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Friday, August 9, 2019

THE WALLFLOWER WAGER by Tessa Dare - REVIEW, EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

Hi guys and gals!

Today, we're shining the spotlight on the newest release from author Tessa Dare COMING SOON to a bookstore shelf near you from Avon Books!  It's a work of Historical Romance and the third release in the Girl Meets Duke series, the only one of which I've read is THIS one, but I can honestly say there are a few new additions to my wish list at this time.  So, let's get to the big reveal, shall we?  Today's title in the spotlight and book of choice is...


Girl Meets Duke series, Book 3
by

Tessa Dare
9780062672162
Avon Books
RELEASE DATE: 08/13/19

About the book...

They call him the Duke of Ruin.
To an undaunted wallflower, he's just the beast next door.

Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now he wants to get even.

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.

When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.

Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?
And a two-legged dog.
And a foul-mouthed parrot.
And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog . . .

Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.

Not if he ruins her first.




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~~~EXCERPT ~~~

She circled back, standing before him. “There now. Better?”
He gave a reluctant nod.
“Can you move your arm in all directions?”
He rolled his shoulder to prove it. “Yes.”
“What about your grip?
“My grip is strong.”
“Perhaps I should wrap the arm in a sling.”
“I do not need a sling.”
“Wait here. I’ll dash upstairs to fetch some linen and—”
“For the love of God, woman. My shoulder is fine.” He took her by the waist and lifted her straight off the floor, until they were eye to eye. “There. Believe me now?”
She nodded, wide-eyed.
“Good.”
In his hands, she was delicate, breakable. Her hair was a golden treasure he should never, ever touch. And oh, how he hungered for those soft, pink lips.
The familiar voice echoed in his ears.
Don’t touch, boy. She’s not for the likes of you.
Put. Her. Down.
But before Gabe could lower those beribboned pink slippers to the floor, she captured his sooty, sweaty face in her hands—
And kissed him on the lips.



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She's not your typical wallflower...
He's a self-made man with a reputation...
Together...the possibilities are endless!

Okay, so here we have a Historical Romance that certainly courts the scandalous side of things between the flirty banter and the stolen moments, but it was SO MUCH FUN!  Really and truly, seeing our girl Penny take on the likes of Gabriel, exposing him to his well-hidden core through her random acts of...well, okay, they weren't random acts, they were just her being HER...and I adore that!  She didn't change to suit him, nor did he truly change to suit her...they just made everything WORK for each other.  His desperate desires...to see fortune in his accounts and tear down the ton that reminded him every day from whence he came.  Her deepest held wants...to see all creatures, great and small, have a happy home, feel truly loved, and a family to call their own.  They may seem at different ends of the spectrum, but in truth...they were looking for each other all along without ever knowing it.

If you're looking for your next Historical Romance with a little spice and a whole lot of heart, I'd make the acquaintance of this particular "motley crew", and get ready to be welcomed as one of their own for who YOU truly are.



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About the author...


Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty historical romances. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.




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Special thanks to Kayleigh at Avon Books for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the series, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour as it makes its way through the blogosphere.


Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


2 comments:

traveler said...

This novel sounds intriguing and captivating. A unique and compelling story which interests me greatly. A creative and great author.

Nancy Payette said...

New author for me. The cover is simply beautiful. :)

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