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The Wicked Wager

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,383 ratings  ·  245 reviews
The infamous rake, Lord Richard Hamilton, has finally chosen his bride—the very appropriate Miss Emma Grey.

The ton approves, Lord Grey is pleased, Lady Grey delighted, and Emma is over the moon, but her uncle, (the blasted) Duke of Arden opposes the match, and Emma is ordered to move to the duke’s estate to think things over.

Richard Hamilton refuses to take things lying do
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Kindle
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The Earl meets a girl.
“Bloody blooming roses sprouting out of a fairy’s arse!”
The Earl skidded to a halt, the smile dying on his lips. Who could possess the voice of an angel and curse like a bloodthirsty pirate? He was intrigued.

An eligible, rich girl.
Emma’s father, Lord Grey, was the first cousin of the Duke of Arden and next in line to inherit. The Duke had no other male heirs and was of considerable age; hence, the title was sure to pass on to Lord Grey.

He wins over her family.
Lord Hamilton
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)

Emma, daughter of Lord Grey, and Richard, Lord Hamilton are kindred souls, with the same robust appreciation for life and wicked sense of humor. They fall in love and are engaged to marry, but they have to convince Emma's uncle, the powerful Duke of Arden that they shouldn't have to wait a year to marry. When the Duke orders Emma to spend time at his country estate, Richard hatches a plan to masquerade as the new head gardener for the Duke of Arden so he can be near Emma. He also intends
Suzie Quint
Apr 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
No. Nope. Nada. No Way. Not reading a book that contains a line this stupid: "He tilted his head and his naughty ears trembled impatiently."

D. N. F. at 1%
I found this to be long winded and redundant. I lost interest about halfway through. Too many POV and different couples. I thought it had a good premise, but was disappointed with how it played out. I didn't care for any of the characters either. I found some things weird as well. Just wasn't for me.

Content: Pretty clean, some suggestive innuendo.
2.5 stars- I liked parts of it. Kindle Freebie
Technically clean/kisses only, however, contains a lot of sensuality, dialogue and a just mentioned MUCH anticipated wedding night.

The rakish Earl, Lord Richard Hamilton prides himself on always escaping a marriage trap. Then he runs into one marriageable miss who wants nothing to do with him. Not if he can help it! Richard manages to convince the lovely Emma Grey to marry him. Her parents approve and Richard can't wait for his wedding night. There's
Jen Davis
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
This is a hard book for me to categorize. It's not exactly a historical romance, though it is historical and it centers on a couple's efforts to get together. It's also a bit of a mystery. Maybe a little farce. The author calls it "A Regency Murder Mystery & Romance." A mouthful, but as good of a description as any. Ultimately, it's light and it's fun.

The story begins with Emma and Richard becoming engaged. Unfortunately, Emma's uncle wants them to have a long engagement. Her uncle is a
May 30, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fun, humor, regency
Big disclaimer this book is funny, humor, comedy. It is set in the Regency period - more or less- but it is far from a traditional Regency Romance

Lady Emma Gray has been extremely frustrated this season, as no men will dance with her, rather than being hideous or offensive she is cursed with three giant brothers who growl away the men with threats of violence. So when she ends up Lord Richard Hamilton in the garden after being called a pea in her green gown by an influential deb - she is more th
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was interesting. It starts off as kind of a wacky romance - Miss Emma Grey and Richard, the Earl of Hamilton in love and want to be married. Emma's uncle, the Duke of Arden, wields a great deal of influence over Emma's parents and, although he approves, he insists that their engagement last a full year. Emma is going to visit her uncle and his daughter, Lady Catherine Arden, and hopes to soften his stance so they can marry sooner. Richard, who cannot bear the idea of being away from Emma fo ...more
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Wicked Wager is a book that has romance and a murder mystery in the Regency period.

Lord Richard Hamilton falls for Emma Grey and asks her to marry him. Her parents approve but, her uncle the Duke of Arden wants them to wait a year vs the two months that Richard wanted to wait. Richard makes a wager with Emma about whether the Duke or someone else would see through his disguise as new head gardener or find him in a compromising situation with Emma so they would be forced to marry earlier. Ri
This delightful story was sheer entertainment!

When the Earl, Richard Hamilton, asked the feisty Emma Grey for her hand in marriage, she was delighted. Her parents were very happy with the union, but when the Earl wanted to marry Emma immediately, Emma’s uncle, the Duke of Arden, decided they must wait a year, instead of the two months Richard wanted. He was livid…how dare he be thwarted by a Duke!

So when Emma was instructed to go to stay with the Duke and the family for an extended period, and
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This regency romance reminds me of "The Importance of Being Earnest" or books by PG Wodehouse. People in stuffy situations, behaving bizarrely, falling in a storybook sort of love and a big reveal at the end.
The story begins with a strange premise and uses that strange, loosely explained background to open the door for odd behavior by the protagonists and, later, a friend. The strange situation and goofy actions by the characters center around "forbidden" love and romance thwarted by circumstanc
Oct 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I gave up at 10%. The heroine's father is the heir to a dukedom. Or he is unless the duke becomes displeased with heroine's family and decides to name someone else as heir to the dukedom. Did this author do ANY research for this book. A dukedom and property associated with it is inherited by strict rules of primogeniture which cannot be changed. There may be other property that is not tied to the dukedom that can be left to others, but the dukedom itself goes to the next in line whether the curr ...more
3.5 stars

This book is a fun Regency romance/farce with a bit of a murder mystery thrown in for good measure. The opening grabbed me right from the start: the author had me at the first line - the heroine's creative curse
"Bloody blooming roses sprouting out of a fairy's arse!"

