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The Rogue's Wager

(Sinful Brides #1)

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Lord Robert Dennington, the Marquess of Westfield, has long reveled in the freedom afforded him as the ducal heir. He knows he must someday do right by the Somerset line, but he’s in no hurry to give up his carefree existence.

Helena Banbury is a bookkeeper in a gentleman’s gambling club, adept at analyzing numbers and accounts but helpless for lack of influence. She’s neve
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Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Montlake Romance
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Juliana Philippa
4.5 stars. I think this is the first Christ Caldwell book I've actually read—and it was super exciting, because now I have a whole new author's backlist to read!!!! And most of her books have great ratings and the summaries sound totally up my alley, so hooray!! I stumbled upon this book, because I decided to checkout which romance books were available through Kindle Unlimited and the book summary really piqued my interest.

Setting. London, England, 1821-1822

Our Heroine, Helena Banbury (24). Hele
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Jennifer
I didn't really enjoy this one. It'll be easier just to list the reasons. (I do have to be fair and say that I was recently on a streak with some really wonderful historical romances, so I'm reading with some high standards right now.)

1). The H was an idiot. Why can't characters have normal responses to traumatic events? Why must a man betrayed by the woman he loved spend his next twelve years as a rake? Ugh. That's not really a normal reaction. And he didn't decide that he needed to change for
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
'The Rogue's Wager' 'The Rogue's Wager' by Christi Caldwell is book one in the new series "Sinful Brides.  This is the story of Lord Robert Dennington, the Marquess of Westfield and Helena Banbury.  Robert when he was younger thought he fell in love and was going to marry the woman who worked for his family.  But his heartless Grandfather opened his eyes to that woman.  From then on Robert was harden to women and changed to be more of a Rogue.  Now in the present time his Grandfather is gone and ...more
Heather
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've read some amazing books. I've been carried away by all of Christi Caldwell's previous stories, fell in love with her characters and am always craving more. This book, this story is different. This story is better. The best book of 2016. One of the best books of all time.

When you read the prologue you will be left in shock. You will be left thinking, "Holy Wow, did that just happen? Did I just read that?" You'll be left desperate to read every word on every page because that prologue starts
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Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
The Rogue's Wager is a fast paced story. Not to much realism but I did like both H/H Helena Bansbury the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Wilkinson and Robert Dennington the Marquess of Westfield heir to his father the Duke Somerset. Both the H/H have had traumatic events take place in there lives especially Helena, she has scars on her face and hands to prove the physical abuse she suffer as a child. Roberts pain came at the hands of his grandfather who has sex with the women he was going t ...more
Yesy (The Book Vagrant)
3.75 STARS
Almost dropped it during the first half, but it pulled me in in the end. Looking forward to continuing the series!
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks
Author Christi Caldwell's Montlake debut, THE ROGUE'S WAGER (Sinful Brides Book 1), is a shining example of brilliance encompassed in a book. There is simply no other way to describe this work of art.

Lord Robert Dennington is a cynic when it comes to women and relationships. At the impressionable age of 21 he walked in on the fiancée he thought he loved, in a very compromising position with his own grandfather. That defining moment altered Robert from the young man in love to the rogue who keep
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Pauline
Nov 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Very disappointed by this one. What started off as an interesting premise (a lord come upon financial troubles chances upon a street-wise bookkeeper working at a gambling hell) slowly deteriorated into a complete farce. A combination of average writing and ineffective editing is probably to blame, but mostly I just wanted the author (Christ Caldwell) to get out of her character's heads and let their actions do the talking. But, based on an extremely convoluted scene towards the end in which one ...more
Linda
Can someone please tell me how I have never read any books from this author prior to "The Rogues Wager"?
Well I am no longer blind to her writing and look forward to reading more. Ms.Caldwell writes a great historical romance.

Robert Dennington, the Marquess of Westfield dared to love once and came out the other side, heartbroken and hardened he is perfectly happy not to feel that affectation any longer, an occasional mistress, and a few seductive widows meet his needs now, of course eventually he
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Stephanie
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lord Robert Dennington, the Marquess of Westfield is done with women. They are all conniving and not worth his time. Especially those who make his heart race. So now he will be alone, until the time he decides to take a wife who only wants him for his title. Robert will never again be cowed by the fickle emotion that he believed to be true love. That is of course until he became so foxed on the spirits that he ended up in a random women's room and has no clue how he ended up there. Besides the f ...more
Stacy Reid
Pretty good read. I really enjoyed Helena. Robert wasn't too bad either, but it was our heroine who pulled me into the story and didn't let me go.
Lara
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Helena is a young woman who loves numbers. She lives a cloistered life as bookkeeper of her brother's gambling hell. However, after many years of this life, she is beginning to feel restless right around the same time as a former bad guy has returned to the scene. Robert is a Duke's son who was betrayed in love when young and lived a rogue's life ever since. His father has recently been after him to marry, but he still feels sorry for himself over what happened 10+ years ago. When he goes out to ...more
Debby
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: authors-c-d
The Rogue's Wager a moderate paced story of Helena Bansbury the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Wilkinson and Robert Dennington the Marquess of Westfield heir to his father the Duke Somerset.

Both the H/H have had some sort of traumatic episode take place in their lives but none more that Helena who grew up in the streets of St. Giles before being rescued by her brother Ryker Black. A woman with visible scars on her face, hands and back to prove the physical abuse she suffered as a child at
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Ira
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
I read this one because it gave me a better pic regarding the next book hero which is this heroine's brother.

Well, this story is good but I'm not the hero's fan! He was the typical good for nothing aristocratic who was bitter for 12 years because of his youthful mistake and keep blaming his awful grandfather and his father too for it! Grown up man, it was 12 years already, gosh!!!

