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  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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The Wallflower Wager

By: Tessa Dare
Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
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Top Ten Most Heartwarming Reads by Red Magazine.

Lady Penelope cares for all creatures. Gabriel Duke cares for no one. Can they care for each other? 

Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke had to fight his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now, with a reputation as the ‘Duke of Ruin’, he wants to get even. 

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart. When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbour demands she remove her animals, Penny resists his demand and makes a counter-offer. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes! 

Rising to the challenge, Gabriel does not expect such a simple task to result in intimacy with Penny and soon he finds this spirited spinster is not the push-over he thought. But Gabe is not the only one with a past he’d rather forget. And if Penny is intent on saving Gabe, perhaps he might just need to save her first.

©2019 Tessa Dare (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"I absolutely adored it. I laughed out loud numerous times.... Love her writing." (Jodi Picoult)

"A beautiful and sexy read." (Frost Magazine)

"...injecting just the right chemistry between her characters, Dare delivers another fine romance with a dose of good humour." (Woman’s Weekly)

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Tessa Dare as fabulous as always!

This story is hard to put down, from the beginning to the end. I just loved all the characters and the storyline. I found myself laughing out loud most of the way through it, getting strange looks from my husband.
Mary Jane Wells narration as usual topped it off beautifully! I highly recommend

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Narrator was fabulous, story was lacking.

Such a let down after the first two books. This book had so much potentional, but instead it was just 2 dimensional characters with trauma thrown in. There was no character development and it was just plain boring.
The narrator was wonderful again though! I loved that she kept Penny's distinct voice for her dialogue.

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Love this romantic story of love and healing

I love this story, it’s wonderful writing by Tessa Dare and excellent narration by Marie-Jane Wells. I listen to it often as it touches something from my childhood. Thank you so much Tessa for including this background in this story.

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The Wallflower wager

I loved this book, it was light & funny - flowed well - the narrator was brilliant.

Thoroughly enjoyed it. 10/10 from me.

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Charming story but the narration lets it down.

Charming story but the narration ruined it for me. The voice of the 26yo heroine sounded like a witless, spinster granny and her hero had the voice of a retired 65yo general. The inflections were misplaced and the dramatisation was too theatrical. It also sounded as though it was being read by the narrator for the first time. Reminded me of ‘story time’ in primary school. I’ve read literally thousands of this type of novel and would welcome the opportunity to give my interpretation. There was nothing authentic in this narration. It lacked passion and credibility. A much younger voice needed for a romantic novel. I think it really let the author down. Poor casting on this occasion. This is just my opinion of course. Listen to the sample and make up your own mind.

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Thoroughly entertaining

I highly recommend this audiobook. I was hooked from the very first chapter. This is an excellent story with excellent narration.
Penny is a loving and caring soul. Gabe is a soul who needs to open himself to love. Each give the other the TLC they need. Theirs is a beautiful love story which sees Penny’s strength and Gabe’s goodness shine in spite of their respective pasts.

There were many amusing moments throughout that had me chuckling. The unlikely friendship that developed between Chase, Ash & Gabe was charming and one of my favourite chapters is the one with the 3 men and the goat.

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Mary Wells - Best performance on Audible

Mary, you never fail to entertain.
Tessa, your humour creates a disturbance wherever and whenever I’m listening. I can’t help but to laugh out loud at the antics of the men in your stories.
You are now one of my favourite authors.

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This was ok, enjoyable

I found the context of the timeline of the story a bit unrealistic, nearly bordering on mills and boon style sex scenes (not that I've read any, just assuming). Not your Jane Austen. Was an easy read, however I did find the language and sex scenes a bit cringe worthy.

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