Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Blog Tour / Giveaway: The Twelfth Night Wager by Regan Walker

Now that December is here I can finally break out the Christmas themed books. I've had to restrain myself until now and have quite a list to get through this month, so watch this space!
Today I'm excited to be hosting the blog tour for The Twelfth Night Wager by Regan 
Walker. I really loved this book, and now can't wait to read the rest of Regan's work!
Read on for a synopsis, review and a giveaway to win a Twelve 
Days of Christmas Bracelet. I know I'll be entering!


01_The Twelfth Night Wager CoverSynopsis
THE REDHEADED RAKE
It was a dull day at White’s, the day he agreed to the wager: seduce bed and walk away from the lovely Lady Leisterfield, all by Twelfth Night. This holiday season, Christopher St. Ives, Viscount Eustace, planned to give himself a gift.

THE INNOCENT WIDOW
She was too proper by half—or so was the accusation of her friends, which was why her father had to find her a husband. But Lord Leisterfield was now gone a year, and Grace was at last shedding the drab colors of mourning. The house felt empty, more so during the coming Christmastide, and so tonight her coming out would begin with a scandalous piece of theater. The play would attract rogues, or so promised her friend the dowager countess. It would indeed. The night would bring about the greatest danger—and the greatest happiness—that Grace had ever known.

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Review
First of all I have to say that I really love the cover! It fits the story and its seasonal setting perfectly.

The central couple, Christopher and Grace are a perfect match, and you can't help but will them to get together. Grace, like me, is an observer, and I really wanted her to let herself go a bit more and have fun after what she'd been through. I also want a Christopher of my own! He is a reformed rake, but a perfect gentleman - and a gorgeous one at that!

All of the secondary characters each have their own interesting personalities. I particularly liked Lord and Lady Ormond, and so was very happy to discover that they have a novel of their own! However my favourite supporting character has to be Lady Claremont; the matchmaking dowager who doesn't miss a thing. She is shrewd yet surprisingly modern in her thinking and her matchmaking methods, and well respected by all who know her.

One of the things that I love the most about historical romances is the setting, and this one doesn't disappoint. A world of balls, operas, lavish costumes and country estates is exactly the kind of escapism that I love. The plot of this novel is nothing new, give or take a twist or two, but this is by no means a criticism. You know exactly what you're going to get, so sit back and enjoy. There were also subtle hints in the plot to the exciting life of Grace's friend Lady Mary Ormond, prior to her marriage - dressing like a boy and riding astride. Scandalous! These hints were just enough to entice you into wanting to read the other books in the series - and they worked! I can't wait to find out more!

5/5 stars: With a wonderful cast of characters and a couple that you will really root for, The Twelfth Night Wager is a tale told with humour and heart; the perfect read for a cold winter's night.

About the Author
03_Regan WalkerBestselling author Regan Walker loved to write stories as a child, particularly those about adventure-loving girls, but by the time she got to college more serious pursuits took priority. One of her professors encouraged her to pursue the profession of law, which she did. Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the “Crown” on its subjects. Hence her romance novels often involve a demanding sovereign who taps his subjects for “special assignments.” And in each of her novels, there is always real history and real historic figures. Regan lives in San Diego with her golden retriever, Link, whom she says inspires her every day to relax and smell the roses. For more information please visit Regan Walker’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Giveaway
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6 comments:

  1. Hi, Vicki. I'm so glad you loved The Twelfth Night Wager. Thanks for the thoughtful review. If you like the Dowager Countess of Claremont, she is a character in Lady Emily Picton's story, The Holly & The Thistle (also a Christmas tale) and in The Shamrock & The Rose. Racing with the Wind, book 1 in the Agents of the Crown trilogy (currently on sale for 99¢ till Christmas) tells of Lady Mary and Hugh, Lord Ormond. I'm delighted you want to read them!

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    1. I will definitely be reading those then!

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