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The Marriage Wager (The Matchmaker #1)

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In a world where love was always a gamble, they meant to beat the odds

No longer in the first blush of youth and without a marriage portion, Miss Constance Woodley could scarcely imagine why one of the leading lights of London society should take an interest in the likes of her. But under her benefactor's guiding hand she was transformed into a captivating creature who cau
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Paperback, 379 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by HQN
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5

Well, I couldn't leave it at 'I need to take a break from this genre' after the last disaster.

I usually read series in order. Actually, I'm a stickler when it comes to it. I've lost count of the series I haven't even started yet because I was planning to read the book in order. I've already read the fourth book and the last book in this series by accident and loved it. I wasn't aware it's part of the series.

This one didn't disappoint. If you're in the mood for a light Cinderella-themed roma
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jenjn79
2.5/5

I have to admit that I was not impressed with this book, at all. It was slow and rather dull. But the biggest flaw, for me, was the fact that it was told almost entirely from the heroine's POV, with a very small handful of scenes told from Francesca's perspective (secondary character, and the Matchmaker). There wasn't even a hint of anything from Dominic's side. It left the story very one-sided and when I finished, I felt like I hardly knew Dominic at all, only what Constance saw and what o
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Jultri
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spinster
4.5/5. In a way, this book justifies my habit of reading books in a series completely out of order (depending on availability or my moods). It's a delight to reacquaint myself with Francesca and the haughty duke of Rochford The Courtship Dance , to pick up the nuances of their interactions knowing their hidden long-suppressed feelings for one another. It almost overwhelms the primary romance between Dominic and Constance in its intensity, despite each action and word being subtle and implied rat ...more
Ivana Azap Feješ
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was afraid that a misunderstanding (or some devious actions by disapproving parents, however you'd like to put it) would destroy what Constance and Dominic had built -- a lovely relationship where both were free to be themselves. Constance Woodley, on the shelf at twenty-nine, is in London for the first time only to act as a companion to her two spoiled younger cousins. Her aunt displays traditional "evil stepmother" tendencies, pressuring Constance to dress in drab, matronly clothing and ensu ...more
Juliana Philippa
Had such potential but the narrative completely ruined it for me - we *never* hear the hero's perspective!

The Marriage Wager is the first in Candace Camp's Matchmaker Series and I wish I could give it a higher rating, but I just cannot bring myself to. As others have remarked there was nothing really unusual or innovative about this book, but it would have been an enjoyable and sweet read if it hadn't been for one hugely annoying thing that I could *not* get over: we never hear Dominic's thought
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Maria_Love_For_Books
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
A nice and light read with interesting characters... A good choice if you want to pass your free time reading... I've read better HR but I enjoyed it and I want to read the next one...
Ana Maria
2 y media *
Bien, media soporífera los dos primeros tercios (quizá los primeros tres cuartos?) pero mejoró al final. Menos mal que Dominic (el héroe) aportó una importante cuota de cordura al final, porque Constance me sacó de mis frágiles casillas.
Sólo para las que le gusta mucho mucho la histórica de regencia. Dos escenas hot hot
Gerrie
I really like Candace Camp. She's a very accomplished and talented writer, and always enjoyable to read. I really wanted to like this book, and would give it 3 stars if that rating was available. It had a lot of good things going for it, and I was sorry not to be able to give it a higher rating. Since so many other readers have done an excellent job of outlining the plot, I won't go into it in my review.

What I really liked about the book had all the hallmarks of a good read by this author. Firs
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Brianne
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
It may be due to my increasingly spinster-like age, but it turns out that the aging and unweddable heroine is one of my favorite romance tropes. I read the blurb on the back and this book went into the basket without a second thought.

I had to put this one down at one point, and it took me a really long time to get back to it. I was afraid that a misunderstanding (or some devious actions by disapproving parents, however you'd like to put it) would destroy what Constance and Dominic had built --
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J. W. Garrett
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Your heart goes out to Constance Woodley. After the death of her father, her relations inherit her home and she becomes the unpaid help. She has a kind heart and allows them to use and overlook her in her attempt to simply exist. Her cousins are given a season and she is expected to chaperon the two spoiled self-centered girls.

At a ball she is noticed by friends Lady Francesca Haughston and His Grace, the Duke of Rochford. When Lady Francesca boasts that she could find a match for any girl of h
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Ally72
May 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
I really, really, really wanted to like this book. The idea of the series appealed to me and I was looking forward to reading the first book in it. The book started out well, but there really wasn't much development between the hero and heroine in the story. I was over half-way done with the book and the two lead characters had only had a few brief (very brief) conversations. Overall, the story took a long time to develop and I just felt it didn't work. I have the other books in the series in my ...more
thevintagechronicles
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
perfectly pleasant. loved getting to see glimpses of francesca and rochford.
Fangirl Musings
Dec 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Eh...really no one- the book didn't mark high in my opinion.
Recommended to Fangirl Musings by: No one; discovered it on my own
Hmm...

