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The Wicked Wager

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  761 Ratings  ·  180 Reviews
The infamous rake, Lord Richard Hamilton, has finally chosen his bride—the very appropriate Miss Emma Grey.

The 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 to move to the duke’s estate to think things over.

Richard Hamilton refuses to take things lying do
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Kindle
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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 more determined to prove how clever "he" is and have his cake to! With a wicked plan that involves masquerading as
Suzie Quint
Apr 20, 2016 Suzie Quint rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
No. Nope. Nada. No Way. Not reading a book that contains a line this stupid: "He tilted his head and his naughty ears trembled impatiently."

D. N. F. at 1%
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)

Emma, 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 masquerade as the new head gardener for the Duke of Arden so he can be near Emma. He also intends
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Sep 18, 2012 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
This 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 fun.

The story begins with Emma and Richard becoming engaged. Unfortunately, Emma's uncle wants them to have a long engagement. Her uncle
Sep 09, 2012 Christopher rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on The Historical Romance Critic.

Thoughts After Reading:
It's been a while since I've read a truly "fluffy" piece of romantic literature. And that is undoubtedly what Anya Wylde is shooting for in her debut novel The Wicked Wager, with a storyline that is very lighthearted, very silly, and that borrows more than a few pages from regency farces. She succeeds at this goal in many respects. The book is not devoid of flaws - there were parts of the writing that were
May 22, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fun, humor, regency
Big disclaimer this book is funny, humor, comedy. It is set in the Regency period - more or less- but it is far from a traditional Regency Romance

Lady 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 more th
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
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.
Debbie Brown
Jan 26, 2016 Debbie Brown rated it really liked it
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 fo ...more
Oct 08, 2012 Rachelle rated it it was amazing
The Wicked Wager is a book that has romance and a murder mystery in the Regency period.

Lord Richard Hamilton falls for Emma Grey and asks her to marry him. Her parents approve but, her uncle the Duke of Arden wants them to wait a year vs the two months that Richard wanted to wait. Richard makes a wager with Emma about whether the Duke or someone else would see through his disguise as new head gardener or find him in a compromising situation with Emma so they would be forced to marry earlier. Ri
Nov 21, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
This regency romance reminds me of "The Importance of Being Earnest" or books by PG Wodehouse. People in stuffy situations, behaving bizarrely, falling in a storybook sort of love and a big reveal at the end.
The story begins with a strange premise and uses that strange, loosely explained background to open the door for odd behavior by the protagonists and, later, a friend. The strange situation and goofy actions by the characters center around "forbidden" love and romance thwarted by circumstanc
Stephanie Morrow
Jul 14, 2016 Stephanie Morrow rated it liked it
You can find this review and others like it over at The Nomadic Reader.

Remember how I was writing about those books you can get for free every now and again from Amazon, and how most of them happen to be romance? Well, this was one of them. I initially picked it up because the description sounded mildly interesting – and then I got to a line in the first paragraph that made me almost drop the entire thing and not even bother.

“He tilted his head and his naughty ears trembled impatiently.”


I d
Sherri Hunter
Unfortunately, it took several starts and stops before this book and I connected. Even then, I found myself continuously wondering where this was all leading to. The majority of the story focuses on Emma and her fiancé, Lord Richard Hamilton and their concocted scheme to fool her Uncle, the Duke of Arden. I thought their plan was full of holes and it surprised me that they weren’t called out on it immediately. The interesting thing about this story is the more I read, the more curious I became. ...more
This delightful story was sheer entertainment!

When the Earl, Richard Hamilton, asked the feisty Emma Grey for her hand in marriage, she was delighted. Her parents were very happy with the union, but when the Earl wanted to marry Emma immediately, Emma’s uncle, the Duke of Arden, decided they must wait a year, instead of the two months Richard wanted. He was livid…how dare he be thwarted by a Duke!

So when Emma was instructed to go to stay with the Duke and the family for an extended period, and
Nov 18, 2012 Patty rated it really liked it
At first when I started this tale I was not sure of it. Then as I continued to read I realized that it was not to be taken seriously and once I did that I found myself totally enjoying the froth and fizz of Ms. Wylde's venture in Regency England. The book starts as our heroine, Miss Emma Grey is cursing in the moonlight. She is found by our hero, Lord Richard Hamilton, as he is trying to escape the clutches of yet another eligible young women. He has sworn never to marry. But one look at Emma an ...more
Sep 16, 2012 Marina rated it really liked it
I had a lot of fun reading this book. I was expecting cozy mystery. What I got was very funny and entertaining reading and very little mystery (unfortunately). I fell in love with Richard and Emma and their wager. Living under duke’s roof is not very easy. There are plenty of comic situations.

My favorite teaser ( I hope the author doesn't mind):

The duke finally spoke,
“ Is this a new fashion in London of eating breakfast? One must no longer sit on chairs but stand on them? And what in the world
Bebe Knight
Historical Romances are becoming my new favorite genre and it’s all thanks to books like The Wicked Wager. From the moment Richard and Emma grace the page all the way up to where we find out “whodunit”, I couldn’t put this book down. The characters just leapt off the page and I found myself rooting for people and hoping others would be taken down.

