The Earl's Wagered Bride

Christmas Belles, Book 1

Sigh.. I just love Cerise DeLand's stories. I know I am in for a wonderful tale full of her great characters and often some mischief, adventure and of course a sigh worthy romance! Griffith, the Earl of Marsden has just come back from the war and heads home. He brings two fellow soldiers with him and finds that a house party is in progress with a few delightful ladies attending. But his focus is strictly on Marjorie Craymore, who with her two sisters have lived with his stepmother, their aunt, since their father passed and left them penniless. But Marjorie has a plan and she intents to win enough money to buy a home for her and her sisters. Yes, she is really good at cards and dice, which she learned from her wastrel father who gambled everything away! What she doesn't know is that her aunt had invited her stepson, Griffith to come save Marjorie from herself!

This is a delightful tale that will have you smiling and at the end make your heart warm. I cannot wait to read the next two in this series!!!

Book Blurb for The Earl's Wagered Bride

The Countess of Marsden invites you to her house party! Seven nights and days of frolic, gossip, dancing…and match-making for her three nieces.

Sad, isn’t it, that none of the Craymore sisters wishes to wed?

Exciting, isn’t it, that three war heroes arrive who know precisely what they want for Christmas?

Wonderful, isn’t it, that each might gain the most precious Christmas gift of all?

A lady bets her future.

Miss Marjorie Craymore wants to surprise her two sisters with a wonderful gift this Christmas. A house. A home! One they can call their own. After their father gambled away their dowries and drank away the family reputation, the three young women have lived with their Aunt Gertrude. While that lady’s generosity is most kind, her charity chafes their pride. This Christmas at their aunt’s house party, Marjorie plans to employ the one talent she learned well from her notorious papa. She’ll gamble at cards and dice against every wealthy guest—and win. But she encounters one big problem. The man she’s craved all her life appears on Aunt’s threshold and challenges her. Tested by combat, he’s bolder. Dashing. A distraction. And suddenly too charming to resist.

A gentleman weighs the odds.

Griffith Harlinger, the war-weary fourth earl of Marsden, returns home from his duties in Paris with the Duke of Wellington to celebrate the joys of the Season. At urgent request of his step-mama, he must stop her niece Marjorie from creating a scandal by fleecing her house guests! Griff’s thrilled to engage the one woman who’s tormented him and beguiled him all his life. So he makes Marjorie a bet she can’t refuse: he’ll play her for enough money to buy the house she wants.

But can he let her win if he loves her too much to let her go?

And who really wins when both want what’s best for those they love?

If you love swoon-worthy historical romance, starring endearing heroes, sassy heroines and a house full of rogues and cardsharps, this book is for you! Buy THE EARL’s WAGERED BRIDE to attend this Christmas house party!

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2018 4.50