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When her imposing and attractive new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals Penny sets him a challenge She will part with her precious charges if he can find them loving homesDone Gabriel says How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittensAnd a two legged dogAnd a foul mouthed parrotAnd a goat an otte Hm Well I m going to be working through some things here and this is 100% spoiler filled and without tags Enter at your own risk This is really rough and I will probably continue to edit at will So forewarned is forearmed These are first thoughtsCONTENT WARNINGS Childhood sexual assault As always there is some delightful banter and if that s your jam then that will be pleasing in this book Penny is a likable heroine of course but I have some real concerns about her character development I think this book has some very big structural problems that undermine it entirely Under developed HeroListen can you just tell readers a few times that the hero is a villain without showing your work There s very little to work with here In the first 23 of the book we only see Gabe when he arrives to do something with Penny The entire I need to make money off flipping this house plot really doesn t make any sense sorry And even if it did he never interacts with another human outside of the people introduced by Penny or in the setting Are you really that dastardly of a villain without any people around you He doesn t even have a valet a man of affairs a banker a lawyer a henchman I have struggled in the past when a character has no people but this is pretty extreme He doesn t even seem to have his own interests Somehow anything he had in process just comes to a grinding halt to deal with Penny her menagerie and selling this house I guess Some of Penny s pets have character development than Gabe and most of the heavy lifting about his character is done in chapter 21 when he decides to deliver a baby goat Maybe I m just real churlish but an entire chapter devoted to baby goat delivery at the 70% mark as the primary way of convincing your readers that he s really loves her and is a really good guy I wish you could see my face Chapter 24 I have a lot of feelings about this reveal First of all I want to say that I think survivors deserve HEAs but I also think survivors deserve to see their stories told with dignity and respect and not as a plot twist This big reveal really comes out of nowhere and it felt to me like a craft mistake OF COURSE women who have been molested keep secrets but they also presumably develop a set of very finely honed defenses for how to cope with their feelings when they come up For example it could have been done when she thought about her brother and extended family when she embarked upon a sexual relationship with Gabe when she thought about her past and her life as a spinster ANY NUMBER OF PLACES Instead given there was almost no forecasting of her past this reveal came out of fucking NOWHERE It s just air dropped in and it made ME feel as a reader feel like the message is women who are molested just turn into lovable old kooksAnd you know what that did not feel great From a craft perspective if an author is going to introduce a big hidden secretThen do the work As a reader I am very interested in the ways in which characters reveal their truths to others Here is a story that Penny has kept to herself for most of her life Now she is going to tell someone How exactly did she do that We get the story she tells herself about what happened but we don t get the way in which she tells it to Gabe This is also true later in the book when she tells her friends and then her aunt and finally her brother It s all internal and so for me as a reader it didn t feel real I had to reread the scene several times what did she actually TELL him The only way we know it took a Long time is because she got thirsty Could this be an attempt on the author s part to show that she s trying to keep an emotional distance I guess but it just felt like a scene that needed a lot work Even Gabe s response in this moment is entirely passive As she talked a series of objects drifted in and out of her hands She didn t notice them being placed in her grasp and she didn t recall setting them aside They were merely there in easy reach exactly when she needed themAt some point the objects ceased moving into and out of her grasp and she found herself clinging to one steady source of comfort Gabriel s hand Part of me doesn t mind this passivity it is after all Penny s story But this becomes a problem when later in the book Gabe explodes into fucking action in the worst way How are we to believe that the man who apparently SAT AND LISTENED DIDN T ASK A SINGLE UESTION DIDN T MAKE A SINGLE SOUND DOESN T REVEAL A SINGLE FEELING then later jumps straight to dueling And I found myself feeling like this was honestly an emotional cheat Why is this moment which should be an emotionally weighty scene the scene of the most important emotional connection between these two characters why is this scene less carefully developed then a scene where Gabe delivers a baby goat If this chapter and this plot point disappeared from the book would it change who Penny is Would it change who they are I d say no Literally NOTHING about the first 23 chapters would have to change at all if chapter 24 were gone and that is very damning because that means it s not a real part of her character These two big reveals about their childhood traumas felt clumsy and ill conceived I hated that the molester appears again at the end how convenient She s successfully avoided him for how fucking long but there he is again The aunt suddenly appears to save the day I guess I d call it all deus ex machina but honestly is the last third of the book even thematically related to the first 23 It s not god in the machine It s a new machine A book with virtually no conflict for the first 23 then turns into a huge amount of buried conflict which is just as easily swept away I was disappointedUPDATEPART TWO I don t read historical romance because I care about history So for example I don t really care that Penny walks herself down the aisle and says she is her own person and wants to give herself away But I don t think that an author can have it both ways Penny embraces a very modern sensibility about her body and her identity but it is paired with a very old fashioned type of belief about whywhen she should disclose her past to her family She thinks that she should only disclose the abuse if her brother happened to have girls so thank god he had boys This did not sit well with me AT ALL and in a way I am very much struggling to describe I m including the actual language here which I m hiding behind a spoiler tag bc I feel like it has the potential to be very triggering view spoiler On the day of her brother s wedding Penny had vowed that if Bradford and Alice ever had a baby girl she would break her silence No matter how painful But 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The Wallflower Wager

