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The Courtesan's Wager (The Courtesan Series) [Kindle Edition]

Claudia Dain
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If Lady Amelia Caversham is to marry before another Season passes, she'd better find help-namely, that of the infamous courtesan-turned matchmaker Sophia Dalby. But even Amelia is shocked when Lady Dalby informs her that they will hold interview for the position. And most shocking of all? Only Dukes need apply.






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*Starred Review* In her younger days, Lady Sophia Dalby was London’s foremost courtesan. Now a countess, and still one of the most beautiful women in England, Sophia has become a successful matchmaker due to her brilliant maneuvering. But this particular attempt at playing Cupid sets tongues wagging throughout the ton. Sophia is finding a husband for Lady Amelia Caversham, and only dukes will be considered. Furthermore, Sophia is setting up interviews for the prospective spouses, and as soon as the first candidates are rejected, others line up to take their places. Everyone who’s anyone is interested. Everyone, that is, except the Earl of Cranleigh. This proud nobleman not only spurns Sophia and Amelia’s interviews but he is also determined to keep his brother from applying. Dain concocts another wonderfully witty story, complete with unforgettable characters, sparkling dialogue, a clever plot, and amusing situations. Libraries will want to have this entire delightful Regency series (The Courtesan’s Daughter, 2007; The Courtesan’s Secret, 2008. --Shelley Mosley

About the Author

Claudia Dain is a two-time RITA Award finalist.

Product Details

  • File Size: 469 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425225801
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001QA4SPQ
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Courtesan's Wager July 11, 2010
By M. Nix
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lady Amelia Caversham has never made a secret of her desire to marry a duke and only a duke. After two Seasons and no offers, she decides to enlist the help of the notorious former-courtesan-turned-lady, Sophia Dalby. Sophia's scandalous idea is to make a list of potential suitors and then interview them for the position of Amelia's husband.

But much to Amelia's surprise, the list works - suddenly dukes, and every other eligible titled man in London, are lining up to be interviewed by Amelia. But there is one man who doesn't like her list - Lord Cranleigh. His older brother is next in line to be Duke of Hyde, and Cranleigh has no intention of letting Amelia marry him. There is a history between Cranleigh and Amelia and the shocking event of her list of dukes just might be what makes it all explode.

I enjoyed The Courtesan's Wager, but mostly the second half. The first half was misleading. Once the history between Cranleigh and Amelia was revealed, the book got exponentially better. I had fun reading the various machinations the characters went through for love or marriage (or both). While I didn't care for Claudia Dain's writing style, the story was great and I would probably read the other books in the series.

Niki Lee
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4.0 out of 5 stars amusing Regency romance February 3, 2009
Format:Paperback
In 1802 London, Lady Amelia Caversham perfectly meets the criteria for a duchess. She has excellent breeding as the daughter of a duke, no whiff of scandal, polite, and most important is that she has a sizable dowry. In spite of her assets, no male seems interested in her.

She decides she needs help from a professional when it comes to the males of the Ton. She asks notorious courtesan turned notorious matchmaker Lady Sophia Dalby to assist her. Dalby agrees feeling this will liven up a slow season. She arranges interviews of men who must meet her eligibility criteria to become Amelia's husband. The Ton explodes with delight and men line up for the job. Alas only Lord Cranleigh refuses to make a fool of himself except wanting to protect his reticent younger brother from doing so. His plan is to seduce the twit only he finds the seduction too enticing to walk away from.

Once again though a secondary player, Dalby steals the show (see THE COURTESAN'S DAUGHTER and THE COURTESAN'S SECRET) in this well written amusing Regency romance. The frolic is fast-paced from the moment a desperate Amelia turns to the notorious one and never slows from that first encounter. Readers will enjoy this terrific jocular caper as Cranleigh's behaves as amusingly shameful as Dalby and Amelia do.

Harriet Klausner
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3.0 out of 5 stars second book in the series June 24, 2014
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This was fun, maybe not as much as the first book but the whole concept and the characters were noir new to me anymore. Still, an entertaining book
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Courtesan's Wager July 26, 2013
By Rosie
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I like to books that are written in a series as it gives you something to look forward to. P Pratt
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag June 2, 2011
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While there were parts I enjoyed, there were aspects to the book I disliked. Pretty much, the majority of the action, to use the term very loosely, takes place in only 3 places. Nearly all the story is dialogue with not much happening. Now, I enjoy witty dialogue, but The Courtesan's Wager left me feeling as if a huge chunk of the story was missing.

Part of the reason may be that I have not read any of the previous books in the series. However, I firmly believe that any book, even part of a series, should be able to stand on its own. Relationships were alluded to but not made clear, family members and acquaintances tossed into the story with little explanation, and events were mentioned as if the reader knew what had happened. I found it annoying, as well as confusing. And, there's quite a bit of tangled relationships going on.

Unfortunately, I found the heroine to be rather immature and the hero not very likable, and too much of it just plain silly and boring. But, if you've read the other books and liked them and Ms. Dain's style, you'll probably enjoy this one. If not, and you wish to give the series a try, I would suggest you find the first one and start there. I'll pass, though.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite so far! May 11, 2009
By D. Bess
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Sophia is back and is as fascinating as ever! The young romance in this book is fresh and interesting, with several surprising twists. But I especially loved the intriguing glimpses the reader was given into Sophia's past. Sigh. I want more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty Regency May 14, 2009
By Callie
Format:Paperback
I loved The Courtesan's Wager. It was witty and fast paced. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to see what Sophia is going to do next.
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Claudia Dain has been published in historical romance since 2000. She is a two-time Rita finalist, the award for excellence in romance fiction bestowed by the Romance Writers of America. She is a native Californian, lived for a decade in Connecticut, and now calls North Carolina home. She writes Women's Fiction as Claudia Welch.

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