And so Emma Clearwater and Earl of Hamilton, Richard Hamilton, become engaged. Which starts the romantic farce, because Emma's father is first cousins to the Duke of Arden; the duke's daughter, Catherine, is a close particu
Sherri Bryant
Unfortunately, it took several starts and stops before this book and I connected. Even then, I found myself continuously wondering where this was all leading to. The majority of the story focuses on Emma and her fiancé, Lord Richard Hamilton and their concocted scheme to fool her Uncle, the Duke of Arden. I thought their plan was full of holes and it surprised me that they weren’t called out on it immediately. The interesting thing about this story is the more I read, the more curious I became. ...more
Vanessa (bookfairy95)
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018

A very nice story!
At first I thought it was going to be a cheesy romance novel, hence I was actually surprised that the main characters got betrothed directly in the beginning of the book. (This is not a spoiler, it is mentioned directly after the prologue.)
The story then turned into this charade which I thought was really enjoyable and humorous. The thrill of whether or not the couple will get detected and the whole charade will be uncovered was good and after the whole situation turned i
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had a lot of fun reading this book. I was expecting cozy mystery. What I got was very funny and entertaining reading and very little mystery (unfortunately). I fell in love with Richard and Emma and their wager. Living under duke’s roof is not very easy. There are plenty of comic situations.

My favorite teaser ( I hope the author doesn't mind):

The duke finally spoke,
“ Is this a new fashion in London of eating breakfast? One must no longer sit on chairs but stand on them? And what in the world
Bebe Knight
Historical Romances are becoming my new favorite genre and it’s all thanks to books like The Wicked Wager. From the moment Richard and Emma grace the page all the way up to where we find out “whodunit”, I couldn’t put this book down. The characters just leapt off the page and I found myself rooting for people and hoping others would be taken down.

The main hero and heroine, Richard and Emma, were believable, enigmatic and enchanting to read about. Richard, a rake turned monogamous Lord, ignite
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
At first when I started this tale I was not sure of it. Then as I continued to read I realized that it was not to be taken seriously and once I did that I found myself totally enjoying the froth and fizz of Ms. Wylde's venture in Regency England. The book starts as our heroine, Miss Emma Grey is cursing in the moonlight. She is found by our hero, Lord Richard Hamilton, as he is trying to escape the clutches of yet another eligible young women. He has sworn never to marry. But one look at Emma an ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Maybe it deserves 1 1/2 stars. The mystery plot had potential but only truly occupied the last quarter of the book and the solution is basically just handed to us without any real detection. The Regency romance plot was absolutely terrible with all kinds of behaviour that was beyond the bounds of believability. A young Earl masquerades as an elderly gardener and 1) no-one misses him from his usual life; 2) no-one notices his hands (and face) are not weather and work-worn; 3) he is able to actual ...more
Oct 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Lame plot, modern language-she even got the duke's daughter's name wrong. (She should have been Lady Catherine). Most of these things would take five minutes to look up on the Internet. Plot and character development would still have been poor, but at least I would have felt the author was giving it her best shot.
✨ Gramy ✨
You will find this story was odd. The humorous experiences were hilarious! One scene made me laugh until I cried. It took quite some time to compose myself enough to continue reading the remainder of the book. Would definitely recommend if you like humorous entertainment!
Mar 05, 2013 marked it as to-read
I was so lucky to be one of the recipients of this book. This is another eBook provided to me by the very generous author,Anya Wylde for free.
Sumbal Wazir Ali
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! It was nicely handled and I, for one, REALLY enjoyed reading it.
God bless you, Warda, for suggesting it to me!! *-*
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Just too silly.

I read about half this book. It was just too silly, and I couldn't take any more. Free was too expensive for this ebook.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
Romance and mystery

I rooted for Emma and Richard to be allowed to marry. The story was fun and I found myself laughing out loud at many parts. It is a fun book!
Michele bookloverforever
silly plot...masquerading as a Gardner then bringing in a friend pretending to be him? it gets worse...
Siriniti Sadler
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
this story was really good. I didn't expect some of tjose twists. but why didn't he just have William play the Gardner ? would have saved trouble. ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Lord Richard Hamilton and Miss Emma Grey fall in love in the first chapter and cannot wait to be married. But Emma's uncle, a duke, demands the marriage be put off at least a year. Emma goes to stay with the duke, hoping to change his mind, and Richard follows after her in disguise as a lowly gardener. As a servant in the duke's household he's able to have a few stolen meetings with her, but their deception opens them both up to blackmail by the duke's bitter sister. This leads to more lies, mo ...more
Linda Walters
The beginning was really slow. Although the Prologue did show some promise and made me smile.
Some of the rest of the shenanigans just made me roll my eyes a lot. I guess it really just wasn't my cup of tea. Some of it just felt so silly.
It finally did interesting to me when all the secrets behind the blackmailer starts to be revealed but that's not all of the secrets. Those come out after the murder of that blackmailer is revealed. The blackmailer and the murderer both turn out to be someone y
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Anya Wylde lives in Ireland along with her husband and a fat French poodle (now on a diet). She can cook a mean curry, and her idea of exercise is occasionally stretching her toes. She holds a degree in English literature and adores reading and writing.

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