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Lisbeth Carslake the Countess of Blackhurst is a notorious figure She was acuitted of the murder of her husband the Earl of Blackhurst etting off on a technicality There are many among the ton who do not believe that she was innocent and that it s a travesty that she s still a free woman She is known as the Black Raven and is the subject of malicious rumour and Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency gossip in all of the clubs She is also the subject of many wagersOliver Whitely has recently become the Earl of Bellamy after the untimely death of his older brother The family seat is almost broke and Oliver desperately needs money in order to keep thingsoing Although he doesn t want to be the Earl and is finding the idea that he is hard to reconcile with he also knows that he must do his best to fix the mess that his brother unfortunately left behind much of which is tied up with the Countess Blackhurst Oliver s brother invested with the Countess s late husband and she has not refunded the investments after his deathA little drunk Oliver decides to take on the Black Raven wagers in order to Swing Sideways get some money he also wants to find out about her and he unexpectedly finds himself agreeing to a business proposal that Lisbeth offers He will accompany her in society so that she can seek out the real killer of her husband and in return she will confirm that he is the recipient of all of the wagers concerning her But when the attraction begins to simmer between them things start toet a little complicated Add in the danger of someone who doesn t want to be discovered and things The Secret of the Great Pyramid get very complicatedI m reading so much historical romance at the moment I m almost automatically drawn to them now There s something about the formula that is really appealing to me at the moment I ve always read a lot of contemporary romance but the historical trend in my reading has only started in the last couple of years or so This one has someood points and some not so Dancing with Mr. Darcy good pointsFirstly I liked Lisbeth uite a bit She s had a horrible time of it the past few years She was married to a terrible man an abusive man and in some ways the fact hasn t always made her life easier She s been shunned by her own family and society ineneral She was charged with the murder but acuitted somehow on a technicality and now she lives in relative seclusion some two years later People have tried to visit her mostly men who think they might be able to woo a lonely widow and potential murderess in order to collect on the vicious wagers that are pledged in clubs Lisbeth has decided that the only way she can clear her name is to find out the identity of the real murderer and to do that she must re enter society and she needs an escort someone to provide her with cover and support iven most if not all other people will shun herAlthough I understood Oliver s motives for approaching her and agreeing to be a part of the plan I have to admit I didn t really warm to him as a character and I never particularly really felt their attraction much He does have relatively ood connections and he s personally invested in finding the murderer as well considering he may receive back some of the family fortune by working with Lisbeth if it can be proven how much that his brother invested Most of the time though he felt a bit extraneous to the plot like he wasn t really necessary for anything to move forward And although Lisbeth is supposedly shunned by all it doesn t really feel like people are that scandalised by their appearance at social events Given Oliver is almost broke it s unlikely he has enough social clout to smooth the way that muchThe most disappointing aspect of the story and the weakest in my opinion is who the murderer is It s Sharpes Trafalgar glaringly obvious from the very first time they appear on the page and it seems to take an age before Lisbeth and Oliver realise who it is and even then they basically only realise because he tells them Lisbeth and someone elseives Oliver the information he needs to put it all together The story never really attained the level of suspense I felt it should particularly in the scenes of the final confrontation Likewise some of the scenes between Lisbeth and her husband which are shown in flashback lack the emotional impact that scenes of that nature shouldAll in all this was an okay read I enjoyed certain aspects of it but there were others that didn t really resonate with me I always enjoy stories that not only provide witty banter feasible storylines charming yet virile heroes and of course determined strong heroines I am delighted to say this story filled all my reuirements for a Punished great story Oliver Earl of Bellamy wages that he will be able toet inside the Black Raven s threshold and then leave as if nothing had happened However once inside he encounters a beautiful but steely woman that proposes to spare his dignity in exchange to help her find the killer of her husband so she can finally find some peace A demon faced is a demon vanuished Ever since she was accused of her husband s murder Lisbeth hasn t had a moment of happiness Every single one of her friends and family members deserted her Thus when she enlists the help of Bellamy she does so knowing she cannot fully trust him Meanwhile Bellamy keeps hearing so many appalling things about her that he s not uite sure she s as innocent as she may want him to think I loved the chemistry between these two Lisbeth was forced to be. As the Black Raven she’s cold distant and aloneuntouched by the ossip and scorn of her aristocratic peers Until he enters her house and her life then suddenly her icy shell is no match for the heat of attractionNotorious Widow Lisbeth Carslake Countess of Blackhurst was acuitted of her husband’s murder but no one believes in her innocence Known as.
