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The Wagered Bride

(Clearbrook Regency #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Lord Stephen Clearbrook knows one way to clear his gambling debts with a wealthy businessman-by marrying his daughter. But Elizabeth Shelby wants nothing to do with this business arrangement, until she realizes that love may be in the cards after all.
Published (first published December 7th 2004)
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This was just as good the second time around. I enjoyed it just as much as the first book. It had a fun plot and I really liked Stephen and Elizabeth. From the description I thought they would be married, but they never actually marry during the story.

I liked Stephen’s character in The Rejected Suitor, and was excited to find that this book would be his story. I liked him a lot in this one as well. Elizabeth is also very likable and their relationship was endearing. I liked that it progressed n
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

The Wagered Bride is the 2nd book in the Clearbrook series.
Lord Stephen Clearbrook the 4th son of a Duke, has wagered his future and lost. Mr. William Shelby a very rich merchant and social climber has beaten Stephen at cards. Stephen doesn't have the money to pay Shelby, so Shelby offers Stephen to pay off his debts and return his mother childhood home that was wagered in return for him to offer marriage to his eldest daughter Elizabeth/Lizzie.

This type of story has
I loved this! It was cute and sweet with enough great banter, jealousy, and misunderstandings to keep it interesting! This reminded me a bit of Marcia Lynn McClure's "Shackles of Honor". I loved the hero and his quick temper. His brothers are also a lot of fun to read about. One thing I really liked was that the heroine wasn't drop-dead gorgeous. And I LOVED how when someone said something about her not being much to look at, the hero got upset and "called them out"(he's always calling people ou ...more
Barbara G
Since this is a genre I like to read, I enjoyed this book. I plan to read more of Teresa McCarthy's books. ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
GAH! I love this family! Don’t get me wrong, many of the characters in the Clearbrook family (and their new and/or soon-to-be extended families) can be absolutely infuriating sometimes. But the story is so funny, and so much fun!
This time, it’s Stephen’s turn in the hot seat, along with one Miss Elizabeth Shelby. Their story is one of mis- (or total lack of) communication. And a lack of trust between each other. But since they’re total and complete strangers at the beginning of the story, this i
Kathryn Cooper
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Don't you just love these covers?! Gorgeous. It was so relaxing and entertaining to read a beautiful and clean historical romance. I'm a sucker for historical romance! I dream of going to a ball with my husband where I can dress in a gorgeous ball gown and we can learn the old dances.

The first book told the story of Emily, the sister to four big brothers. This one was the story of the youngest brother Stephen, 24 years old. Stephen had a bit of a gambling problem
I listened to to an audio-book format of this novel.
My Thoughts:
Lord Stephen Clearbrook - A nobleman who becomes indebted to a man with a daughter he wants married
Miss Elizabeth Shelby - The woman Lord Stephen is forced to amrry

When Lord Stephen Clearbrook enters a high stakes game of cards, he loses to a rich city merchant and finds himself trapped into an engagement with the man’s daughter, whom Lord Stephen has never met. But Miss Elizabeth Shelby already has plans to elope with Step
This is a very sweet romance that flows nicely. Totally clean, no smexy stuff going on here.

I generally liked the story but found Stephen to be arrogant most of the time. Had I been Elizabeth, I might have slapped him a time of two. Fortunately things work out nicely in the end.

Really great cast and I expect to see some of the supporting characters as leads in other books in the series.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Pearl Hewitt, who does a great job. She has a really lovely voice that
A.C. Wilson
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This series will be one that I follow and I'm a sucker for Regency Romances. The Clearbrook family is one built firmly on honor. A father takes advantage of this and sets about to capture Lord Stephen Clearbrook as a husband for his eldest daughter, Miss Elizabeth Selby. Loosing his mother's childhood home while gambling is despicable and Stephen cannot leave the deed in the hands of Mr. Selby. Entering another game of cards with the intent to get it back, Stephen loses and ac ...more
Pearl Hewitt (Narrator)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Light entertainment, good humour and an intriguing plot based around Steven who loses everything in a game of cards. He wins some of his prized possessions back but they come with a condition. A bride! This is the second in the Clearbooks series. I narrated the audiobook which is now available at If anybody would like a free download code in return for an honest review, it would be gratefully appreciated. Please email me at pearl@pearlhewitt.c ...more
Not bad, although the lack of a simple clear-the-decks conversation, especially towards the end, got old. But I liked the protagonists, the dramatic younger sister Milli was a hoot and Lord Stephen's ducal brothers were delightful.

The cit father was arranges for the aristocratic sprig to marry his daughter, to settle a gambling debt, a bit yawn, but I still liked The Wagered Bride. It mostly was set at a country estate so the London scenes that are so common to these sorts of books were missing
Cute! I really enjoyed the first book of this series as well and I will be honest, I am not to excited about book three but am looking forward to book 4.

My only issue with this book was the fact that for pages on end the main man(sorry blanked on names) kept insisting that the leading lady express her love and yet he never did. I felt like I was reading on a treadmill at times.

It was just cute over-all.

Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author is most definitely the Queen of the 'cat and mouse' type story. The story yoyo's from loving to total doubt and back to loving and so on, all the while keeping the reader totally engrossed and ensnared in the story.
It's full of very amusing episodes as well as sad ones too and the antics and standing together of all the siblings is remarkable.
Having thoroughly enjoyed this story, I'm quite happy to recommend the book.
sandra bryant

The characters were great. I particularly liken the little sister she brings life and h unmor to the story. I loved Aunt Polly very strong and independent pcharacter. Elizabeth was a little weepy but level headed which is a chAnge from that era of females roles. Stephen I love strong and arrogant. overall a good book.
This was a fun read but it seemed like there was too much "misunderstanding." I just wanted them to sit down and talk to each other. But I did like that it was clean and romantic. ...more
Maria Claudia
A good book, but I got tired of the misunderstaning between the main characters. they need dialogue. But it is clean.
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is quite clean and the family is fun. I liked the characters but sometimes the I feel this way but won't say it outloud scenario can get a bit old! ...more
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