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The Gambler Wagers Her Baron

(Craven House #4)

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When happily ever after is the name of the game, gamblers must risk it all in this emotional conclusion to Christina McKnight's bestselling Craven House Series. 

WAGERS GO AWRY

Payton Samuels has always known she wants more out of life than being the youngest daughter of the ton's most disreputable family. While her siblings are content to bet their future happiness o
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Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by La Loma Elite Publishing
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Elaine
This is a delightful finale story, the fourth in the Craven House series but I believe it can easily be read as a standalone. This Regency romance features the youngest member of the family, Payton Samuels, who was only a child when her mother died. Now she's employed as the governess to two siblings whose mother has tragically died and their father, Lord Ashford, is struggling with grief, depression and guilt over her death more than four years ago. He has cut himself off from the world, going ...more
April
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Gambler Wages Her Baron by Christina McKnight is an emotional conclusion to "Craven House series". But can be read as a stand alone. 
Well crafted with charming and engaging characters.  A gentleman of ice meets a lady with a warm heart and gambling issues, in this compelling and emotional story. The storyline is filled with heartbreak, brokenness, struggles, learning to trust, and finding a second chance at love. The children just added to this fabulous story.  Payton  Samuels and Damon Kind
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Maggie Whitworth
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is quite an intense story , of two people from different social backgrounds , struggling with their brokenness.
Damon has lost his wife and is struggling with his relationship with his children
Payton is the youngest in her family , lost her mother at a young age and her siblings have different fathers , now she’s trying to change her future at the gambling tables.
Reading this you see more than ever the heartbreak of loosing family , and realise they don’t have to die to be lost .
These
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Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The Gambler Wagers Her Baron, Craven House Book #4 by Christina McKnight

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

I have been so waiting for Peyton’s book. She was the baby of the family and the secretive one, so I wanted to know how this hard woman would fall or more who would win her
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Lori D
An engaging story of hope when all seems lost, Christina McKnight delivers a heartfelt tale. Payton Samuels has been disappointed in life. She lost her mother at a young age and her siblings go their own way. Becoming a governess for Damon, Baron Ashford's two children, she is determined to attend some of his gaming parties and make her fortune. As plans go, it definitely did not work out! Losing terribly she is surprised that Damon bails her out. But she also falls in love with her charges and ...more
Isha Coleman
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Payton is tired of being tied down by scandal. Deciding to break free could be the best decision she's ever made or the worst mistake of her life. Damon comes into her life at a time when her world is falling apart. He lost his heart a long time ago. Death has a way of taking the light out of a person. When Payton comes into his world, she starts to melt the ice around his heart. She becomes the glue that holds his family together and the spirit that reawakens his soul. McKnight enthralls with h ...more
Lori Quick
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Gambler Wagers Her Baron by Christina McKnight is the 4th book in the Craven House series. Since this is the first book of the series that I have read, I can say for certain that it can be read as a stand alone.

Payton Samuels gets a position as governess to two precocious young children, basically abandoned by their father. She has the care of the children and must make sure they do not get in his way.

Damon Kinder, Lord Ashford is still in mourning for his wife years later. He has practical
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Brenda
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Publisher's Description:

When happily ever after is the name of the game, gamblers must risk it all in this emotional conclusion to Christina McKnight's bestselling Craven House Series.

WAGERS GO AWRY

Payton Samuels has always known she wants more out of life than being the youngest daughter of the ton's most disreputable family. While her siblings are content to bet their future happiness on marriage, Payton learned early on from her mother that love is fleeting and leads only to disappointment.
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Tina Ullrich
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
True to her expressive way of writing colorful characters and thrilling stories, Christina McKnight has another wonderful read set for all.

Damon Kinder Baton Ashford, is a lonely, sad, lost man. After losing his wife, Sarah, four years ago he has not found the way to move past his grief. His children flounder and drive governess' away by being unruly. His sister, who mainly raised him, has not love of children is no help either.

