Wagering With Wallflowers
It’s been awhile, so here’s a short and sweet, spoiler free review of The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare to tide you over.
When the publisher provided me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review I have to say, I was beyond excited to get this book! The first book in the Girl Meets Duke series, The Duchess Deal has become an all time favorite for me, but the second book, The Governess Game left me feeling a little...meh. Her style is so brisk, usually in a good way and always hilarious, but in a few books I've found it a bit wanting. Because of the breakneck pace of her books, character development can sometimes feel like it's been put on the back burner, causing the humor to devolve into silliness, which is generally not what I'm looking for in a historical. That being said...I LOVED this book. When she gets it right, she gets it oh so right. It was a great blend of humor and romance, the scene with the goat birth, stop it, I CAN'T! I found this book to be just lovely. The character were fun and witty and the banter was on point.
Although I received an ARC of this, I had a lot of driving to do the week that I read it and so I listened to most of it on Audible. Mary Jane Wells is an amazing reader, she gets the tone just right. She also does all of the Ravenel books by Lisa Kleypas, which are also amazing. I was literally laughing out loud driving up and down the 5 all week like a total weirdo.
One last point, I thought that the book blurb was misleading, it makes you think that Gabe is the one who is making her get rid of the animals, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the wager was with her aunt. Also, this book was 🔥🔥🔥for sure.
I highly recommend this book, it’s coming at a solid 4 stars for me, might bump it up to 5 on the reread. It definitely joins the ranks of my Tessa Dare favorites, The Duchess Deal and When a Scot Ties the Knot.
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