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The Wagering Widow

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Guy, Lord Keating, laden with his father's debts, elopes with "heiress" Emily Duprey...only to discover she is as poor as he! Now his only hope of saving his family and dependents is a reluctant return to the gaming tables.

Emily has to escape marriage to a gamester like her father. But she needs more money than she can win as Lady Keating--so she becomes Lady Widow, a card
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ebook, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Harlequin Special Releases (first published July 1st 2005)
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FlibBityFLooB
It's not that this was a bad book, but it felt like a testimonial for Gamblers Anonymous...
Robert Beveridge
Diane Gaston, The Wagering Widow (Harlequin, 2006)

You always know what you're going to get with a romance novel; the only difference is the setting. I can't even remember where I originally picked this up, but I have it in ebook form, and when I dialed it up I for some reason had the idea in my head that it was a Kindle short rather than a full-length novel. Wrong I was, obviously (it turns out, at least judging by an omnibus title released in 2008, it's actually the second in a series of six lo
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Ruth
Apr 19, 2009 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the Regency period, the book starts out with a hasty marriage between handsome Guy Keating and plain Emily Duprey. He's not in love with her but marries her for her money, which he later finds out she doesn't have because her father gambled it all away. In a state of panic (since he inherited a large sum of debt and must provide for his mother, her aunts, his sister, and his new wife), he goes to the gambling hells where he hopes to make a fortune in a short amount of time.

His lack of af
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Soyanut
Feb 23, 2014 Soyanut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I almost didn't read The Wagering Widow. Like many fans of HR novels, I was impatient to get to the romance between heavenly looking people. I am so thankful that I went back to try again. Now having read it, I think it has my favorite hero ever in Lord Guy Keating. Yes, he is good man. If he is just a good man that wouldn't make him stand out from other Heroes. It is the depiction of him as a man who loves women that makes him so endearing to me. As the head of the household of course he is res ...more
Lucy Herondale
What a disappointment!
The cover of this book is so beautiful and the general concept very intriguing and yet, I was left frustrated with this book.

First of all, I cannot say that I like the hero, Guy. I do not hate him either but I strongly dislike him.
He married the heroine, Emily, because he thought she was a rich heiress and he wanted her money.
True, he wanted the money so that he could be able to provide for his mother and her aunts.
Still, I didn't like it at all.

But what really made me angr
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penelopewanders
Technically this is billed as a standalone, but numerous references to the heroine's sister's story lead one to conclude it's part of a series. This was a bit irritating. Towards the end there is mention of the Mysterious Miss M... which I read quite a while ago. Now I guess I'll have to pick it up again and see if rereading it elucidates the questions that have arisen. Aside from that, this is a tidy little gem of a story. The wild side so carefully concealed during the day, allowed to come out ...more
Sharon Sherman
Oct 05, 2011 Sharon Sherman rated it really liked it
Some books just can't be read a second time. This book, however, was just as good the second read as it was the first. Can two people who lie to each other, or have secrets from each other find true love? The Wagering Widow tells us.
Michaela
Dec 12, 2012 Michaela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The guy in this was stupid but well meaning the woman however was stupid and annoying and ruined it.
Mareena
Jan 16, 2016 Mareena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. It was very sweet & romantic. The characters were very intriguing.

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Diane Gaston’s dream job had always been to write romance novels. One day she decided to pursue that dream and has never looked back; she is now writing full-time. Her books have won Romance’s highest honour—the RITA Award, the National Readers Choice Award and the Golden Heart. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three very ordinary house cats. Diane loves to hear from readers and friends.
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