Payton Samuels lost her mother very young. Being the youngest of fiv
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Regiane Moreira
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cada livro gosto mais da escrita da Christina McKnight.
Como disse na resenha do livro 3 da série, a cada livro fica melhor.
Este se passa ao mesmo tempo do livro 3 “ A Madame Pega seu Duque”. Sim eu sei... O nome é estranho, não tenho dúvida que poderia ter sido remodelado na tradução, mas os dois primeiros livros já mantinham esse estilo de nome e, quando mudou a tradutora, manteve-se a tradução literal para acompanhar os dois primeiros volumes lançados anteriormente.
Chegou a vez de Payton. A
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Janet
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Payton Samuels has always known she wants more out of life than being the youngest daughter of the ton's most disreputable family. While her siblings are content to bet their future happiness on marriage. She's got a different plan: she'll work as a governess for Baron Ashford's children, Abram & Joy, but only long enough to win her fortune at one of his infamous masked gaming parties. When she loses, Payton sees her chance at an independent life go up in flames until Lord Ashford surprises ...more
Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
4 Stars!

This is book 4 in the Craven House series, but it can be read as a standalone. However, if you're as fond of historical books like I am, you might want to check out the rest of the series.

I will be perfectly honest, I wasn't too sure what to make of Payton and Damon, Lord Ashford, at first. They both seemed a bit out of their depth with Damon's children. However, as the book advanced and they got their footing (especially Payton), it was nice seeing what they could become if only they ga
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Maria Dariotis
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
By far this was my favourite of the series!
Both had lost a loved one Payton knows all about grief, losing her mother at a young age and being the last of her siblings she has had her fair share of heartbreak. She’s not going to wait for marriage to secure her future, after all she’s seen first hand that love only brings heart-ache.

Damon Kinder, Lord Ashford has frozen his heart to all feelings he keeps love at bay after his wife’s death. Even though he needs someone to care for his children he
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T Counce
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The Gambler Wagers Her Baron” by Christina McKnight

Dealing With The Loss of A Loved One

While this is Payton’s, the youngest daughter, story, one of the things that I love about this particular book is that Christina McKnight is able to show many of the sides of grief over the loss of a family member and how different people in the same family and other families process that grief and how we can all help each other through the difficult time that follows trying to process the loss and how try to
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Debbie Glenn Brown
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Payton Samuels has always known she wants more out of life and she knows just the way to get it. First she becomes a governess for a widowed Baron and she gambles by night to boost her savings. Damon Kinder, Lord Ashford, has been a man made of ice since his beloved wife dies four years ago. He’s all but given up on life, he ignores his children and leaves in the care of governesses. As Damon spends more time around Payton his heart begins to defrost, and he can't stop thinking about the captiva ...more
Kelly  The Sassy Book Lover
I think this is my favorite in this series! A man of ice just needs a little melting and Payton is just the warm heart that can do. You know when children are involved that its going to be a fun time. I was hooked from the start with her in the closet and couldn't wait to see what she did. The spark between them will leave you breathless and so will the words between them at times. Theirs is an intense story from his heartbreak and protecting her to her gambling and the fight in her.

