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The Wicked Wager [EPUB] ✰ The Wicked Wager Author Anya Wylde – The infamous rake Lord Richard Hamilton has finally chosen his bride—the very appropriate Miss Emma GreyThe ton approves Lord Grey is pleased Lady Grey delighted and Emma is over the moon but her un The infamous rake Lord Richard Hamilton has finally chosen his bride—the very appropriate Miss Emma GreyThe ton approves Lord Grey is pleased Lady Grey delighted and Emma is over the moon but her uncle the blasted Duke of Arden opposes the match and Emma is ordered The Wicked MOBI :Ê to move to the duke’s estate to think things overRichard Hamilton refuses to take things lying down and concocts a plan A plan that should have brought the lovers together and had them married within a month It was a simple matter of masuerading as the duke’s gardener compromising the lady and then having the duke rush them off to Gretna GreenAlas he underestimates the duke’s intelligence and the tangled situation on the estate—never had he imagined that compromising a lady could be so difficultHis endeavours lead to a comedy of errors charades and knotty love affairs Yet he forges ahead in spite of pesky house guests a flea bitten mattress his lovesick best friend and a blackmailerJust when things seem to be going well someone is murdered very inconvenient and he happens to be one of the suspects extremely inconvenientHis simple plan for winning the wager suddenly becomes a tad complicated.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 233 pages
  • The Wicked Wager
  • Anya Wylde
  • English
  • 24 March 2016

About the Author: Anya Wylde

Anya Wylde lives in Ireland along with her husband and a fat French poodle now on a diet She can cook a mean curry and her idea of exercise is occasionally stretching her toes She holds a degree in English literature and adores reading and writing.

10 thoughts on “The Wicked Wager

  1. Georgie-who-is-Sarah-Drew Georgie-who-is-Sarah-Drew says:

    The Earl meets a girl “Bloody blooming roses sprouting out of a fairy’s arse”The Earl skidded to a halt the smile dying on his lips Who could possess the voice of an angel and curse like a bloodthirsty pirate? He was intriguedAn eligible rich girl Emma’s father Lord Grey was the first cousin of the Duke of Arden and next in line to inherit The Duke had no other male heirs and was of considerable age; hence the title was sure to pass on to Lord GreyHe wins over her family Lord Hamilton proved his love and devotion for Emma in the only way a man can prove his worth Nights out in pubs with her brothers with contests as to who could drink ale followed for the next few weeks A month later looking pale and worn out he finally presented his proposal to Emma’s father and was acceptedThey are blissfully happy together “For one moment stop thinking about the marriage bed and hear me out” Emma snappedThe Earl turned to stare at his fiancée He should be used to her shocking ways by now but he was not She continuously surprised him with her boldness In fact she had made three dames swoon at the last ball they had attended togetherBut the course of true love does not run smoothly Yet the biggest hurdle was still to be faced The Duke of Arden heard of the engagement and thus began the most difficult battle the two had ever facedEmma nibbled her bottom lip worriedlyMy father cannot afford to alienate the Duke since he is next in line to inherit The Duke might decide to take another heir if we displease himDNF at page 15 Can't think why

  2. Rane Rane says:

    It all started with a wager It's love at first sight for Lord Richard Hamilton when he met the lovely Miss Emma Grey A well known rake he's finally love So he thought life would get even better when he married his Emma That is until Duke of Arden Emma's Uncle puts his foot down against the match Hearing all the Duke's praises falling from Emma's lips just makes Richard that determined to prove how clever he is and have his cake to With a wicked plan that involves masuerading as gardener and compromising the lady Sadly like all plans they tend to go awry when blackmail and later murder is thrown into the mix Richard is in for a sticky situation when he becomes one of the suspects Tagged as a romanticmystery The Wicked Wager by Anya Wylde felt like a fun game of Clue The romance between our leads Emma and Richard was already a sealed deal them just making it to their wedding day in one piece is another story The romance took a backseat to the mystery as we're given clues of whodunit The book was given a light hand The mystery and romance were not heavy or deep and neither were the characters I never got attached to one character or another That was okay as I was expecting a fun light hearted read and that's what I got It had the perfect pitch of fun and comedy and an easy read to pass the afternoon with Book Copy provided by author for review

