on June 20th 2017
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He loved her beyond anything and everything—precisely why he couldn’t ever marry her.
A wounded hero.
Love—sentimental drivel for insipid, weak, feckless fools.
Since an explosion ravaged Captain Morgan Le Draco’s face and cost him his commission in the Royal Dragoons, he’s fortified himself behind an impenetrable rampart of cynicism and distrust. Now destitute and shunned by the very society that once lauded his heroics, he’s put aside all thoughts of marrying and having a family. Until he risks his life to save a drowning woman. At once, Morgan knows Shona’s the balm for his tortured soul, but as a wealthy, titled noblewoman, she’s too far above his humble station and can never be his.
An intrepid wallflower.Love—a treasured gift reserved for those beautiful of form and face.Scorned and ridiculed most of her adult life, Shona, Lady Atterberry believes she’s utterly undesirable and is reconciled to spinsterhood. She hides her spirited temperament beneath a veneer of gauche shyness, until a strapping, scarred stranger saves her life, and she can’t deny her immediate, powerful, and sensual attraction to him. Despite how ill-suited they are and innuendos that Captain Le Draco is a fortune-hunter, she cannot escape her growing fascination.
Two damaged souls searching for love. Others are determined to keep them apart, and Shona is goaded into placing a wicked wager. One that sets her upon a ruinous path and alienates the only man who might have ever loved her. Is true love enough to put their pasts behind them, to learn to trust, and heal their wounded hearts?
Caution: This book contains one devilish, seemingly irredeemable rogue, an on-the-shelf wallflower who dabbles in wicked wagers, an unexpected and most enticing swim in a lake, a villainess you’ll want to shove into said lake, and a cast of captivating secondary characters with their own tantalizing romantic tales.
For a heartwarming, inspiring story about the power of love, purchase your copy today of THE WALLFLOWER’S WICKED WAGER, the fifth installment in Collette Cameron’s romantic historical Regencies A Waltz with a Rogue Novella series.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Davenswood Court, Buckinhamshire August 1819
On the eve of her twenty-first birthday, at a house party, Shona, Lady Atterberry, is sitting in the greenhouse all by herself. Shona is socially inept, does not correspond to the ton’s standards of beauty, and she fled the usual tormentors to isolate herself to find peace and quiet. It’s become worse since on her birthday, Shona is to become a Lady Lord of Parliament, the Scottish equivalent to a barony, thus an important person, and wealthy to boot. And money-grabbing suitors and their mamas are now noticing her. Shona then sees a man who looks quite angry, then Mrs. Olson with her nincompoop of a son, Clarence, come within Shona’s earshot, and she flees. Unfortunately, clumsy girl that she is, Shona stumbles and falls in a lake. Fortuitously, the irate man she had noticed earlier jumps right into the water and saves her. Morgan Le Draco might not be pretty, but he is a gentleman, and he will not look away when someone is in distress. Morgan, a former Dragoon, is scarred, he lost an eye and some of his hearing in an explosion; he is also looking for work, any kind of work. He doesn’t have much left: no money, his life is empty, but his heart is in the right place. And for the first time, Shona is immediately comfortable with someone. Shona wants to be kissed, and that’s her wicked wager.
Shona is a klutz, she dreams of someone to love her, and she only sees the good in Morgan. Morgan is used to women averting their eyes, children running away, and is flabbergasted that Shona doesn’t seem to notice how disfigured he is, but sees only a lovely, charming, brave, respectful and very proud man. Morgan is nearly salivating at Shona’s unfashionable curves. It was lovely how both looked beyond appearances; both are used to being judged on how they look, not who they are, and they understand each other immediately.
When Shona and Morgan first meet, I had tears in my eyes; both see the good person behind the unfashionable façade, it is such a touching moment, especially when looking at the “beautiful people’s” behaviour. They also have difficult families to contend with. The descriptions are exceptionally vivid, in Ms. Cameron’s unmistakable colourful style. THE WALLFLOWER’S WICKED WAGER is a lovely romance of two misfits finding true love, and it will make your heart sigh with happiness.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.