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THE REDHEADED RAKE
It was a dull day at White’s, the day he agreed to the wager: seduce bed and walk away from the lovely Lady Leisterfield, all by Twelfth Night. This holiday season, Christopher St. Ives, Viscount Eustace, planned to give himself a gift.

THE INNOCENT WIDOW
She was too proper by half—or so was the accusation of her friends, which was why her father had to fin
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Kindle Edition, 134 pages
Published November 4th 2013 by Boroughs Publishing Group
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Julie
The Twelfth Night Wager by Regan Walker is a 2013 publication.

This book is a regency period Christmas novella with a little backbone. I had purchased this book last year with every intention of getting it read during the holiday season, but there were so many Christmas books released last year, I never got around to this one. I am so happy I was able to work this one into my reading schedule this holiday season because it is a really enjoyable romance.

Once I got started on this one I simply ha
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Mary - Buried Under Romance
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful novella that is best served with a warm drink and a smile on your face, though the latter is most assuredly guaranteed through Regan Walker’s simplistic prose and interesting characterization.

Christopher St. Ives, Viscount Eustace, is a bored rake. While his closest friend, the Marquess of Ormond, enjoys his life as a happily married man, Christopher only experiences a perpetual ennui with his activities. To shake up his world, Ormond proposes a wager – that for a thousand
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N.N. Light
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing wager at White's leads to the greatest gift of all: love. A sweeping romance between two unlikely people. I really enjoyed this story and it's perfect to read during the holiday season!

My Rating: 5 stars
Vicki
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First of all I have to say that I really love the cover! It fits the story and its seasonal setting perfectly.

The central couple, Christopher and Grace are a perfect match, and you can't help but will them to get together. Grace, like me, is an observer, and I really wanted her to let herself go a bit more and have fun after what she'd been through. I also want a Christopher of my own! He is a reformed rake, but a perfect gentleman - and a gorgeous one at that!

All of the secondary characters eac
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Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Thank you to Regan Walker for a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review!

4.5 Wonderful stars!!

When I first read a novel by Regan Walker for a tour, I absolutely fell in love with her writing. So when the lovely Regan came to me with her Christmas Novella, I couldn't wait to crack open the little piece of joy. I have to admit. I took it slow in hopes of savoring this one. As with all novellas I was afraid it would end too soon. This one just hit the spot!

I was once again thrown in to Wa
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Michelle Miller (True Book Addict)
What starts out as a wager between friends quickly transforms a known rake into a romantic, as he falls in love with his quarry. Add to the mix a subplot of intrigue in the guise of blackmail and set it during the Regency period at Christmas time and you have a delightfully entertaining work of historical fiction and holiday reading.

I'm not usually a big romance reader, but during Christmas I make an exception. And a historical romance is always a nice addition to my holiday reading. So when I w
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Suzannah
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christopher St. Ives,Viscount Eustace is the worst kind of rakehell. When his friend Marquess of Ormond challenges him to a scandalous wager, he readily accepts. And what is this scandalous wager? Seduce and bed the beautiful widow Grace, Lady Leisterfield. But when Grace is threatened, Eustace must choose between the wager and doing what is right. What will he choose?
This has been my first book by Walker and I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to read more.
Tina Williams
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Has the Rake Met His Match?

The Twelfth Night Wager, by Regan Walker, is a classy Regency romance where a wager between friends has far reaching consequences for those it concerns - a dissolute rake and a respectable young widow. There is also a cleverly woven sub plot containing elements of danger and suspense, which added to my enjoyment and acted as a catalyst to the romance. I found it a love affirming and entertaining read, welcome at any time of year but especially heart warming at Christma
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Vickie
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Twelfth Night Wager begins with Hugh Redgrave and Christopher St. Ives at White’s discussing Hugh’s “praise for his wedded state” and, in Hugh’s words, Christopher’s “tawdry existence” as a rake. Christopher is a little taken aback at Hugh’s description of his lifestyle and thinks there is nothing wrong with the way he chooses to live his life when it comes to women. So, Hugh entices Christopher with a little wager to test his methods of handling said women. The wager? He must seduce, bed an ...more
Melinda
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it
It was a dull day at White’s, the day he agreed to the wager: seduce bed and walk away from the lovely Lady Leisterfield, all by Twelfth Night. This holiday season, Christopher St. Ives, Viscount Eustace, planned to give himself a gift.

