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Knave's Wager

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,433 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
"I need no further proof that you are despicable!" Lilith Davenant's sensibilities were appropriately offended. How dare the brazen Lord Julian Brandon kiss her when he knew full well the man she was to marry was in the next room! It mattered not that the cad was handsome, charming and witty...unlike the staid, auburn-haired young widow's fiance. Lilith's repute meant all. ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 1st 1991 by Avon Books (first published 1990)
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Miranda Davis
Okay so this is the 2nd best reform-the-rake/seduce-the-prude story EVER. This is an utterly fabulous, wonderful read full of what I think are L. Chase's great strengths: brilliant, hilarious dialogue; great, vivid characters you come to love and understand; truthful points of view; plausible conflict; crackling chemistry; and a story that develops organically without any lurching lapses in logic. Just effing brilliant.

I read this last night in one go. Could not put it down. This is Chase at th
He was spineless and dumb, and she had no pride. The OW won over all these dummies. It was a book of her triumph. There is but one Choderlos de Laclos and one Liaisons Dangereuses. These kinds of pale imitation are contemptible. What a waste of time :(
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic-hr
I love this book. It is probably more old-school HR- there is no sex scene as such. But the sexual tension, the passion and desire, these are all here in spades. There is also seduction, betrayal, remorse and forgiveness! And LC's writing is a treat, as always. This is a book where words and their meaning are important, and how they are used, even more so. I had tears in my eyes again (third time through for me, this time as an audiobook) and my heart ached for both hero and heroine, albeit for ...more
Happy to see older novels by Loretta Chase hitting the stands again. She is one of my favorite HR writers. Knave's Wager -- first published in 1990 -- is available in e-book format as well as audio. I decided to read the kindle book, rather than listening to an Audible download. The cost for the kindle book was only $2.99, versus about $13.99 for the Audible version. I had never listened to Stevie Zimmerman, and -- while her sample clip sounded fine -- I didn't want to spend a credit on an unkno ...more
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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So this isn’t something I would normally read let alone review here on my blog since I mainly read young adult. However I enjoy a good break from my usual genre in order to read something else. This book was recommended to me by my mother-in-law who usually reads nothing but Newbury Award Winning books…so like middle grade or younger. Which says something about THIS book.

Originally written in 1990, this is your typical reform-the-rake/seduce-the-prude story
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
An older Loretta Chase – a mixed bag of sorts – but still it’s a winner for me. Actually I liked it better than the reviews suggested.

The h, a cool collected widow, is a forbidding figure who seems to terrify half of London with her ‘queenly reserve’ and demeanor. One look from her sends society matrons and grown up men scuttling for cover. Not so the H – a jaded indolent rake with no scruples that one can discern.
So while the h’s cold persona hides a lonely but warm loving person who goes bey
Jul 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
The hero's an asshole and totally beyond redemption. The heroine has feather for brains. Put them together and you have an illicit affair (the heroine is engaged to another). Oh God. Why did I ever read this book?
I've given this a B for narration and B+ for content at AudioGals, so I'll leave it at 4 stars.

Knaves’ Wager
is one of Loretta Chase’s earlier titles, having originally been published in 1990. The author’s trademark wit and humour are much in evidence, the principal and secondary characters are strongly drawn, and the story features a sweet secondary romance as well as the very well-developed central one. The book also boasts one of her wittiest, sexiest heroes and lots of wonderful, battle-of-t
Another guilty pleasure trope - the bet. Usually made by a conceded, rakish type. I love that moment of discovery, the betrayal! I'll admit that's cheesy of me, but this one was so very well done - I should be forgiven. My most favorite character was the MC's niece, she was delightfully clever.
5 fluffy feel-good stars.
Huge 5 stars...

One of the best historical romance books that I've read. I loved it!
Kathy * Bookworm Nation

Loretta Chase only has a handful of clean regencies and this is one of the few. I wish all her books were clean because the couple I have read have been well written and fun. I thought Knave’s Wager had a lot of charming moments, the chemistry and banter between Lilith and Julian was great. Lilith does comes across pretty cold throughout the book, but when we get things from her perspective and when she is with Julian we get to see a softer side. She has learned how to control her emotions we
Lady Wesley
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an older Chase. A chaste Chase, you might say. But it's full of her delightful repartee and compelling characters. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Elis Madison
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
The knave in question is Julian, Marquess of Brandon. He got the rep by accidentally killing a wronged husband in a duel. He’s lived mostly on the Continent since, but he’s back in England now.

The wager is between him and his idiot cousin Robert’s French mistress Elise. Rob was stupid enough to write love letters, promising marriage to this woman, and Elise intends to hold him to it. Julian threatens Elise, so she challenges him. If he can seduce the famously icy widow, Lillith Davenport, within
4.5 stars

Lilith Davenant, a widow at 28 years of age, is thought to be an ice queen. Appearing emotionless, no one is aware of her unhappy past. "According to some wags, Mrs. Davenant bore such a stunning resemblance to a marble statue that it was a wonder she had a pulse."

