The Widow WagerTitle:  The Widow Wager
Series:  The Notorious Flynns #3
Author:  Jess Michaels
Genre:  Regency Romance
Published:  April 21, 2015
Publisher:  The Passionate Pen
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

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?

Read on for my thoughts on The Widow Wager.  No true spoilers, promise.

Oh. My. Goodness. This was such a good, intense, sexy story.  I absolutely loved it.  And, just saying, the cover is beautiful – I’m a cover collector and that cover is amazing.

Crispin is a wreck.  A totally drunken, womanizer, gambling wreck.  I can feel badly for Crispin, but would really rather just smack him upside his head.  He needs help, and Gemma is just the one to give it to him.

Gemma is a widow… or was until Crispin lost at cards to her father and he had to pay up.  Marriage.  To her.  Gemma’s first husband was older than she and his insistence at getting an heir from her resulted in his death.  Dead.  In bed.  In the middle… well, you get the idea.  Now there are rumors running about that she helped him over the edge of death by killing him.  Which, technically might be close to the truth.  Unfortunately, her first husband’s death put her right back under her father’s control.  Once again to be sold off or gambled off.

Crispin has no idea of what he lost at cards last night.  He woke up with a raging hangover and a redhead in his bed.  A beautiful red haired lady – how the hell did that happen?  Oh, nevermind, he’d find out soon enough.

Gemma and Crispin are sizzling hot together.  If anyone can help this man turn his life around, it’s Gemma.  While they share an amazing sexual connection, neither wants the messiness of falling in love.  Throughout The Widow Wager, they begin to know each other, even trust each other a bit.  There will be trials, gossip, tribulations and danger before they work their way to each other in the truest sense.  But it is a journey well worth taking.

This novel is an amazing addition to The Notorious Flynns series.  Now I’m ready for the next one.  Love this series.

The Notorious Flynns

1.  The Other Duke

2.  The Scoundrel’s Lover

3.  The Widow Wager

4.  No Gentleman for Georgina (May 2015)

*I received an e-ARC of The Widow Wager from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*