She wanted to seek revenge against the gentlemen who ruined her father. He desired to earn her love. Can he strike a new wager to entice her into his arms forever?
Devon Holdenburg cannot remember a time when he hadn’t been in love with Kathleen Beckwith. At his every attempt to court her, she waylaid him with her fiery exchanges. As he kisses the words from her lips, Devon strokes the flames of their passion higher. Can Devon convince Kathleen of his love?
Ever since her family’s ruination, Lady Kathleen Beckwith had set out to expose Devon Holdenburg as a scoundrel to the Ton. However, her mother had different plans by throwing Kathleen in his path at every opportunity. With whispers of seduction and passionate kisses, will Kathleen be able to fight off Devon’s charms?
A few years past, Devon won a wager on Kathleen’s innocence. He only joined the game to protect Kathleen from an evil lord. Kathleen not aware of the true nature of the bet from that game, entices the two lords who destroyed her father into a new game with higher stakes. As their story unfolds, so do the lies and deceit surrounding them. When they place their final wager, will Devon and Kathleen confess their true love? Or will their past leave a cloud of doubt hanging over them forever?
The Scoundrel’s Wager is the fourth novel in Laura A. Barnes’s Tricking the Scoundrel series. If you enjoy the makings of a good wager, then you will love the stakes of Devon and Kathleen’s courtship.
Enjoy The Scoundrel’s Wager today for a fun historical romance to read.
A mistaken identity opens the door for Martin Mulvaney to wreak revenge on his mortal enemy.
To save her brother from prison, Elizabeth Campbell rides over to plead his cause with their hostile neighbor, Martin Mulvaney. Caught in a fierce storm she is thrown from her horse. Suffering amnesia from a head injury she stumbles into a camp of rogue gypsies. After days of living in terror she manages to escape her captors.
Martin Mulvaney, a wealthy recluse lives in a mansion shrouded with dark secrets and scandal. Brought up by a tyrannical father he has never known love or affection.
One wintry night he finds a young woman (Elizabeth Campbell), collapsed on his doorstep. Babbling and distraught and with no memory of who she is, the only words he hears clearly are “Don’t take me back to the Black Stallion.”
Believing she has run away from the Black Stallion, a classy bordello, Martin takes her to his bed. Realizing his mistake when it is too late, he sets about teaching her to be the woman of every man’s fantasy.
Weeks later, he is stunned to find out his dream woman’s name is Elizabeth. She is the granddaughter of his mortal enemy, the proud old Scottish highlander, Fergus Campbell.
By this time Elizabeth is with child, and Martin is compelled to marry her.
When her memory returns, Elizabeth does not recall her ill-treatment at the hands of the gypsies, but is shocked to find herself married to Martin. She soon realizes he is not the black hearted villain her grandfather painted him. Is it possible to teach someone who believes women were put on the earth purely to satisfy a man’s carnal needs, the difference between love and lust?
Enemies from Martin’s past, intent on exacting revenge, kidnap Elizabeth who eventually manages to escape her tormentors.
By the time Martin realizes he loves his wife, bushfires are laying waste to the countryside, and Elizabeth and her unborn child are trapped. Martin sets out on a desperate mission to save them. On the burnt out grass of the Campbell farm, he has to deliver not one, but two babies.
For Martin and Elizabeth a new life and love springs force amidst the ashes of ruin.