The Wager [Lords of Scandal Book 1]
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by Diana Bold
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
Description: Captain Dylan Blake has spent the last decade fighting for his country. Desperate for a little peace, he sells his commission and returns to England, but soon finds himself angry and adrift in London society, searching for something to fill his empty days. When an old nemesis challenges Dylan to a wager--he must get Lady Natalia Sinclair to dance with him twice in one evening--he is willing to play along. Lady Natalia Sinclair fears her enormous dowry is the only thing that draws her many suitors. But heroic Captain Dylan Blake seems different. Unfortunately, she soon realizes his smile is false, his interest superficial. Dylan sees Natalia's rejection as a challenge and the stakes increase when he discovers his father has ordered his older brother, Michael, to win Natalia's hand. Passed over for Michael far too many times, Dylan needs to prove he can be first in someone's heart. As the lines between the wager and attraction blur, can Dylan and Natalia find the courage to take the biggest gamble of all--love?
eBook Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc./English Tea Rose, 2007
eBookwise Release Date: July 2007
33 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [300 KB]
Reading time: 192-269 min.
Captain Dylan Blake, recipient of the Victoria Cross.
Natalia knew all about him. She'd read a hundred newspaper articles touting his courage, but she'd never actually met him.
"He's dreadfully good-looking," she mused, as she cast a subtle glance in the captain's direction.
In his scarlet dress uniform, with confident military bearing and chest full of medals, he stood out in the crowd of somber lords. His thick, black hair, caught at his nape with a piece of ribbon, contrasted sharply with his light blue eyes. His high, chiseled cheekbones, square jaw, and clear, sun-kissed skin stole her breath.
Amelia gave a delicate shudder. "How can you say such a thing? He hasn't a title or farthing to his name. He's been in the military for years, serving with the very dregs of society and probably doesn't know the first thing about how to act around civilized people."
"Surely the fact that he fought to preserve our way of life gives him the right to a few eccentricities. He's a hero, Amelia." Natalia didn't bother to point out that a man's wealth had nothing to do with his attractiveness. It wouldn't do any good. In Amelia's eyes, money and power did determine a man's worth.
Unfortunately, Natalia's father shared Amelia's opinions, and he would choose her future husband.