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- Print Length: 162 pages
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- Publisher: Bronwen Evans; 3 edition (January 5, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 5, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009SR5DTE
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To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood: Wicked Wagers Trilogy Book #3 Kindle Edition
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Henry St. Giles, the Earl of Cravenswood has lost his mistress to an unkind man. He regrets the loss and he had quite a fondness for her but was not in love. He is drunk and reminiscing upon her when he falls down and hits his head. He wakes to a beautiful dark haired girl who he believes is his mistress and he begins kissing her calling her by name. The lady vanishes without his knowing her identity.
Lady Amy Shipton has had feelings for her neighbor Henry for years and she is the one who aided him in the garden but in her escape to get away from him she has lost her earring. One that was given to her by her former fiancé’ (they are still good friends.) She is devastated that Henry called out someone else’s name while he embraced her.
Henry figures out quickly that Lady Amy owns the earring and she knows he knows but neither one is saying anything. There was no sense of surprise here. Lady Amy wants to only marry for love and surprisingly so does Henry. It’s obvious they like each other and furthermore all their friends know it too. I could not understand why Amy had to get her earring back when she knew Henry was aware they were her earrings. Was she never going to wear them again?
There are a few signals they misinterpret and honestly Amy runs to her former fiancé more than she ever should over her problems. He is married and his wife is way too understanding. This is not a hard to read romance, there are villains and the pacing is good, it’s just that it lacked strong tension and was too long.
One night,Henry finds himself in a drunken stupor in his garden. Amy Shipton,his neighbour and the young woman who has secretly loved him for years is also there. She, like Henry, has often sought out the shelter of the garden, and unbeknownst to Henry has often kept him company while he sat talking to his late brother Richard,seeking solace and wisdom in his life and as the new Earl.
During the night in question,after Henry stumbles and falls, Amy rushes to help and is groped and kissed and mistakenly thought to be Henry's ex-mistress Millicent!
When Amy flees the scene,she leaves behind a very expensive, emerald earring. It's a clue to the mystery woman's identity,the only clue Henry has. Amy's family's past, the name Henry utters while she is in his arms and some well-meaning interference from his friends make his search a bit more difficult than he expected, but it isn't long until he discovers his mystery woman. Now all he needs to do is convince her of his intentions.
This is the third book in the series, and I have read all three in the series. Although there was passion between Henry and Amy,I didn't feel enamored of the characters. I also didn't feel the ending to be a plausible one.
When Millicent leaves Henry, she falls into the arms of a not-very-nice man. Although Millicent does not play a role in the book, other than the reader being aware of her existence, we learn in the end that she wishes to leave the life she has lived as a mistress and Henry decides he wants to help her retire if that's okay with Amy. Well it seems it's so okay with Amy, that Amy signs over a small property to her and a substantial part of her dowry. I found it hard to believe that any woman could be that generous of spirit, under any circumstances!
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 still 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 Caitlin (the h from the other book) said she was happier that her husband had slept around with anyone and everyone but 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 all funded from her dowry, as a wedding gift for the H, was too much for me.