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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 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 Earl of Bellamy wages that he will be able to get inside the Black Raven s threshold and then leave as if nothing had happened However once inside he encounters a beautiful but steely woman that proposes to spare his dignity in exchange to help her find the killer of her husband so she can finally find some peace A demon faced is a demon vanuished Ever since she was accused of her husband s murder Lisbeth hasn t had a moment of happiness Every single one of her friends and family members deserted her Thus when she enlists the help of Bellamy she does so knowing she cannot fully trust him Meanwhile Bellamy keeps hearing so many appalling things about her that he s not uite sure she s as innocent as she may want him to think I loved the chemistry between these two Lisbeth was forced to become this person that she obviously didn t like being but had not other choice but to be she just became too used to wearing her fa ade so as not to be hurt so as not to feel pain I ll admit there were times she sounded a bit too cold and unemotional towards him but once they get closer and in ahem amiable terms wink wink she became the woman capable of love she once was Although Bellamy could be considered a rake by the standards of the time he accepted a scandalous wager after all was always on point as a gentleman but also enjoyed playing the devilish rogue that brought all of Lisbeth s defenses down and that made him the perfect hero to me Now he knew there was so much to her story and damn if he didn t want to read the whole book The suspense although important is not the main focus of the story as it primarily revolves around Bellamy and Lisbeth s relationship Each of their backstories bring so many great things to the story as a whole that it does feel a little incomplete when the story ends and you feel wanting to know about all the other characters in the story All in all a great and enjoyable read and I will definitely will read from this author I was gifted a copy of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review


About the Author: Cassandra Samuels

Cassandra Samuel's mother always said she should have been born in the 1800s However she was born in the 1970s instead But she was not discouraged by all the corduroy and dodgy hair do's She decided if she couldn't live in the Regency period she would write about it instead Cassandra cut her romance reading teeth on Jane Austen when she read Pride and Prejudice in high school It was the begi



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 Ra

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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 what the Countess of Black

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    Lisbeth Carslake the Countess of Blackhurst is a notorious figure She was acuitted of the murder of her husband

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    Lisbeth Countess Blackthorn was found not guilty of killing her husband in court but that doesn’t mean society believes o

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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 and their constant thoughts became painful bludgeons I just wanted something to actually happen

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    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 Earl of Bellamy wages that he will be able to get inside the Black Raven’s threshold and then leave as if nothing had happened However once inside he encounters a beautiful but steely woman

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    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

  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 Bl

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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 acuitted by the courts but after two years of ostracization she is isolated beyond belief She has lived in the shadow of the scandal wit

  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

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