The Wallflower Wager

The Wallflower Wager

Girl Meets Duke

eBook - 2019
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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller 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 attractive—new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes. Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens? And a two-legged dog. And a foul-mouthed parrot. And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog . . . Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him. Not if he ruins her first.
Publisher: [S.l.]: HarperCollins, 2019.
ISBN: 9780062672155
Characteristics: 368 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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JessicaGma Nov 04, 2020

I do enjoy these Tessa Dare books if only for the comedy - my goodness that parrot. This was a great mismatch between Penelope with the biggest heart and Gabriel, with a grinch heart. Mayhem ensues - it's a delight.

Jan 09, 2020

It's worth reading if only for the rescue scene between the goat and 3 men full of'll burst out laughing.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Nov 12, 2019

Another cute, witty and sweet installment of the Wallflower series from Tessa Dare. Without any spoilers my favourite parts involved a goat and three gentlemen and a foul mouthed parrot... enjoy!

Sep 11, 2019

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy historical romance with modern characters. This is the third book in the series. I highly recommend that you start with book one because they are all SO GOOD.

Lady Penelope Campion (Penny) has spent her life taking care of wounded and unwanted animals. She has a two legged dog, an abandoned otter pup, a hedge hog, a parrot that says obscene things, and a smattering of other animals. When Gabriel Duke, also known as The Duke or Ruin buys the house next to hers to refurbish and sell to the aristocrats, he'll need to get rid of her animals, and Penny's eccentricity. Penny is being forced out of London by her family unless she can put herself back into society, with a new wardrobe, and get rid of her animals. When Gabriel demands that she get rid of her animals, she promises too, ONLY if he can find them good and loving homes.

This book was so cute! I am always amazed at Tessa Dare’s ability to take timely issues (and less "issues" like you know, like pockets in dresses...) today and put them into her historical plots. Her characters and their lives feel so modern despite the fact that the books are set in the past. I ADORED any time any number of the group was together. Adorable banter. It reminded me a bit of the group from the ACoTaR series. They just argue and give each other hell and it is incredibly endearing. I particularly loved the way Ash and Chase got on with Gabriel. Too funny. I thought that the romance was really nice. The banter and chemistry between them was great and I loved their contrasting personalities so much. A woman who loves everything and is sweet as can be, and a man who is grump grump grumpy and has never loved anyone or anything. I also loved how much emphasis there was on consent in this book. Yes. Yes. Amen, Tessa Dare. And that Penny made her own decisions and really knew her mind. We need more heroines like this!

Aug 31, 2019

Another witty and wonderful historical romance in the Girl Meets Duke Series. And, again, some of the best scenes involve the Duke of Ashbury. Love that man and his irascible demeanor. Gabriel, aka The Duke of Ruin, was a fabulous hero in his own right. I always enjoy a brooding hero who slowly reveals his softer side to a tenacious heroine. Getting to know Lady Penelope beyond the quirky animal rescuer we’ve met in earlier books, was enlightening. Not only quirky and loving, but also hiding a devastatingly sad secret from her past. The author handled that element with sensitivity and with a satisfying comeuppance towards the end. I loved the humor, romance, and subtle drama in this series and eagerly wait for the next story.

LPL_PolliK Aug 16, 2019

Tessa Dare just keeps delighting in the third installment of the "Girl Meets Duke" series. Penny has put herself on the shelf, (mostly) content to tend to a houseful of broken beasts. It doesn't get much more broken (or beastly) than Gabe, who has climbed his way from gutters to the riches in a never-ending quest for "enough". When Penny faces being rusticated by her older brother, Gabe offers his help in finding homes for Penny's menagerie, for his own selfish reasons. But kiss by kiss, Gabe fears that the only home for the biggest beast of all is in Penny's arms. This book is incredible - truly laugh out loud and tender, with a stubborn-in-all-the-right-ways heroine, a hero who understands consent and women's agency, and a supporting cast of excellent animals. It's a beautiful and buoyant read from start to finish. (Many cameos by the characters in the previous books makes it more fun to start from the beginning, with The Duchess Deal.)

RandomLibrarian Aug 13, 2019

Review excerpt: "'The Wallflower Wager' delivered many things I love with humor, pathos, and sexy times. It involves a woman who loves everything and everyone and a Very Bad Man who is helpless against her powers. It also involves animal rescue. While there are some structural flaws and the pace of the character revelations bothered me, I ate it up."

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