R a hedgehog Easier said than done for a cold blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse Soon he’s covered in cat hair knee deep in adorable and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving himNot if he ruins her fir On Kindle sale today 20th Jan 2020 USD 199 Tropes Unstarched him Wallflower Spinster Class Difference Enemies to Lovers Opposites Attract 45 starsI ve been on a pretty lousy romance reading path lately so last night I bought Tessa Dare s latest as I needed a sure thing And boy did it deliver I started it this morning and read it in one sitting It s got adorable charming and rude animals hilarious revisits and interaction with characters from book 1 and 2 amusing dialogue that made me laugh out loud plus plenty of hot sweet sexy and tender moments There is also a couple of punches to this book which will be surprising but it adds very good value to the story and just shows what a brilliant writer TD is This book had it all Good God he said What have I unleashed Me She lifted his hand and kissed it I m in control of my life and my body and you can t know what that means I m not sure I know what it means But I m all anticipation to find out uick plot When Gabriel Duke is finishing his new house for sale to make profit to his already vast fortune he is not prepared for the continuous challenges presented by his pretty neighbour and her brood of animals It becomes uite clear that these two will butt heads Repeatedly Nothing pleased her than looking after those around her Feeding them warming them protecting them giving them a home She doled out affection from an endless supply The only problem was she was running out of people to claim it Lady Penelope Campion had a softness for animals Gabe had no softness at all But there is no denying they have noticed each other There was nothing off putting about her whatsoever She was on putting in every way Penny wasn t unused to men but there was a difference between friendly acuaintance and a close range confrontation with sheer masculine physicality It felt like someone had taken a mallet to a gong of femininity hidden deep in her belly and now the vibrations traveled through her bones summoning an ancient primal force Penny could think of only one name for it lust It s a good thing they have such a like for animals in common Certainly I like animals Roasted animals Fried animals Minced and baked in a pie animals He gestured expansively I like all kinds of animals And it doesn t take long for Gabriel to expose his soft underbelly Listen to me he said sternly My motives are never kind Neither are they generous or charitable or good They re money driven and entirely selfish You d do well to remember that And they get along swimmingly Your Ladyship you are anything but calming You re not particularly cuddly yourself she said Luckily I have some experience soothing prickly beasts She clenched her hands into fists You are so maddening You have a way of provoking me unlike anyone I ve ever known It s as though I become a different person when I m around you and I m not certain I like her He pulled her to him I like her He would not put his hands on Lady Penelope Campion again Absolutely not Definitely not Probably not Damn For the good of us both you have to cease gazing at me Then you have to cease wooing me Wooing you He grimaced as if the words were a pickled lemon on his tongue I don t woo You do too woo But all the money and influence in the world can t change my nature There s nothing wrong with your nature Your nature is fine For that sentence alone she could have kissed him it s not We are who we are I suppose We are who we are she agreed Gabe despised the defeated note in her voice He liked who she was beneath the mask And when he was in her company he almost liked who he was too Attack of Apollyon: Revenge of the Locusts on saving himNot if he ruins her fir On Kindle sale today 20th Jan 2020 USD 199 Tropes Unstarched him Wallflower Spinster Class Difference Enemies to Lovers Opposites Attract 45 starsI ve been Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere An Illustrated Introduction Tuttle Martial Arts on a pretty lousy romance reading path lately so last night I bought Tessa Dare s latest as I needed a sure thing And boy did it deliver I started it this morning and read it in The Empirical Stance The Terry Lectures Series one sitting It s got adorable charming and rude animals hilarious revisits and interaction with characters from book 1 and 2 amusing dialogue that made me laugh Book of Isms out loud plus plenty バガボンド 1 of hot sweet sexy and tender moments There is also a couple Расул Гамзатов Стихи of punches to this book which will be surprising but it adds very good value to the story and just shows what a brilliant writer TD is This book had it all Good God he said What have I unleashed Me She lifted his hand and kissed it I m in control Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start Up Bubble of my life and my body and you can t know what that means I m not sure I know what it means But I m all anticipation to find Microsoft Office Excel 2007 for Project Managers out uick plot When Gabriel Duke is finishing his new house for sale to make profit to his already vast fortune he is not prepared for the continuous challenges presented by his pretty neighbour and her brood Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly of animals It becomes uite clear that these two will butt heads Repeatedly Nothing pleased her than looking after those around her Feeding them warming them protecting them giving them a home She doled Hawk's Passion out affection from an endless supply The Girls of Brackenhill only problem was she was running A Beautiful Dark out After We Fell of people to claim it Lady Penelope Campion had a softness for animals Gabe had no softness at all But there is no denying they have noticed each Damsels in Distress other There was nothing The Thread off putting about her whatsoever She was Renewing Pastoral Practice Trinitarian Perspectives on Pastoral Care And Counselling Explorations in Practical Pastoral and Empirical Theology Explorations Practical Pastoral and Empirical Theology on putting in every way Penny wasn t unused to men but there was a difference between friendly acuaintance and a close range confrontation with sheer masculine physicality It felt like someone had taken a mallet to a gong Going Grand of femininity hidden deep in her belly and now the vibrations traveled through her bones summoning an ancient primal force Penny could think The Reject of Screenwalks only Battle Ground one name for it lust It s a good thing they have such a like for animals in common Certainly I like animals Roasted animals Fried animals Minced and baked in a pie animals He gestured expansively I like all kinds Rightfully the Alpha Female of animals And it doesn t take long for Gabriel to expose his soft underbelly Listen to me he said sternly My motives are never kind Neither are they generous Twin Obsessions or charitable Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-deliverance & Assisted Suicide for the Dying of provoking me unlike anyone I ve ever known It s as though I become a different person when I m around you and I m not certain I like her He pulled her to him I like her He would not put his hands The Dauntless (Spy Girl Book 5) (English Edition) on Lady Penelope Campion again Absolutely not Definitely not Probably not Damn For the good Soulbinder (Spellslinger, of us both you have to cease gazing at me Then you have to cease wooing me Wooing you He grimaced as if the words were a pickled lemon Venus in the Cloister: or, the Nun in her Smock on his tongue I don t woo You do too woo But all the money and influence in the world can t change my nature There s nothing wrong with your nature Your nature is fine For that sentence alone she could have kissed him it s not We are who we are I suppose We are who we are she agreed Gabe despised the defeated note in her voice He liked who she was beneath the mask And when he was in her company he almost liked who he was too

