Title: The Widow Wager
Written by Jess Michaels
Series: The Notorious Flynns #3
Published by The Passionate Pen
Publication Date: 4/21/2015
Genres: Erotic Romance, Historical Romance
Challenges: 2015 Goodreads Book Challenge, 2015 Historical Romance Challenge, 2015 Netgalley Reading Challenge
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?
“I want to love this, but I was disappointed”
The Widow Wager is the third book in the Notorious Flynns series by Jess Michaels and focusses on the black sheep of the family – Crispin. Since the second book (The Scoundrel’s Lover), he was already on a downward spiral due to something that happened to him in the past. Crispin has a lot of baggage and as the book goes on, we will find out more about it.
Gemma has been a pariah in society. She was married off to an old husband who died while they were having sex(?)! Crazy, right? When her father loses a card game against Crispin, Gemma finds out that she is to wed Crispin.
What I love:
Gemma is a unique heroine in a sense that she had actually admitted to liking sex with her husband. She did not love her husband, though. Still, I thought that was very refreshing. With historical romance, we usually have heroines who are previously married state that sex with their husband has horrible. LOL
I also liked the Flynn family dynamics. I love the close family ties with the whole gang. I love seeing the whole family again!
What I did NOT like:
In the end, I felt that they way Crispin was acting was too over the top to be believable. I mean, who am I to say how to act when someone is in pain but it just felt too shallow.
Which brings me to another thing that I did not like – the story was just too short. Because it was too short, it felt too rushed. Again, I am disappointed by this because I feel that a lot could have been done to this story. Maybe this is why I felt his reasons behind his behavior were pretty shallow. I really expected to like Crispin’s story. I liked how his story was built up in the second book and I wanted to find out why he was acting this way.
Another thing that I did not like was HOW he was acting towards his brother, the new Duke. I felt that he resented the Duke for something not related to the reason why he was in a downward spiral.
I really wanted to LOVE The Widow Wager but I felt that I was robbed from an awesome story. The chemistry between Gemma and Crispin was explosive and I really loved reading their HEA.