A Desperate Wager

A Desperate Wager Nathaniel Spencer the Fourteenth Duke of Kirkbourne wakes up with an almighty hangover and a wager note in his pocket stating he has agreed to marry the Earl of Brackingham s daughter And he can t ev

  • Title: A Desperate Wager
  • Author: Em Taylor
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Nathaniel Spencer, the Fourteenth Duke of Kirkbourne wakes up with an almighty hangover and a wager note in his pocket stating he has agreed to marry the Earl of Brackingham s daughter And he can t even remember ever meeting the chit Clearly his drinking has got out of hand Lady Sarah Steele is horrified when her father announces that the Duke of Kirkbourne has agreed tNathaniel Spencer, the Fourteenth Duke of Kirkbourne wakes up with an almighty hangover and a wager note in his pocket stating he has agreed to marry the Earl of Brackingham s daughter And he can t even remember ever meeting the chit Clearly his drinking has got out of hand Lady Sarah Steele is horrified when her father announces that the Duke of Kirkbourne has agreed to marry her and even horrified that her father wagered her hand in a game of cards Not only that, but the earl has not told the duke of the riding accident that left Sarah paralysed when she was sixteen But he s dying and she knows he wants to see her settled before the inevitable happens.Despite Nate s drinking and Sarah s possible complicity in the earl s plan, they agree to marry But when accidents start to happen, the newly weds must deal not only with the fact they are practically strangers, but they must find out who is trying to kill one or both of them Nate s drink problem and Sarah s disability are only a couple of the hurdles they must face to find lasting love.

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    • Wendy says:

      This will be a difficult review to write as I dislike being negative. The synopsis drew my interest as it seemed so interesting and brave. A severely disabled young women, wagered in marriage to a drunkard of a Duke by her dying Father, desperate to settle his beloved only child before he departs.I believe Ms.Taylor must have done a fair bit of research to get the possibility of a physical relationship between these two characters absolutely accurate and plausible. She handled this sensitively, [...]

    • Vikki Vaught says:

      I really wanted to like this book, since the story line is so unique, but I just couldn't buy it, just too many plot holes. This story had so much potential, but did not deliver. Another problem for me, it has tons of missing words, and the dialogue is very stiff, no contractions AT ALL. Lots of sentences ended with "did he not", "will you not", etc. I'm sure the author did this hoping to make it sound more authentic for the Regency period, but 21st century women are reading it, not early 19th c [...]

    • Joan Clark says:

      This was an entertaining read full of drama and mystery. Nathaniel drastically changes throughout the course of this book from a man I couldn’t respect to an honorable man. The drama that leads to their engagement is humorous and full of angst, but the building of their relationship is what really had me reading on. It was real. It had its ups and downs like every relationship and really tugged on the heart strings.

    • One-Click says:

      Aw Well this was a sweet story. An unlikely pair forced together by a wager. She suffer's from some paralysis, he's a drunkard & a Duke. I thought their relationship and the dealings around her handicap were handled well and I just felt the way their relationship was developed was sweet.

    • Joanne Bulmer says:

      From the first page I couldn't put this book down. I love Em's writing style and her characters are always anything but boring.Nathaniel wakes up with a hangover having lost a drunken wager with an Earl who is desperate to find a husband to take care of his disabled daughter before he passes away. We follow them as they both come to terms with their situation, but there is drama along the way. I loved the fact that Sarah comes across as a strong woman and is not portrayed as helpless because she [...]

    • Elizabeth Bennet says:

      I snagged this up after I read The St Nicholas Day Wager. Because the subject matter is similar I had thoughts that the two books would replica the other. The more I read the books were their own separate stories. While I loved the characters very much this reads a bit like a sex DIY for handicaps. I mean no offense but there is a lot of sex throughout and I found myself starting to skim a bit when coming to another scene. Quite simply the story that surrounds this is nice but the sex scenes is [...]

    • Tina Williams says:

      Sweet, Sensual and UniqueRegency times were known for wagers between members of the aristocracy, fortunes being lost and won at cards and other games of chance. In this romance a father, knowing that he is not long for this world, wagers the hand of his daughter in a desperate attempt to ensure a secure future for her. The twist I loved in this tale is that Sarah, the lady concerned, does not have the use of her legs, as she broke her back in an accident as a teenager. Nathaniel, the lord who lo [...]

    • My Book Addiction and More MBA says:

      This is the story of a crippled Lady of the Ton, and a Duke, with a scarred past, who is a drunkard and a forced into marriage, thru a gambling wager, and danger. Can love blossom and grow between these two characters? The heroine of this story is no fancy society miss, but a young women whose life was horribly changed when she was sixteen, from a fall off her horse, where she broke her back. She is however, witty, independent, honest and simply beautiful, inside and out. She has made the most o [...]