Okay, overall I wasn't impressed. I'm not sure if the reasoning is simply because it's been so long since I've perused a Camp novel, or if this plot just didn't speak to me.

Either way, one huge mark against The Marriage Wager was the fact that Camp did not delve into the hero's (Dominic) perspective. Sticking primarily to Constance's and Dominic's sister, Francesca's, perspective I felt the story was severaly lacking.

In the general sense, the plot was far too simple. Girl is invisable. Gi
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Mary23nm
Liked it. One thing really bothered me though (view spoiler) ...more
Linda
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-library
This is my first exposure to this author and I'm anxious to finish this series. A wager on matchmaking ability by one pair of friends leads to an unexpected pairing from a poor young woman and a noble who needs to make a wealthy match to shore up the failing estate he will inherit.

The ending is very satisfying and not the usual doings you expect in a book that draws heavily on the usual ton doings. No magic fix just love and hard work lie ahead for the happy couple. You'll like the main characte
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Em!ly
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Janet
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely wonderful read. I love the Regency period, and author Candace Camp captivated the era perfectly and was spot on historically speaking. I highly recommend this book to any avid reader and lover of historical romance.
Valerie Waters
Feb 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Aww another sweet romance. Loved the characters in this book! And I loved the story. However. There were a few parts I had to skip. I hate when detailed bedroom scenes get thrown in more then half way through the book! Seriously wish books had ratings!!
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Kristina
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: austen-ism
This was mixed for me. I like certain aspects of it but the relationship between Constance and Dominic just didn’t flow for me.

Constance is approached by Lady Francesca to be taken under her wing to be transformed and secure a husband by the the end on London Season. Little does she Cos Rance know someone has already taken her fancy. Dominic is trying to hid from title-hungry mamas at the balls and Constance helps him out. After an electrifying kiss, Constance is shocked when she comes face to
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Sedotte Dai Libri
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho adorato questo primo libro della saga tra scommesse, balli, amicizie e non, giri per negozi di moda, tutto quello che ruota intorno ai nostri protagonisti e agli ostacoli che devono superare! Un libro che si legge in un soffio con personaggi descritti benissimo. Costance, una ragazza dolce che nella vita è voluta stare ad aiutare il padre fino a che purtroppo se n'è andato. Ma anche Leighton, che ha avuto momenti difficoltosi e per queste cose è diventato un personaggio più forte di quello ch ...more
Marika
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storico
Ho adorato questo primo libro della saga tra scommesse, balli, amicizie e non, giri per negozi di moda, tutto quello che ruota intorno ai nostri protagonisti e agli ostacoli che devono superare! Un libro che si legge in un soffio con personaggi descritti benissimo. Costance, una ragazza dolce che nella vita è voluta stare ad aiutare il padre fino a che purtroppo se n'è andato. Ma anche Leighton, che ha avuto momenti difficoltosi e per queste cose è diventato un personaggio più forte di quello ch ...more
Hamza
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ah be Constance! Sen ne çektin be yavrum. Düşündüğümden daha da güzel çıktı bu kitap. Bi' kere yazarın kalemi çok güzel , eğlenceli ve akıcı. Hani böyle elinize aldığınızda okunuyor. Benim en merak ettiğim Leydi Francesca Haughston ve Rochford Dükü Sinclair'in hikayesi oldu daha kitabın başından beri :D
Umarım diğer kitapları da kelepir fiyatına bulur da alırım.
Yazara devam edeceğim mutlaka :)
Crystal
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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Nat
Jan 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Too much internal monologue and descriptions. The setup is perfect for humor but it's implied not demonstrated. Not enough dialogue or banter.
Desi
leído en Octubre 2009

Normalita... para pasar el rato no más!
Mel
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed The Marriage Wager, though there are many copy mistakes.
Paula
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5

Amei. Aliás sou supeita porque adoro romances históricos.
Morgan
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este é o primeiro livro que comecei a ler para a Maratona de Banca, e que me foi gentilmente cedido pela Flávia do Clube do Livro. (Muito obrigada =) Primeiramente, quero dizer que este livro foi uma boa experiência, e se não me surpreendeu, ao menos cumpriu o seu papel: de divertir e entreter. Me tirar de leituras tão sisudas (não tenha lido tão sisudamente nos últimos meses, amém!).
Mas deixando de conversa fiada, e indo direto aos finalmentes. O primeiro livro da série Cupidos (Matchmakers no
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Rose
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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