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To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield

(Wicked Wagers #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  742 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Let the Wicked Wagers Begin...

Lady Caitlin Southall’s temper has finally got the better of her. She’s challenged Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield, the most notorious rake in all of England, to a wager. She wants her house back. The one her destitute father lost to Dangerfield in a card game. But if she doesn’t win their bet, she not only loses her home, she loses he
Kindle Edition, 170 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Bronwen Evans
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Nov 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF@50%. The stupidity is high in this one. I expected so much from this, especially since I love the whole "kick-ass heroine challenges the hero" premise, but boy, did it suck in its execution.

The main issue I have with the story is the inconsistency in the characters. The heroine, for one, was established as strong and smart, and I really believed that. That is, until the 50% marker when she did something so totally ridiculous that it made me go:

Also, the hero kept on switching from cold, ca
Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
A sweet and easy read.
The H's sudden and early turnabout is a bit implausible though.
As is the scene where the h walks in on the H and his friends and their 'ladies' at three in the morning. And the people in the room are just sitting and drinking and posing? Realistically, they should have been engaged in some more active action!
And lots more incredible and anachronistic things happen.
But he's nicely redeemed. And 'nuff sweet cheesiness that hits the right spot.
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
This was my first book by Bronwen Evans and I really enjoyed it. It was longer than the average novella and I felt this allowed for effective characterisation and a well-paced story.

Harlow turned out to be quite a surprise. He appears to be a typical rake, only concerned for his own pleasures but, deep down, he is a man who really cares about his mother and half-brother, Jeremy. I could understand his desire for revenge against the man who brought ruination to his mother and his desire to secure
Lady Caitlin Southall can not believe that her home, her mothers home which is being held in a trust for her, was lost in a card game. She becomes even more frustrated when she learns the most notorious rake and her neighbor, Harlow Telford, Duke of Dangerfield is the one that won her home and will not return it like a gentleman when he learns of her situation. Oh no. Caitlin's temper gets the best of her and she challenges Harlow to the best of three events to see who wins the home--but her los ...more
Trish R.
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book..

Sexual tension is alive and well and wonderfully written by Ms. Evans. I absolutely hate books where there’s no desire, no want, no nothing, but then there’s sex. How crappy is that? You can go though 50% of a book and there’s no kiss or anything and the next minute they’re having sex. Ugh! Harlow’s desire for Caitlin is obvious from the minute she rides away from him. Absolutely loved it.

As I loved this entire book. Loved that Harlow was so arrogant and self-centered but Caitlin
Clare O'Beara
The gentry were more relaxed at their country estates than in town, which accounts for several of the circumstances in this book. Among them, a young lady wearing a groom's clothes to ride astride; swimming in the lake; a lady visiting the neighbour's house without a maid or other chaperone.

This is a fun story of a desperate wager over a house and a horse. I like particularly that our heroine goes beyond the bounds of convention. The duke is pretty much a stock caricature by comparison. As far
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OMG! I laughed, cried and squealed with delight. I love a strong woman who does not sacrifice her strength to please a man, Caitlin was that woman. Poor Harlow did not have a chance after the cake challenge, he fell hard, really hard. I loved how Caitlin got her wishes at the end- all of them ;-)
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
The gist: The rug has been pulled from below Lady Caitlin’s feet. Her disgraceful father has gambled her inheritance away even though it wasn’t rightly his to gamble away. The house had belonged to her mother and was supposed to go directly to Caitlin. Now she has to try to get the house back, but the only way to get it back is to make a deal with the new deed owner. Harlow is the Duke of Dangerfield and he HATES Caitlin’s father with a passion. It gave his heart great pleasure to take the house ...more
Dee Deacon Foster
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
At the age of twenty three Caitlin Southall wears britches to ride/train her beloved horse, Ace of Spades in hopes of winning the Two Thousand Guineas race at Newmarket. A race that she hopes will save her beloved home from being gambled away by her father & out of the hands of the Duke of Dangerfield who, for reasons unknown to her, is determined to ruin her father.

Known as a rake of the first order, Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield, is determined to ruin the man who ruined his mother a
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
WOW. I never cried that much when reading HR books. THE first part of the book is okay but the good thing is that it became better as it goes to the end.

Lady Caitlin needs to get back the house wagered by her father to the Duke of Dangerfield. It would not be easy. Aside from the known fact that the duke is a rake, he is the most powerful next to Prince Regent. To save herself from ruin, she decided to approach the duke in the middle of the night. She desperately needed it back since it is passe
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All right, last night I wanted to read something quick and enjoyable. So, I started To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield by Bronwen Evans, which happens to be the first book in the Wicked Wagers trilogy.

First off this is a light-hearted story that is mainly here to entertain you, it's short and sweet and nothing more. I personally like to have short and sweet story here and there. They tend to give you a break every now and then. With that said, we meet Lady Cai
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield is a fast and furious read. I was captivated from start to finish, and couldn't wait to see what was up next for these two stubborn people.