Walker provides great dialog, humor and plenty of romance creating a wonderful story. Christopher and Grace are simply delightful. Their interaction embarks on a questionable note but it adds to the sweet story and the irresistible charm of the characters. From th
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Lisa
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ouab-2013
We have a Rake, a wager, a widow, a secret, blackmail, a tryst, confused feelings, and puppies and Christmas; together they make a wonderful story. Eustace has been living his life to get back at his father- to show him he can do whatever he wants. What he does not realize is that it has been a pretty empty life. Along comes Grace and she shows him that there is more to life and he wants some of it. Grace is a widow who has not really lead much of a life either, but she has unplumbed depths and ...more
Amanda Hughes
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Regan Walker never disappoints! Once again she writes a romance that delivers. It is rich in description and accurate in historical background. But this book is far from stuffy; The Twelfth Night Wager will capture your attention and never let you go until the last page. I love the romance and how the characters grow especially Viscount Eustace. Old friends from Walker's other stories pop up as well, making me want to revisit her other books. The little surprise added at the end will warm your h
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Penny
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book
I very much enjoyed this novella with the cozy Christmas time setting. The hero and heroine had a really nice chemistry from the beginning and the pace was good. I thought the heroine was especially likable.
Juliana Veale
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Syrupy and a little pretentious. Both main heroes are complete and utter stereotypes and there is little to recommend their characters. The supporting cast are slightly more animated, but only a little. Whilst I enjoyed the description of the parties and the food they served - clearly the author has done her homework, the pacing was simply too slow. After the brief period of excitement due to the main character's ex-husband's legacy, the sub-plot was wrapped like a cheesy Christmas movie leaving ...more
RedRedtheycallmeRed
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
This had all the makings of a good book: a man who makes a wager that he can bed the young widow, a woman who’s aware of the wager and vows to resist, a secret gay scandal that might be exposed...

Unfortunately, this book was pretty boring. Even though it’s short, it felt like it dragged, and there was barely any conflict. Besides that, I thought it was a Christmas romance, and Christmas is hardly a part of it.
Diana Aden
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Twelfth Night Wager is my first exposure to the writing of Regan Walker and it won't be my last. This Regency period holiday season novella was a true delight to read. It had endearing characters, wonderful dialogue, a clever plot with an added element of suspense, and sweet passion and romance between the H and h. Charming 4 1/2 star read!

I was fortunate to receive this novella in a drawing by the author and offer this voluntary review of what I read.
Carole Burant
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a delight to read! I really enjoyed Christopher and Grace's story and also loved the supporting cast, each having quite the character!! It all starts off with a wager but it's one that Viscount Eustace doesn't mind losing at the end:) It's always interesting to also learn of Christmas traditions from the Regency era. Very well done!!
Kathy Bunbury
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting romance with a bit of intrigue thrown in

I enjoyed the story even though the initial premise of the wager was a little off putting. The characters are well defined and the author describes good images of the scenes, but the pace of the story lags a bit.
Debby Settle
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Over it

I just finished The Twelfth Night Wager and this story left me warm all over. Love, romance and Christmas. Loved it.
Lea Ann
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Happy Christmas

A Very Special Christmas story. It’s always nice when Rogues fall in love. I think those are my favorite, and even better at Christmas.
Adria's Musings and Reviews
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted in Adria's Romance Reveiws

Christopher St. Ives, the Viscount Eustace has just agreed to a wager with his friend, the Marquess of Ormond. Christopher must discreetly seduce, bed and walk away from Grace, the widowed Lady Leisterfield by Twelfth Night or he must pay his friend 1000 pounds.

