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The Wicked Wager

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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  339 ratings  ·  125 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
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Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Kindle
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Rane

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
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Synopsis

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
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
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
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Christopher
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
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Rachelle
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
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Rachel
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
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Brenda
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
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Patty
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
Pamela Craft Jenewein
An author's requested read:

The Wicked Wager was a delightful, funny, endearing historical romp. The writing was in tune with the period, while the fast pace immediately pulls me in for a suspenseful amusing ride. The understated, sublime humor quite entertaining and sprinkled throughout the read.

The ploy to thwart Emma’s Uncle’s demand for a year long engagement was truly outlandish, but Richard and Emma’s execution of said plan was beautifully illustrated. Making the ruse all that more imaginab
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Marina
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
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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
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Kathy
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.
Ursula
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.
Dhini
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.
Connie N.
What a crazy combo--Regency romance and mystery and silliness. I guess I'd call it a "romp." The two main characters--Richard (the earl) and Emma (his fiancee) are both good characters. We get to know them fairly well, and they are both pleasant and intelligent and quite progressive for the time period. But Richard gets this crazy wager idea in his head in order to speed up the timing of their marriage, and Emma sighs and goes along with it. It's extremely complicated and nutty, and it just keep ...more
Maggi Andersen
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 down and concocts a plan. A plan that should have brought the lovers together and had them married within a month. It was a sim
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Drebbles
Miss Emma Grey is in love with Richard Hamilton and he with her and the two plan to marry. However, Emma’s Uncle, the Duke of Arden, is not pleased that his niece has fallen in love with an infamous rake and orders her to visit him at his estate in the hopes of changing her mind; she agrees hoping she can change her uncle's mind. Lord Hamilton is not happy to be separated from Emma for a long period of time and concocts a plan with the help of his friend Lord William Raike that will enable him t ...more
Tonileg
Historical English romance with a young well-born miss and a jaded rake man-about-town who find love together, but Miss Emma Grey's uncle the Duke of Arden gets between them by making them wait a year.
Lord Richard Hamilton is a rich Earl, but still must follow the Duke's condition to his wedding. Richard isn't going to go peacefully because he has a crazy plan to marry Miss Emma Grey within a month. Emma must go to the Duke's estate for her yearly visit so Richard get hired as the head gardener
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Joy
I thoroughly enjoyed this second novel I've read from the very accommodating Ms Anya Wylde.

This novel reminded me how I missed reading mysteries, especially those that proves my suspicions wrong. I love how the love story shifted from the main characters to the secondary ones.

Again, Ms Wylde has caught my interest and I finished it in one reading. The characters were really amusing, but I have to admit I liked the pairing of Catherine and William than that of Emma and Richard. I'm fond of the lo
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Lynn
The Romance Review

THE WICKED WAGER has it all- love, murder and laughter.

Unlike the traditional regency romance, Miss Emma Gray and Lord Richard Hamilton do not spend the entirety of this book sorting through their feelings for one another until they finally find love. No, Emma and Richard meet, immediately fall in love, and get engaged. The conflict for the book comes when Emma's uncle, The Duke of Arden, asks that the marriage be postponed for one year. Emma decides to go visit her uncle to convince him to cha
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Sharal 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
Pam
review to follow

Historical's aren't a genre I read many of but I'm glad I gave this fun and engaging regency romance a chance. The first line is a great hook. “Bloody blooming roses sprouting out of a fairy’s arse!”. It certainly caught my attention. And that's what it's all about...grab the reader's attention and pull them into the story, and Ms. Wylde did just that. She came up with a situation that under normal genre circumstances would have been stiff, formal and stuffy. Instead she's turned
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Lori McD
3.5 stars

This book is a fun Regency romance/farce with a bit of a murder mystery thrown in for good measure. The opening grabbed me right from the start: the author had me at the first line - the heroine's creative curse
"Bloody blooming roses sprouting out of a fairy's arse!"


And so Emma Clearwater and Earl of Hamilton, Richard Hamilton, become engaged. Which starts the romantic farce, because Emma's father is first cousins to the Duke of Arden; the duke's daughter, Catherine, is a close particu
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Debra Martin
This is the second book I've read by Ms. Wylde and it was just as enjoyable as "Pennelope." THE WICKED WAGER centers around a young couple in love who want to marry as soon as possible, but Miss Emma Grey's uncle, the Duke of Arden, opposes the speedy marriage. He wants his niece to think about her choice of marrying Lord Richard Hamilton who has a reputation as a rake. Not to be thwarted by the Duke, Richard devises a plan to pose as the head gardener on the Duke's estate so he'll be able to se ...more
Tina
4.5 stars.

This was a wonderful story. I was instantly hooked on both the plot and the great characters (seriously, I love these peeps). Not to mention the writing! I'm definitely looking forward to new books by this author. I really, really liked this book. It was a relatively quick read, although the pacing did bother me a little after Raikes entered the story. It wasn't that bad, but had the writing not been as good I probably would have skimmed some parts.

Pacing issues aside, I have been reco
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Barbara
Emma Grey meets Richard, the Earl of Hamilton and they become engaged. When her uncle, the Duke of Arden, decides they need to wait a year to be married and Emma defends his decision, the earl wagers that he can fool her uncle by being hired and working for a month as the duke’s head gardener, thus proving that he’s more intelligent than the duke. He reasons that he’ll at least be able to see Emma and even if he doesn’t win the wager, he can then compromise her and the duke will have to allow th ...more
Annette
The Earl of Hamilton is a popular and handsome man. Women find him irresistible. He has no qualms about loving them and leaving them. He does not want to be tied down in marriage, but would prefer to continue his dalliances with beautiful women. He then meets Emma Grey. Emma is a "well-packaged, wood-nymph."
The Earl and Emma fall in love. The marriage ceremony is to be detained, Emma is sent to stay with her uncle. A plan is created so that they will not need to spend this time apart. A wager is
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Pat
*May contain slight spoilers

The Wicked Wager seemingly begins like your classic fairy tale romance. A handsome, rich and princely earl falls in love at first (or in this case, second) sight with a young belle who has despaired of ever meeting the man of her dreams. The couple gets engaged and this where the similarities between this novel and the classic tale ends and the Regency farce/murder mystery starts. Emma's (the earl's fiancee) uncle, the duke, wants to delay the couple's marriage. Never
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Lori- Lusty Penguin Reviews
**Review as posted at Queentutt's World of Escapism book review blog.**

Anya Wylde’s delightful and sweet debut novel beautifully combines a historical regency romance with a cozy mystery. The regency period provides the perfect backdrop for the budding romance between Lord Richard Hamilton and Miss Emma Grey, the charade they play on the Duke of Arden, and the murder.

Anya Wylde develops charming and enjoyable characters. Richard and Emma are mischievous and funny, yet cultured, making them the
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Fallon
This is a very cute story it starts off going and it doesn't take long to get into the story. The premise is that there is this Rake who falls for Emma and they become engaged but Emma's uncle decides they should wait a year to marry and she was to go to his estate for a long time and would have to be away from Richard (her fiance). So Richard comes up with a plan to be close to her and marry her within a month and things begin. It is sort of comedy of errors and the tale becomes more twisted an ...more
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