A Wedding Wager (Blackwater Brides Series #2)

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Feather follows 2010's Rushed to the Altar with another story of three handsome but poor brothers who must marry "women in need of spiritual or moral salvation" to inherit their uncle's fortune. Beautiful Lady Serena Carmichael broke the Hon. Sebastian Sullivan's heart, abandoning him to follow her stepfather, Gen. Sir George Heyward, to the Continent. Sir George then frittered away Serena's inheritance and used her body as currency to pay off his debts. When he brings her back to London three years later as the hostess for a gambling house, she encounters Sebastian again and their mutual lust rekindles. It is never clear why Serena ever chose her vile stepfather over her virile lover, but she makes the most of her second chance. Feather creates vivid protagonists, appealing secondary characters, and a passionate romance, but the plot feels thin and rushed. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439145258
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Series: Blackwater Brides Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 239,149
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 4.26 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Feather is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty sensual historical romances. She was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in the south of England, and she has more than 10 million copies of her books in print.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    Highly recommend the trilogy

    I read all 3 books and they were all very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    good book

    read all the books in the nseries so had to read this one nice quick reas very enjoyable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Ok

    Liked it. Wish it wouldve had a little more depth.but still a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Good romance

    It's slways nice to read a good romance after all the gumshoe ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Apple

    Great

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    A nice read

    I liked the first book in the series better. although I am totally in love with the three brothers so I will defintely read the 3rd book. overall this is a good book to read when you are alone in a quiet place, LOL

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Slow paced

    I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first in the series. The book is long winded and dragged on in places and there were things revealed in the story that were never fully vetted out. I am also confused why her name in the book is Serena Carmichael when the description on the back of the book calls her by Serena Grantley. I will still read the last of the series just to see how it all ends and hope it is a little more fast paced than this story was. Also, I recommend getting this book from the library or buying it elsewhere. I found paperback editions at Target and my grocery store for cheaper than the nook price!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2011

    it was great just love it

    I cant wait till series #3 comes out. I want to know what happen to the twin and who he marries......

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Live To Read

    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.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    3.5 Stars

    A despicable uncle set on revenge challenges the three Blackwater brothers to find wives who are fallen women to marry in order to inherit his vast fortune. Penniless and facing debtor's prison the brothers have no other choice but to each find a disreputable bride that fits their uncle's standards.

    A Wedding Wager is the second novel in the Blackwater Bride's trilogy and focuses on the middle brother, and twin, Sebastian.
    Sebastian thought he was in love with the darkly beautiful Lady Serena and that his feelings were returned until the day that she abruptly turned him away and left the country. He fell into deep despair for quite some time and has avoided a relationship since. Now, three years later, Sebastian encounters Serena at one of her stepfather's Gaming Hells and despite his anger; he cannot deny that he still loves her. Devising a plan to win Serena's heart, he is determined to find out the truth of that long ago day, but will Serena ever trust him enough to give it to him? And even if she does, can Sebastian convince her to leave her stepfather's control?

    This was a great stand-alone, the second in a trilogy, I jumped right in without reading the first book. I didn't feel lost or confused at all and the crux of the trilogy was well laid out. It was my first read from author Jane Feather and I can now understand her popularity in historical romances, her writing easily immerses the reader into the time period.

    However, this is a hard one to review. The plot itself was slow moving and the characters lacked dimension. I wanted to like the hero, Sebastian, but he had little depth. The heroine, Serena outshined him on every page, though he was honorable, courageous and charming. The tiffs him and Serena got into just seemed childish and out of place.
    Serena was a very strong character and easily admirable but I was turned off by the fact that she was never completely upfront with Sebastian, her supposed love. Even in the end. She would also constantly blame him for his opinions or look down on him for his emotions in situations where she was less then truthful, which I did not find fair and led me to view her decision making as questionable. Their loves scenes together were also luke warm and I just didn't feel the chemistry between the two.
    The subplots did add an interesting element though, and the dialogue with Miss Abigail was entertaining, however, I did not care for her mother one whit but I think that was the point.
    Jasper, the Earl of Blackwater, seems rather interesting and I would read the first novel in this trilogy if I ever had the free time. I found Sebastian's twin, Perry, as rather a dry character though and uninteresting.

    I would say that if you enjoy light historical romances that are heavily descriptive you will like this one, or if you are already a fan of Ms. Feather. But if you prefer more action, suspense and steamy romance you may want to skip A Wedding Wager. 3.5 Stars, Good but not great.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    A MUST READ! A WEDDING WAGER BY JANE FEATHER....

    RATING: 4.5)A WEDDING WAGER hy Jane Feather is an exciting historical romance set in 1762 London. It is the second in the "Blackwater Brides" series,a Georgian trilogy,but can be read as a stand alone. #1 "Rushed To The Altar". It has romance,sweet sensuality, family loyalty,redemptation,forgiveness,love,and a wedding wager.Lady Serena Grandley was born to be nobility but was placed in the control of her gamester stepfather.She is beautiful,intelligent,and dismissed her first love,Sebastian,at her stepfather's command.Sebastian Sullivan,had Serena's heart captured from the start,but when she dismissed his love,he was heart broken.Three years later Serena and her stepfather reappear with a new gambling hell. While Sebastian is torn between family loyalty and his first love,Serena,he will make the right decision. Serena needs Sebastian's help to save another young woman from her stepfather's evil clutches. Sebastian needs Serena to complete his ailing uncle's demand that each Blackwater brother must marry a fallen woman,thus redeeming her in order for them to inherit is lavish fortune at his death. This is a fast paced,story of love and redemption. This is a fun and exciting trilogy that will leave you breathless. A must read. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Pocket Books,a division of Simon & Schuster,Inc. and My Book Addiction and More.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

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    The second Blackwater Brides Georgian romance is a warm second chance at love tale

    In 1762 to inherit his late uncle's estate, Sebastian Sullivan like his two brothers must marry a fallen woman. Apparently his sibling Jasper has succeeded (see Rushed to the Altar). However, Sebastian frets that he has only one choice as he knows only a single fallen female Lady Serena Grantley, who he loathes for betraying him by leaving for the continent with her guardian her stepfather General George Heyward.

    When Serena's mother died, Heyward wasted his stepdaughter's inheritance on gambling and women, and used her to seduce inane males to the tables. Now she and the General are back in London but nothing has changed including Sebastian wanting to marry her though his reason is different. However, the general has sold her to pay off his debts with only Sebastian able to save her

    The second Blackwater Brides Georgian romance is a warm second chance at love tale starring a desperate sibling and a soiled dove. The subplot involving the devious amoral general adds suspenseful depth to what would otherwise be a thin plot; but also never explains why Serena left with her wicked stepfather rather than stay with her beloved Sebastian. Still the middle Sullivan story is a fun historical.

    Harriet Klausner

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