I immediately read The Wallflower Wager after finishing The Governess Game. I probably should have done a little more work, but I felt the need to read more. ORD is something I suffer from- Obsessive Reading Disorder.
Gabriel Duke is a street rat, essentially. But now he’s a wealthy one. He forces aristocrats into bankruptcy, resulting in him being known as the Duke of Ruin. He purchased the house next door to Lady Penelope, knowing that many new money families would love to live next door to an aristocrat.
Lady Penelope Campion is a lover of all animals. We first met her in The Duchess Deal as she lives across the square from the Duke of Ashbury. Penny adopts strays, like Hubert the otter and Delilah the parrot.
Brief Summary (while trying not to give everything away)
Penny has been a staple character in this series so now it’s her turn to tell her story in the Wallflower Wager. The book opens with Penny chasing Delilah the parrot into the newly renovated house now owned by Gabriel Duke. Little does Penny know that the owner has just moved into the house.
Penny’s aunt Caroline forces her into a wager. In order to stay in London, Penny must get a new wardrobe and be seen in society. Penny’s backstory is revealed throughout the book. I won’t give spoilers, but just know that it’s good!
I think this is my favorite of the three so far. (Yes, there is a fourth in the works, but now I’m waiting on it. Curse my sister!) Gabriel isn’t a duke except in name, but boy if he doesn’t just grab your heart. I love how he almost always allows Penny to have her choice. If you’re a fan of historical romances and are willing to be swept away (in other words, don’t nitpick the historical accuracy), you’ll want to get this one.
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And in case you hadn’t figured it out, my plan for 2021 is to write a blog post for each book I read. Last year, I read 150 books. We’ll see how I do this year.
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