Grace is finally shedding her mourning clothing and is intent on starting a new life that doesn’t include being the subject of a wager. Or being blackmailed over a secret her deceased husband ha
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Dee Deacon Foster
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Offended with his friend's, Lord Hugh Ormond, description of his life and wanting a challenge, Christopher St. Ives, Viscount Eustace, accepts Hugh's wager that he cannot seduce & walk away from a lady of Hugh's choosing before Twelfth night.

Lady Grace Leisterfield is just coming out of mourning for her elder husband. With the Christmas season the house is feeling very empty Grace decides it's time to return to society. Having been warned of the wager between Viscount Eustace & Lord Ormo
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
Such an amazing book by an equally amazing author! I simply love to read anything by Regan Walker! When Christopher St. Ives, aka, Viscount Eustace, accepted a wager from his good friend Ormond, he had no idea he was being set up. The challenge was not only to seduce and bed Grace, Lady Leisterfield, but to walk away from her, just as he had done with all his other conquests. Seemed like easy money to Eustace. But as he gets to know the lovely, virtuous Grace, he finds that he not only enjoys he ...more
Mary Willmont
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In The Twelfth Night Wager, Regan Walker brings together handsome Christopher St. Ives, Viscount Eustace, nicknamed "The Redheaded Rake," and Lady Grace Leisterfield, a beautiful widow known for her virtue, via a careless bet that unexpectedly involves a murder for which they could be suspect. To win the bet, Lord Eustace must seduce Lady Leisterfield into bed and then walk away from her. Known for his method--seduce 'em, bed 'em and leave 'em, he confidently sets out to silence his happily marr ...more
Amy Alvis
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Christopher St. Ives, Viscount Eustace, has been challenged by his good friend to seduce and walk away from Lady Grace Leisterfield, a prim and proper widow. Never one to turn down a challenge and already intrigued with the lady, Christopher sets out to win the bet. He never counted on his heart becoming engaged.

Learning of the bet from her friend, Grace is determined to thwart Christopher at every turn. But when danger comes knocking at her door, she is needs him to help protect her from danger
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Andrea Guy
I love holiday regency romances. When I was a young girl, I used to get the Harlequin Historical Christmas anthology collections and the regency stories were always my favorite. The Twelfth Night Wager takes me back to those books.

Grace and Christopher's relationship reminds me a bit of Dangerous Liaisons, as Christopher was involved with a wager that involved seducing the young virtuous widow.

There's more to this novella than just the wager. Grace is also being blackmailed, or rather, her late
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Liette Bougie
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So, what do we have here? A handsome rake bored to death, a beautiful young widow barely out of mourning, friends and acquaintances attending balls and fancy soirées, a dowager countess who loves nothing more than playing the matchmaker, a wager to be either won or lost on Twelfth Night, a blackmailer, some mystery and romance and plot twists... In my book, it equals to a delightful read.

The Twelfth Night Wager is the first book I read by author Regan Walker and I’m very much afraid she now has
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Janice Hougland
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This delightful Regency romance really packs a punch! The heroine (Grace, Lady Leisterfield) is the young widow of a much older, reclusive man who meets the rogue/hero (Christopher, Lord Eustace) because of a wager that he has accepted. What followed that meeting was a slow wooing of the heroine and an intriguing mystery wherein Christopher is put into the position of protecting Grace. Soon, the wager is forgotten in the throes of passion...and love. I really loved this story! By the way, in thi ...more
Lesia Chambliss
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books, reviewed
A wonderfully sweet romance, perfect for the Christmas season. A damsel in distress and her knight in shining armor comes to her rescue. This story had me smiling through the entire book, and a laugh a time or two! Perfect for curling up in a chair by the fire this winter, you'll be pleased with this sweet romance, a pleasant distraction for the busy time of year. I enjoyed getting reacquainted with characters from Racing with the Wind, and meeting new characters in this book. I highly recommend ...more
Patricia
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A short, contented story. This is a novella, but has all the suspense and action of a full-length romance. There is a hero, a heroine, and a full supporting cast. Despite the fact that they are not the main characters, some of the other characters very nearly control the story - in fact, there can be no doubt that Ormond creates the story!
This is just barely not a sweet story. It is tasteful, gentle, and ultimately, peaceful.
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