  3. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    SynopsisEmma daughter of Lord Grey and Richard Lord Hamilton are kindred souls with the same robust appreciation for life and wicked sense of humor They fall in love and are engaged to marry but they have to convince Emma's uncle the powerful Duke of Arden that they shouldn't have to wait a year to marry When the Duke orders Emma to spend time at his country estate Richard hatches a plan to masuerade as the new head gardener for the Duke of Arden so he can be near Emma He also intends to romance Emma as the gardener so that the Duke will look favorably on him as Lord Hamilton and Emma's true suitor His plan turns out to be complicated than he thinks when he has to take on all the head gardener's work for real deal with the teasing of the other servants spend time with Emma and avoid Lady Babbage the Duke's controlling sister's machinations He calls in his friend Lord Raikes to pretend to be him when the Duke invites Lord Hamilton his true identity to visit The plot thickens when Lord Raikes who is pretending to be him develops a reciprocated strong attraction to Lady Catherine the Duke's daughter and Emma's cousin Lady Babbage turns out to be a blackmailer with lots of enemies among the house party attendees which will have its own conseuences Richard's little wager with Emma to see if he could get her uncle to agree to a uicker marriage within a month's time and the ensuing complications makes for a caper of a readReviewThe Wicked Wager is a light historical romance with a dash of mystery that makes for an entertaining read I appreciated the humor light and sly with some hilarious laugh out loud moments While I liked Emma and Richard I connected with Lord Raikes and Catherine They had great chemistry and while they fought a lot you could see the tension sizzle between them as they realize that they weren't supposed to like each other that way The mystery plays a bigger role towards the end which made me feel that it should have been evenly integrated into the storyThe Wicked Wager was a fast paced enjoyable novel with some funny comedy of errors moments and engaging characters Its strength lies in the humorous interactions between the characters and the romantic tension between Lord Raikes and Catherine Unfortunately I didn't feel uite as much chemistry between Emma and Richard compared to the secondary couple Additionally the mystery aspect felt uneven in its execution It could have been stronger and consistently integrated throughout the entire novel Overall The Wicked Wager is a story that readers who enjoy the Regency period would probably appreciateOverall rating 3550 starsReviewed for The Hope Chest Reviewshttpwwwthcreviewscomcgi binvts

  4. Suzie Quint Suzie Quint says:

    No Nope Nada No Way Not reading a book that contains a line this stupid He tilted his head and his naughty ears trembled impatientlyD N F at 1%

  5. Kathy Kathy says:

    I found this to be long winded and redundant I lost interest about halfway through Too many POV and different couples I thought it had a good premise but was disappointed with how it played out I didn't care for any of the characters either I found some things weird as well Just wasn't for me Content Pretty clean some suggestive innuendo

  6. QNPoohBear QNPoohBear says:

    25 stars I liked parts of it Kindle FreebieTechnically cleankisses only however contains a lot of sensuality dialogue and a just mentioned MUCH anticipated wedding nightThe rakish Earl Lord Richard Hamilton prides himself on always escaping a marriage trap Then he runs into one marriageable miss who wants nothing to do with him Not if he can help it Richard manages to convince the lovely Emma Grey to marry him Her parents approve and Richard can't wait for his wedding night There's only one problem Emma's uncle the Duke of Arden wants them to wait to marry Emma must go to the Duke's estate and spend time with her cousin Catherine before marrying the Earl Richard not used to being thwarted comes up with an ingenious plan to get the Duke to agree to a speedy marriage Plans don't go exactly as hoped and Richard is forced to tweak his plan and involve an old friend who manages to insult Catherine the moment he arrives Catherine's chaperone Lady Babbage also seems to be on the verge of revealing everything to the Duke Can Emma figure out how to save the relationship and free Catherine from her constricting chaperone? This story is a hot mess I enjoyed parts of it but it has an identity crisis The story is billed as a murder mystery but the murder doesn't occur until 34 of the way into the story It's a romantic comedy yes but the central characters Emma and Richard meet cute and get engaged in the space of 2 pages I didn't feel like they ever got to know each other beyond physical attraction The secondary romance takes center stage in a very Pride and Prejudice way I liked that story the best Then finally we get the murder It seemed obvious who did it but then it wasn't The surprise twist came out of nowhere and was a huge shock There's no way anyone could have known the truth All those elements make for a very incoherent and unusual story I liked Emma She seemed practical She knows what she wants and how to get it and doesn't let anyone interfere with her freedom I liked how kind she was to Catherine and how she stuck by Catherine and tried to help I didn't like her relationship with Richard Emma deserves better than a hasty marriage to someone she barely knows I wasn't crazy about Richard He's rather immature and spoiled His charade was completely stupid and clearly obviously easy to see through I didn't like how insistent he was on winning his wager I also didn't get why he loved Emma because he had only spoken to her twice before The relationship needs a lot of work to be convincing He does keep a solid head throughout the mystery Catherine is very sweet She is kind hearted innocent and loving She is a dutiful daughter and niece but like Emma knows her own mind Catherine is not as meek as everyone believes She just needs to be roused to passion and I loved how that happened Her relationship with other characters develops well especially the romance Her aunt Lady Babbage wants what is best for her but Lady Babbage may also fear that once Catherine is wed her brother will have no need of her She may fear a future as the widowed sister of a Duke Her motivation becomes clear at the end I think she loves Catherine though She is a tragic woman The Duke and Duchess are an odd pair He is cautious and stuffy and she is of a free spirit or precisely someone who believes in spirits She adds a lot of comic relief I liked her a lotThe other guests at the Arden estate are horrid Mr and Mrs I forget their name already are grasping greedy and stupid I didn't like their daughter at first but by the end I felt sorry for her because of her parents' actions I liked William a lot He does have some Darcy ish ualities but William is socially awkward and shy I loved how Catherine was able to make him recognize his faults His character develops nicely and I really grew to like him very much than Richard This story is not for the dedicated GeorgianRegency fanatic Georgette Heyer this is not but if you want fluff with very little substance and few attempts at any sort of accuracy or plot this isn't a bad read if you can get it for free