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Ve not only murder but money and reed The night Oliver ains access on a wager to the Black Raven s house opens the novel Given the dark nature of things this first meeting is surprisingly fresh and comic Oliver is totally foxed but still conscious enough to be uite endearing and witty And he continues to be right through the book He is strong enough to be protective man enough to cope with the Black Raven rumours as he escorts Lisbeth through the ton and enerous with his honest affections Lisbeth on the other hand comes from a shockingly damaged background and is very Babys First Christmas (Christmas Is For Kids) (Christmas Is For Kids) (Harlequin American Romances, 754) guarded Every reader s heart willo out to her I know mine did I loved watching these two find their HEA and can t wait for the next Cassandra Samuels They Call Her The Black RavenLisbeth Our Heroine Is Rud To Have Killed Her HusbandOliver Is The Lucky Man To Win A Wager To Lure The Black Raven OutsideMysteryWitty BanterSilver Tongued HeroIntelligent Strong Minded HeroineLearning To TrustSeductionUnfolding SecretsDual POVNo OWOM DramaThe Writing And Conversations Are FantasticInner Dialogue Became Too Much For Me Lisbeth Countess Blackthorn was found not Ups, Kita Sudah Menikah? guilty of killing her husband in court but that doesn t mean society believes of her innocence Known as The Black Raven when her husband was found dead in their home three years ago he not only left behind his wife but he left behind a lot of angry investors Blackthorn was known for making money a lot of money and right before his death he convinced a lot of people to invest a lot of money into a speculation Reallyood bookBy 3% I had to stop at least 4 times to laugh out loud at Oliver s silly drunken thoughts then again at his funny thoughts when he had a hangover And I like the fact that he was a pretty happy Catwoman guy while Lisbeth was kind of snarky because of the beatings she took from her late husband She did feel a lot of desire for Oliver but she was always wondering if he d be just like Nathanial had been The episode in the wardrobe was kinda steamy but left unfinished which I loved Always leave um wanting Herrandmother What a biotch I would never have forgiven her no matter what Nor Lisbeth s sister either Family back then didn t mean much just your status in the ton Even after all was forgiven I still couldn t like the Baby Legacy (So Many Babies grandmother or Marie They snubbed her when they were really needed and that s all I could see I liked Tony too As a reviewer for RRM Iet books sometimes that are out of my period and sometimes those that are within it This happily was within it Yet as the historian in me looks at the work set in the mid teens I find little to place this in historical context It is the Regency George the Prince of Wales acting as Regent for his mad father Waltzes at balls prevalent instead of a novelty in the mid teens still something the historian in me and my research are at odds with 1814 was the start of such at Almacks and before that only the fast set of Devonshire practiced it privatelyI found less than a handful of items that took me out of the story such as Time flies when you are having fun an expression that seems very modern to my mind And aside from spending a reat deal of time thinking about the attitude of the ton I did not feel all that much that we were in the Regency This was billed to us as the first work of the author and that I think is where we could have seen something stronger The author also when Hero and Heroine are within a scene jumps POV paragraph to paragraph That is confusing as wellWe had all fictitious characters sprinkled about and then one inhabiting a house on Grosvenor Suare Certainly very expensive property The plot device I too have used the idea of a ambling as has Cartland to bring our romance about Here the author started a little late I think Especially as she wanted to use the title effectively Would not baiting the hook of this Scandalous Wager be appropriate to set us up Often we lose track that the wager is a thing between our lovers except at that last moment when a device is needed to force them apart Then we have a mystery that is to be solved but as we search for clues it seems that none are ever found because our sleuths are interrupted So they just have a list if possible suspects That it is not shared very much with the reader forces us to realize far too early that the criminal being sought is readily apparent We as an audience do not have enough confusion to make it not evidentPut that aside and we delve into the romance of the piece for often in a bodice ripper that is what the audience is looking for The Plot character development secondary Here the heroine has had a few years to separate the abuse she had at her late husband aside so that when our Hero begins to make his own amorous advances she is ready to respond She has doubts but the pace for her to succumb to those advances fans of bodice rippers and lovemaking scenes should not find themselves disappointed The author provides titillation and an ebb and flow to this romance that should provide sustenance though others might have seen dangling the reward of sexual congress till the resolution of the story which is to be the vindication of our heroineThe flaws I have noted that detract for me cause me to rate this as middle of the road I think that Ms Samuels shows promise and with work on plot and regency scene setting further developed her work could become very strong indeed. At the end of a fire pokerShe will let him win the wager and he will help find her husband’s killer before the killer finds her But business agreements don’t mean trust and Lisbeth certainly doesn’t trust Oliver her body’s reaction to him or her heartLove may be the biggest amble of their lives but is it a wager their hearts can afford to lose.
