Who Is Muhammad Ali? gLike the previous book in the Blackwater Brides trilogy I enjoyed this book than I expected to I used to love all of Jane Feather s historical romances but her last several novels have seemed somehow off to me I am thinking especially of her Cavendish Suare trilogy which truth be told I have yet to finish the first two books were okay but not so compelling that I wanted to immediately read the third one I m not sure if the problem is that Feather s writing has changed or if it s just that I metting burned out on regencies It may be a little of both In any event that s probably one of the reasons why I m enjoying this trilogy so much a Georgian setting is a nice change of pace from the typical regencies and VictoriansThat being said there were some things that really bothered me about this book First of all why did it take Sebastian so long to figure out that marrying Serena would be the perfect way to fulfill the terms of his uncle s will It seemed like such an obvious solution to me and it was really frustrating that Sebastian took so long to recognize it for himself Second how is it that the Suttons didn t know of the Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything gaming hell run by Serena and her stepfather Mrs Sutton complains that Serena and General Heyward never invite them to their evening entertainments which I doubt she would have done if she had realized the nature of those entertainments Sure the Suttons likely moved in a different social circle than Serena and theeneral but they must have had some common acuaintances or they wouldn t have met in the first place It seems like something that would have been ossiped about in society so it was pretty hard for me to believe that Mrs Sutton wouldn t have heard about it and put a stop to Serena s friendship with Abigail as a resultPerhaps the most bothersome part of this book was Serena s rape and the fact that she never told Sebastian about it Yes it happened while they were apart and there is nothing Sebastian could have done to remedy the situation but it still seems like an important secret for Serena to have shared with her husband I don t like being left with the feeling that there could be trouble ahead for Sebastian and Serena if he ever finds out about the rape and wants to know why she didn t tell him about it Also I think Sebastian would have handled things with the eneral differently if he had known the true extent of Serena s abuse The eneral may not have been the rapist but he is the one who arranged for her to be drugged so it could take place and as such he deserved a much harsher punishment than he received I can t do it I don t care I don t care about anyone in this book or anything It s not badly written There s nothing horribly offensive about the language or the characters or any of it But life is too short to continue reading this book tomorrow on my lunch break Lady Serena Grantley although born to the nobility has found her life far from the balls and dinner tables of the respectable ton at least from the female company of that elite circle The masculine side of that circle however seek her out for the very special services and skills she employs A set of skills and services that she has been forced into a partnership with her stepfather to provide Lady Serena is the esteemed hostess of a very upscale ambling salon and a well known daughter of the Faro table Although Lady Serena is uite a talented A Secret Kept gambler in her own right she is also known for a farreater asset to the customers of her stepfather s establishment her reat beauty If her skills as a hostess and the challenge of her Faro dealing don t entice her competitors her beauty certainly does Her stepfather has depended on these special talents for uite some time now He has been able to hold control of Serena by threats and although their little endeavors have been successful for the most part the General has tended to live above his means Serena has
"Become His Only Asset Left "his only asset left which to bargain with to keep himself out of debtors prison He s left to transact one final future ensuring contract #The last thing he needs is Serena mooning over her first love Sebastian #last thing he needs is Serena mooning over her first love Sebastian For Sebastian he never expected to see Serena again after so many years He has carried his bitter memories for so long he s sure she will have no pull on him any longer So when his friends decide to take a trip one night to the new high stakes ambling salon in town run by General George Hayward and his stepdaughter Sebastian takes it in stride His first reaction upon seeing his deceitful old lover is anything but one of bland emotion The old feelings of hurt and betrayal resurface with a vengeance but hidden deep are still the hunger lust and attraction For how long can he stay away Is revenge stronger than long forgotten love This second book in Jane Feather s Blackwater Brides Trilogy is tragic love story with a happy ending Of course could it be any other way In comparison to her first book in the trilogy I must admit to a slight disappointment I always hope to escalating entertainment in a trilogy or series or at least each successive book to be just as ood as the first I can t really say that here The story was not bad by any means but in the end it didn t standout to me in any way The hero and heroine of course were typically ood looking and smart but then this is expected in any romance Something about Sebastian just didn t work Maybe it is the fact that he is a twin and I remember him for This Than Anything Else The than anything else The has the typical tragic downfall with the Cinderella rescue I find that I am not so easily entertained any The I read the particular my tastes An averagely ood read that didn t woo me Originally Posted CSILibrarian375 Stars This is a difficult book to review because my thoughts are sort of all over the placeIn terms of positives I was throughily engaged the entire time I was reading I found the writing in terms of establishing a historical feel to be absolutely excellent and the book was hard to put down I also really liked the characters and the interactions although mainly I enjoyed the platonic ones I definitely loved Sebastian and his twin brother Perry I also liked the subplot about Serena s young friend Abigail and her trying to find a way to be happy in spite of her mother s desire to see her daughter become well to do and influential Obviously these aspects of the book were fairly typical of historical fiction and romances but they were very ente. New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather delights with her second book in this entrancing Georgian trilogy featuring three noble brothers who are offered a preposterous opportunity a lavish inheritance but only if they each marry a fallen woman Perfect for fans of Eloisa James Liz Carlyle and Stephanie LaurensLady Serena Grantley was born to the nobility but fortune's whim placed her under. ,
