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Return to Book Page. Preview — Knave’s Wager by Loretta Chase. Knave’s Wager by Loretta Chase. How dare the brazen Knzves Julian Brandon kiss her when he knew full well the man she was to marry was in the next room! It mattered not that the cad was handsome, charming and witty Lilith’s repute meant all.
Never did she imagine the blackguard’s amorous pursuit wagre the result of a wager to sully her flawless reputation. Nor did she dream that one day she would yearn for Julian’s irresistible embrace-and that a reckless gamble would cause the notorious rake to lose his heart Paperbackpages.
Published August 1st by Avon Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Knave’s Wagerplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This is an utterly fabulous, wonderful read full of what I think are L. I read this last night in one go. Could not put it down.
The Sandalwood Princess / Knaves’ Wager by Loretta Chase
This is Chase at the top of her game. Chase’s other books, I had stopped hoping anything would ever rival LOS for sheer brilliance and wonderful characters until I read this.
This was a stupendously fun read. Others have summarized the plot no doubt so Chawe won’t. Suffice it to say, the evolving chemistry was terrific, the emotions complicated, wagef and non-angsty and the outcome hard won and satisfying. Every single sentence perhaps I exaggerate, eager not by much is a delight, wry, whimsical and laugh out loud perfect. Now I have two love-to-death-reread-to-stupidity books. Happy, happy, joy, joy. If you enjoyed LOS, you will, I promise you, have a wonderful time with this marquess and widow.
He is as mad, bad and dangerous to know as they come and she is his equal, and in some ways, his better without ever being a finger-pointy twit. Loved her, loved him, loved the secondary couple, too. It’s chaste, no sex scenes but I did not miss it. The emotional intensity was all there without it. Okay, so, I’m re-reading it already. Pathetic but it’s soooooo good. View all 58 comments.
Sep 21, Ursula rated it it was amazing Shelves: I lorettta this book. It is probably more old-school HR- there is no sex scene as such. But the sexual tension, the passion and desire, these chhase all here in spades. There is also seduction, lroetta, remorse and forgiveness! And LC’s writing is a treat, as always. This is a book where words and their meaning are important, and how they are used, even more so.
I had tears in my eyes again third time through for me, this wwger as an audiobook and my heart ached for both hero and cnase, albeit for I love this book.
I had tears in my eyes again third time through for me, this time as an audiobook and my heart ached for both hero and heroine, albeit for different reasons.
It is the story of Julian, the Marquess of Brandon, an initially unlikeable hero who lives only for pleasure. He spends his time in relentless hedonism in an effort to stave off boredom, knowing in his heart how desperately lonely and pointless his life is, but refusing steadfastly to acknowledge its emptiness.
It is also the story of Lilith, a young widow of wage, who has suffered through a short but soul-destroyingself-esteem crushing marriage. She has renounced any hope of a love match and enters into an engagement that will give her financial security and thus the means to “bring out” her nieces, who are her ersatz children.
The eponymous wager is made when wagger Marquess chawe a bet with a courtesan that he can seduce Lilith in 8 weeks. In return, the courtesan will relinquish her claim on Brandon’s young and rather dim cousin, Robert.
For most of the book, only he and the courtesan know of the wager. From the first, Brandon is attracted to Lilith, recognising in her the challenge that has heretofore been missing in his numerous liaisons. But in planning her seduction, he brings about his own downfall, a downfall that includes some brutal self-realisation and, ultimately, deep shame. His calculated pursuit of Lilith is loretts. He knows every trick and manoeuvre, rattling her and making her excruciatingly aware of him.
It is like watching a train crash in slow motion- you want to scream: Lilith is a very strong, moral woman, and she furiously resists his advances. How sweet it was for me when his victory turns to ash! He realises he has not won, but lost- his heart, his peace of mind, but most of all, his self-respect.
The endless jokes he makes about not having a conscience are supremely ironic. He discovers he does have a conscience and it is remorselessly flogging him. I never feel we know Brandon really well we read nothing about his childhood or youth, or much about what he did in France for several years before returning to London.
He is a bit of an enigma. Consequently, it took time for me to start to sympathise with him, and I wished I had more insight into his character. However, I truly felt his despair when he saw himself hoist in his own petard: A fortunate by-product of all the emotional torture he puts Lilith through is that it does shake her out of her frozen self-denial, encouraging her to want more from life than she initially thought she deserved. I loved that she wger to him in the end, when he had given knave and I could see the road to self-destruction that lay ahead of himand gave him another chance.
And how humble and remorseful he was. He had tried to apologise and explain more than once before and she had quite rightly told him to shut up. I felt he had well and truly learned his lesson for his bad behaviour. This was a couple I could see being extraordinarily happy together- intellectual equals, mutually respectful and with a deep, mature love.
Oh, and the sub-plot with her niece was cute, too- Cecily was just as machiavellian as Brandon, and they recognised each other as kindred spirits. Knave’s Wager is firmly on my Favourites shelf. View all 18 comments. Sep 19, Naksed rated it did not like it Shelves: He was spineless and dumb, and she had no pride. The OW won over all these dummies. It was a book of her triumph. There is but one Choderlos de Laclos and one Liaisons Dangereuses.
These kinds of pale imitation are contemptible. What a waste of time: Happy to see older novels by Loretta Chase hitting the stands again. She is one of my favorite HR writers. Knave’s Wager — first published in — is available in e-book format as well as audio. I decided to read the kindle book, rather than listening to an Audible download. I had never listened to Stevie Zimmerman, and — while her sample clip sounded fine — I didn’t want to spend a credit on an unkno Happy to see older novels by Loretta Chase hitting the stands again.
I had never listened to Stevie Zimmerman, and — while her sample clip sounded fine — I didn’t want to spend a credit on an unknown narrator. Historically credible, with bits of trivia concerning Bonaparte did he really try to commit suicide?? Superb dialogue and delightful plot lines — especially the scenes involving the debutant, Cecily. This minx stole the show — perhaps too much, sometimes eclipsing even her Aunt Lilith, the lead heroine.
Kudos to the author for her ability to create vivid sexual and emotional tension without ever mentioning taboo feminine slurs or reproductive anatomy — this is a clean romance, with only kisses and some caresses. Just a few mild swear words. Even though Chase lost some minor points at the end, I still count this among the better HRs out there.
Not sure about the portrayal of Julian. His characterization wobbled some, from dedicated spy to debauched rakehell to brotherly uncle, etc. I couldn’t believe he made that wager in the first place, since he certainly didn’t need to resort to it, and since Lilith had only recently played Good Samaritan to his wounded traveler.