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At the end of a fire pokerShe will let him win the wager and he will help find her husband’s killer before the killer finds her But business agreements don’t mean trust and Lisbeth certainly doesn’t trust Oliver her body’s reaction to him or her heartLove may be the biggest gamble of their lives but is it a wager their hearts can afford to lose There is a new hero in town Oliver the Earl of Bellamy freshly returned from the war to take up the reigns after his brother Henry s accidental death To his dismay there are suspicions raised about said death pointing towards the Black Raven Lisbeth Carslake Countess of Blackhurst who was tried and then acuitted of her husband s murder But there are still ugly murmurs about the Black Raven and some of them involve not only murder but money and greed The night Oliver gains access on a wager to the Black Raven s house opens the novel Given the dark nature of things this first meeting is surprisingly fresh and comic Oliver is totally foxed but still conscious enough to be uite endearing and witty And he continues to be right through the book He is strong enough to be protective man enough to cope with the Black Raven rumours as he escorts Lisbeth through the ton and generous with his honest affections Lisbeth on the other hand comes from a shockingly damaged background and is very guarded Every reader s heart will go out to her I know mine did I loved watching these two find their HEA and can t wait for the next Cassandra Samuels

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As the Black Raven she’s cold distant and aloneuntouched by the gossip and scorn of her aristocratic peers Until he enters her house and her life then suddenly her icy shell is no match for the heat of attractionNotorious Widow Lisbeth Carslake Countess of Blackhurst was acuitted of her husband’s murder but no one believes in her innocence Known as Love may be the biggest gamble of their livesClick on Banner to EnterCassandra is offering an eCopy of A SCANDALOUS WAGER Ends April 23 2015International where allowedThe Ton calls her the Black Raven but do they know what the Countess of Blackhurst went through before her husband s mysterious murder On the outside ice runs through her veins but what is happening to the hot blooded woman within Lisbeth has become a pariah even though she was innocent of her husband s death and his shady dealings Now she has become the object of a cruel wager set forth by the irresponsible and wealthy men of LondonThe Earl of Bellamy has just ascended to his title after the death of his brother only to find the family fortunes are gone Oliver an unknowing pawn of the infamous wager sees a way to gain some coin to pay his bills without London s Society learning of his predicament He is to gain entry into the Black Raven s home and actually speak with her What happens becomes a game of who s fooling who and the stakes are getting high as she bargains with him to become her escort for the season Little did they know they were playing with fire as her reasons are revealed and their business arrangement takes on a much personal noteA Scandalous Wager by Cassandra Samuels is NOT your ordinary cookie cutter historical romance among London s High Society wagging tongues One crass wager two people with their own secret needs some intrigue some heartache and oh let s not forget the brilliant banter between Lisbeth and Oliver Fast paced wicked clever and one of the best historical romances I have read There is a uniue feel to A Scandalous Wager is it the light tone it often resonates between the stuffiness of the Ton Could it be the sheer audacity of Oliver to find rakish humor and want upon seeing Lisbeth s wrath Maybe it s the intelligence and grit of Lisbeth that does it Whatever it is Cassandra Samuels has put some spark into this historical romance that ignites in passion love and brilliant adventures for two outcasts proving that when you least expect it anyone can find loveI received this copy from Cassandra Samuels in exchange for my honest reviewPublication Date November 1 2014Publisher Escape Publishing Harleuin Enterprises Australia Pty LtdISBN 13 9780857992017Genre Historical RomancePrint Length 237 pagesAvailable from Barnes NobleReviewed for

