The Wallflower Wager
Girl Meets Duke
by Tessa Dare
Romance , Women's Fiction
Mills & Boon
Pub Date 13 Aug 2019
The addictive new Regency read from the New York Times bestselling author that’s perfect for fans of Georgette Heyer!
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 neighbour 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.
Rising to the challenge, Gabriel, who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse, is bewitched by the shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. But now she’s set her heart and mind on saving him…
Not if he ruins her first.
What if you really really don’t want to be married and are waiting out your Seasons until your parents are too bored to keep paying for them? But you would really like to keep every sad or hurt animal that you find. Especially kittens – lots of them. And will even go so far as to rescue a man!
But then your parents decide to do something about you? Send you away… because you are not really trying to get a husband are you? Or will you try?
I like this style of fiction – always have since Georgette Heyer times and these series of novels are only reminding me of her but with a small diversion towards modern times – the heroines are less missish and more feisty and not afraid to have sex with their suitors.
I am also, always a sucker for stories with cute animals and hedgehogs in pockets are the best yet.
animals, llamas, farms, family drama
November 4, 2018
Life on a llama farm, set in remote “Seneca County,” West Virginia, transitions from contented to chaotic in this final novel in the Hillwilla trilogy -- all under the watchful eye of canine guardian Ralph. Five years after we first met northern urban transplant Beatrice Desmond, she is finally adapting to her mountain hollow among the wary “born-heres” and is more open to the blessings in her life. She has developed a rewarding mother-daughter relationship with troubled local teenager Clara Buckhalter and is inching toward marriage with dashing, but complicated entrepreneur Tanner Fordyce. Meanwhile, Clara sets off on a productive new path, one that would have been unthinkable had Beatrice never come into her life. All of that progress is suddenly jeopardized by Clara’s scheming mother Charyce. Ultimately, the upheaval touched off by Charyce’s schemes serves as the catalyst for new beginnings for the Seneca County misfits (even Ralph).
I was aware that I was ‘dropping in’ to an existing series
but normally any author of a series plans for this, with each book having its
own storyline. In this series, this was not the case. I found myself thrown into
the continuing storyline as though this was a rather large book that had been chopped up because it didn’t
fit a preconceived length.
There was some explanation of what had come before but this
didn’t seem to fit naturally into the storyline, more that it had been inserted
in as an after thought.
However, the storylines began to gel about half-way through
to make an ending to this series.
I did have a point of query in this story though. Sophie the
llama they finally adopted was found to be pregnant as she gave birth. Llamas
take 11 months to complete gestation and during her life Sophie had been a
guard llama – where therefore had she found a boyfriend? An intact male – as
the majority of guard llamas would not be intact.
In many ways I like the story and the llamas – I like their
wool – who I found rather endearing. I was intrigued by the concept of guard
llamas and checked them out. They are a real thing. It seems that their size
and smell makes them so strange to the natural USA predators of sheep and cows,
that they scare most of them away.