Scandalous Wager

Whitechapel Wagers, #1

As the daughter of the Detective Chief Inspector, Elizabeth Ainsworth knows what is expected of a woman of her station. While her father continually introduces his eligible officers, no one piques her interest enough to make her want to forfeit her charity work and spinster lifestyle. But Detective Inspector Ian Reed does make her long for just one night of passion so she decides to make a scandalous wager with him.

Christy Carlyle uses a dangerous backdrop to deliver a sensual short story. Lizzy Ainsworth is a woman who knows what she wants and I couldn't help but admire her strong character and solid work ethic. The fact that she takes matters in to her own hands leads to a series of delightful events. Detective Inspector Ian Reed is everything a reader can hope for in a hero. His dedication to duty matches Lizzy’s and the fact that he is as fascinated with her as she is with him makes for a perfect situation. I don’t want to give anything away, but Ian’s actions and attitude made me feel as if I knew him for a lifetime.

This story is short and swift and yet the author is able to give the characters a depth that usually comes with a longer more detailed novel. The setting is superb and ads a sense of urgency. The supporting characters give just the right amount of insight and entertainment without eclipsing the hero and heroine. If you are looking for a perfect read at break-time this is a wonderful choice.

Book Blurb for Scandalous Wager

Set against the backdrop of London's dangerous East End in 1888, Victorian propriety and passions collide when a spinster strikes a scandalous bargain with a detective caught up in the investigation of the Ripper mystery.

Elizabeth Ainsworth has decided she will never marry. Years spent on the shelf have taught her plain looks and a distinct lack of ladylike talents won't win a proposal from any of the eligible young constables or inspectors her Detective Chief Inspector father invites to their home. Most of them are too busy staring at her younger, prettier sister anyway. And Lizzy is content to be a spinster, especially if it means she can continue with her charity work in Whitechapel. But she has one lingering regret. She wants to experience passion at least once in her life and, most of all, she wants to experience it with Ian Reed.

Detective Inspector Ian Reed has aspirations to ascend the ranks of the Metropolitan Police, and he hopes proving himself to his superior, Detective Chief Inspector Ainsworth, will help him get there. A series of brutal murders plaguing Whitechapel have him working long hours, so when Ainsworth's daughter shows up on his doorstep and offers herself to him, he fears he might be dreaming. Fascinated with Lizzy from the moment he meets her, Ian is determined to spend more than one night in her arms, despite what it might cost both of them.

Scandalous Wager is a sensual novella of approximately 17,000 words.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2015 4.00