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I almost didn t read The Wagering Widow Like many fans of HR novels, I was impatient to get to the romance between heavenly looking people I am so thankful that I went back to try again Now having read it, I think it has my favorite hero ever in Lord Guy Keating Yes, he is good man If he is just a good man that wouldn t make him stand out from other Heroes It is the depiction of him as a man who loves women that makes him so endearing to me As the head of the household of course he is res I almost didn t read The Wagering Widow Like many fans of HR novels, I was impatient to get to the romance between heavenly looking people I am so thankful that I went back to try again Now having read it, I think it has my favorite hero ever in Lord Guy Keating Yes, he is good man If he is just a good man that wouldn t make him stand out from other Heroes It is the depiction of him as a man who loves women that makes him so endearing to me As the head of the household of course he is responsible to the lives of his mother, great aunt and aunt but he takes care of duties out of love Also, when conflicts arise between his mother and his new wife, he acts with a clear head and would not allow his mother play him a fool The Hero and Heroine both have to evolve and learn to move pass the past and trust each other again in order for their love to flourish After having read a majority of Diane Gaston s HR novels to date and compared her works with other authors, I have come to appreciate the historic settings in DG s storytelling and the multi dimensional characters she creates I am sure DG has ruined me for HR novels from other authors because I have come to expect to see how heroes and heroines are people who havethan just their love for each other, They are sons, brothers, sisters, daughters, and friends in their lives Also, they are not always perfect, and well meaning intensions don t always help to bring perfect situations I find that DG s HR novels give me the most satisfying reading experiences, and her characters come alive and linger in my mind afterwards for a long time Diane Gaston, The Wagering Widow Harlequin, 2006 You always know what you re going to get with a romance novel the only difference is the setting I can t even remember where I originally picked this up, but I have it in ebook form, and when I dialed it up I for some reason had the idea in my head that it was a Kindle short rather than a full length novel Wrong I was, obviously it turns out, at least judging by an omnibus title released in 2008, it s actually the second in a series of six lo Diane Gaston, The Wagering Widow Harlequin, 2006 You always know what you re going to get with a romance novel the only difference is the setting I can t even remember where I originally picked this up, but I have it in ebook form, and when I dialed it up I for some reason had the idea in my head that it was a Kindle short rather than a full length novel Wrong I was, obviously it turns out, at least judging by an omnibus title released in 2008, it s actually the second in a series of six loosely connected novels now I have to hunt down the other five But then I wasn t terribly concerned after all, it being a romance, I knew what I was getting, and while I was not surprised in any way, I wasn t disappointed, either.Plot In one of those classic romance we probably could have solved all this with a five minute honest conversation setups, Guy Keating, a Lord in name only who is saddled with crippling gambling debts incurred by his father, elopes with Emily Duprey, whom he believes to be an heiress Turns out she s as penniless as he is Guy has sworn never to return to the tables, despite being a muchsuccessful card sharp than his father ever was, but given his current situation, he can t think of any other way to make money ah, to be of the idle rich Emily, who believes thanks in no small part from misinformation got from both her brother and her mother in law, as well as many, many evasive answers from Guy Guy s gambling debts are his own, believes he s going out every night and losing his shirt, so she also quite the card sharp gets herself gussied up so no one ll recognize her save her maid and heads out to turn the tables herself Well, you know that eventually these two are gonna get together across a table And here s the important question who s gonna win THAT game At least, it s the important question if you re a poker player I am Gaston, on the other hand, takes it in the expected direction SPOILER ALERT Guy ends up falling for the masked lass and going through a major crisis of faith, while Emily is all too well aware that her husband is being unfaithful and is gonna milk that for all it s worth SPOILER But, you know, this is a romance novel, right It s safe, it s predictable, and it s enjoyable as long as you re willing to play by its rules If a good historical is what you re in the mood for and you re a fan of the cardroom, The Wagering Widow will be right up your alley or your ante What a disappointment The cover of this book is so beautiful and the general concept very intriguing and yet, I was left frustrated with this book.First of all, I cannot say that I like the hero, Guy I do not hate him either but I strongly dislike him.He married the heroine, Emily, because he thought she was a rich heiress and he wanted her money.True, he wanted the money so that he could be able to provide for his mother and her aunts.Still, I didn t like it at all.But what really made me angr What a disappointment The cover of this book is so beautiful and the general concept very intriguing and yet, I was left frustrated with this book.First of all, I cannot say that I like the