Collette Cameron delivers a lovely traditional Regency romance as she introduces some of the most interesting young ladies I have every come across. Brooke Culpepper is a strong heroine who was so easy to relate to even though I had absolutely nothing in common with her. I couldn't help but admire her for her actions toward her home, her servants and her family. Heath, Earl of Ravensdale could have come across as a petulant child-like man too spoiled to be redeemed, however his station in life accounted for his lapse in manners and if the heroine could forgive him I guess so could I, after all he was never malicious. I loved the entire cast of characters in this story and cannot wait for them to make a reappearance, I cannot wait to read about the remainder of the Culpepper misses! If you are a fan of sweet, traditional Regency romances this is definitely a must-read.
When Heath, the Earl of Ravensdale inherits an estate in a card game he is not expecting to find to find it inhabited by the loveliest ladies he has ever seen. Brooke Culpepper and her family have been struggling to keep the family home standing even when a distant cousin inherits and does nothing to improve their situation. She didn't think things could get any worse when the Earl shows up and she finds herself making a wager that will affect them all.
Formerly titled Brooke: Wagers Gone Awry (Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper, Book 1)
An angry earl. A desperate spinster. A reckless wager.
For five years, Brooke Culpepper has focused her energy on two things: keeping the struggling dairy farm that’s her home operating and preventing her younger sister and cousins from starving. Then one day, a stern-faced stranger arrives at their doorstep and announces he’s the dairy’s new owner and plans on selling the farm. Though she’s outraged, Brooke can’t deny the Earl of Ravensdale makes her pulse race in the most disturbing way.
Heath is incensed to discover five women call the land he won at the gaming tables their home. Their guardian made no mention of his beautiful, impoverished wards, nor did he reveal that he forced Brooke to send him the dairy’s proceeds or he’d evict them. Heath detests everything about the country and has no desire to own a smelly farm, even if one of the occupants is the most intelligent, entrancing woman he’s ever met.
Desperate, pauper poor, and with nowhere to take her family, Brooke rashly proposes a wager. Heath's stakes? The farm. Hers? Her virtue. The land holds no interest for Heath, but he finds Brooke irresistible and ignoring prudence as well as his sense of honor, he just as recklessly accepts her challenge.
In a winner takes all bet, will they both come to regret their impulsiveness, especially when love is at stake?
Buy the first book of The Blue Rose Regency Romances: The Culpepper Misses historical series for a romping, emotional, and romantic adventure you won't want to put down.
Though this book is part of a series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone.