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Improper Wager: Scandalous Encounters by [Reed, Kristabel]
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Sometimes the turn of a card changes your life.

Two years ago, Isabella Harrington defied her parents and society, and ran off with her lover to Milan. They thought they’d conquer the world at the gaming tables. But her dream of happily-ever-after led to nothing but debts and a shattered heart.

Abandoned and left on her own in a foreign city with little but her wits and skill, Isabella managed to survive. Survive and thrive, commanding the cards until she won enough to send for a very particular matchmaker.

Isabella needed a way back into the society she shunned and what better way than through a proper, aristocratic marriage? And this matchmaker of note would be her key back home to England.

Traveling the Continent, Jonathon, Duke of Strathmore, agreed to meet the mysterious Miss Harrington. Wary of the rumors surrounding her, a woman who vanished from London with only scandalous tales left in her wake, he hadn’t counted on the intriguing Isabella to thoroughly capture his attention.

Will a game of cards change both their fates? Will she become a mistress or a duchess?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1009 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wicked ePub (23 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing plot 8 December 2015
By Veronica Marzini - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
It 's a Regency romance compelling, sensual and full of passion, with strong and well-defined characters and an intriguing plot.
To pursue her great love, Isabella had to give up her good and wealthy life in England. All for nothing. He has only deceived and betrayed her, abandoned her alone in Milan leaving only a small note. But Isabella doesn't want to surrender. Two year have passed and now she is ready to be reintegrated into society. And what better way than to return to England as a duchess? She tries to seek help from Jonathon, Duke of Strathmore but he's willing to get her back as his mistress. But that's not what she wants and refuses. But has indelibly marked the mind of Jonathon, can not stay away from her.
Isabella is a strong and determined woman who never gives up despite the many disappointments of her life. But at the same time is very fragile, she can not forget and to overcome all the sufferings of her past, of her great disappointment in love. She doesn't fall in love never again and will never trust a man. Jonathon is fascinated by the courage of Isabella, as his mistress could come back home and have a comfortable life but gave up because she wants to live honestly.
It 's a well-written story with great dialogue, lots of chemistry and sweet romance. I liked the choice of telling the story in the third person by alternating the point of view of Isabella and Jonathon, allows greater emphasis with both characters.
A good start for this new series, I hope to read soon the sequel.
I have no hesitation in recommending it highly.
4.0 out of 5 stars A woman willing to risk much in the pursuit of passion 24 November 2015
By Elf2060 - Published on
3.75 out of 5 stars

"Improper Wager" by Kristabel Reed is part of the ‘Scandalous Encounters’ series and focuses on Isabella Harrington, who is living in Milan and searching for a way to return to England untarnished by the scandal that is a result of her injudicious decision to pursue a love affair with a soldier who captured her heart but ultimately betrayed her. A bold decision to follow the advice of a matchmaker and attempt to ensnare the unconventional Jonathon Wakefield, Duke of Strathmore results in a wager that will test all of the skills that Isabella has had to hone to survive. The challenge will be to determine who is going to be the true victor and whether the prize won is worth everything that was risked.

This erotic historical romance gives a glimpse of several exotic locales as well as the repercussions for flaunting society’s mores as it explores the challenges faced by a woman who has had to depend only on herself for survival. The story starts off fairly low-key and is a little slow to gain momentum, but there are intriguing aspects of society portrayed, and I enjoyed the blossoming of the relationship, especially as Jonathon displays his skills at persuasion and coaxes Isabella to comply with his wishes as they take a roundabout journey to quash any hint of impropriety even as they establish their unconventionality by exploring their passion for each other. The gradual revelation of the scars that each bears gives poignancy to their struggle and makes one root for their relationship to be successful. I did get a bit frustrated with the heroine’s reluctance to set aside the past but the tale was heartwarming as one was able to watch them work their troubles out. It would be nice to have a little more depth to the characters, especially since I suspect some of the secondary folks still have adventures to participate in, but I think this is a nice start to the series.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 17 December 2016
By Nancy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Absolutely a lovely story with enough sensuality and romance. The Duke and Duchess presented by Kristabel Reed, are matched well. The little bit of intrigue rounded out the story. Good Read!

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