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The Marriage Wager

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  118 ratings  ·  20 reviews
It was scandalous, to wager one's reputation on a hand of cards. But Lady Emma Tarrant felt she had no choice. She had watched her husband gamble his life away, and when she saw another young man losing heavily, she was determined to save him from a similar fate. So she challenged the scoundrel who held his debts to the one thing she knew he could never refuse: another gam ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Bantam
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This was an enjoyable Regency-historical romance. The hero and heroine are very believable and likeable. They are traumatized by events in life--the hero with war, the heroine with a disastrous first marriage. They agree to marry based on similar needs and interests, not on any kind of infatuation or emotionalism. Of course, over time, they do fall in love and have a satisfying marriage.
The secondary characters are very entertaining. The author creates a realistic world. I like reading novels se
Ovo je jedna vrlo lepa ljubavna prica iz viktorijanskog doba.
MiniReview: A cute romance with awesome characters. I particular loved how clever Emma, the heroine, is. She's independent and determined to sort out her own life. Her husband Colin has some PTSD and a real need for someone to bridge the gab he's feeling from his years at war to the superficial society he's part of now. The couple work together, and I was really invested in their HEA. I really did like the supporting cast, although a few of the depictions bordered on questionable, particularly o ...more
Emma and Colin
I enjoyed this book. Unfortunately I wasn't able to finish this book. I kept getting headaches and couldn't figure out why. Finally I realized the print was just too small for me too read the whole book. I think I had to give up with just 100 pages left to read. Maybe I will revisit this later.
I enjoy strong and independent women. This book is the story of one such woman. Thanks to making some HUGE mistakes, she has learned to become self reliant and slower to make foolish choices.
Rachel T
As posted at THE READING CAFE 11 Nov 13!

4 out of 5 for this reader folks!

Another first time author for me in my fave genre. The Marriage Wager by Jane Ashford is a historical regency romance set in London (and surrounding countryside). A beautiful story about a married couple falling in love with a little gambling, action and annoying yet humorous and memorable secondary characters on the side.

We are introduced right away
Stevie Carroll
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread:

I wanted to like this book, and the set-up in the first chapter promises even more than the blurb and the title do (although I do find myself wondering who was looking after the hero’s properties while he was off fighting across mainland Europe). Emma is a penniless widow, disowned by her family after running away with a man who turned out to be a thoroughly bad lot. Colin, the Baron St. Mawr, has only recently returned to England and is
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
The Marriage Wager was first published in 1996 and was recently reprinted on the 5th of November with a new updated cover. I wanted to mention so those who might have read it before won't think it's a new book. I know I hate buy a book that looks new and then finding out I read it once before.

The Marriage Wager is about a marriage of convenience that turns into more as the book progresses. Emma has been married before and really has no thoughts of ever doing it again. She married for love the fi
This is the kind of book I like to read; one that isn’t one hundred percent focused on the hero and heroine. We saw a budding romance, a great evil guy and a peek into a realm we normally don’t even see. I was pleasantly surprised.

Colin Wareham, Baron St. Mawr, crossing the Channel to England, was finally on his way home after an eight year absence from fighting in the war. He left home at 20, thinking he would see the world and have adventure. Neither happened. He was coming home to do his dut
This was my first historical romance in over six months and with a new to me author.
I am so glad that I decided to read this!!
This has a cast of characters that are truly unique! Because of the cast of characters this book was a thoroughly engaging read and didn't have the typical romance plot points. I LOVED that! It was definitely a change of pace and definitely broke the boredom I was finding in my romance stories.
Our hero has just returned from war and is deeply scarred emotional. Our he
I am a sucker for tropes with marriage wagers, bargains, and agreements. They never work as planned and offer up a delicious tale as the characters find things more complicated than they ever imagined. Jane Ashford’s Marriage Wager delivers a historical romance with suspense; unique characters and a complicated romance between two stubbornly flawed characters. Mini review: entertaining, colorful characters, romantic.

Lord Colin Wareham is on board a ship returning home to London. He has spent eig
Jeanne Murray
Humor and great characters make “The Marriage Wager” a fun read. Colin Wareham, Baron St. Mawr, has been emotionally changed by war and is joyless. He needs to marry but is very unhappy with the choices his mother is pushing on him. He gets involved in a wager with Emma Tarrant, the widow of a gambler with whom she regretfully eloped. There are some great scenes with Lady Mary Dacre, a very silly girl who causes “scenes” in a big way. And the villain is very slimy in his attempts to bribe Emma. ...more
I had to knock it down one star because the non-communication at the end of the book was so annoying. It could have saved 3 chapters.

The heroine had a ridiculous idea in her head and used that to try and solve the problem on her own. The hero knows she's having a problem but he wants her to come and confide in him. He confronts her many times to ask what is wrong. She remains tight-lipped and refuses to let him help. Ugh. He's a powerful and rich lord. He can withstand scandal and probably call
Maggi Hesseling
If there's one thing I love, it's HR novels where a wager can lead to all kinds of interesting things. Here it's a marriage of convenience that doesn't stay merely convenient long. With great characters and a woderful plotline, this novel makes you laugh and smile throughout reading it. Ms. Ashford dilivers not just a novel, but real entertainment,
Serena Shay
I like the idea of the story and I could have liked the characters a great deal, but there were simply too many changes in POV. I felt like I was hopping from head to head in most of the scenes. It did get better as the book progressed, there seemed to be fewer POV changes towards the end, but by then I just wanted to finish the book.
janet host
Good love story and mystery

Good love story and mystery

I like a book that when I,m not reading it, the story,s so good that I keep looking forward to finding time to get back to it. This was a book like that.
Emma is a widow that has been living abroad. Colin is an officer returning from war. Both have a troubled past. Thanks to a wager that Emma loses they get tangled in a compromising situation resulting in a marriage of convenience. Together they embark in a story of some intrigue, some insta-love, a lot of boredom plus some more boredom.

I was incredibly bored during the entirety of this book and had to force myself to finish it. The characters are mature, exhibit some sort of passion that is mor
This is the story of two people that are returning to England after a while away and their journey toward love. Please read my full review at my blog and follow me.
Anna Wallace
Light on the sex, heavy on oft-missed perspectives and extra characters. The ending seemed a bit over due, but I enjoyed the hero and heroine.
Sympa, Jane Ashford a une écriture facile à lire et sans prise de tête, mais il lui manque un petit quelque chose pour la faire sortir du lot
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Nancy Jane LeCompte was born in 20 August 1948 in Eaton, Ohio, USA. She discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was entranced by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. She has lived in New York, Boston and LA, her writing life punctuated by breaks where the f ...more
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