The main hero and heroine, Richard and Emma, were believable, enigmatic and enchanting to read about. Richard, a rake turned monogamous Lord, ignites t
Sumbal Wazir Ali
Sep 07, 2015 Sumbal Wazir Ali rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! It was nicely handled and I, for one, REALLY enjoyed reading it.
God bless you, Warda, for suggesting it to me!! *-*
Oct 11, 2015 Flatenchilada rated it it was ok
Just too silly.

I read about half this book. It was just too silly, and I couldn't take any more. Free was too expensive for this ebook.
Michele bookloverforever
silly plot...masquerading as a Gardner then bringing in a friend pretending to be him? it gets worse...
Siriniti Kidd
Dec 07, 2015 Siriniti Kidd rated it really liked it
this story was really good. I didn't expect some of tjose twists. but why didn't he just have William play the Gardner ? would have saved trouble.
Jun 06, 2016 Michele rated it it was amazing
This is a light hearted historical (Regency) romance that will have you smiling at every turn! If 2 people were ever meant for each other it is Lord Richard Hamilton (infamous rake and jokester) and Miss Emma Grey who just happens to be intelligent and is not afraid to speak her mind. When Hamilton decides to marry Emma he is not willing to wait for longer then 2 months------Emma's uncle,the Duke of Arden, has other thoughts on this matter and has Emma wisked off to his home. But Richard comes u ...more
Vibha Hegde
Dec 01, 2015 Vibha Hegde rated it it was amazing
If I ever thought that mystery and romance don't go hand in hand then this story has totally proved me wrong on many levels. First this is a wonderful romance written with such perfection and one important feature is that the story diverts from normal historical romance. There is so much liveliness in the characters and their mischief is worth reading. Also the characters have such depth to them that I really was hooked till the last page.
Then there is the suspense part. Did it just knock me off
K Idamari
Not a Wodehousian Novel :(

Emma is engaged to Richard, the most elusive bachelor of the Ton. But the engagement doesn't sit well with the Duke of Arden, Emma's uncle, who whisks her away to the county away form her rakish fiancé. Richard doesn't like being separated from his betrothed and pursues her to the county in the guise of a head-gardener called Shufflebottom.

At the duke's castle, Emma reconnects with her reclusive, bookish cousin Catherine. The two are constantly chaperoned by Lady Babbag
This falls under what I have dubbed a Hysterical Historical because it features totally outlandish schemes that keep one laughing and at the same time rolling one's eyes at how crazy the main characters are to think a smart person could be hoodwinked by their plot.

The fact that there is a rather sinister twist to the tale was different if not quite as shocking as it could have been, in my opinion the person in question sort of reaped what they sowed even if they did get a bit more than they dese
This was an unusual book. It is a historical romance, sort of, but more of a mad cap mystery story. The romance is very much of the insta love type (purposefully and for the humor of it) and kind of pokes fun at many tropes but not in a mean way. At least, that's the vibe I got from it.

At first I wasn't sure if I'd like the book. However, once I got used to the unusual style and voice I went along for the ride. I'm not sure I'd enjoy a lot of books like this but it was very different from what I
Oct 29, 2012 Ursula rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It's a combination of a Cozy Mystery and a Historical Romance. I really loved the characters and the plotline. If you love Cozy Mysteries and Historical Romance, I highly recommend this.
I'm going to say that Anya Wilde is a reader. I can see influences of Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde and maybe even a little Georgette Heyer. She uses them very well. If she hasn't read any of them, well then I'm astounded.

Emma and the Earl fall in love and want to be married immediately, but her uncle the Duke wants them to wait a year. So the Earl decides to dress up as the head gardener to spend more time with Emma. Then the duke wants to meet the Earl. How to fix that snag? Have someone else pr
Oct 12, 2015 Germaine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I gave up at 10%. The heroine's father is the heir to a dukedom. Or he is unless the duke becomes displeased with heroine's family and decides to name someone else as heir to the dukedom. Did this author do ANY research for this book. A dukedom and property associated with it is inherited by strict rules of primogeniture which cannot be changed. There may be other property that is not tied to the dukedom that can be left to others, but the dukedom itself goes to the next in line whether the curr ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Dhini marked it as to-read
I was so lucky to be one of the recipients of this book. This is another eBook provided to me by the very generous author,Anya Wylde for free.
Oct 14, 2015 Debra rated it it was amazing

Wow what a book and a tale of mystery and love and laughter no sexual scenes needed. Wonderful you have been given a gift of writing and in this book you have done just that. Please this is a must read. I'm sure you will agree. I love sex in my books in this era but this one did not need it. You A.W. are now officially a new author in my life. And you can be sure I will be reading all you have to offer. Thank you for a beautiful and well written story. God bless you and continue to give you g
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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.
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