Tessa Dare ☆ 8 Read

To an undaunted wallflower he's just the beast next door Wealthy and ruthless Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society and now he wants to get evenLoyal and passionate Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart the slytherinhufflepuff ship we deserve Anton of high society and now he wants to get evenLoyal and passionate Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost Missing, Assumed Dead or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart the slytherinhufflepuff ship we deserve


10 thoughts on “The Wallflower Wager

  1. says:

    ugh now I am caught up SAD

  2. says:

    the slytherinhufflepuff ship we deserve

  3. says:

    Tessa Dare writes historical romance like no other and I will forever bow to the ueen This was SO heckin' charmingTW pedophilia in the past g

  4. says:

    45 STARSTessa Dare has proven once again why she is one of the BEST historical romance writers of all timeconsistency I cannot say

  5. says:

    8202019AAAANDDD TRYNA START MY COME BACK FROM BOOK DEATH WITH A BANGGGWhat better way to ease my way back into reading than a Tessa Dare novelHere goes5 UNSURPRISING TOTALLY KNEW I'D LOVE IT STARSOops Guess who did it againTessa FUCKIN Dare That's WhoYou know the one thing I love about her books is that they're feel good don't tak

  6. says:

    Hm Well I'm going to be working through some things here and this is 100% spoiler filled and without tags Enter at your own risk This is really rough and I will probably continue to edit at will So forewarned is forearmed These are first thoughtsCONTENT WARNINGS Childhood sexual assault As always there is some delightful b

  7. says:

    penny has the RANGE darling

  8. says:

    On Kindle sale today 20th Jan 2020 USD 199 Tropes Unstarched him Wallflower Spinster Class Difference Enemies to Lovers Opposites Attract 45 starsI’ve been on a pretty lousy romance reading path lately so last ni

  9. says:

    45 stars“No one can be reduced to numbers in a ledger or a stack of banknotes or a single silver coin We are humans with souls and

  10. says:

    5 STARS She was a fool A naïve trusting sheltered fool And Gabe wanted to corrupt her so damned badly his bones ached See that pile of satisfied reader goo in the corner The one clutching her kindle to her chest and making moon eyes at the sky That my friends is this girl after downright binging on the absolute perfection that was this storyI don't know how it's possible for Tessa Dare to outdo herself with each book i