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The Wallflower Wager

(Girl Meets Duke #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  23,911 ratings  ·  3,355 reviews
They call him the Duke of Ruin.

To an undaunted wallflower, he's just the beast next door.

Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now he wants to get even.

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.

When her imposing—an
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Published August 13th 2019 by Avon
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Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
the slytherin/hufflepuff ship we deserve
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
ugh now I am caught up SAD
chan ☆
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
penny has the RANGE darling
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Tessa Dare writes historical romance like no other and I will forever bow to the queen. This was SO heckin' charming.

TW: pedophilia (in the past), grooming (in the past)
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: d
***4.5*** STARS

Tessa Dare has proven once again why she is one of the BEST historical romance writers of all time....consistency. I cannot say a bad thing about any of her books and this one ranks top too.

Lady Penelope loves animals...specifically wounded and abandoned animals. Her love of animals leads her into a rather sexy introduction to our hero Gabriel Duke. Gabriel has dragged himself from the gutters of London and he has become what we would consider today a real estate mogul. But he als
Sara Reads (mostly) Romance

What better way to ease my way back into reading than a Tessa Dare novel?

Here goes

Oops. Guess who did it again?

Tessa FUCKIN Dare. That's Who.

You know the one thing I love about her books is that they're feel good, don't take themselves too seriously with the perfect amount of romance, passion and emotion. Her men are... all the same lol. But! It's not like them old highland novel
Addie H
(Tropes: Unstarched (him), Wallflower / Spinster, Class Difference, Enemies to Lovers, Opposites Attract)


4.5 stars!!

I’ve been on a pretty lousy romance reading path lately, so last night I bought Tessa Dare’s latest as I needed a “sure thing”. And boy did it deliver. I started it this morning and read it in one sitting.

It’s got adorable, charming, and rude animals, hilarious revisits and interaction with characters from book 1 and 2, amusing dialogue that made me laugh out loud, plus plenty of
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Penelope loves animals.


All kinds of jacked-up animals that nobody else wants.


All Gabriel Duke wants is to flip the house next door to hers and sell it for a nice profit. Besides the newfangled hot water tap he's had installed, the biggest selling point the house has going for it is that Lady Penelope lives next door. Apparently, folks will pay good money to say their next door neighbor has a title.
Who knew?
Everything is going swimmingly until Gabriel meets Penny and her entourage of pets. Incl
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
She was a fool. A naïve, trusting, sheltered fool. And Gabe wanted to corrupt her so damned badly, his bones ached.

See that pile of satisfied reader goo in the corner? The one clutching her kindle to her chest and making moon eyes at the sky? That, my friends, is this girl after downright binging on the absolute perfection that was this story.

I don't know how it's possible for Tessa Dare to outdo herself with each book in this series, but my GOD does she. I loved the first boo
EmBibliophile [hiatus]
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
4.5 stars

“No one can be reduced to numbers in a ledger, or a stack of banknotes, or a single silver coin. We are humans, with souls and hearts and passion and love. Every last one of us is priceless. Even you.”
“Gabriel Duke. You are priceless.”

One more 2020 goal; read more historical romances. They’re so good and freakin enjoyable to read.

This one was so hilarious. I really enjoyed it. Something that I love about historical romances, is that subtle sense of humor. I don’t know I just enjoy it s
Another fabulous book from Tessa Dare! This is the third one I have read, and all three are deserving of five stars!!! I love how each book has not only love, sex, and friendship; but also humour too! The humour has added an important element into each story, and for me it pushed a four star read to soar into five stars! I don’t give five stars out easy anymore... but these stories have deserved them!!

This is Gabriel and Penny’s story and has been my favourite in this series! Penny is a lover of
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
❤️5 STARS❤️

I'm so in love with The Wallflower Wager, this is the best!I fall in love with everything and esecially the characters!I couldn't get enough of them.I laughed,I swooned and I melted with these two.Tessa Dare delivers a sweet,heartwarming and steamy romance!


Penny and Gabe are my favorite couple.I love their banter, they have an amazing chemistry.I laughed a lot with these two.Their dialogues were fun,entairten and sweet.There were some really hot and intense moments too to make you swo
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to do something rare - start with a serious trigger warning just to make sure nobody reads this if it will hurt them. (view spoiler)

Okay, serious is done now.

This story is about a well-bred lady who loves animals, but stays away from people, and a guy who made his fortune by ruining wealthy aristocrats. They call him the Duke of Ruin because of it. He is like a Victorian Robin Hood
Princess under cover
2.5 stars rounded down to 2. In a word: BORING! In another word: RIDICULOUS!!! And I can't stand that cover. All the covers in this series are awful. Like paper cutouts of real people pasted on a page. Like someone drew them in photoshop and made them extra NOT attractive



Let me begin by saying that Tessa Dare has always been one of my favorite historical romance authors. I love her Spindle Cove series. I've read a number of her books repeatedly. More than 3 times even.

But her recent Girl Meets
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Dear Mr. Duke,
As requested, here is an inventory of the animals in my care:
Bixby, a two-legged terrier.
Marigold, a nanny goat of unimpeachable character, who is definitely not breeding.
Angus, a three-year-old Highland steer.
Regan, Goneril, and Cordelia—laying hens.
Delilah, a parrot.
Hubert, an otter.
Freya, a hedgehog.
Thirteen kittens of varying colors and dispositions.