Payton has h
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Petula
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Payton Samuels has her life plan. Move out from under the constant loving control of her siblings, and start an independent life. For that she needs work, so she takes a job as a governess. The family she works for have a big problem that maybe she can help with. Her gambling will hopefully help with the funds she will need when it's time to move on.
Damon Kinder, Lord Ashford is still suffering from the death of his wife four years earlier. He shuts himself away from everyone, even his children
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Margaret Watkins
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
As Regency romance novels go, this book was a departure from the norm, however I found it difficult to relate to, especially compared to other books that I have read by this author. The language and flow of writing in this novel are good and the story is easy to read but the plot itself was somewhat awkward. The main characters had a strange relationship and although I enjoyed Payton's relationship with both the children and Damon, the Baron was not a person to draw one or make a woman feel safe ...more
Diane
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Many authors have told the tale of a lord who falls in love with his children's governess but Christina McKnight uses a little girl to move this story forward. The Baron in this case hasn't been able to get over the death of his wife four years earlier. He has distanced himself from his young children but when the new governess, Payton, manages to win over the children, Damon sees what he has been missing.
In addition to being a governess, Payton also gambles on the side in an effort to collect e
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Deb Diem
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Gambler Wagers Her Baron by Christina McKnight is a fabulous historical romance. Ms. McKnight has once again delivered a well-written book. The characters are stellar, I love them. Payton goes to work as a governess to earn money for her gambling. Damon has been ignoring his children since his wife died. Payton and Damon's story is filled with drama, humor and spice. This book too me a chapter or two before I really got into the story, but it was well worth it. I enjoyed reading The Gambler ...more
Roslyn Stillman
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be a very enjoyable read. It would have been nice if I had read the first books in the series, but it didn’t impact my enjoyment of this book. I found the characters easy to relate to and particularly the small children and the way they handled their pain and had a major part in bringing the hurt adults together. I found them adorable. The book was written with a lot of feeling and had a nice amount of suspense to keep you turning the page. An added bonus for this reviewer i ...more
Lisa
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, bur-2018
How wonderful! The story is a journey through pain, feelings of guilt and worthiness. Both our hero and heroine are conflicted about what they want, need and deserve. Watching each struggle and come out the other side whole and filled with joy and love was heartwarming.
I have been waiting for Payton Samuels to have her chance at a HEA. Hers was an interesting childhood, but one filled with love. Her wanting to prove her abilities and worth to her siblings is based on a partial conversation she o
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Patricia Wissore
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked the story of Payton with the children. Becoming the parent to them that they needed when their father emotionally abandoned them after his wife died. I loved how both he and the children changed during the book. I understand her reasons for gambling yet it almost seemed a slight addiction at times. The only thing I didn't like and drove me nuts reading the book was the constant "in your face" referencing Damon's late wife Sarah and how he loved her and felt responsible for her dea ...more
Mary
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet, heartwarming and entertaining story. Damon is an emotionally broken man, lost in his own world and indifferent to the rest of life. Payton is a strong, independent and caring woman who is trying to live her life on her own terms. Payton is hired as the governess for Damons two children, thinking that she will work there temporarily then move on to find her dream. But she soon finds herself totally immersed in the family's sad situation, and falling in love with both the children ...more
Gina
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this story. It had an air of mystery, a strong woman and a man in deep despair. Payton is a nanny hoping to make it on her own by gambling at night with other masked people until she loses badly. She continues on and the children start to thrive and Damon starts to come out of his shell and they know they need Peyton in their lives. But Damon is still scared of losing someone else he loves and Payton does not want to rely on a man. But never underestimate what the children will do to m ...more
Debbie
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book four in the Craven House Series and it is Payton's story. She is a governess to two small children who have lost their mother. Joy and Abram have been let run wild by their father who is still mourning the loss of his wife Sarah. He has shut everyone out until Payton becomes governess of his children. Damon figures out he has been wrong to shut the children out and maybe, just maybe he kinda likes the Gambler.
Kathy Bunbury
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lovely story of a a father and his children turning their grief and isolation into a family once again through love. The children were adorable even when mischievous and I liked how Payton found herself by assisting them rekindle their bond with their father. Payton's compulsion to gamble to raise money to be self sufficient is an interesting secondary story.
Kety
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable story of two different persons that will help each other to see the important things in the life.
A man with ice barrier to protect his heart, a governess with love for life and gamble and two child.
A book for all that love regency.
I received a free book and this is my honest review.
Monika P.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, this book was not for me. The storyline is great and the characters lovable. However, the book could not hold my attention. There was too much internal monologue and I got bored. I found myself skipping over a lot of pages trying to find the place where the story continued. I received a copy of this book with no obligations and voluntarily read and reviewed it.
catherine neri
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Just ok

Not enough interaction between the H and h for them to suddenly fall in love. Liked the other books in this series. This one not so much.. Most of the book was just the character's thoughts. Boring in parts..
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