Here what he thought about himself at 85%,

“I did everything wrong,” he said in harsh, guttural tones. He’d
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Donna
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a young man, Lord Robert Dennington, heir to the Duke of Somerset, learned to distrust women. Twelve years later his father is insisting he finally settle down and marry. He agrees it’s time and plans to find a proper bride with no feelings attached. He celebrates, a little too much, at a gaming hell and ends up in the owners’ sister’s room.

Helena Banbury works as the bookkeeper in her brothers’ club. They are very protective of her. Waking to discover the hungover Robert in her room she tri
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Gilgamesha
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
The story and characters are likeable. The writing is inefficient, choppy, and repetitive. I skim read most of the book.
belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
helena’s an intelligent and knowledgable heroine. she’s the bookkeeper of the famous gambling empire started by her brother. although their relationship isn’t the best, occasionally we’ll have glimpses of ryker being less grumpy. anyway, i liked how unyielding helena is. also, helena has been sheltered and protected her entire life. she desires to see the world outside of the gambling den. her past and her controlling brother both contributed to her isolation from the world.

robert suffered from
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TheCleverBookWorm
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved Historical Romance and Drama 🥰 👍

This is the first book I read that was written by this author. It was very well written, and oh wow 🤩 it took me to another time and place. Plus there are steamy, hot 🥵💃🕺 scenes so I’m all in. Note 📝 60% of the book I was listening through the audiobook, and the narrator’s performance was splendid 👍. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series.
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After his near wedding to Lucy, a nursemaid, and her betrayal at his grandfather’s hands, Lord Robert Derrington had committed himself to a carefree, roguish, existence with no risk of entangled hearts. He’d learned well that day that women were not to be trusted. He’d secure the family line eventually but only with a woman of the ton. At least with them, he knew they only wanted his title. Unfortunately, Robert may have to find a bride sooner than he thought. It seems his father has been feign ...more
Pamela
I just want to say there was nothing sinful about this female character, She had grown up with torture, and serve beatings, that left scars. What she is is smart, and brave. Her brother owns a gentleman's club, in a bad side of London. She is restricted to her office, and private quarters, and serves as his book keeper. Mr.Black protects her, and three brothers of the streets, and runs the sinful den, full of rich gentleman who gamble, and drink to access away from the eyes of society. The story ...more
Kristen
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
i'll be completely honest, i fell behind on reviews -which i mostly keep for myself- and now i'm catching up i don't actually remember too much about this book... and i read it 10 days ago. so. that should tell you about this book. ha, jk. i did enjoy it, sometimes i wanted to strangle the characters, but mostly i liked them. i am very curious about the next book so will definitely be continuing the series.
Anna
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book leaped ahead of the pack and has become my favorite of Caldwell’s books…and that was no easy feat. In a nutshell, the story is about two people who live totally different lifestyles. These two people have been wounded because of what they feel is betrayal by the very people who should always protect them. They carry scars both visible and invisible that threaten to keep them from ever being truly happy. And they both shape and live their lives in accordance to the pain they have experi ...more
Joann Maggio
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Rogue's Wager ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ written by Christi Caldwell

I have read many Historical Romances and without a doubt they don't get much better than this. I read several reviews of this book before I began my own review and really wondered what some of these readers expect. I disappoints me to see an author's work go unrecognized. This book got mixed reviews and I really don't know why.

Lord Robert Dennngton, the Marquess of Westfield had been deeply betrayed by a woman he planned to elope with. His
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Barbara Rogers
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
OH. MY. GOODNESS. What a whizzbang first book in a brand new series (Sinful Brides) by Christi Caldwell. What a wonderful premise for a story -- and sooooooooo many great characters for the subsequent books. There was a teaser included for the next book and I am already chomping at the bit to see that one. It has the potential to be even better than this one!!!! I read the book straight through.

For you sticklers for historical time accuracy, this book will make you a little crazy because there j
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Lori Meehan
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
4.5*
This was my first book by Ms. Caldwell and it will not be my last. I do have to say that at first I didn't think I was going to like the book. It was a little jumbled and I Jan a hard Tim finding the story and rhythm of the book. When I had to put it down and do things I had to like work, I was thinking about the book and the characters Lord Robert Dennington and Helena Banbury and I couldn't wait to pick it back up. Robert and Helena are very strong but scarred to the soul characters. Each
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Jaci
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lord Robert Dennington is a confirmed rake. He has enjoyed the privileged life of the heir to a Dukedom. He had his heart broken at a young age and is determined to stay single until it is absolutely necessary. After all he will be a Duke one day. Answering a summons from his father the Duke of Somerset, he arrives and finds out that the rumours of the Duke's impending death were just a way for his father to get his attention. Robert finds out that his inheritance is on very shaky ground. His gr ...more
Nicole Laverdure
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Christi Caldwell has done it again!

This author never disappoints me! I just love the first story THE ROGUE’S WAGER of her new series SINFUL BRIDES!
It tells the beautiful story of Robert and Helena, two bruised souls, who finally find love in each other. The complexity of the characters makes
this story very interesting. It was worth taking the time to read their complicated journey filled with twists and turns!
I can’t wait to read her next book THE SCOUNDREL’S HONOR!
Whitney
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This story was pretty good. The story itself started and kept a good pace throughout. My only issue was inconsistencies with the main characters themselves. (Spoilerish) The "passion" scenes were rushed to the point were they didn't sound like the main characters at all. For Helena to be so hesitant a character and truly a virgin, she didn't have a moments hesitancy, especially considering the settings. Now, I can forgive the out of character love scenes but the last 10% of the book rea
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Anna
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We spend an awful lot of time in hero and heroine's heads for how little we learn about them. I didn't h a t e the book, it was just really repetitive and could stand a more ruthless editor.
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