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To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood (Wicked Wagers BK3-Regency Romance Long Novella) (Wicked Wagers Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Bronwen Evans
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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NEW COVER January 2015

To live happily ever after...

Henry St. Giles, the Earl of Cravenswood, longs to find his soul mate. Now that his two best friends, both reformed rakes, are happily married, the need becomes an obsession. When they challenge him to find a wife by the end of the season or marry his neighbor, the innocently alluring Lady Amy Shipton, he can’t believe his luck. He wins, either way. But a darkened garden, a case of mistaken identity, a drunken kiss, and a dropped emerald earring, leads Henry on a Cinderella hunt. He knows the woman he held in his arms could be the one he's searched for all his life. He just has to find her.

Lady Amy Shipton is determined to marry for love instead of sharing her husband like her mother did. So why did she let her handsome neighbor and romantic fantasy, the Sinful Saint as he's called for his bedroom prowess, seduce her in his garden? And what can she do when in the middle of their passionate encounter; he whispers another woman's name. Now Henry is hunting the owner of the earring Amy left behind, and she's determined to retrieve it before her identity is revealed. She's not about to give her father the ammunition he desperately wants to force her down the aisle.

Editor: Megan Records

Book 1 in the Wicked Wagers trilogy, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, was a FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review 2012 Indie Romance Book of the Year.

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  • File Size: 1103 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bronwen Evans; 2 edition (January 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SR5DTE
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Like the other Novellas much more September 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition

I thought this series started off good but went slowly downhill. I was disappointed in this one. I loved Henry since the first novella and thought Amy was great in the last one. I was looking forward to reading their story. However there were so many things that had me shaking my head that I just could not enjoy it at all.

First there was some discrepancies. This novella starts a year after the second novella started. At the end of the last novella, Marcus says that Millicent is Henry's current mistress and he's been true to her for the last 2 years and he's still with her at that point. Yet in this novella we're told they've been together for 7 years and Henry says Millicent left him 18 months previously. Which dates are the correct ones?

I thought all the drama with the misunderstandings and secrets going on between everyone seemed contrived. I was rolling my eyes so much I just decided to skim most of it.

The ending was the worst part. I completely hated that Amy looked so much like Millicent. That was not necessary and only to create more contrived drama for the pair. There is no way that Henry and Amy would be having sex in her father's house after he came to talk to her. Not happening in that time period. I thought it was completely ridiculous that Amy tells Henry to go visit Millicent to see how she's doing. She left Henry after years of being with him, with a note saying she'd found someone else. Obviously she didn't care enough about him to even say it in person so why would he want to give her money because she wants to retire? And the most ludicrous part of all would have to be Amy giving up a sizable amount of her dowry and her mother's cottage so that her husband's ex-mistress can live happily ever after.

I thought Henry deserved a better story. And so did Amy. :(

Read from September 14 to 15, 2014
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous twist to Cinderella story November 13, 2012
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Hawaiian Proverb: Pili kau, pili ho'oilo.
Together in the dry season, together in the wet season.
Said of loving companionship.

Lady Amy Shipton seeks loving companionship in marriage - a relationship that her parents did not share, but rather the wedded bliss her friends enjoy. Amy secretly harbors a tendre for her neighbor, Henry St. Giles. As the second son, Henry was unsuitable for Amy, a duke's daughter. But his father and older brother pass away, making Henry the the Earl of Cravenswood.

Henry thinks he is heartbroken when his mistress left him for another protector. After a grueling night of social obligation, Henry retreats to his garden, seeking solace with the stars that represent his dead brother. He kisses an intruder, not knowing it is Amy who frequently watches him converse with his brother. Amy breaks their kiss when Henry whispers his mistress' name, leaving behind an unique earring. Henry hunts for "Cinderella", Amy hunts for a husband, and their friends play Cupid in bringing the couple together.

This is the third book in Wicked Wagers series. Although I have not read the previous two books, Evans easily enveloped me into her world with Amy and Henry. I enjoyed how Evans delivered a unique twist to the Cinderella story. I also appreciated that hero and heroine had the same goal - to find a love not easily found in the jaded ton.

