Monday, August 11, 2014

The Wager (a Sisters of Scandal Novella) by Lily Maxton

Anne Middleton doesn't follow society's rules.  She has a wager with her sister that their host has Confessions of a Courtesan and is searching his library when she is caught by Michael Grey, the Earl of Thornhill.  Thornhill once courted and had proposed to Anne's widowed sister.  Anne writes a letter of apology to Thornhill and this begins a friendship through letters revolving around their discussion of the novel.

I liked the uniqueness of the letters that Michael and Anne exchanged in the beginning of the book.  They were able to develop a relationship that Anne would not have normally allowed because he had courted her sister a year ago and she didn't want to be compared to her sister.  There is a desire between them that the letters brought out.  Michael tempts Anne through a wager and takes their relationship from paper into the physical.

This was a great novella.  I enjoyed reading it and the first in the series.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you.

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