In my opinion I et that Sebastian and Serena had all of their firsts before the book started but that doesn t mean it was OK to skip out on all the simmering tension between them Hell they ve been separated for three years Where s the passion The yearning It doesn t help that the sex is kind of weird Like not weird in the characters doing weird things sense There s just very little emotional connection The scenes are shockingly short for a book published in 2011 and everything feels rushed The sex scenes are freuent but they re so passionless that Sebastian and Serena could have been talking about their Tricycle (HISTOIRE) grocery lists and I wouldn t have been able to tell the difference The WritingThe writing isn t bad but the plot movement isn t particularly inspiring I probably would have DNF d this one but finishing it became a matter of pride for me The book isn t awful I m just kind of meh about it A Wedding Wager is a part of my Care Package Ageddon series of book reviews inratitude to my GR friend Karla for sending me a GIANT BOX O BOOKS She said I might like some of them oO 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 standardsA Wedding Wager is the second novel in the Blackwater Bride s trilogy and focuses on the middle brother and twin SebastianSebastian 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 uite 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 ive it to him And even if she does can Sebastian convince her to leave her stepfather s controlThis was a reat 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 periodHowever 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 ot into just seemed childish and out of placeSerena 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 uestionable Their loves scenes together were also luke warm and I just didn t feel the chemistry between the twoThe subplots add an interesting element though and the dialogue with Miss Abigail Was Entertaining However Abigail was entertaining however did not for her mother one whit but I think that was the pointJasper 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 uninterestingI 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 action suspense and steamy romance you may want to skip A Wedding Wagerhttpreadingbetweenthewinesbookclub Another run of the mill historical romance set in London Two sets of star crossed lovers overcome obstacles and end up with their true love Along the way we encounter manipulative momma doting papa evil step father naive ingenue determined demimondain concerned twin brother and ailing yet wealthy uncle who calls the shotsWhile this author tries her best to uide the reader through all of the twists and turns much of the story is predictable Nothing new to Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts grab the reader s attention Okay as a beach read or if you re stuck home in a blizzard Set in 1762 London nothing is predictable about this second novel in Feather s Blackwater Brides historical romance series Serena and Sebastian find themselves mixed up with a will containing stipulations which must be fulfilled before the death a wickedreedy stepfather full of nefarious plots a love denied two loves found and a sword fightThree years ago Serena s stepfather forced her to break the heart of her true love 24 year old Sebastian by telling him she didn t love him that he had just been a dalliance Her stepfather promptly whisked her off to Brussels that very afternoon Today Serena is not happy to see Sebastian because she still
"Loves Him But She Is "him But she is an independent strong woman and she will deal with the situation as best she canWhen 27 year old Sebastian visits the new Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind gaming house he is stunned to see Serena to realize that he is not only still furious at her treatment of him but he is also still deeply in love with her after all this time His twin and older brother are disturbed to learn she is back they remember what he was like when she left himNeither has any idea what meeting 16 year old Abigail will have on their lost relationshipI don t typically read thisenre because the story seems to Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus get lost in all the historical aspects descriptions of scenery buildings political atmosphere etc This was pleasantly devoid of those The historical clothing mode of transportation and slang are used as the background of the story and don t take it over well done Ms FeatherThis is aood sexy romance with another romance between young friends thrown in for ood measure Had I not known before reading that this was part of a series I wouldn t have suspected it It is a stand alone story with minor mentions of things that occurred in the past and a little bit of foreshadowing of something that may happen in the future with Perry Sebastian s twin Warning Spoiler AlertThis does have a HEA endin. 