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Scandalous Wager: A Whitechapel Wagers Novellette Kindle Edition
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SCANDALOUS WAGER is Book 1 in Christy Carlyle's "Whitechapel Wagers" trilogy and was my first time reading anything by this author. The story takes place in or around the East End of London known as Whitechapel and revolves around Miss Elizabeth "Lizzy" Ainsworth, a twenty-four year old spinster who shows up at Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Ian Reed's lodgings one evening with a scandalous proposition...
This was a quick read and rather short, even for a novella. The characters definitely could have used a little more fleshing out, though I still really liked Ian. Lizzy on the other hand seemed to be all over the place which got on my nerves a bit. Other than these two dancing around each other and a relationship, there wasn't much going on. There are a couple of sensual love scenes, but no actual consummation of the act. There's also a side plot about Jack the Ripper that never really went anywhere. I'm assuming the other stories in this series will continue on with that plot device, but I'm not sure since I haven't looked into it. Overall it was an okay read, but nothing spectacular and I'm shocked by all the five-star reviews. This also has a number of typos and could do with some editing. As it stands I'm still unsure if the school Lizzy taught at was called Tregard or Tredgard, since both spellings were used almost equally. If you can get it for free though you may want to give it a try since the majority of people seemed to love it. I do plan on reading the other two books in the series at some point however, so I'm hoping those ones are more to my liking.
Length: The story itself is approximately 77 of 79 total pages.
Kindle Locations: The edition I read ended at 98% and location 850 of 864 on my kindle device.
Believe it's not enough time and so the murderer is still at large by the end of the book that no doubt will have to run it's course through out the series. I got the book for free and see that it is still available as such. It's great for a partial day of reading but unfortunately I tire from incomplete books that chain link themselves together in order to complete the puzzle. Especially when each book is between 60- 160 pages. I deducted the a star and would have taken more had it not been for the couple in this book. It has such great possibilities had it been a complete story. I also would have liked to see the couple already married but maybe since there is still more in the series you will see the couple in later books. No complete love scenes in this one. Enjoy!
in the 1800's or even today. Apparently the heroine is drawn
to the hero in a lusty way, but they both want each other but
never thought it could me. It was kind of comical really.
But who doesn't like a couple who fall in love and really get
together? I do! So I did enjoy it. Too short, though. I usually
don't read novellas because they are too short, I like a more
involved plot and story. But this was entertaining enough.