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A Wedding Wager (Blackwater Brides Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jane Feather
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 New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather again delights with her new book in this entrancing Georgian trilogy featuring three noble brothers who are offered a preposterous opportunity to restore their family’s mortgaged lands. An eccentric uncle promises a lavish inheritance, but only if each marries—thus redeeming—a fallen woman. And if even one brother fails to fulfill the old man’s decree, none will gain the windfall.

Lady Serena Grantley was born to the nobility, but fortune's whim placed her in control of her gamester stepfather, who uses her beauty to lure young men to his gambling tables. Serena even dismissed her first love, the Honorable Sebastian Sullivan, at her stepfather's command. But when he attempts to force her into a liaison with a dissolute earl, Serena resolves to do his bidding no more. Sebastian is the only man who ever captured her heart, and it is to him she turns. . . .

Torn between family loyalty and the woman he loves, Sebastian faces a devilish dilemma. His uncle is ailing, and time is running short. Desperate to find a solution, Sebastian conceives a dangerous plan—a wager that could bring him and Serena happiness at last . . . or separate them forever.

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About the Author

Jane Feather is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty sensual historical romances, including the Blackwater Bride series. She was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in the south of England. She currently lives in Washington, DC, with her family. There are more than 10 million copies of her books in print.

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  • File Size: 3871 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439145253
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (June 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IK98EC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where is Jane? July 2, 2011
By lillyt
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jane Feather's early books were exquisite. Lately, I have been disappointed with her efforts. The first two books in this series have dragged on and on. Character development is thin and scenes repeat with minor changes. Dialogue is not sohpisticated,doesn't sparkle, and, in some scenes, is quite simplistic and, well, boring. The book bogs down early. I didn't read it to the end. I just couldn't. If you enjoy a fast paced read, smart dialogue and involved plotting, skip this book. It's not for you.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I used to LOVE Jane Feather books, and have been disappointed for the last several years. However, I felt that this book was an attempt to get back the old glory. It reminded me of a cross between "Virtue" (one of my all-time favorites) and "A Valentine Wedding." Unfortunately, that doesn't add up to a great book.

Sebastian Sullivan and Lady Serena CARMICHAEL (more on that later) enjoyed a romance three years ago, but Serena broke Seb's heart at the command of her stepfather and left town. Now she and nefarious stepfather are back, but Serena is determined to foil his plots, even at the expense of her own true love.

What's strange is, the biggest flaws of this book are pointed out in the narrative. Seb is constantly asking Serena why SHE has to be responsible for ingenue Abigail, and if she feels responsible, why can't she just tell Abigail's dad what her stepfather is up to? (Abigail's father later asks this same question.) And it all boils down to...because Serena wants to. So why Sebastian thinks she'll be a good marriage partner is beyond me.

And, why didn't Sebastian just tell Abigail's father what was going on? Who cared if Serena felt betrayed by him, or owned by him, or whatever. Wasn't Abigail's safety more important?

A language nitpick: I got REAL tired of "faro's daughter." Yes, we understand that Serena is a gambler and therefore outside the pale of good society (or something), but seeing this phrase over and over got irritating.

Finally, back to Serena's name: I love how all these other reviewers are referring to her as "Serena Grantley" because that's what it says on the back of the book...but her name was Serena Carmichael throughout the whole book. So, kudos to the screwed up your ad copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By M. Nix
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Blackwaters are back again in this follow-up to Rushed to the Altar, the first in the Blackwater Bride trilogy. This time around, the penniless Honorable Sebastian Sullivan must find a disreputable woman to marry and bring into the family so that he can inherit a share of his uncle's vast fortune. However, the formerly naïve Sebastian is still dealing with his heartache from three years ago, when the woman he loved betrayed and devastated him. He had tried to carry on with his life over the course of those years, but he was really just existing and not living. Gradually, he started to come back to himself only Lady Serena Carmichael has come back to town. Sebastian must find out her reasons for denying her love for him in order to heal and move on from the pain she inflicted upon him years ago. Yet every time Sebastian longs to hate her, he finds that he can't stop thinking about her, and he can't seem to completely cut his love of her off! Will he be able to solve the mystery of Serena's rejection of him and get that second chance that he longs for, or will Serena not gamble on chance with him?

Lady Serena Carmichael had no choice but to hurt her lover, the Honorable Sebastian Sullivan, because her stepfather, General Sir George Heyward, had instructed her to do so. The general was running a crooked gambling house and felt he needed to flee to greener pastures to procure more money. As Lady Serena is destitute because of her stepfather's flitting away of her mother's inheritance as well as her own, she really has no choice but to follow him. During their years abroad with her stepfather helping to run gambling houses, Serena learns some hard truths about this man and what he is capable of doing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Started to Skim -- I would pass August 15, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book for summer vacation at the cabin and started to skim - in the end I decided life is too short to continue to read this book. The charaters never made sense and print of book just frustrated me. I liked the cover and that was made me drop 7.99 for this book - lesson learned.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Romance June 28, 2011
By Chels
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lady Serena Grantley is forced to lead a life of gambling by her always broke, frequently on-the-run stepfather. Lady Serena is also attempting to thwart her stepfather's plans to marry a young woman for her money. Her stepfather also forces her to leave her love, the Honorable Sebastian Sullivan. However, the attraction between Serena and Sebastian leads them back to each other and to marriage. The author describes an appealing camaraderie between Sebastian and his twin brother Peregrine; her depiction of late eighteenth century London is excellent. To entertain the reader when the intrigue between the three main characters becomes somewhat frustrating, Feather introduces William and Marianne Sutton who provide a touch of humor and common sense to the plot.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 1 month ago by hlb
2.0 out of 5 stars ugh
Personally I found the female character Serena to be a complete idiot. She made me so frustrated that I could sympathize with Sebastian. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hemingway888
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good addition to the series!
I enjoyed the first book of the Blackwater bride series. Jane Feather creates great Heroes and the Ladies they would give their lives to love forever stories.
Published 13 months ago by Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Feather does it again!
The thrill of the Blackwater Brides continues! A non-stop read! As action filled as the first novel, I burned the midnight oil to finish the second! Read more
Published 21 months ago by gingermn
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Author.
This book was enjoyable all the way through. I am currently looking into more books from the same author. Liked it a lot.
Published on January 7, 2013 by Heidi Coker
1.0 out of 5 stars A Wedding Wager
I remember enjoying a previous book from Jane Feather so I selected A Wedding Wager based on that memory. It just goes to show you that memories fade with time.... Read more
Published on November 17, 2012 by Across the Pond
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
I bought this for my mother, she loves romance novels. She spends a great deal of her time reading and is always satisfied by this author.
Published on March 7, 2012 by RicoCG
1.0 out of 5 stars Soooooooooo disappointed
I absolutely loved Rushed to the Altar w/ Jasper & Clarissa! I couldn't wait to hear the twins, Sebastian and Perry's tale. Read more
Published on August 22, 2011 by Carol
4.0 out of 5 stars Outscheming the schemer
The basis of this story is that the uncle, who has the money, has demanded his nephews all marry women who have misbehaved and now are set on the right track by the nephews, Jason,... Read more
Published on August 7, 2011 by Dianne Willis
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
It just drags on and on. I'm having a hard time finishing it because its just not well written. Serena's character is so hard to like, and Sebastian isn't much better. Read more
Published on July 20, 2011 by ACO
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