Come this person that she obviously didn t like being but had not other choice but to be she just became too used to wearing her fa ade so as not to be hurt so as not to feel pain I ll admit there were times she sounded a bit too cold and unemotional towards him but once they et closer and in ahem amiable terms wink wink she became the woman capable of love she once was Although Bellamy could be considered a rake by the standards of the time he accepted a scandalous wager after all was always on point as a entleman but also enjoyed playing the devilish rogue that brought all of Lisbeth s defenses down and that made him the perfect hero to me Now he knew there was so much to her story and damn if he didn t want to read the whole book The suspense although important is not the main focus of the story as it primarily revolves around Bellamy and Lisbeth s relationship Each of their backstories bring so many reat things to the story as a whole that it does feel a little incomplete when the story ends and you feel wanting to know about all the other characters in the story All in all a A Preface to Democratic Theory great and enjoyable read and I will definitely will read from this author I wasifted a copy of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review Lisbeth Carslake is the widowed Countess of Blackhurst infamously and unkindly known as the Black Raven the bringer of bad luck and death She is vulnerable yet she displays an inner strength and fortitude that has seen her weather the scandal of her husband Nathaniel s murder She was accused and acuitted by the courts but after two years of ostracization she is isolated beyond belief She has lived in the shadow of the scandal with bad memories of her terrifying marriageBut she decides to change her life for the better when she determines to find the identity of the killer so that she can clear her Aryan Idols good name and live her own life free of scandal and debilitating sadness Her domestic life is comfortable financially due to the uestionable financial speculations Nathaniel was involved in and she has the support of her loyal servants Rollands her faithful butler and his wife the housekeeper I like the way that Cassandra Samuels depicts the depth of Lisbeth s painful psyche I felt for her but don t feel sorry for her and I admire her resolve to make her life betterFor my full review on my historical romance and history blog Love may be the biggestamble of their livesClick on Banner to EnterCassandra is offering an eCopy of A SCANDALOUS WAGER Ends April 23 2015International where allowedThe Ton calls her the Black Raven but do they know what the Countess of Blackhurst went through before her husband s mysterious murder On the outside ice runs through her veins but what is happening to the hot blooded woman within Lisbeth has become a pariah even though she was innocent of her husband s death and his shady dealings Now she has become the object of a cruel wager set forth by the irresponsible and wealthy men of LondonThe Earl of Bellamy has just ascended to his title after the death of his brother only to find the family fortunes are one Oliver an unknowing pawn of the infamous wager sees a way to ain some coin to pay his bills without London s Society learning of his predicament He is to Bourdieus Secret Admirer in the Caucasus gain entry into the Black Raven s home and actually speak with her What happens becomes aame of who s fooling who and the stakes are Something in Return getting high as she bargains with him to become her escort for the season Little did they know they were playing with fire as her reasons are revealed and their business arrangement takes on a much personal noteA Scandalous Wager by Cassandra Samuels is NOT your ordinary cookie cutter historical romance among London s High Society wagging tongues One crass wager two people with their own secret needs some intrigue some heartache and oh let s not forget the brilliant banter between Lisbeth and Oliver Fast paced wicked clever and one of the best historical romances I have read There is a uniue feel to A Scandalous Wager is it the light tone it often resonates between the stuffiness of the Ton Could it be the sheer audacity of Oliver to find rakish humor and want upon seeing Lisbeth s wrath Maybe it s the intelligence andrit of Lisbeth that does it Whatever it is Cassandra Samuels has put some spark into this historical romance that ignites in passion love and brilliant adventures for two outcasts proving that when you least expect it anyone can find loveI received this copy from Cassandra Samuels in exchange for my honest reviewPublication Date November 1 2014Publisher Escape Publishing Harleuin Enterprises Australia Pty LtdISBN 13 9780857992017Genre Historical RomancePrint Length 237 pagesAvailable from Barnes NobleReviewed for It was interesting to read this just after the Suzanne Enoch of the same Byzantium general plot line investigating the death of a husband Where the Enoch was full bodied and interesting this lacked action character development and forward progress W There is a new hero in town Oliver the Earl of Bellamy freshly returned from the war to take up the reigns after his brother Henry s accidental death To his dismay there are suspicions raised about said death pointing towards the Black Raven Lisbeth Carslake Countess of Blackhurst who was tried and then acuitted of her husband s murder But there are still ugly murmurs about the Black Raven and some of them invol. The Black Raven bringer of bad luck and death she is eviscerated by theossips and mocked in the clubsShe’s also the subject of London’s most scandalous wagerOliver Whitely Earl of Bellamy needs money but it takes than a few drinks to take on The Black Raven Wager He finds himself drunk at her house and surprisingly agreeing to a business proposal.
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Cassandra Samuel's mother always said she should have been born in the 1800s However she was born in the 1970s instead But she was not discouraged by all the corduroy and dodgy hair do's She decided if she couldn't live in the Regency period she would write about it instead Cassandra cut her romance reading teeth on Jane Austen when she read Pride and Prejudice in high school It was the begi