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A Wager For Love

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The Earl of Saltaire had a reputation as a rakehell, an abductor and ravisher of women, a dandy and a demon on horseback. Much of what was said about him was true. Then what lady of means and of irreproachable character would consider marrying him—especially if she knew the reason for the match was primarily to win a bet? Certainly not Lavinia Davenham, a beautiful lady wh ...more
Published June 1979 by Warner Books (Caroline Courtney Romance #2)
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Sep 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Dissenter here...hated it. Mean, nasty, sociopath hero abducts innocent young heiress and marries her for a wager...treats her like dirt, no consideration, flaunts ex-mistress and even has her (mistress) invited to their first ball but demands that heroine be chaste while telling her he would go his own way and do what he liked. The day she was attacked at Vauxhall he was in a party with his ex-mistress and went nearly berserk because he found her in company with a former friend of his. She tell ...more
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
i simply loved this one! Lavinia was an enchanting character. Saltaire represented everything a dark and delicious hero should be. i was astounded that both handsome men fell for Lavinia for she was described as passable, not a beauty. however, she had strength of character and did not let Saltaire or even Andover walk over her. she was honest and blunt and i guess dat was what made her all the more beautiful.
Valene Wood
Jan 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is not a romance that should be aspired to or daydreamed over. When I first read this book as a teenager I thought it was so romantic, but now, reading it as a married adult I see how terrible the relationship between these two is! Abduction at gunpoint, a forced marriage in secret, an emotional and physically abusive husband, the social insults, and especially the punishing kisses--why should she love him except for maybe Stockholm syndrome?! The last scene is sweet and romantic but comes ...more
I see this book as a rewriting of Georgette Heyer’s The Convenient Marriage. The principal difference being that Heyer’s Horatia was the one proposing the marriage of convenience while Lavina is abducted and forced to wed her kidnaper to save her reputation.

The reason for the abduction being that the earl has inherited the title and the estate but not the money. His rich and jealous cousin proposes him a bet: if he manages to wed a rich young lady of irreproachable character despite his awful r
KC 2.0
2.5 stars

This Georgian romance—contrary to the cover—lacked the passion and romance I know the author is capable of (Penny Jordan writing as Caroline Courtney). It was engaging and historically authentic, but an aloof hero and not enough romantic interaction between Lavinia and Saltaire made this unsatisfying. It's not until near the end that Saltaire started treating Lavinia with warmth. It's only then, too, that we are allowed brief access to Saltaire's point of view which explained why he's
ms bookjunkie
Read in Finnish. (Päävoittona rakkaus)

Enjoyable, entertaining but also frustrating. Contains all the clichés: Rake hero/innocent heroine, misunderstandings, punishing kisses, et cetera, et cetera.

But like I said, entertaining. I have no doubt I'll be rereading it again. :)
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
parts were great but on the whole there were no romantic moments between the couple that would have illustrated a love match
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
its 18th century...tricorns...wigs the whole of it. So why is there a regency couple on the cover?

In fact due to certain allusions in this book this book takes place somewhere between 1750-1776
Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Enjoyed it despite it being too short, derivatory and proofreading errors.
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Her other names: Penny Jordan, Annie Groves, Melinda Wright, Lydia Hitchcock

Penelope "Penny" Jones was born on 24 November 1946 at about seven pounds in a nursing home in Preston, Lancashire, England. She was the first child of Anthony Winn Jones, an engineer, who died at 85, and his wife Margaret Louise Groves Jones. She has a brother, Anthony, and a sister, Prudence "Pru".

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