Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Earl's Wagered Bride by Cerise DeLand and Why It Was Perfect

The Earl's Wagered Bride (Christmas Belles, #1)

*** Thank you to the author for allowing me the chance to leave an honest review of this selection after receiving an ARC.***

If you are looking for the perfect romance to get you in the holiday spirit then this is the book for you!  If I am being honest... I don't usually read Christmas-y romances but I love Cerise DeLand so I thought I would give this book a shot.  I was not disappointed at all. It was a charming kickoff to the season as far as I am concerned. This also happens to be book 1 in her new Christmas Belles series and since I am now emotionally invested in the Craymore sisters I will be reading them all.

The Story:

The Craymore Sisters (Marjorie, Delphine, and Belinda) have been living with their Aunt Gertrude since their mother passed away and their father lost all their money.  They love their aunt very much but are tired of depending on the charity of others so have decided to take matters into their own hands.  Marjorie is a very skilled gambler when it comes to cards and has big plans to fleece their  wealthy house guests during the Christmas party.  She plans to buy a house for her and her sisters once she has raised enough funds and it just happens to work out that some of those same guests took some of the money her father so carelessly gambled away.  The only person standing in her way is the man she has spent her whole life loving, the Earl of Marsden Griffith Harlinger.  Griff knows that Marjorie is up to something and makes it his mission to find out and stop her from ruining a perfectly good house party.  He figures it will give him a chance to keep her out of trouble and finally figure out why she is the one girl he has never been able to forget.

I am not saying anymore on the story because then I would be giving away spoilers.  This was a really cute story and I do love a feisty female character!