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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  28 reviews
As the Black Raven, she’s cold, distant and alone…untouched by the gossip and scorn of her aristocratic peers. Until he enters her house—and her life—then suddenly her icy shell is no match for the heat of attraction...

Notorious Widow Lisbeth Carslake, Countess of Blackhurst was acquitted of her husband’s murder, but no one believes in her innocence. Known as the Black Rav
ebook, 173 pages
Published November 8th 2014 by Escape Publishing (first published November 1st 2014)
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Cassandra Samuels Thank you for your question Dana. I made up all the names. The Prince Regent is the only real person mentioned I believe. So glad you enjoyed the book…moreThank you for your question Dana. I made up all the names. The Prince Regent is the only real person mentioned I believe. So glad you enjoyed the book.(less)

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They Call Her The Black Raven

Lisbeth Our Heroine Is Rumored To Have Killed Her Husband

Oliver Is The Lucky Man To Win A Wager To Lure The Black Raven Outside


Witty Banter

Silver Tongued Hero

Intelligent Strong-Minded Heroine

Learning To Trust


Unfolding Secrets

Dual POV

No OW/OM Drama

The Writing And Conversations Are Fantastic

Inner Dialogue Became Too Much For Me

Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The Ton calls her the Black Raven, but do they know what the Countess of Blackhurst went through before her husband’s mysterious murder? On the outside, ice runs through her veins, but what is happening to the hot-blooded woman within? Lisbeth has become a pariah, even though she was innocent of her husband’s death and his sha
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Lisbeth Carslake, the Countess of Blackhurst is a notorious figure. She was acquitted of the murder of her husband, the Earl of Blackhurst, getting off on a technicality. There are many among the ton who do not believe that she was innocent and that it’s a travesty that she’s still a free woman. She is known as the Black Raven and is the subject of malicious rumour and gossip in all of the clubs. She is also the subject of many wagers.

Oliver Whitely has recently become the Earl of Bellamy after
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Lisbeth, Countess Blackthorn was found not guilty of killing her husband in court, but that doesn’t mean society believes of her innocence. Known as The Black Raven, when her husband was found dead in their home three years ago, he not only left behind his wife, but he left behind a lot of angry investors. Blackthorn was known for making money – a lot of money and right before his death, he convinced a lot of people to invest a lot of money into a speculation – only it ended up being a fake spec ...more
*The Angry Reader*
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
It was interesting to read this just after the Suzanne Enoch of the same general plot line - investigating the death of a husband. Where the Enoch was full-bodied and interesting this lacked action, character development and forward progress. We spent the entire book in the heads of two not-so-captivating characters - and their constant thoughts became painful bludgeons. I just wanted something to actually happen.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy stories that not only provide witty banter, feasible storylines, charming yet virile heroes, and of course determined, strong heroines. I am delighted to say this story filled all my requirements for a great story. Oliver, Earl of Bellamy, wages that he will be able to get inside the Black Raven’s threshold and then leave as if nothing had happened. However once inside he encounters a beautiful but steely woman that proposes to spare his dignity in exchange to help her find the ki ...more
Trish R.
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really good book..

By 3% I had to stop at least 4 times to laugh out loud at Oliver’s silly drunken thoughts, then again at his funny thoughts when he had a hangover. And I like the fact that he was a pretty happy guy while Lisbeth was kind of snarky, because of the beatings she took from her late husband. She did feel a lot of desire for Oliver but she was always wondering if he’d be just like Nathanial had been. The episode in the wardrobe was kinda steamy, but left unfinished, which I loved. A
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lisbeth Carslake is the widowed Countess of Blackhurst, infamously and unkindly known as the Black Raven (“the bringer of bad luck and death”). She is vulnerable yet she displays an inner strength and fortitude that has seen her weather the scandal of her husband Nathaniel’s murder. She was accused and acquitted by the courts but, after two years of ostracization, she is isolated beyond belief. She has lived in the shadow of the scandal with bad memories of her terrifying marriage.

But she decide
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is a new hero in town: Oliver, the Earl of Bellamy, freshly returned from the war to take up the reigns after his brother Henry's accidental death. To his dismay there are suspicions raised about said death, pointing towards the Black Raven: Lisbeth Carslake, Countess of Blackhurst, who was tried and then acquitted of her husband's murder. But there are still ugly murmurs about the Black Raven, and some of them involve not only murder but money and greed...

The night Oliver gains access (o
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, fiction
As a reviewer for RRM I get books sometimes that are out of my period, and sometimes those that are within it. This happily was within it. Yet as the historian in me looks at the work, set in the mid teens, I find little to place this in historical context. It is the Regency, George the Prince of Wales acting as Regent for his mad father. (Waltzes at balls prevalent instead of a novelty in the mid teens still something the historian in me and my research are at odds with. 1814 was the start of s ...more
Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it

This is a nice light historical romance.

Cassandra Samuels has given the reader some wonderful and delightful characters in her debut novel A Scandalous Wager.