  7. Jen Davis Jen Davis says:

    35 StarsThis is a hard book for me to categorize It's not exactly a historical romance though it is historical and it centers on a couple's efforts to get together It's also a bit of a mystery Maybe a little farce The author calls it A Regency Murder Mystery Romance A mouthful but as good of a description as any Ultimately it's light and it's funThe story begins with Emma and Richard becoming engaged Unfortunately Emma's uncle wants them to have a long engagement Her uncle is a Duke and it's expected that he will one day pass his title to her father so Emma's family is inclined to give in to his wishes Richard however doesn't want to wait so he comes up with a convoluted scheme to marry Emma on his own timetableEmma has plans to go visit the Duke and Richard decides to pose as a gardener on the estate to stay close to her He sets out to prove himself wilier than her uncle He and Emma make a bet that if he succeeds in his ruse for one month she'll allow him to compromise her so they can get married right awayWhat ensues is one difficulty after another in Richard's plan not the least of which is the Duke's invitation for him to come to the house than a week after he has insinuated himself into the household under disguise That prompts him to call on a friend to impersonate him a man who promptly falls for Emma's cousin And then someone tries to blackmail him and it all culminates in an unexpected murderI know it sounds like a romance to some extent but really it's not Emma and Richard are sealed in the first chapter It's less about them coming together than about their silly plan and its constant hiccups But then about halfway through the mystery part comes in with the blackmail and the death and it sort of feels a little like Clue but without the slapstick OK maybe there was one scene where someone's pants split in a very revealing way that was both unexpected and funnyIt's not a deep character piece I didn't really get invested in any particular character or their feelings but the pacing is pretty fast and the story is pleasant with interesting side characters It wasn't terribly hard to figure out who the killer was but I didn't get bored during the journey Rating B ARC provided by author for review

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  9. Leslie Leslie says:

    Big disclaimer this book is funny humor comedy It is set in the Regency period or less but it is far from a traditional Regency RomanceLady Emma Gray has been extremely frustrated this season as no men will dance with her rather than being hideous or offensive she is cursed with three giant brothers who growl away the men with threats of violence So when she ends up Lord Richard Hamilton in the garden after being called a pea in her green gown by an influential deb she is than happy to head for the altarThey say the rich are different; and in this book they certainly are While well places in society Emma's father is the heir presumptive to a Duke; who had so sons and who rules her family The earl decrees that the wedding originally to be in two months be postponed for a year and that Emma will come visitDesperate to stay by her side Richard decides to disguise himself as a head gardener and take a place in the Duke's household Things get sillier and sillier until someone is murdered and everyone is a suspect Then it is like a Regency version of Columbo But the book is cute and clever and the main characters are engaging while the others are pretty much absurd versions I've read this book twice and it was just as good the second time around

  10. Debbie Debbie says:

    This was interesting It starts off as kind of a wacky romance Miss Emma Grey and Richard the Earl of Hamilton in love and want to be married Emma's uncle the Duke of Arden wields a great deal of influence over Emma's parents and although he approves he insists that their engagement last a full year Emma is going to visit her uncle and his daughter Lady Catherine Arden and hopes to soften his stance so they can marry sooner Richard who cannot bear the idea of being away from Emma for so long comes up with the brilliant idea to masuerade as a gardener at the Duke's estate He manages to get hired as head gardener and disguises himself as an old man When the Duke decides to invite Emma's fiance so he can have an opportunity to get to know him Richard has his friend Lord William Raikes come to the estate pretending to be him Unfortunately Lord Raikes has trouble pretending to be in love with Emma when he finds himself smitten with Catherine who thinks her dear cousin is making a horrible mistake in marrying such a flirt That's the romance part shades of a Shakespearean comedyMr and Mrs Barker and their daughter Prudence are also in the mix with Mrs Barker shamelessly throwing herself at the Duke and Prudence trying to be caught in a compromising position with the supposed Earl of Hamilton The Duchess Catherine's stepmother is apparently mad seeing apparitions and communing with ghosts The Duke's sister Lady Babbage acts as chaperone to the two girls and is extremely strict Pickering is the head butler and always seems to be aroundThe mystery doesn't emerge until about 34ths of the way through the book when one of the residents of the estate is murdered As it happens on the night of the murder virtually everyone is out of their beds for one reason or another and virtually everyone has some motive to kill the victim The Duke who has been mostly absent up to this point is far aware of everything that goes on in his home than anyone suspects and he and his investigator first interview everyone individually so the reader hears everyone's account of their nocturnal activities Everyone is then gathered together for a summation of all the clues and the revelation of the culprit shades of Agatha ChristieI really enjoyed this entertaining mix of genres The situation with the two couples is very comical completely unbelievable but a lot of fun to read about

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