Review: The Wallflower’s Wicked Wager by Collette Cameron

Review: The Wallflower’s Wicked Wager by Collette CameronThe Wallflower's Wicked Wager by Collette Cameron
Series: A Waltz with a Rogue #5
on June 8th 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon
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Reading Challenges: 2017 New To Me Challenge
two-half-stars

He loved her beyond anything and everything-precisely why he couldn't ever marry her.

A wounded hero.

Love-sentimental drivel for insipid, weak, feckless fools.

Since an explosion ravaged Captain Morgan Le Draco's face and cost him his commission in the Royal Dragoons, he's fortified himself behind an impenetrable rampart of cynicism and distrust. Now destitute and shunned by the very society that once lauded his heroics, he's put aside all thoughts of marrying and having a family. Until he risks his life to save a drowning woman. At once, Morgan knows Shona's the balm for his tortured soul, but as a wealthy, titled noblewoman, she's too far above his humble station and can never be his.

An intrepid wallflower.

Love-a treasured gift reserved for those beautiful of form and face.

Scorned and ridiculed most of her adult life, Shona, Lady Atterberry believes she's utterly undesirable and is reconciled to spinsterhood. She hides her spirited temperament beneath a veneer of gauche shyness, until a strapping, scarred stranger saves her life, and she can't deny her immediate, powerful, and sensual attraction to him. Despite how ill-suited they are and innuendos that Captain Le Draco is a fortune-hunter, she cannot escape her growing fascination.

Two damaged souls searching for love.

Others are determined to keep them apart, and Shona is goaded into placing a wicked wager. One that sets her upon a ruinous path and alienates the only man who might have ever loved her. Is true love enough to put their pasts behind them, to learn to trust, and heal their wounded hearts?

Warning: This book contains one devilish, seemingly irredeemable rogue, an on-the-shelf wallflower who dabbles in wicked wagers, an unexpected and most enticing swim in a lake, a villainess you'll want to shove into said lake, and a cast of captivating secondary characters with their own tantalizing romantic tales.

For a heartwarming, inspiring story about the power of love, purchase your copy today of THE WALLFLOWER'S WICKED WAGER, the fifth installment in Collette Cameron's romantic historical Regencies A Waltz with a Rogue Novella series.

The Wallflower’s Wicked Wager by Collette Cameron is a novella in Cameron’s A Waltz with a Rogue series, and it’s the first book I’ve read by this author. I love reading novellas by new-to-me author’s because it gives me an idea of whether I would enjoy an author’s writing style. Unfortunately, while I didn’t hate this one, The Wallflower’s Wicked Wager did not leave me impressed, and I’m not really wanting to read more by Cameron.

This book is about Shona, who is unpopular in the ton, but who is inheriting quite a fortune on her birthday. So now, all of a sudden, men are clamoring for her attention. One man in particular is pursuing her (with his very pushy mother encouraging him) but Shona is not interested. When she is desperately trying to find some peace from this man, she trips and fall into the water, which is where our hero, Captain Morgan Le Draco comes in to save the day. They are both very attracted to each other, but Morgan has physical scars and has no money so he isn’t sure if he can offer for Shona.

I loved the premise of this book. I love that Shona is inheriting a title, and that she has often felt like an outsider in the ton. I love that Morgan is a honorable man, and that he isn’t super wealthy and that he has a scar that makes him self conscious. I love that when they first meet they instantly connect. But even with all that, this book still fell flat.

The writing was sort of odd, at least to me. It was flowery and often had a weird flow. It would take the characters so long to do something. For example, when Shona and Morgan are heading back to the party after he rescued her from the lake, I swear it felt like it took them hours to just cross the porch. It was weird. And there was way too much inner dialogue. I also didn’t like that there was the whole Mean Girl thing going on. I hate that women-are-catty stereotype like nothing else.

While I didn’t love The Wallflower’s Wicked Wager by Collette Cameron, I think I will try out a full length novel just to finalize my opinion. I’m not really sure if this author is for me, but it’s a bit too early to tell.

two-half-stars

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5 Responses to “Review: The Wallflower’s Wicked Wager by Collette Cameron”

  1. Nick

    I feel like books that don’t particularly leave an impression are the ones that are the hardest to review. I’m sorry this wasn’t all that. I know that the flowery writing would probably not work for me either. I hope your next read is better!

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I thought from looking at the cover that this was a romance from the 80s or mid 90s and with the writing issue it sounds like it has that feel. I do like that the characters are interesting and different but all that can’t help a book that is just flat. I don’t see me reading anything by Cameron anytime soon either.

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