Oliver had me in stitches when he entered the scene at the beginning of the story. I do love a book with humour and the more laugh out loud moments the better - and there were plenty of those. The banter between Lisbeth and Oliver was amusing and the more time they spent together a romance developed between them. - It was quite endearing.
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great story Oliver has come home to take the place of his brother Henry who died in a horse riding accident and is now the Earl of Bellamy and bankrupt because of a speculation that Henry invested in, Lisbeth has been through so much accused of murdering her husband Lord Blackhurst who was cruel and led the speculation although she was found not guilty for years she has been known as the Black Raven and kept to herself but she has decided to finally come out and find out who kille ...more
Nicole Laverdure
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dark and fascinating historical romance to discover!
A Scandalous Wager is a dark romantic story written by new to me author Cassandra Samuels! I love stories with tormented souls, such as the heroine in this story. It tells the story of widow Lisbeth Carslake, AKA the Black Raven and Oliver Whitely, Earl of Bellamy. Since the death of her husband, she needs to prove her innocence if she wants to find peace and move on with her life. In need of money, Oliver, will accept a wager that will send hi
Sasha Cottman
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book had some very interesting elements which I found appealing. I really enjoyed that the author delved into the life that society had forced upon the widow known as the Black Raven. The price she had been forced to pay for her late husband's evil deeds was woven nicely throughout the story. A well written love story which I thoroughly enjoyed. ...more
Dana aka ♥Belladonna♥
3.75 Stars
Joan Osborne
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable romance

This was a thoroughly enjoyable romance with a murder mystery and a heroine and hero so deserving of a happily ever after. My heart just broke for Lisbeth for all she suffered at the hands of her abusive husband and the rejection of society she was forced to endure after his murder. Oliver was a wonderful hero with such a fun sense of humor and I adored him. The repertoire between Lisbeth and Oliver was fun and I truly enjoyed them as a couple. The murder mystery was
Eleni Konstantine
4.75 stars

A throughly enjoyable read. A widow acquitted of the death of her husband and is shunned by society. An earl in debt. A wager. A mystery to solve. A mutual agreement. And away we go on an journey of rumour, betrayal,
guilt, domestic violence, murder, grief but also banter, family, and love. I loved the banter between Lisbeth and Oliver and the fact the characters enjoyed each other's company and had a laugh. And they were both there emotionally for the other. Some truly emotional scene
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Loved the author's voice, both her humour and some of her descriptive passages. Laughed several times at the hero's antics but other times I found his manner a bit tedious and wanted him to man-up a bit. Heroine a bit obsessive but she has been traumatised and her eccentricities led to more laughs. Samuels wove in good knowledge of the period. I see this is the first work by this author. I will buy her next book and do recommend this read. ...more
Kelli Rider
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the book

I liked the plot, I liked the characters and it was a fun read. What I look for in a book, a easy fun read
Kari Maass
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful read

This was my first book by this author! I really loved the story line and the excellent, witty writing! I will definitely read more from Cassandra Samuels!
Michelle Werner
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved this book. The characters a great. I laughed with them all the way to the end. Look forward to reading many more books by Casandra.
Arleen Ayala
Donna Foster
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nicely done!

The Black Raven! How mean of people. The poor Lady. People think she killed her husband! If she didn't who did? Enjoyed this book so much the hero is so funny!
Lux Lindsay
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend!
Jessica Cale
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romances
It is three o'clock in the morning and I have just finished A Scandalous Wager. I had to review it immediately because this was the best historical romance I've read in years. The characters were realistic but lovable; Lisbeth is everything you could want in a heroine (strong, beautiful, etc), but also heartbreakingly flawed. Her OCD tendencies and emotional baggage are completely understandable given what she's been through, and Samuels takes you on Lisbeth's journey expertly until you feel ela ...more
Oh my, what an absolutely wickedly delicious Recency Historical Romance. From beginning to end, this story and the characters will capture your heart. The H/H are both troubled souls, looking for love,a family, acceptance and their HEA. While, Lisbeth, aka, the infamous Black Raven, is looking for the person or persons responsible for her husband's murderer, and determined to overcome her feelings of hopelessness, loneliness, powerlessness, and free herself of being branded a murderous woman, ou ...more
Marilyn Forsyth
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wealthy young widow socially isolated by Regency London's ton employs the services of a world-weary Earl in dire financial straits to prove her innocence in the murder of her husband. Lisbeth and Oliver start off as business partners but as their hunt for the real murderer proceeds they find themselves increasingly drawn to one another. This is an entertaining tale filled with witty banter and characters you will really come to care about. ...more
Chereen Ashworth
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished A Scandalous Wager and you lady are responsible for a couple of very late nights because I couldn't put it down. It is fabulous. It flows wonderfully and the chemistry between Lisbeth and Oliver is amazing. The book is perfect. 5 stars ***** ...more
Mehrukh Nasim
rated it it was ok
Nov 06, 2017
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