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A Wedding Wager (Blackwater Brides #2)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  523 ratings  ·  64 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather again delights with her new book in this entrancing Georgian trilogy featuring three noble brothers who are offered a preposterous opportunity to restore their family’s mortgaged lands. An eccentric uncle promises a lavish inheritance, but only if each marries—thus redeeming—a fallen woman. And if even one brother fails to ful ...more
Kindle Edition, 468 pages
Published (first published June 21st 2011)
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Rachel (BAVR)
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WildAboutBones
Set in 1762 London, nothing is predictable about this second novel in Feather's Blackwater Brides historical romance series. Serena and Sebastian find themselves mixed up with a will containing stipulations which must be fulfilled before the death, a wicked greedy stepfather full of nefarious plots, a love denied, two loves found and a sword fight.

Three years ago, Serena's stepfather forced her to break the heart of her true love, 24 year old Sebastian, by telling him she didn't love him, that
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Julie
Nov 07, 2012 Julie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers! Georgian Era!
Lady Serena Grantley, although born to the nobility, has found her life far from the balls and dinner tables of the respectable ton, at least, from the female company of that elite circle. The masculine side of that circle, however, seek her out for the very special services and skills she employs. A set of skills and services that she has been forced into a partnership with her stepfather to provide. Lady Serena is the esteemed hostess of a very upscale gambling salon and a well-known "daughte ...more
Marion Marchetto
Another run-of-the-mill historical romance set in London. Two sets of star-crossed lovers overcome obstacles and end up with their true love. Along the way we encounter manipulative momma, doting papa, evil step-father, naive ingenue, determined demimondain, concerned twin brother, and ailing yet wealthy uncle who calls the shots.

While this author tries her best to guide the reader through all of the twists and turns, much of the story is predictable. Nothing new to grab the reader's attention.
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Laurie
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Laurie Garrison
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wild about bones

Set in 1762 London, nothing is predictable about this second novel in Feather's Blackwater Brides historical romance series. Serena and Sebastian find themselves mixed up with a will containing stipulations which must be fulfilled before the death, a wicked greedy stepfather full of nefarious plots, a love denied, two loves found and a sword fight.

Three years ago, Serena's stepfather forced her to break the heart of her true love, 24 year o
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Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
A despicable uncle set on revenge challenges the three Blackwater brothers to find wives who are fallen women to marry in order to inherit his vast fortune. Penniless and facing debtor’s prison the brothers have no other choice but to each find a disreputable bride that fits their uncle’s standards.

A Wedding Wager is the second novel in the Blackwater Bride’s trilogy and focuses on the middle brother, and twin, Sebastian.
Sebastian thought he was in love with the darkly beautiful Lady Serena and
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April
(Originally Posted @ CSI:Librarian.)

3.75 Stars - This is a difficult book to review because my thoughts are sort of all over the place.

In terms of positives, I was throughily engaged the entire time I was reading. I found the writing in terms of establishing a historical feel to be absolutely excellent and the book was hard to put down. I also really liked the characters and the interactions although mainly I enjoyed the platonic ones. I definitely loved Sebastian and his twin brother Perry. I a
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Melissa
Yes, I did it again. I read the second and not the first in a trilogy. *snicker* In this trilogy an uncle in charge of a vast fortune decided to make things horrid for three brothers by requiring each to wed a woman deemed "fallen", someone not worthy of an earl's station before he dies. However, as you might suspect, this actually opens up the field for the brothers to find their true love and not have to be held by tradition to marry someone they don't even care about. So, as you see... even t ...more
Jules
My full 3.5 JEWEL review can be found at One Book shy of a Full Shelf

This second installment of the Blackwater Brides Trilogy is an enjoyable, stand alone read. The premise of the series is that three noble, almost impoverished brothers are directed to find and marry three "unacceptable" women. They are told to find fallen women who have taken the wrong path and try to redeem them and bring them into society. This directive is from their dying uncle who promises to bequeath each of them a small
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Gaby

Lady Serena Grantley has fallen on tough times. Her mother's fatal choice of a spouse tied Serena to General George Hayward. In the years after her mother's death, Serena has been under her stepfather's control and has worked as a faro dealer in his numerous gaming hells. Her beauty has drawn many wealthy young men to his gambling tables. While in her own way Serena has tried to offset the damage her stepfather has done to the fortunes of young innocents, she has suffered her own loss. At her st
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April
RATING:4.5)A WEDDING WAGER hy Jane Feather is an exciting historical romance set in 1762 London. It is the second in the "Blackwater Brides" series,a Georgian trilogy,but can be read as a stand alone. #1 "Rushed To The Altar". It has romance,sweet sensuality, family loyalty,redemptation,forgiveness,love,and a wedding wager.Lady Serena Grandley was born to be nobility but was placed in the control of her gamester stepfather.She is beautiful,intelligent,and dismissed her first love,Sebastian,at he ...more
Arzoo Sy
I read Bk2 first and really really enjoyed it. In my humble view this was a great stand-alone, the second in a trilogy of the Sullivan brothers. I I jumped right in without reading the first book, as this was recommended by a friend. I was not disappointed. The background was laid out very well and it was my first time reading Jane Feather. I can see why she is popular as she strives to immerse the reader in the story and the time period. I just wish I could have said the same about Bk1 which wa ...more
K. Reed
Is this really written by Jane Feather? I ask that because I'm apparently not the only one to wonder! This was so poorly written I barely finished it. And then only because I forced myself to in order to write a review. I may not do that again, it wasn't worth the hassle.

*Skipped ALL the parts with the Suttons. Boring, boring, boring and oh so repetitive and one dimension!
*So she's a Faro's Daughter...how many times need I be pounded over the head with that?!
*Was there a wedding wager? I missed
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Jean Tatro
I don't know what first attached me to this book - the cover? The premise? The writing? In any case, it stuck in my head, and drew my eye every time I passed it at the story until I finally bought it.

It was... not quite a disappointment. The back-cover plot points don't come in until about half way through, and the book didn't really drive me to read it. I didn't feel like it was dragging, but close to it. The prose is really descriptive - it took a long time for things to happen, and I don't fe
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Krystal
Lady Serena Grantley is forced to lead a life of gambling by her always broke, frequently on-the-run stepfather. Lady Serena is also attempting to thwart her stepfather’s plans to marry a young woman for her money. Her stepfather also forces her to leave her love, the Honorable Sebastian Sullivan. However, the attraction between Serena and Sebastian leads them back to each other and to marriage. The author describes an appealing camaraderie between Sebastian and his twin brother Peregrine; her d ...more
Elizabeth
I just didn't love it as much as I loved the first in the series. Sebastian's character was too sullen and not confident enough in the book. His character lacked in many ways and left me wanting for a strong witty lead. Serena is in a rock and a hard place and only seems to want to ramble on about her clothes. Her character was shallow and not smart enough to get out while the getting was good. I'm not sure why this story focused so much on the what the main character was wearing but it could ha ...more
Patty
As I have said, I read to learn, to experience a new world and to fall into a story that I don't want to leave. Romances fall into the last category. There isn't always something new to learn in a romance and the worlds are often similar. But it rare that a romance writer can't take me away from my present world.

Jane Feather writes about heroes and heroines that are handsome and smart. She makes sure the sparks between the protagonists are obvious, but not forced. All in all she makes me believ
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Celina
I wanted to try another Jane Feather book and saw that I only gave her two stars. I remembered why. Hence, this short review.

I think that this book was a bit too mature . Not in a sexual way. Both the hero and heroine are laced with bitterness and bad experience that they are almost self-destructive. I don't want to be mean but I didn't like how the three brothers were looking for easy solutions to the problem they were facing. I mean, c'mon, not even a little try at love? Eventually, they do h
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Susan (susayq ~)
Serena and Sebastian got their HEA when he finally realized Serena would fulfill the requirements of his uncle's will (he was to marry a woman of questionable morals so he could redeem her). Serena was the step-daughter of a gaming hell owner and she worked there with him. If that didn't meet those requirements, I don't know what would LOL The kicker is that Serena and Sebastian really loved each other, so phooey on the uncle.

The first 2/3 of this seemed to drag to me. It seemed a lot of nothing
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Abby
I somehow ended up getting the middle book of the series. This is very unlike me as I'm neurotic about reading series in order. I don't think I'll bother to read the rest of the books, though, as this was downright dull. None of the characters interested me. They were dull as dishwater, as the saying goes, with little redeeming qualities.

Serena was stubborn to the point of being anachronistic. Sebastian was foolish and overbearing. The villain was a caricature. The dialog was awkward and the na
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Candy Little
I liked this story and the author did a good job using details that made me feel like I was involved in the past. I did feel it was too long, it could have ended a little sooner. On a personal note, I didn't like all the sex. There was no sexual tension between the characters as she had them coming together by chapter four. She could have strung this out and created a lot of tension as the characters would meet over the duration of the book. Instead they have sex right away and then there was no ...more
jallioop
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Gabrielle
I found that I didn't connect with the characters. I'm not a big fan of Jane Feather because I prefer cleaner novels, but this was given to me as a gift! So I read, and while I did like the storyline, the characters frustrated me and seemed a bit 2-dimensional. Also I realized after finishing this book that I forgot the characters entirely! I had to sit and think before I could remember anything and I had just finished the book 2 days before. To me, a good book always has characters that stand o ...more
Greta
I started reading this series but find the premise is getting tired after only two books. In order to inherit their uncle's fortune and thereby save the family from ruin, three brothers must marry women than society would generally shun. In the first, the heroine pretended to be a courtesan; in this one, the main character is the stepdaughter of the owner of a gaming hell. I'll probably read the third one just to knoow how it all ends, but I can't say I'm enamored of this particular series.
Devan
Okay. So I got this book as a freebie through Goodreads. I received it a while ago and am just getting a chance to read it. This is the first book that I have read from this author. So far I am enjoying it. Jane Feather describes the scenes beautifully and with great detail. The heroine and hero are easily lovable even through their trials. The antagonist is just as detestable as the others are lovable. I can't wait to finish this story and read more from this author.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Three years ago, Sebastian and Serena were young lovers with their whole lives ahead of them. Then her step-father forced her to break Sebastian's heart and leave the country because of debts from gambling. Now she's back, and try as he might he can't seem to stay away, even though he is afraid of her abruptly leaving again. To fulfill his eccentric Uncle's will, Serena is the perfect bride for him, but first they have to turn in her cruel step-father. Good read!!
Heather
The first book in this series was probably one of my all time favorite romance books due to the humor. While this book was okay, it lacked the humor of the first. I didn't feel any grand passion towards Serena or Sebastin. Very disappointed but some of it could be that the first book was so enjoyable. Found this book a bit flat. But I will read the third book in the series to see how it ends. Hopefully the author gets back to humor.
Laura
If you are going to read Georgian, then this is a better series. Still not my favorite time period but I'm determined to find out how the boys out wit their uncle. Did not like this leading lady too much but I guess she was supposed to be "a blow for emotionally battered women" who survive. Also, the hero couldn't figure out the solution to his fortune quandary for almost the whole book. Forrest for the trees I guess.
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Jane Feather was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in New Forest, in the south of England. She began her highly successful career after she and her family moved to Washington D.C. in 1981. She now has over ten million books in print.

Has also written under pseudonym of Claudia Bishop (books written in 1984)
More about Jane Feather...
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