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To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield (Wicked Wagers BK1-Regency Romance) Long Novella (Wicked Wagers Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Bronwen Evans , Gracie O'Neil
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Top 5 Finalist in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012.
Let the Wicked Wagers Begin...

Lady Caitlin Southall's temper has finally got the better of her. She's challenged Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield, the most notorious rake in all of England, to a wager. She wants her house back. The one her destitute father lost to Dangerfield in a card game. But if she doesn't win their bet, she not only loses her home, she loses her dignity and pride and damn it all, maybe her heart... For the handsome Duke has decreed, when he wins, she must spend the night in his bed.

Harlow Telford is amused by his hellion neighbor, Caitlin, or Cate to her friends, who seem to encompass everyone on earth except him. When she bursts into one of his private gatherings, he mistakes her for the entertainment. Her slap across his face sets him straight and raises the absurd desire to seduce the unconventional beauty into his bed. When she issues her daft challenge to win back her father's pile of rubble, the terms are set. And he'll do anything to win--except fall in love...

To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, is a finalist in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012! Thanks everyone.

This is a 39,000 word novella, about 170 pages.


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Night Owls Review - TOP PICK To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield

Caitlin was about to lose her birthright and family home. Her no account father had gambled away the estate. She had only one recourse, she would make a wager with the new owner. Harlow Telford, Duke of Dangerfield had the prize he'd wanted for so long. Finally, his half-brother would have his due. But Harlow was intrigued by Caitlin and decided that he'd have her too. He accepted her dare but never contemplated that he might lose, if not the bet then maybe his heart.

What a fun and enjoyable read! Caitlin and Harlow are fantastic. They play off each other and provide not only humor but sensuality to an intriguing plot. Harlan's friends also add to the story. Although it does take a bit more serious turn in the last part of the book, this was an entertaining read throughout. Great dialogue and sizzling chemistry round out this delightful story.

From the Author

To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, is a FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012.

Thanks everyone!

Product Details

  • File Size: 317 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Bronwen Evans (January 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00740IAF6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, enjoyable novella February 7, 2012
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Lady Caitlin Southall can not believe that her home, her mothers home which is being held in a trust for her, was lost in a card game. She becomes even more frustrated when she learns the most notorious rake and her neighbor, Harlow Telford, Duke of Dangerfield is the one that won her home and will not return it like a gentleman when he learns of her situation. Oh no. Caitlin's temper gets the best of her and she challenges Harlow to the best of three events to see who wins the home--but her loss will come with her losing herself in his bed.

Harlow is troubled when he hears that the home he won was being held in a trust but he has his own personal reasons for needing to own Caitlins home and he has no intention of losing the bet. He knows what must happen after Caitlin loses and he hopes it will be a win/win situation for them both but in the process he needs to trump the lovely lady in cards, baking and horse racing all while trying to hold on to his heart.

This was my first experience reading Bronwen Evans and I really enjoyed it. The story worked well with the length, about half the length of a full length novel, and I didn't feel like the romance was rushed. There is a back story of our couple knowing each other previously and that always helps move a novella along for me. I really enjoyed Caitlin and her passion for securing her future and her boldness but who I really enjoyed was Harlow. I don't really want to give away much of the storyline as it came as a pleasant surprise, but I was really surprised at the decenty of him underneath his rakish persona. Watching the sparks fly between this couple was fun and leads to some very steamy encounters until they finally seal the deal.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it March 29, 2012
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Caitlin is one gutsy lady. I loved her chin-up bravery. Harlow is a dispicable rake. He's also really hot. For Caitlin, but not in an honorable way.

I have to say that I enjoyed this read. BUT, this is what I would tell the author:

1-Scene with his mistress on his lap as he tells Caitlin he wants her, ICK!!!
2-Redeeming a rake takes more initial suggestions of his goodness earlier in the book. To me it felt like half way through the book
the author hit a switch that said REFORMED! and poof! we as readers are supposed to believe it.
3-The affliction that hits Caitlin a bit to over-dramatic, and a bit to quickly resolved. A miracle!!
4-Kind of got to corny for me.

