Title: The Widow Wager (The Notorious Flynns, book #3)
Genre: Historical Romance (e-book)
Author: Jess Michaels
Publisher: The Passionate Pen, April 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Crispin Flynn has been on a downward spiral ever since he lost the woman he loved and watched his brother forced into a life he never would have chosen. His response has been drinking and gambling his way to utter ruin. One night, deep in his cups, he places a dangerous bet that results in him being forced to marry Gemma, the widow of the Earl of Laurelcross. Gemma once had a passionate side, but has been hiding it ever since her much older husband died during the act of making love. Now she finds herself the much unwanted wife of one of the biggest libertines in London and the subject of even more gossip than ever. Once they determine they cannot escape the marriage, the two begin a slow circling of each other. Passion is easy, but can they overcome mistrust and secrets in order to make the worst night of their lives one of their best? Or are they bound to lose each other before their love can take root? Length: Full-length novel Sensuality level: Hot and steamy This book can be read as a stand-alone novel, but is part of a series (The Notorious Flynns).
This book has a delightful premise of a married couple falling in love. I’m not spoiling anything by telling you that they do fall in love, after all this is a romance novel. But there is a villain who would like to throw a monkey wrench into the romance just for his own edification. And our hero has a mystery surrounding that lost love and we turn pages to find out all the details. The heroine is forced into this marriage and she is, at first, in lust with her husband. Our hero is insistent that he will not fall in love with our heroine and we all know how that will end. Yes, a bit predictable but Ms. Michaels is such a good writer that although we know it is predictable we still want to turn every single page to reach that happy ending.