TO CHALLENGE THE EARL OF CRAVENSWOOD is an heartfelt read that kept my attention throughout the expected turns and humorous situations. I look forward to reading the first two books in the series as well as future releases from Bronwen Evans! Recommended read for Regency fans who will appreciate the endearing characters.

I received an ARC from the author for this review.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I did enjoy this book but.... November 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

I really wanted to enjoy this book but I just couldn't move past the H's 7 year relationship with his mistress that he was stilling pining for 2 years later (at the time he first kisses the h). The h looks like the mistress too. The H had been lovely in the other books and I was disappointed with his story. Even Sabine (from the other book) said she was happier that her husband had slept around with anyone and everyone and they were nameless and faceless, unlike our H's dedication to his former mistress.

Finally the ending where the h ends up buying the mistress a house and giving her an endowment just really was too much for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice, short read October 24, 2012
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This book is a fast-paced, fairly easy read with sensuous scenes and a ton of passion.
Henry St. Giles, the Earl of Cravenswood, is sad that his longtime mistress and friend, Milicent, is now with a new protector. Henry had thought he loved her, and felt heart broken that she left him. Although he is just as much a rake as his friends the Marquis of Wolverstone (book: To Wager the Marquis of Wolverstone) and the Duke of Dangerfield (book: To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield), it is love that he seeks in his marriage. When upon a moonlit night he laments again on losing Millicent, and drunkenly shares a passionate interlude with a mysterious beauty, he believes himself to have found his soul mate, and sought to find her in all possible haste.
Lady Amy Shipton, the daughter of a duke and Henry's neighbor, has been in love with him for years. She tries very hard to get him to notice her not as a young girl but a woman grown, when one night she stumbles across Henry in his garden and shares a searing kiss with him. Their embrace might have gone farther if she had not hear him murmur the name of another woman, and in her attempt to flee the garden before he became aware of her identity, drops an emerald earring given to her out of gratitude by the Marquis of Wolverstone. Now Henry is set on finding her, and she is thinking of ways to get her earring back before he honorably asks for her hand and traps them both in an unwanted marriage...

Mrs. Evans has again written a well-paced story with two endearing characters who both have their own shadows to conquer. Henry is an honorable and considerate man despite his reputation as a rake, and wants a perfect love that belongs only to him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful Bronwen Evans Story!
Having no love from her family & seeing her mother suffer because her husband did not love her, all Lady Amy Shipton wants is someone to love her for her. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dee Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Last one! All three were excellent..
I loved this story too. I thought I was tired of hearing about Millicent but having just finished I don’t think she was so bad, even though we never met her. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trish R.
3.0 out of 5 stars I hate stupid women!
There are to many women in these books that play stupid head games and this is one of those books. This book has an interesting story and I enjoy the leading male, but the leading... Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Ledbetter
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too much Millicent
I read this as part of the Wicked Wagers Box set.

There was too much focus on Millicent (Henry's former long-term mistress) in this book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Red, Red, they call me Red
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book, especially, the humour in it.
Published 6 months ago by Wendy L M Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful trilogy. Wish there was another sequel
Wonderful trilogy. Wish there was another sequel.
Published 7 months ago by Mary Tosh
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully, wicked Regency !
This novella is excellent ! The conclusion to the Wicked Wagers Trilogy didn't disappoint . The angelic Henry finds his match in this tale and the novella incorporates characters... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brit
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying a romantic evening
This book is great reading and I enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend it to family and friends. I look forward to more books from this author.
Published 13 months ago by Grey Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood
I really liked Henry's character in the two previous books but since he was so staid I wondered how he would come off in his own book. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 16 months ago by AngDia
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
As I have all the others I have read, I read right through to the end! Honestly I found the heroine quite annoying to the point I could not wait till the end!
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More About the Author

Waving from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

USA Today bestselling author, New Zealander Bronwen Evans, grew up loving books. She's always indulged her love for storytelling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books, and theatre. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Being able to write her characters stories is never work, it's a dream come true. Is it any wonder she's a proud romance writer.

She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon Readers' Crown Best Historical 2012, and was an RT Reviewers' Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2012.

When not ensconced in her study writing her characters thrilling journeys to their happy ever after, Bron can be found on the golf course, playing bridge, or walking her Cavoodle named Brandy.

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