At the opening of KNAVES' WAGER, Lilith is slowly running out of monies to live on. Her deceased husband left her in debt and she had been using what she had to fund her nieces' seasons. Lilith first met Julian, the Marquess o
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
The thing with Loretta Chase that makes her sort of interesting is that reading her books is like the lottery. Some of her books are horrid (Captives of the Night), and some are just like spun candy. This book luckily falls in the latter category. It belongs in the category of her books where it's not too sensational of a book, and the characters just fit right. (Maybe she should stick to level-headed female characters? I feel that some authors do better sticking to a certain type of characters ...more
Vanessa Kelly
Jul 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I simply loved this book - I would give it ten stars, if I could. The hero, Julian, rates up there with the best of LC's heroes, just one step below Dain. Although this is one of LC's more traditional regencies, she doesn't soft-pedal the sexual tension or Julian's questionable morals. And Lilith's emotional growth and her own struggles to resist temptation are very moving. In fact, this book just drips with heart-felt, realistic emotion. If you've been looking for an LC fix and haven't read thi ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 ☆
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Rocky start with some less than savory setups (that wager was an irritant) but I liked everyone by the end and it was all sufficiently impassioned.
Lady Wesley
Oh, what a delightful book! Writing in 1990, the young Loretta Chase was not yet at the top of her game, but there are flashes of the brilliance to come. And as is so often the case, Chase creates a hero who is appalling and seductive at the same time and a heroine who is not the least bit cowed by him.

This is getting to be a bad habit, but once again, I would refer any potential reader to my friend Caz's excellent review of the audio book.

The narrator is very good, but I have to mention that
The parts of this book where Julian and Lilith bantered back and forth, were so good. I loved it. I loved the build up between them and I loved how at the end Julian was pouring his heart out as well as Lilith putting herself on the line. All of those things make for a perfect book for me. But then there are the parts that are not so perfect:

The Mistress talk. ENOUGH already! We get it, these yucky guys get around.
The fact that Julian was not such an amazing guy and even towards the end I was st
Went back and forth a lot on the rating. For the first few chapters after the plot starts (i.e. the titular knaves' wager) the hero reaches a level of smarmy douchebag that was off-putting, but then the book recovers and I really enjoy it the rest of the way through, with him serving up some excellent pining (I am a sucker for a good pine) for the heroine whom I liked very much, and the secondary characters being particularly great.

So...!??!?!? 3.5???/

Numerical scales man. ART IS MORE COMPLICATE
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
The first half of the book wasn't engaging at all and I would have put it into the DNF pile if it wasn't a Loretta Chase book - the hero was a cold, blase, arrogant SOB and the heroine was the Ice Queen who despised him, with good reason. But after the heroine was goaded into tearing a strip off the hero about half-way into the book, things completely turned around and the book turned into a wonderful "unputdownable" romance.
3.5 stars
So this was very cute! Not my favorite by Ms. Chase, but an enjoyable, light story.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-era, romance
I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. My favorite relationship in the book was Cecily and Robert, which says something given the amount of page time they had. I had a harder time with Lilith (terrible name) and Julian. (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
M.A. Nichols
A definite "meh" book. The story and characters were mostly predictable and there were several times I found myself very bored with it all.

The story is a standard rake & wager story line. Vapid rake makes a bet to bed a virtuous and uptight woman. She rebuffs him. He finds her intriguing. She starts to melt. He starts to change. The minute he realizes he loves her and she him, the truth about the wager comes out and she dumps him. Eventually, she realizes he really does love her and they rid
Amarilli Settantatre
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
anche 4,5 - Io adoro la Chase, e questo romanzo, iniziato con scarse aspettative, mi ha emozionato parecchio.
Un romance atipico, quasi malinconico a tratti, molto divertente in altre parti.
Lo so, il libertino scapolo dagli occhi verdi che cerca di irretire la vedova algida e inaccessibile per vincere una scommessa è un plot visto e rivisto, però qui sia Julian che Lilith mi sono parsi brillare di una luce particolare.
Resistette, in attesa che lord Brandon si arrendesse. O almeno ci provò. Perchè
Jul 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Lilith Davenant has been in charge of her own life for the past five years since her rakeish husband died. She's lived simply, however, she is responsible for financing the come-outs of her nieces and thanks to some bad investments, is in need of money. She decides to accept Thomas Bexley. She doesn't live him, but she needs the money and Bexley will make a comfortable husband. On the road to London with her niece, Cecily, they rescue a victim of a carriage accident who turns out to be the Marqu ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Should have known better than too pick a romance by this author .never liked Lord of scoundrels.the H is with plenty other actresses even after meeting the H.even after knowing he is in love with the H he was with others .where I ask you is the guarantee if a HEA.never like such books with infidelity... On one side he was seducing H and on the other sleeping with does not speak well of the H..unfaithful ,dishonorable liar deciever is what he is....
I read the book for the secondary r
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