe you will enjoy this enough to go investigate Dare’s other offerings. For readers who enjoy Sarah MacLean.