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Wanton Wager by Christy Carlyle
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Wanton Wager A Whitechapel Wagers Novella by Christy Carlyle

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'Wanton Wager' is the second novella in the Whitechapel Wagers series. Set in Victorian London at the time of the 'Ripper Atrocities' it succinctly conveys the seedier side of nineteenth century Whitechapel and the underlying danger from a serial killer who terrorises its inhabitants.

The wager which Will Selsby reluctantly agrees to and wins leads him to a vibrant, if slightly sordid public house in Whitechapel. Will is war weary and mentally and physically scarred. Ada lives above the pub and works tirelessly as a probationary nurse at the local charity hospital. She is at her wits end searching for her missing sister. Ada and Will's unconventional meeting at the pub reveals surprising attraction and empathy between them despite Will's questionable motives for being there.

There are some lovely touches in this novella like the sinister quality of Lord Frederick Ashdowne given that there is a serial killer on the loose. Ada and Will's sizzling chemistry and the couple's sensuous love scenes.

The vivid mannerisms of the secondary characters give the story ambience and depth. You can hear the unruly characters in the pub and feel the disdain of the heartlessness aristocrats.

This is a romantic love story of two characters that are easy to like with an interesting plot and atmospheric setting. It is definitely worth reading.

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Christy Carlyle

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Reading Progress

June 18, 2014 – Started Reading
June 18, 2014 – Shelved
June 18, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
June 18, 2014 – Shelved as: arc-reviewed
June 18, 2014 – Finished Reading

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