Oh my goodness. I had so much fun reading this historical romance! Lady Penelope is a single woman
Tessa Dare is back and this is the historical romance book you have been waiting for! I rarely give out five stars but I enjoyed this book too much not to. This book was hilarious! It reminded me a bit of Bea from Lisa Kleypas' Love in the Afternoon (another book I highly recommend), in that they both feature a heroine who tends to like animals more than people. But when comparing the two, this one was more lighthearted overall with several literal laugh-out-loud moments for me.

Well, I should s
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adorable, funny and steamy, what more could a girl want from a romance?

The Wallflower Wager is the third book in the 'Girl meets Duke' series, but can be read as a standalone. I would definitely recommend reading the other books though, as they all follow a group of female friends, and the friendships are wonderful! This book follows Lady Penelope Campion, a shy wallflower, who prefers the company of animals to people, and who rescues unwanted and injured ones. Faced with being sent to live with
Tessa Dare keeps captivating me with her “Girl Meets Duke” series, and while all the books sparkle in their own right, I think “The Wallflower Wager” is my favorite among them so far. This has wonderful characters and delightful banter, what I have always come to expect from the series; and adventures that involve a two-legged dog who frequently needs rescuing, a runaway otter, a compromised goat, an abundance of kittens, and a parrot with quite a colorful vocabulary -- not what I am generally a ...more
Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I'm now looking at craiglist for possible parrots rescues, lol!

GAH! I couldn't love this book more!
This was such a real treat to read, delightful in every respect.
The Wallflower’s Wager was incredibly hilarious, charming and hot, SO, so hot! I’m talking positively scalding steam here!
If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, call off the search, this is the book you’ve been looking for! YES, YES, OOH! YES!

A neighbors to lovers/ pauper and the princess trope / beast and
This had me grinning and laughing with every other page.

Read for The Reading Rush readathon.
Challenge: Read the first book you touch.
ren ♡ (hiatus)
The Wallflower Wager was such a sweet and funny story but honestly, the animals stole the spotlight for me... especially Hubert the otter. 🥰

Rating: 4/5
Melanie A. - mostly on hiatus
"I know a hidden treasure when I see one."
Tessa Dare never fails to make me laugh! The Wallflower Wager was sweet, romantic and so amusing.

Penny was a wonderful heroine. Strong, yet vulnerable. Kind and quirky.
As a person who wanted to like everyone, it hurt to know that not everyone liked her in return.
And of course so funny.
Good Lord, Penny. He's a person. Not merely a collection of muscles with an intriguing distribution of hair.
Gabriel was al
4.5 Charmed Stars

Gabriel (Gabe) Duke known as the Duke of Ruin is in equal measures despised and feared by polite society, deemed ruthless and a threat to the gentry, he has risen up from poverty and is determined never to know the hunger and pain of his childhood, but the man is not as ruthless as he and society seem to think he is. The heart behind the strong and powerful man becomes increasingly clear as he interacts with Lady Penelope (Penny) Campion. Penny may have a warm and kind heart bu
Joanna Loves Reading
Considering that top reviews for this book have hundreds of likes, I normally wouldn’t write much of a review, but I guess I will this time.

There has been quite a bit of discourse lately on what represents HR, and that a 20-year book *cough* (Duke and I) is not it. But is this it? Really?

This book is swoony and funny. It’s diverting, yet forgettable. I really don’t have any major problem with it. It just feels like it’s not written for HR readers. It feels like it meets the expectations of the o
h o l l i s
Hmm, she says, hmm!

I don't know why this didn't quite work for me. But I think my biggest gripe is how everything felt so.. glossy. Glossed over, I mean. Things move quick, we have so much potential for juicy backstory issues, and while they get time on-page.. not quite enough.

This has so many of the classic Dare moments, including but of course not limited to a great opening sequence, but. But. I hate to repeat myself but : things move quick. This felt like more of a novella in terms of depth a
Lover of Romance
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Wallflower Wager is the third book in the "Girl Meets Duke" series and this is a story that I have been looking forward to all year. Of course, this is Tessa Dare we are talking about so its definitely one of the most anticipated book for many romance readers, including myself. However, I do w
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
It was a cold January night and I was trying to read a book. But I just couldn’t get into it. And then I realized it…. It was a reading slump. I was lucky enough to catch it in its early phase. So, on that cold night, I thought to myself ”Nuh uh. I am not starting the year—the decade—like this.” And so, I picked this book up because there is nothing like curling up with a good romance.

The Wallflower Wager follows Penny, a young woman who only wants to be left alone to care for her animals. But,
ARC provided by Edelweiss and Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I'm the odd one here with my three star rating, but I just had some issues with this storyline and characters. In my humble opinion this Historical romances had that "contemporary feel" that seems to be fairly prevalent in HR.

Review to come closer to publication.
The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
4 stars!

Tessa Dare never fails to make me laugh, swoon, and fall in love with her books. Unlike the first two books this one kinda fell a little flat for me but I still loved it. It’s just that I didn’t felt the oozing chemistry between Gabe and Penny. It’s still very enjoyable though.

And hilarious. Of course it is.


Pre-reading review:

So excited for Penny and Gabriel’s story. I sense a grumpy hero and a ray of sunshine heroine trope. Love love love!!!
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Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice!) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellen

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