Still some really great scenes, dialogue between the characters.

If your looking for a quick romantic read, go for it, entertaining but NOT fabulous.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, sexy romp March 23, 2012
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A novella often runs the risk of being too short for real character development, but the first of Bronwen Evan's Wicked Wagers series creates strong, believable characters right from the start. Lady Caitlin Southall is outspoken and independent, but you never see her as too modern; she feels like a genuine Regency woman. The Duke himself, Harlow Telford, is delicious - a sexy blend of raw male power and emotional vulnerability. It is clear why he would be attracted to a strong woman like Caitlin - it's good for a man to be told he's a dick sometimes! I loved the wagers, especially the cake baking contest, which injected humour and made both characters seem even more human and likeable. All of the supporting cast is very well drawn, too, adding depth and tension to the plot. The pacing was excellent - it romped along, but had enough softer, more intimate moments for you to catch your breath. And it's sexy as hell. I look forward to Ms Evans' next Wicked Wager!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This was an OK romance - fairly light and quick if you are looking to pass a few hours. But it could have been so much better. Caitlin was singled minded in her desire to retain her family home, and I totally understood that desire. It was all she had left of her mother and the only place she had found security. I found the Duke, Harlow, difficult to like at first. He was so arrogant and only saw Caitlin as a sexual conquest. I wish the author hadn't allowed Caitlin to be "ruled" by her desire and give in so soon in the story - the Duke needed to work much harder for her. He stated at one point that "she needed to be taken down a peg or two" because she didn't respect him, but I found the opposite to be true. He did come around of course, but I so wanted him to grovel a bit! And I didn't understand why no one explained to Jeremy, the half-brother, that the manor could NEVER be his! Even if his father had recognized him, it was held in trust for Caitlin, not a male heir. The fact that she did not hold Jeremy at fault for what he did to her - in essence, he was rewarded by getting what he wanted in the end - also took something away from the story. But I realize the author's intent was to make a light read, which she did. I really liked Henry, one of the other "rakes" and look forward to his story because he, at least, always treated Caitlin with respect. Hopefully I will enjoy his story a bit more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield August 5, 2013
By Lily
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Caitlin Southall makes a bet with Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield,to win back her home that her father has lost in a game of Faro to the Duke. The bet being that Caitlin would come to his bed if she lost however. He was unable to simply return her home to her because he had promised the estate to his half-brother, who happened to be Caitlin's half brother also. Unknown to Caitlin, the Duke had every intention of marrying her whether she lost or won. The book has it's usual plot; sexual attraction between the two lovers, a jealous half-brother, a rogue who turns into a caring, considerate man. A mediocre book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 1 month ago by Mary Tosh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wicked and funny. I love it.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh... Good but...
They just made a wager, and really before it even began- he's decided to marry her. Really? Especially after he's been let down by another in the past... Too fast in my opinion.
Published 2 months ago by Sahara
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Read
This was a quick, fun read. I liked Caitlin and Harlow. I thought they were cute together and enjoyed their challenges to each other. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable book
I read this book in the Tempted by his touch boxed set and I enjoyed this book very much. I liked the book but I still wished Cate won her bet. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Geraldine Pierson
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but ended too soon..No epilogue.
Enjoyed this novella but I wish there was an epilogue. What happened to the earl, Caitlin's father? If the manor went to Jeremy, did the earl stay with him at the same house? Read more
Published 3 months ago by trulymisguided
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I read this a few years back and quickly skimmed through it again because it's part of a box set that I just downloaded. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sandy Milan
4.0 out of 5 stars duke of dangerfiekd
It was good if follow books on same author becomes affordable I will buy them. The author is excellent. Het novel is intriguing
Published 4 months ago by Brenda van Zyl
4.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating
Captivating from the start, no holding back. A turn that I had no idea was coming and I was taken a back. Thank you for t h d spectacular read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maria Burgos
5.0 out of 5 stars Awww
A cake-off! Ha!

I liked that when the story starts, he already likes her and is halfway in love already, although he doesn't realize it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Negar
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