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The Double Wager

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  219 ratings  ·  20 reviews
An impudent young beauty wagers her most precious possession that she can become the wife of the most handsome, worldly and bored lord in London. In this high-risk game of love, what will happen if she loses . . . or wins? Mary Balogh is the winner of the Romantic Times Award for Best New Regency Writer in 1985.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 4th 1985 by Signet
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This is so much like Heyer's A Convenient Marriage and I didn't really like it either. Not that I would ever give it up ... I like having a complete shelf of one of my favourite authors.
Early and interesting point of view, Marius who is a duke just past 30 formed a club with fellow bluebloods vowing never to marry. As the other fellows fall by the wayside, Marius is goaded into a wager to marry within a few weeks. If he does, he gains a wife and a pair of matched greys. Just out of the schoolroom Henry, short for Henrietta makes a bet with one of her brother's friends that she will marry this very same duke once she gets to London. Her prize: an eligible match and a handsome cu ...more
What can I say, I'm on a Mary Balogh kick, but this was not one of the great ones. At first it was cute with the tomboy heroine and the bored duke that never smiled, but it quickly turned into foolishness. The heroine turned from endearing to TSTL and ruined any chance of me enjoying the book. The hero and heroine did not really grow as a couple. The second half of the book was too focus on the stupid money lending plot involving the heroine and the duke's cousin. I would have liked to see the l ...more
After a long time, I've truly been happy after reading a regency novel. Considering this is the second book I've read from Mary Balogh, I find her stories interesting. Barring a few moments with Henry acting unreasonable, I have loved every moment of the book.

Marius is a delight. His quips and hooded eyes remind me of the Rich Dutch Doctors (RDD) of Betty Neels and I love that. Probably it has to do with the time when the book was written, but Marius's sudden "gleam" and hooded eyes and sudden l
Maybe imitation is the sincerest form of flattery ... There were too many plot and character similarities with some of Georgette Heyer's books (April Lady, The Convenient Marriage) to allow me to enjoy this book. By the time the heir, whose nose was put out of joint by the hero's marriage, and the mistress, who was upset because the hero discarded her, were introduced, I figured out the rest of the plot and only skimmed through the rest of the book.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
1.5/5; 2 stars; D

This was a very poor example of Mary Balogh's writing. I have read and loved many books by this author but I didn't like this at all. The main problem was the heroine's steadfast stupidity and determination to bury herself deeper and deeper in trouble by making bad choices.
it was not dat bad but I was bored with heroine's stupidness and naivety. she really took the gold medal for the worst fool ! I was extremely annoyed when she did not listen to marius and persisted in mixing wid oliver. marius really did not have to marry her! he had all women at his feet. add to dat, he was really kind to her; did not force her to have sex and took in her siblings and governess as well as pets. he also treated them impeccably. she was just an ungrateful little bitch and when I ...more
I love Henry. Innocent and naive heroine more often than not disgust me but with Henry it seems too natural to be offended. She's hilarious, gutsy and with a child-like innocence that you can't be annoyed with. I've been expecting to hate this story whenever Henry's childishness is emphasized but instead I'm charmed more with each word. Enchanted I remember is the word Marius used and it's perfect. Speaking of Marius, the seemingly too arrogant and happy-go-lucky hero of this story. Here's a fav ...more
I read this on and off before bed. It's hard to review because on one hand I really liked it for the most part - I loved Marius and Henry was adorable - but on the other hand the plot and characters were so familiar I actually had to debate with myself about whether I'd already read it. I hadn't but I know I've read others very similar.
Old fashioned fun - and basically a fusion of Heyer's The Convenient Marriage and Frederica, with a touch of The Grand Sophy and maybe elements of a few others I'm not catching at the moment. I almost wish it was still possible to get away with this kind of pastiche, but then I doubt many others besides Balogh could handle it so deftly. And I suppose we have a taste for stories with more angst and less impersonal narration now. Anyway, a fun read that quite suits my tastes; features more a mix o ...more
I love almost everything about this story. I love the initial premise. I love the first encounter. I love the heroine's family. I love the hero's secretary. I love the hero and the heroine. I love the villains (as much as I can love villains). What I don't love about it is it reminds me so much of Georgette Heyer's "April Lady" and maybe some other novel by Heyer too that I can't remember right now. Still an enjoyable read. And the conclusion scene is not to be missed. At least if you're like me ...more
The heroine is a coward and an idiot. The hero keeps secrets that are completely unnecessary and which would clear up huge misunderstandings if he would just say them. And the villain has a motivation that, logically speaking, doesn't really make sense. Finally, the entire story "wraps up" at near lightning speed in only the last ten pages or so, leaving you to ask yourself "what the Hell just happened?" The fact that the hero and heroine had virtually no trust in one another is never resolved. ...more
All the tropes of Heyer-world: the young bride, the older, world-weary groom, assorted younger siblings, one of whom gets into trouble, the scorned mistress, even a large hairy dog and a foul-mouthed parrot. Fun, but an early work from someone who improved greatly over time.
Obwohl ich auch Mary Baloghs neueren Romane lese, gefallen mir ihre älteren meist viel besser. Dies liegt u.a. an ihrem Schreibstil.
"Double Wager" erinnerte mich etwas an Georgette Heyers "Die Vernunftehe".
A lot like convenient marriage by Heyer which I also didn't like. A young and stupid heroine an indifferent hero, a pair of 12 year old twins, a pair of villains, a dog and a parrot. I gave up.
It kept me guessing as to how things would play out and end and I guessed wrong every time! Something to be said for a book that keeps you wondering. But it was a little dull.
Frances Fuller
It was OK, but not as good as the one very like it by Georgette Heyer. Better second time around.
Whimsical. Quaint. Humorous. Droll. :D
The first Balogh I read
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Mary Jenkins was born on 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high-school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more
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