Today I am reviewing Scandalous Wager Christy Carlyle’s debut novel. Christy designed the fabulous cover of my debut e-book The Dragon Legacy.
Here’s what to expect from 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.’
The first novella in the Whitechapel Wagers Series Scandalous Wager is set in Victorian London at the height of the ‘Ripper’ atrocities. The characters in this fast paced story make an instant impact.
Elizabeth (Lizzy) is an intelligent headstrong heroine who is tired of her virginity and with strong reservations about marriage even if it was likely she wants to experience the passion of carnal love.
Ian the sexy diligent Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector has only met Elizabeth at formal soirees at Detective Chief Inspector Ainsworth’s home. Surprise is not the only emotion he feels when she visits his Whitechapel lodgings alone.
This is an atmospheric tale. Whilst aware of the poverty, oppression of women and the inherent danger of living in East End London in the late 19th Century you focus on the passion igniting between Lizzy and Ian. The love scenes are sensuous and leave you wanting more.
A lovely insight into Victorian Whitechapel society I can’t wait for more.
I received a copy of this e-book from the author in return for an honest review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Newly published Victorian era romance author Christy Carlyle is often accused of having her head in the clouds, but most often 19th century England serves as the setting of her daydreams. A period of immense industrial and technological innovation as well as social change, the era offers plenty to inspire story ideas and challenge her characters, whether they be self-made rogues, heartbroken aristocrats, or the forward-thinking women who love them.
A former English and history teacher, Christy has a BA in history and is working on an MA in English literature. When she’s not writing or studying, she works as a book cover artist/graphic designer and freelance editor. When all else is done, she relishes time spent with her little family unit: Scottish husband (though not a kilt wearer, unfortunately) and brother and sister shelter cats.
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