    • Amanda says:

      ☆ I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. ☆ I absolutely love Historical Romances. This is mostly because they are what got me started reading romance books. So, when I read Historical Romances now it’s like returning to where it all began. It’s been a while since I’ve read one but A Desperate Wager by Em Taylor was like a breath of fresh air to me.I always find that certain reviews are hard to write, especially ones where I want to give a book 5 stars and I [...]

    • Julie says:

      This is a wonderful story. Nathaniel Spencer, the Duke of Kirkbourne wakes up one morning with a terrible hangover and a wager in his pocket saying he has agreed to marry, the lucky lady is Lady Sarah Steele.Sarah is horrified when her father announces to her that the Duke of Kirkbourne has agreed to marry her and furious when she learns that she was wagered in a game of cards. To make things even worse, her father had not mentioned the fact that Sarah was paralyzed after a riding accident.Sarah [...]

    • Cathy says:

      "A Desperate Wager" by Em Taylor. I thoroughly enjoyed this one! Nate, after losing a card game, is forced to wed Sarah. Unknown to him, Sarah is a cripple. Nate, a Duke, is confident and strong. Sarah, despite not being able to walk, is a strong, independent woman. Watching the relationship grow and each of them overcoming some demons and getting to know each other was a sweet experience. I loved how Sarah would put Nate in his place and his reactions when she did. I enjoyed how, very often, th [...]

    • Sweets Books says:

      This was such a good book! I loved Sarah and Nate! They made such a good couple in the end! Sarah, she just has this attitude of don't mess with me. She's very independent but not so much that it does more harm then good. She was dealt such an awkward situation. But she deals with it the best way she can. I loved how she wouldn't take anything laying down but instead fought for herself.Nate, he makes good on his wager. But in the end it was the best thing that ever happened to him. In truth I ex [...]

    • Hopefulpuffin says:

      This was an interesting book. You've got a wastrel duke, a partially paralyzed heroine, and a dying father. You've also got a lot of sex. Everywhere. On a desk, the floor, a table, bed, you get the idea. I think one of the best things about this book was the the heroine was paralyzed and stayed paralyzed. There was no miraculous "cure" at the end. She and her husband worked around her physical problems (luckily she still had some sensation below the waist or else all the sex wouldn't have happen [...]

    • RedRedtheycallmeRed says:

      3.5 STARSSarah is a pretty unique character, unable to walk because of an injury while horseback riding. Sarah wasn't a pitiful woman though, she's sharp witted and has a big heart.Though forced into marriage by Sarah's father, Nate is pretty determined to have a real marriage with Sarah.What I liked about the two of them together, is when they had communication problems they talked about it and worked through it, rather than just letting it fester. This was more true on Sarah's part, she was a [...]

    • Hooked On Books says:

      I don’t usually read historical romances as I find them too stuffy, but I was so pleasantly surprised with A Desperate Wager.We start with Nathaniel “ Nate” Spencer, the Duke of Kirkbourne, waking up with a hangover & a recollection of losing a wager where he has to marry Lady Sarah Steele. The fact that Nate has no idea who she is will not stop hIm from honouring his wager.Sarah is disabled after a horse riding accident & her father is desperate for her to be married & looked [...]

    • Jennifer Lavallee-Chesley says:

      A great storyI have to say this is one of a few books I could read over and over again. Em Taylor is an amazing author and I plan to read more books by her. This story, especially the ending always makes me smile to see how love blooms in the weirdest situations. I can't believe a father would wager his daughter's hand in a game of what we call blackjack; I do understand why her father did it and it was just a great story.

    • Lisa Day says:

      Usually when  there is a heroine with a limitation she has to prove herself worthy of the hero's attention before his sees her worth. Nathaniel Spencer was a true man of honor. He'd honor his word and protect his own, no matter if it was a wife acquired through dubious means. Lady Sarah lives up to the times expectations of a how a woman should behave no matter what. Her husband will learn she hasn't a self-pitying bone in her body. A job well done.I wager you'll like this one too.

    • Suzie says:

      4 starsAnother book from this author that I enjoyed very much. Em Taylor has a flair for writing recency novels and never shys away from unconventional topics.

    • Elaine says:

      A super novel. A wonderful story about a disabled lady who cannot walk without crutches. Such a lovely HEA read.

    • Anna-marie says:

      Review on Ltmk Onbooks as part of Blog Tour

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