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 lastor separate them foreverFollow the captivating tales of the brothers as they each find their most unusual brides in Rushed to the Altar and An Unsuitable Bri. RtainingIn terms of negatives well I definitely liked this book a lot But the main romance relied a bit too much on illogical misunderstandings and decisions that seemed likely to keep the two lovers apart than unite them I also hated Serena s hot and cold yes and no attitude as well as her backward approach to resolving issues Honestly this is not rocket science If someone wants to pimp you out for mortgages and someone else wants to marry you because he has always loved you and vice versa even after you bit a chunk out of his heart and stomped on it for no ood reason I m pretty sure you eventually stop putting up with the horrible person and et together with the one you love You definitely stop treating the one you love like he is the source of all your problems at the very least I m also pretty sure that no one in their right mind would stay within the sphere of control and influence of someone they need to routinely aim a pistol at but I digressIn conclusion despite suffering a bit due to the illogical wavering and decisions on the part of its main female character A Wedding Wager definitely managed to be enjoyable and entertaining than a lot of other Historical Romances I ve read lately After the third POV shift on one section and the heroine referring to her own eyes as violet pools I m throwing in the towel and escaping out the bathroom window about bonesSet in 1762 London nothing is predictable about this second novel in Feather s Blackwater Brides historical romance series Serena and Sebastian find themselves mixed up with a will containing stipulations which must be fulfilled before the death a wicked reedy stepfather full of nefarious plots a love denied two loves found and a sword fightThree years ago Serena s stepfather forced her to break the heart of her true love 24 year old Sebastian by telling him she didn t love him that he had just been a dalliance Her stepfather promptly whisked her off to Brussels that very afternoon Today Serena is not happy to see Sebastian because she still loves him But she is now an independent strong woman and she will deal with the situation as best she canWhen 27 year old Sebastian visits the new KaBOOM!: One Entrepreneur's Quest to Build Community SAVE PLAY! gaming house he is stunned to see Serena to realize that he is not only still furious at her treatment of him but he is also still deeply in love with her after all this time His twin and older brother are disturbed to learn she is back they remember what he was like when she left himNeither has any idea what meeting 16 year old Abigail will have on their lost relationshipI don t typically read thisenre because the story seems to et lost in all the historical aspects descriptions of scenery buildings political atmosphere etc This was pleasantly devoid of those The historical clothing mode of transportation and slang are used as the background of the story and don t take it over well done Ms FeatherThis is a ood sexy romance with another romance between young friends thrown in for ood measure Had I not known before reading that this was part of a series I wouldn t have suspected it It is a stand alone story with minor mentions of things that occurred in the past and a little bit of foreshadowing of something that may happen in the future with Perry Sebastian s twin Warning Spoiler AlertThis does have a HEA ending WARNING SPOILERS AND GIFs AHEADSo that was it I swear I read this entire book and not once did I see a wedding wager mentioned Not once I m still
waiting It s possible that the wager referred to in the title and on the back cover isIt s possible that the wager referred to in the title and on the back cover is the whackadoodle premise that made this book happen in the first place A Wedding Wager is the second book in a series about three brothers who are set to et a tremendous inheritance from their crazy and perverted old uncle However because this uncle is both crazy and perverted the brothers have to meet his terms before he kicks the bucket They must each find and marry a fallen woman thus redeeming her in they eyes of I don t know God Society King George I m of I don t know God Society King George I m that explaining the situation any would have further highlighted how wackadoodle the premise is and Jane Feather wouldn t want that So perhaps the find a whore and marry her plot is the wager Or maybe there was some secret wager about whether or not I could finish this book Well it was tough but I totally finished it HA SUMMARYBasically this is the story of two people who are meant for each other easily realizing that they are in fact meant for each other and finding their happily ever after From the very first page there s no uestion that the Honorable Sebastian Sullivan is a totes hot totes Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION gooduy who loves
his soul mate Lady Serena But Serena has a few problems She s maneuvered by her asshat ofsoul mate Lady Serena But Serena has a few problems She s maneuvered by her asshat of step daddy who forces her to work in his ambling hells and flirt with entlemen In the prologue Serena breaks Sebastian s heart because Evulz Step Daddyz said so and this results in 3 years of sadness and woe for the main couple But look at that second chance at love on the horizon Serena and her demonic stepdad return to London and Sebastian finds that he is still very much in love with his very own daughter of caro Unfortunately Dr Evil the Step Daddy has plans to sell Serena s feminine wiles to an icky earl and this could Mesagerul get in the way of true love Hmmm Will Sebastiano ahead and marry the exact kind of woman the convenient plot device er crazy uncle tells him to or will the characters run circles around the easy resolution in order to coddle a Judy Blume: Fearless Storyteller for Teens group of secondary characters that I don tive a damn about Well Since the wedding wager is so elusive we have to et a plot out of something And once that plot was ained no man was What Am I Doing with My Life?: And other late night internet searches answered by the great philosophers going to tear that plot away until at least several hundred pages were sueezed out of it An Illustration of the Plot in This Book I ll never letoThe CharactersSebastian and Serena are okay people in this book Neither of them are particularly interesting but Serena s tortured past involving her Evil Step Daddy was enough to keep me interested The secondary characters are tedious to say the least A huge portion of the plot is dedicated to Serena protecting some vapid little social climber from falling into Evil Step Daddy s clutches And sure I suppose that s a noble story Still if I wanted to read about some dumb Jimmy: The Terrorist girl s struggles to marry the boy from home she truly loves over some lecherous cretin I would have read a book about her The RomanceThe chemistry isn t all there. The control of heramester stepfather who uses her beauty to lure young men to his ambling 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 Sebastian is the only man who ever captured her heart and it is to him she turnsTorn between. .