Lady Caitlin Southall’s lost her home and she knows if she can race her prize horse Ace against the Duke, she can win it back. What she doesn't count on is him making a counter bet. Even though his bet has a steep price, she can’t back down. Her home is the only thing she has left from her mother and this rake will not deter he
Nicole Laverdure
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sweet and romantic! I have just finished reading this romantic love story TO DARE THE DUKE OF DANGERFIELD by Bronwen Evans. This is her first book in the Wicked Wagers trilogy. Some scenes are so charming and fun to read. I loved her two characters Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield and Lady Caitlin Southall. The story begins as Caitlin has lost her home, because of her father’s gambling problems and now wants it back; she will do anything to get her family manor back. She made a bet with H ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am writing this review on my second reading of the novel. If I remember correctly the book was free and I downloaded it because it was in my recommendations list and I loved the cover. Glad I took a chance on this new author to me. Both characters were great. Both Caitlin and Harlow, the duke, were strong and held by their convictions. It is not always the case in romance novels that the hero is committed to his family. That aspect of the book (his love of his family and wanting to do the righ ...more
Contrary Facts.
Predictable Story-line.
And to say the least the way certain characters reacted to certain situations is wayyy over the top even for fiction!
The saving grace... a warm endearing heroine and a well-used but nevertheless enjoyable plot!
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
i thought it was cute. it started off really good and then it was over. i liked the duke and caitlins romance. i look forward to reading the rest. i would also like to read a story about Jeremy. I thought Evans could of did alittle more about him meeting his sister.
Sally Hannoush
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This novel was daring and seductive. A love story with a surprising twist and a flare of passion. It made my heart swell with a wide array of emotions.
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the book so much. Love the strong female character but the strong male one even more.
Widya Rahardja
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in Wicked Wagers series

As the hero with a dark past (aren't they always?), Harlow is one of the hero that I actually like. I usually dislike it when the hero is into an illusion, thinking that if they didn't carry the world's problem on their shoulder they wouldn't be forgiven for their supposed dark past. With Harlow, I could understand why he did what he did, or his intention. He also didn't have that weird irrational thought about not marrying the woman whom he actually
Margaret Watkins
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Devastated at the loss of her home in a card game by her wastrel father, Lady Caitlin is determined to demand it back from the Duke of Dangerfield. She has known Harlow Telford since she was a young girl when he came to her assistance and has carried a torch for him over the years. However, she is now an adult woman with only one resource and that has been torn from her. Facing up to Harlow takes more courage than she would have thought, but walking in on his evening's entertainment takes the wi ...more
Deborah Carter
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency-romance
This was an interesting book. The story had a great many twists and turns. There were secrets, danger, an accident, a bet, inappropriate behavior, manipulation, and romance. The hero, Harlow, is a Duke and has promised the neighboring estate to his brother. However, it belongs to Caitlin. Her father has gambled it away and she wants it back. The events that follow are the result of Caitlin trying to get it back and Harlow's attempts to keep it.

This is my first book by this author. If the others
Deb Diem
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield is another amazing story by Bronwen Evans. Ms Evans has done it again, had me glued to my kindle. This story is well-written, gotta love a smooth read. Caitlin and Harlow's story is packed with drama, humor, action and naughty bits. I love the characters in this book! I enjoyed every page of To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield and can't wait for my next book by Bronwen Evans. To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield is book 1 of the Wicked Wagers Series but can be read as a st ...more
Danielle Carpenter
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Men should never bet against women, because it seems when they do the only thing they truly lose is their heart. That's what happened in this story, Caitlin determined to win her father's estate back challenges the Duke. There are also underlying causes to the whys of why the Duke set up Caitlin's father to lose his estates, but he hides these from Caitlin because he is intrigued by her. The story gets more tangled as the wagers continue. It's very enjoyable, and the chemistry between Caitlin an ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To Dare The Duke of Dangerfield is an amazing story. I absolutely loved it. I experienced a myriad of emotions as I read through Caitlin and Harlow’s love story. From side-aching laughter to deep sobbing tears, Evans spins a tale of great depth that touches the human soul. This is the first in the Wicked Wagers Series and I can’t wait to read the rest. I highly recommend this book, and I am giving it 5 stars – something I very rarely do. I was gifted a copy of this book.
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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Ishara Dasruth
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Short and sweet read.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed the story
Patricia Perez
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read

I just loved this book. The laughter and love 💘💘💘makes it awesome. Can't wait for more.A definite must read.Get your copy today 😀
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Dear Ms. Evans,

I’ll begin this review with the last line of your novella, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield.
He loved, with a consuming passion, the woman who’d dared the Duke of Dangerfield.

This line evokes a picture perfect happy ending for Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield, and Lady Caitlin Southall, the woman who dared him. It’s a fitting finish to your tale in which everything is so sweet, lovely, and darling that the book reads like a naughty version of a 1950’s Disney film. The story i
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USA Today bestselling author, Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Evans is a three-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand with her dogs Brandy and Duk ...more

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