Oct 25, 2016

The Rogue's Wager by Christi Caldwell Review

The Rogue's Wager
Sinful Brides #1
By: Christi Caldwell
Released: October 25th, 2016
 Montlake Romance
London, 1821
Lord Robert Dennington, the Marquess of Westfield, has long reveled in the freedom afforded him as the ducal heir. He knows he must someday do right by the Somerset line, but he’s in no hurry to give up his carefree existence.

Helena Banbury is a bookkeeper in a gentleman’s gambling club, adept at analyzing numbers and accounts but helpless for lack of influence. She’s never belonged among the nobility on the gaming hell floors, but neither does she feel completely herself among the men who run the Hell and Sin Club, despite the fact that they are family. The once-illiterate girl from the streets wants more than the gilded walls her protective cage can offer.

When Robert mistakenly enters her chambers one night, Helena is forced out of her predictable life and thrust into the glittering world of Society. Will the charms of the marquess prove more perilous than any danger she ever knew on the streets?

Helena Banbury had suffered a violent and traumatic childhood, thanks to her mother's "protector" Mac Diggory, but she had survived, thanks to her blood brother Ryker and her Street brother Niall and Calum.

For years her brothers had kept her safe and locked away in their club Hell and Sin club, and as long as she followed Ryker's rules, she would always stay that way. But Helena wanted freedom, and after an unfortunate night when a drunk Robert, The Marquess of Westfield ended up passed out the in her room; she was punished and sent to live with her father…The Duke of Wilkinson.

Now thrust into a world that looked at her with such disdain, Helena just counted the days until she could go back to her life in the Hell. But when her father insisted that she have a substantial dowry, there is only one man whom needed to pay for landing her in this unbearable position…Westfield!

So I'm going to be a spoilsport and stop there, as I do not want to give away any of the story. Now I have enjoyed Christi Caldwell books for quite a while now; but nothing would have quite prepared me for her new Mountlake series! It truly is beyond anything I have ever read! It even blow my deep love of Lisa Kleypas Bow Street runners series out of the water!

From the moment I opened Rogue's Wager I was in tears! From the pain that both Robert and Helena have suffered, to Ryker's coldness, Helena's banishment…well I could go on and on! The plot of this books is nothing like a Christi Caldwell book before and I think that is what makes it all the more delicious. And as normal, the authors writing manages to get ahold of you and by the end of the first chapter, you never want it to let you go!

Now when it comes to the characters; Helena character simultaneously breaks my heart and fills me with joy. How to termination to right the wrongs against her is so beautiful, it can literally steal your breath. The act of betrayal against Robert's character but from his grandfather blows my mind, but for the fact that he turned himself into a hard man of the ton does not surprise me. But I love the way that he eventually allows his heart to open for Helena.

But what really stole the book from was the siblings! I cannot wait for Bears, Diana's, Ryker's, Niall's and especially Calum stories!

I give The Rogue's Wager 5 stars!

USA Today Bestselling author, Christi Caldwell blames Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love," for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and try her hand at writing romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections and she rather enjoys tormenting them before crafting a well-deserved happily ever after! 

Christi makes her home in Southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing, chasing around her feisty six-year old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

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