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The Black Raven bringer of bad luck and death she is eviscerated by the gossips and mocked in the clubsShe’s also the subject of London’s most scandalous wagerOliver Whitely Earl of Bellamy needs money but it takes than a few drinks to take on The Black Raven Wager He finds himself drunk at her house and surprisingly agreeing to a business proposal Lisbeth Countess Blackthorn was found not guilty of killing her husband in court but that doesn t mean society believes of her innocence Known as The Black Raven when her husband was found dead in their home three years ago he not only left behind his wife but he left behind a lot of angry investors Blackthorn was known for making money a lot of money and right before his death he convinced a lot of people to invest a lot of money into a speculation only it ended up being a fake speculation and many were left with nothing Lisbeth however was left all of her husband s money and not everyone is happy about it She has barely left her house in the past three yearsShe had an abusive marriage so Lisbeth was not too upset when her husband was found dead Because she is such a recluse wagers have been set up in gaming hells to offer money to those who actually make it over her threshold Which is how we find our hero Oliver Bellamy sitting on her door step drunk and in the freezing cold hoping her butler will let him in Oliver s brother died around the time of the failed speculation leaving Oliver an Earland with a heap of debt Only having a beloved elderly aunt as family Oliver doesn t have many he can turn to for advice So he decides to be the one that will cross into Lisbeth s house win the wager and help pay off some debt When her butler finally lets him in he can t believe itLisbeth wants to track down the real killer of her husband but to do that she must re enter society She decides the poor Oliver who is camped out front will do She offers him money from future wages against her to accompany her for a few weeks to balls and certain events He agrees and off they goI really enjoyed both Lisbeth and Oliver they have nice banter in this book Lisbeth is strong willed smart and not too afraid to take on those who think she is a murderer Her husband not only hit her but verbally abused her too He was truly a horrible man She still lives with the mental scars and it s hard for her to overcome them When she first meets Oliver she is taken back by how handsome he is Of course he was totally drunk during their first meeting too which makes her think twice about the man she chooses to help her And although she tries so hard not to let her eyes roam sometimes she just can t help herselfOn than one occasion he had sighed and shifted in his seat causing her to look at other parts of him Parts she definitely should not have been looking at She should not care one wit he had powerful looking thighs or that his legs seemed to stretch a considerable length ending in incredibly large shoes or a the fall of his trousers it seemed there was hardly enough room for what lay beneath She d felt heat rise from her throat to her cheeks and had fanned herself furiously vowing never to look at him again After another guilty look she realised how ridiculous her first vow had been and amended it to not look at him again until the performance was over She failed miserably at that vow too By the end of the performance her sinful mind had memorised every inch of himOliver started out a bit silly he unabashedly flirts with Lisbeth and gives her a good natured hard time Walking into a ball with her on his arm gets everyone in a tizzy which he finds uite amusing What I really liked about their relationship is how loved he makes Lisbeth feel He is such a good guy and makes her feel special and warm and attractive and I liked how he slowly removed her past demons At times he may have pushed a little too hard especially with her abusive background but he made me smile and laugh overallI do wish the hunt for the murderer had taken on a bit of a faster pace Lisbeth and Oliver s banter is great but at times I wanted a little suspense The end reveal of the bad guy isn t all that revealing as wellBut this author has a nice voice I will definitely read something else by herGrade B

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About the Author: Cassandra Samuels

Cassandra Samuel's mother always said she should have been born in the 1800s However she was born in the 1970s instead But she was not discouraged by all the corduroy and dodgy hair do's She decided if she couldn't live in the Regency period she would write about it instead Cassandra cut her romance reading teeth on Jane Austen when she read Pride and Prejudice in high school It was the begi



10 thoughts on “A Scandalous Wager

  1. says:

    They Call Her The Black RavenLisbeth Our Heroine Is Rud To Have Killed Her HusbandOliver Is The Lucky Man To Win A Wager To Lure The Black Rav

  2. says:

    Love may be the biggest gamble of their livesClick on Banner to EnterCassandra is offering an eCopy of A SCANDALOUS WAGER Ends April 23 2015International where allowedThe Ton calls her the Black Raven but do the

  3. says:

    Lisbeth Carslake the Countess of Blackhurst is a notorious figure She was acuitted of the murder of her husband the Earl of Blackhurst getting off on a technicality There are many among the ton who do not believe

  4. says:

    Lisbeth Countess Blackthorn was found not guilty of killing her husband in court but that doesn’t mean society believes of her innocence Known as The Black Raven when her husband was found dead in their home three years ago he not only left behind his wife but he left behind a lot of angry investors Blackthorn was known for makin

  5. says:

    It was interesting to read this just after the Suzanne Enoch of the same general plot line investigating the death of a husband Where the Enoch was full bodied and interesting this lacked action character development and forward progress We

  6. says:

    I always enjoy stories that not only provide witty banter feasible storylines charming yet virile heroes and of course determined strong heroines I am delighted to say this story filled all my reuirements for a great story Oliver Earl of Bellamy wages that he will be able to get inside the Black Raven’s thresh

  7. says:

    Really good bookBy 3% I had to stop at least 4 times to laugh out loud at Oliver’s silly drunken thoughts then again at his funny thoughts when he had a hangover And I like the fact that he was a pretty happy guy while Lisbeth was kind of snarky because of the beatings she took from her late husband She did feel a lot of desire for Oliver but she was always wondering if he’d be just like Nathanial had been The episode in the wardrobe wa

  8. says:

    There is a new hero in town Oliver the Earl of Bellamy freshly returned from the war to take up the reigns after h

  9. says:

    Lisbeth Carslake is the widowed Countess of Blackhurst infamously and unkindly known as the Black Raven “the bringer of bad luck and death” She is vulnerable yet she displays an inner strength and fortitude that has seen her weather the scandal of her husband Nathaniel’s murder She was accused and acuitted by the courts but after two years of ostracization she is isolated beyond belief She has lived in

  10. says:

    As a reviewer for RRM I get books sometimes that are out of my period and sometimes those that are within it This happily was within it Yet as the historian in me looks at the work set in the mid teens I find little to place this in historic

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