hero, Guy I do not hate him either but I strongly dislike him.He married the heroine, Emily, because he thought she was a rich heiress and he wanted her money.True, he wanted the money so that he could be able to provide for his mother and her aunts.Still, I didn t like it at all.But what really made me angry was the fact that he is a selfish bastard.He is so set on his goals that he does not worry about anybody else.Can you imagine my disgust when, even when he was making love to his wife or as he first called it, performing his husbandly duties , he had not a single care for her He didn t care a bit if she had pleasure as well or if he hurt her feelings.And she was a virgin.What an awful introduction to the sexual part of a marriage And he kept making bad decision and doing things that hurt her, which pissed me off even.But Emily wasn t a great heroine as well.At first, she was too meek And she was much too worried about how a proper lady should react.Damn, she made herself barely move when she was intimate with her husband because, in her point of view, if she moved a lot or made noises, she would be too forward and that was wrong.And let s not talk about the end of this book.So much drama and then, too damn quickly, it is everything alrigh.What a pity Enjoyed this book. Technically this is billed as a standalone, but numerous references to the heroine s sister s story lead one to conclude it s part of a series This was a bit irritating Towards the end there is mention of the Mysterious Miss M which I read quite a while ago Now I guess I ll have to pick it up again and see if rereading it elucidates the questions that have arisen Aside from that, this is a tidy little gem of a story The wild side so carefully concealed during the day, allowed to come out Technically this is billed as a standalone, but numerous references to the heroine s sister s story lead one to conclude it s part of a series This was a bit irritating Towards the end there is mention of the Mysterious Miss M which I read quite a while ago Now I guess I ll have to pick it up again and see if rereading it elucidates the questions that have arisen Aside from that, this is a tidy little gem of a story The wild side so carefully concealed during the day, allowed to come out and play at night, makes for an intriguing tale Interesting how two people can have so many wrong ideas about each other Fun read Set in the Regency period, the book starts out with a hasty marriage between handsome Guy Keating and plain Emily Duprey He s not in love with her but marries her for her money, which he later finds out she doesn t have because her father gambled it all away In a state of panic since he inherited a large sum of debt and must provide for his mother, her aunts, his sister, and his new wife , he goes to the gambling hells where he hopes to make a fortune in a short amount of time His lack of af Set in the Regency period, the book starts out with a hasty marriage between handsome Guy Keating and plain Emily Duprey He s not in love with her but marries her for her money, which he later finds out she doesn t have because her father gambled it all away In a state of panic since he inherited a large sum of debt and must provide for his mother, her aunts, his sister, and his new wife , he goes to the gambling hells where he hopes to make a fortune in a short amount of time His lack of affection to his wife stems largely from his guilt over deceiving her into marriage, and it is obvious that he does come to care for her as he gets to know her Emily, meanwhile, had married Guy to escape her parents who caredabout themselves than about her She spent her life trying to avoid scandal, so she is meek and agreeable, even at the expense of her feelings When she discovers Guy married her for her nonexistent funds, she decides she must have money in order to leave him This leads her to don on her Lady Widow s mask, and she goes gambling Of course, they end up meeting each other, and he recognizes her almost immediately, but she doesn t realize he knows her true identity This sets the stage for tension and intrigue, which I did enjoy As the plot evolves, Guy falls head over heels in love with Emily, whether she s playing herself or Lady Widow The story is full of misunderstandings between the two main characters because neither one reveals their cards to the other Though this could have been boring, I thought Diane Gaston did a good job of pulling it off You can t help but love Guy because he is doing what s best for his family, and you can t help but sympathize with Emily who thinks he s only interested in Lady Widow, not her This is an enjoyable read that I highly recommend it .FREE E-PUB ⚖ The Wagering Widow ☤ Guy, Lord Keating, laden with his father s debts, elopes with heiress Emily Dupreyonly to discover she is as poor as he Now his only hope of saving his family and dependents is a reluctant return to the gaming tablesEmily has to escape marriage to a gamester like her father But she needs money than she can win as Lady Keating so she becomes Lady Widow, a cardplaying masked seductress Then Guy recognizes the beautiful Widow as his quiet, mousy wife and their inconvenient marriage takes an unexpected turn Some books just can t be read a second time This book, however, was just as good the second read as it was the first Can two people who lie to each other, or have secrets from each other find true love The Wagering Widow tells us. The guy in this was stupid but well meaning the woman however was stupid and annoying and ruined it. I enjoyed this book very much It was very sweet romantic The characters were very intriguing I enjoyed this book very much It was very sweet romantic The characters were very intriguing