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The Wallflower Wager

(Girl Meets Duke #3)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  8,253 ratings  ·  1,393 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—and
ebook, 368 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Avon
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Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
the slytherin/hufflepuff ship we deserve
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
Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of 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
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Hm. Well. I'm going to be working through some things here and this is 100% spoiler-filled and without tags. Enter at your own risk. This is really rough and I will probably continue to edit at will. So forewarned is forearmed. These are first thoughts.

CONTENT WARNINGS: Childhood sexual assault.

As always, there is some delightful banter and if that's your jam, then that will be pleasing in this book. Penny is a likable heroine, of course!-- but I have some real concerns about her character
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.
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
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl 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 book and
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

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 swoon.
chan ☆
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
penny has the RANGE darling
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 ...more
Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

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 the wallflower...
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
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,
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
'Lady Penelope Campion has a heart for wild and wounded creatures … but this Duke won’t be tamed.' (found on Tessa Dare's website)

*cackles for 5 minutes straight*
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
Melanie A.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 also wonderful - not an
Claire Robinson
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series, m-b
4 - "You've met your match..." Stars!

The third book in the Girl Meets Duke series finally gives us animal lover; Lady Penelope Campion’s story. Paired up with the Duke of Ruin as Gabriel Duke is known behind his back, this self-made man is not one to be welcomed into polite society eagerly, especially as he as made most of his fortune from bringing down nobles who have fallen on hard times.

"You are anything but calming…"

"You’re not particularly cuddly yourself."

Filled with all the banter, one
April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) The Duchess Deal
2.) The Governess Game
3.) The Wallflower Wager


trigger warnings: child abuse (in the past), sexual abuse (in the past), pedophilia and grooming (in the past), really bad parenting (in the past), animal birth, pet runs away.

"- 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.
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
5 'My beast in shinning armor' Stars!
ARC provided by the author/publisher via Edelweiss+.

And Tessa Dare does it again, people! I am completely in love with this series and this new novel is absolutely no exception! Of course, since I adored the other two books, I had high expectations for this one and I was not disappointed. I mean, who does not get curious when you read words like “Duke of Ruin”? I did not even need to start the novel to want to dive right in the whole thing. I literally
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
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.
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
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having loved the first two books in Tessa Dare’s Girl Meets Duke series, I couldn’t wait to dive into this and see what delights lay in store for the group’s very own Dr. Dolittle, Penny.

description They called him the Duke of Ruin.”

With a rags to riches background and bit of a reputation to go with it, Gabriel Duke isn’t exactly Mr. Popular and he and Penny waste no time in bringing us witty repartee and chemistry as they grow closer whilst wrangling Penny’s menagerie of pets, who themselves create
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Loved it!!! I think this is my favorite of the series and that’s saying a lot cause I love The Duchess Deal.

Gabriel and Penny are one of my favorite couples ever. From the start the chemistry between them is off the charts and I love how they talk to each other without reservations. Their love is just so real.

This is a book I’ll re-read in the future for sure and its going straight to my favorites of 2019!
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Reading a Tessa Dare book, is like going to coffee with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. I always know I’m going to have a good time, it will feel like coming home and there will be some giggling. The Wallflower Wager didn’t disappoint and is everything I’ve come to expect from Tessa Dare.

Penelope ‘I never met an animal I couldn’t rescue’ Campion, has a barnyard full at her house and at six and twenty has reached spinster status. She
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
"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." --Penny

As expected, Tessa Dare has once again written a novel that is capable of speaking to so many people on many different levels. I myself was able to relate to Penny on such a base level as I see so much of myself in her--our shared love of animals, our continued optimism and hope in the
Sammy Loves Books
What an innocent she was. If she could glimpse the ugliness in his past, the ruthless hunger that consumed his mind, the blackness of his hear, she would learn that enormity of her mistake.

I absolutely Loved this book!! Best of the series!

I look forward to a re-read in the future!!
I don't know what's come over me," Penny moaned. "Whenever he's near, I feel like an animal in mating season. I think I've fallen in lust."

The thing of it is, I was afraid. I'm afraid no one will believe you
Sam (AMNReader)
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: one-clicked-that
I am done with this. But I am not done, and for that matter, nor have I started my review.

I guess I just did. Does this count? I need this to count.

I missed out on some lols. It may have been my mood bc I loved the book.
But, as with any book with social commentary, I want the author to be artistic about how it is integrated in the story. Dare was. We know she's not the subtlest of authors. Her characters are big. Her plots and dialogue breezy. A lot of delight. Hope. Balance some heavy issues.

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“Spare change. Can't imagine how it got there."
She tipped her head in reproach.
He exhaled, sounding resigned. "It's not what you think."
She turned her hand palm-up between them, letting the coin serve as its own accusation. "I think I know a shilling when I see one."
"Look again."
She looked down at the coin in her gloved palm, where its embossed face stood out in sharp relief against white satin. Light glinted off the surface, revealing the color to be not the expected dull silver, but a coppery hue instead.
A sharp pang of surprise caught her heart. He'd been telling the truth. It wasn't a shilling after all.
It was a penny.
A bright, newly minted penny. One he'd been keeping tucked in his breast pocket. Right next to his heart.
She drew a shaky breath. "Gabriel."
His hands went to her shoulders- but it was his low, husky voice that reached out and drew her close. "You know the squalor I was born to. And you know I promised myself I'd never be that barefoot, starving boy again."
She nodded.
"I have every luxury a man could desire. Hundreds of thousands of pounds in my accounts. I worked like hell to build a fortune, and yet..." His thumb met her cheek with a reverent caress. "Now I'd sell my soul for a Penny.”
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