The Courtesan's Wager (The Courtesan Chronicles, #3)
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The Courtesan's Wager (The Courtesan Chronicles #3)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  183 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Award-winning author Claudia Dain brings back her deliciously improper ex-courtesan for another delightful matchmaking scheme.

If Lady Amelia is to marry before another Season passes, she'll need help from infamous courtesan-turned- matchmaker Sophia Dalby. But Amelia is shocked when Lady Dalby informs her that they'll hold interviews for the post of husband-and only dukes...more
Paperback, 355 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Berkley Trade (first published January 21st 2009)
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Okay the fact that half the book you discover that NO she did not want a duke and YES she had been kissing whatever his name was for TWO WHOLE YEARS without one clue of it for (I'm being redudent) HALF THE F**** book was a huge schock and turn off.
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I just wanted to shake Amelia and Cranleigh throughout the majority of the book. She was in love with him and he wouldn't do anything about their attraction until the last few pages of the damn book. He rather just spend the whole time sulking and raging over the fact that she wanted a duke and that he's not one. I can't believe I actually spent an hour trying to read this book.
Lady Amelia is my least favourite heroine in the Courtesan Chronicles. I found her stubborn and silly. As always Lady Sophia was delightful, witty and a great read!
As with her previous novels, Claudia Dain wrote a historical romance set in the Regency era with an entirely different angle, not about reformed rakes finding the love of their lives because of fate, not of instant attraction leading to lust then love, but how women manipulate men to get what they want. Dain empowers women in her novels in Lady Sophia Dalby's character. She remains at the sidelines but she directs things well from a distance. There were snippets of her past here and I'm really i...more
This series and this book is a bit more substantial than typical romance fare-- sort of along the lines of Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series. If there were ever a historical category of chick-lit, this book would be it. In this chapter of the matchmaking saga of Lady Sophia Dalby, you get a tantalizing glimpse of her motivations for her long-held enmity with Westlin and discomfort with Aldreth. The latter plays less of a role than you would think, considering the book is about Aldreth's daug...more
Great plot, good characters.

The plot unfolds slowly, with some misdirection. Lady Amelia Caversham, despite being the daughter of a duke, has been unsuccessful in the Marriage Mart. She enlists the help of Sophia Dalby, notorious for her behavior in the ton.

Lady Amelia finally steps out of the shadows, by interviewing prospective suitors for her hand, only dukes (and dukes-to-be) need apply.

But then Lord Cranleigh makes an appearance, he's not a duke, his brother is a duke-apparent, but sparks f...more
Lady Amelia wants to get married and she knows just who to turn to for help. Lady Sophia Darby has helped two other girls get married this season and Amelia swallows her pride and enlists Sophia's aid. Sophia decides that Lady Amelia should be able to snare a duke and immediately starts interviewing the likely suspects. Two of the eligible dukes are amused and even somewhat interested but Lord Cranleigh is having none of it. Will Amelia end up with a duke or with true love?
Fira Rosli
All I can say is that Claudia Dain can really write a a story that flows and connects well but she needs lots of improvements in her storyline and the dialogues between characters. I was bored to tears and I literally gave up. I can't take it any longer.

So, there it is. Two stars only, I'm afraid.
I've generally enjoyed this author's stories, but am getting impatient with her storytelling style.
I like that it is fast paced, but the dialogues are ..... well, tiring. I can't wait for her to get to the mystery of Sophia. She is getting closer, but hope she gets to it before I loose interest.
Lady Amelia wanted to marry a Duke and a Duke only.. But her heart had other ideas. She kept getting caught by Lord Cranleigh and his lucious lips... Eventually she convinced him to marry her, even though he wasn't a Duke.. The heart wants what the heart wants..
Reminiscent of the best of the screwball romances of the thirties, but as a regency! Non-stop comedic patter, intelligent people finding themselves in ridiculous circumstances, and yet everything falls wildly into place at the last moment. A joy to read!
Did not actually read this book. I gave it a good try but just could not get into the book. Just sooooo boring to me. I really wanted to know what they did to get her married but just could not get into this book.
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Not as great as the 1st two books, but still fun.
This series is really growing on me.
I couldn't even finish it.
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“Somewhere in your nursery rhymes,” Cranleigh said, intruding yet again, “you must have learned that men do talk. They compare. They
judge. They even, Lady Amelia, are known to make coarse jests.”
“Darling Cranleigh,” Sophia said from behind her. “How generous of you to instruct Lady Amelia, who is surely the most innocent woman of my acquaintance, in the habits of the man about Town. Certainly, if a woman is to find her way to the altar, with the appropriate man at her side, she does need keen instruction. Naturally, her brother, the Marquis of Hawksworth, is not the man for the job, as no brother ever is for a sister. But you, you have risen up to help Lady Amelia. I don’t know the last time I’ve seen such gallantry in action.”
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