BRAZEN AND THE BEAST + THE WALLFLOWER WAGER | MINI REVIEWS

July 29, 2019 | Posted by Victoria in Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 5 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
BRAZEN AND THE BEAST + THE WALLFLOWER WAGER | MINI REVIEWSby Sarah MacLean
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
Publication Date: July 30, 2019 by Avon
Format: eARC
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5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

The Lady’s Plan

When Lady Henrietta Sedley declares her twenty-ninth year her own, she has plans to inherit her father’s business, to make her own fortune, and to live her own life. But first, she intends to experience a taste of the pleasure she’ll forgo as a confirmed spinster. Everything is going perfectly…until she discovers the most beautiful man she’s ever seen tied up in her carriage and threatening to ruin the Year of Hattie before it’s even begun.

The Bastard’s Proposal

When he wakes in a carriage at Hattie’s feet, Whit, a king of Covent Garden known to all the world as Beast, can’t help but wonder about the strange woman who frees him—especially when he discovers she’s headed for a night of pleasure . . . on his turf. He is more than happy to offer Hattie all she desires…for a price.

An Unexpected Passion

Soon, Hattie and Whit find themselves rivals in business and pleasure. She won’t give up her plans; he won’t give up his power . . . and neither of them sees that if they’re not careful, they’ll have no choice but to give up everything . . . including their hearts.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sarah MacLean added a fantastic new book to her cannon, and to the Bareknuckle Bastard’s series. Just when I thought I couldn’t love a book more, MacLean publishes a new one, and I have a new favorite.

“And then I met you. And from the very start, you offered me choice. You never told me what I should want. What I could and could not have. You made me your equal.”

I loved being introduced to Beast in Wicked and the Wallflower, and I’m so glad to finally get to read his story and his happily ever after. Hattie is a new character to the series, and she.is.the.best. She knows she isn’t what is expected of society women, and instead is focused on doing her own thing and being in charge of herself. She doesn’t take no for an answer, and she pursues dreams that aren’t typical of a woman during the time period.

There was so much angst in this novel, and I was living for it. I’m usually not a huge fan of angst in books, but MacLean does it so well! I was on the edge of my seat, flipping through pages as quickly as I could because I needed to know what would happen next.

“It’s what women are told we should want from birth. Our fathers tell us, and our brothers, and the world around us. Except, when you’re like me – too loud and too big and with too many ideas – you can’t have the dreams everyone insists you must have. Because they aren’t really for you.”

The Bareknuckle Bastards is becoming one of my favorite series of all time. I love getting to know this family more and more with each book, and I cannot wait to read the conclusion next year!

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
BRAZEN AND THE BEAST + THE WALLFLOWER WAGER | MINI REVIEWSby Tessa Dare
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
Publication Date: August 13, 2019 by Avon
Format: eARC
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4.5 Stars

They call him the Duke of Ruin.

To an undaunted wallflower, he's just the beast next door.

Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now he wants to get even.

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.

When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.

Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?

And a two-legged dog.

And a foul-mouthed parrot.

And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog . . .

Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.

Not if he ruins her first.

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Tessa Dare’s new book is perfectThe Wallflower Wager is about Penny, who we’ve seen in the previous two Girl Meets Duke series, and Gabriel AKA the Duke of Ruin who moves in next door to Penny. They get off on the wrong foot the first time they meet, but have to put aside their feelings to work together so they can both get what they want, and fall in love along the way.

“Penny believed in a great many things. She believed that education was important, books were vital, women ought to have the vote, and most people were good, deep down. She believed that every last one of God’s creatures – human or otherwise – deserved love.”

I loved everything about this story. Penny and Gabe’s meet cute is the best and so awkward. I couldn’t stop reading or laughing. I love their interactions. Gabe is gruff and distant, and tries not to get closer to Penny than he has to. Penny on the other hand loves caring for those who need it, and she thinks Gabe needs it. I loved how often Gabe tried to warn her away from him and she just rolled her eyes at him and ignored his warnings.

This book was so funny. Tessa Dare writes great banter, and it did not disappoint in The Wallflower Wager. Gabe and Penny are amazing together, they get along so well and their banter is so fun to read. I also laughed so hard every time Gabe, Ash, and Chase were together. I love that their bromance, and how they all acted when they were around each other.

“I despise that word. Ruined. As if passion is an unforgivable transgression, and virginity is the only measure of a woman’s worth.”

I do want to give a trigger warning: Penny was sexually abused as a child and it’s discussed in the book. Conversations about this don’t happen until around the 80% mark. I just want to give a heads up to anyone that needs it.

I had a hard time while writing this review because I didn’t know what else to say besides I love this book so much, and it was so funny, and so swoony, and everyone should read it. If you’ve read an loved anything by Tessa Dare before, you’ll definitely enjoy this book as well!

If you’ve read either of these authors before, let me know what you think of their books!

Victoria

Book Blogger at Latte Nights Review
Victoria is a twenty-two year old from Texas. She’s an avid reader of YA and NA, and reads at least seventy books a year. She is new to blogging, but excited to meet new people and share her favorite books. In addition to being a book hoarder, Victoria is a former gymnast, a coffee enthusiast, and aspires to be a mental health counselor.

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