A Gamble at Sunset A Gamble at Sunset
Book 1 - Betting Against the Duke

A Gamble at Sunset

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Publisher Description

Award-winning author Vanessa Riley turns all convention on its head for the first in an enchanting, dazzlingly diverse new Regency romance trilogy featuring a duke, three sisters, and a tantalizing bet with a most desirable reward...

“A triumphant return to romance…Riley renders the Regency in living color, with impressive historical detail and an admirably diverse cast. Historical romance readers will be entranced.” Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

“The perfect historical read.” —Julia Quinn, #1 New York Times bestselling author

When a duke discovers the woman he loves was tricked into marrying another, the master chess player makes the now-widowed viscountess the highest-stakes wager of his life in a last-ditch effort to win her affection: he will find husbands for her two sisters—or depart forever...

Georgina Wilcox, a wallflower with hidden musical talents, is furious when her reclusive older sister—the recently widowed viscountess—refuses sorely needed help from the Duke of Torrance, the only gentleman who has shown kindness to the bereft Wilcox sisters. Georgina decides to get back at her sister and shock the viscountess by kissing the first willing stranger she meets in the enchanting gardens of Anya House. Unfortunately, her sister is not the sole witness. A group of reporters and the ton’s leading gossips catch Georgina in a passionate embrace with a reticent composer, Lord Mark Sebastian.

The third son of an influential marquis, the tongue-tied Mark is determined to keep the scandal from ruining Georgina’s reputation and his own prospects of winning the celebrated Harlbert’s Prize for music. Under the guise of private voice lessons, the two embark on a daring gamble to fool the ton into believing that their feigned courtship is honorable while bolstering Georgina’s singing genius to captivate potential suitors. Sexist cartoons, family rivalries, and an upcoming ball test the fake couple’s resolve. Will their sudden fiery collaboration—and growing attraction—prove there’s nothing false about a first kiss and scandalously irresistible temptation?

May 21
Zebra Books
Kensington Publishing Corp.

Customer Reviews

AbadWallflower ,

Love the push and pull

The Duke of Torrance is back in town and gambles to get someone’s trust back through family in “A Gamble at Sunset” by Vanessa Riley, first in her newest series Betting Against the Duke!

If you enjoy fake engagements, then you’ll enjoy the push and pull between one couple. I loved the external influence that the couple needed for their realization. Plus, there was exterior conflict that added to the love-conquers-all concept.

If you enjoy lovers to enemies in denial, then you’ll absolutely enjoy this read. The story was driven forward by the secondary couple and their individual secrets. There was a lot of pushing away that built the anticipation for their book.

This was a well-paced historical fiction and romance. I enjoy Riley’s books for the historical aspects woven into her stories and the author’s notes that add to our learning of what’s not mainstream until discovered. Women of color dared to be in places they shouldn’t be during Regency era and I loved that!

Thank you to Net Galley, Kensington Publishing, and Zebra for the ARC in exchange for a honest review.

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The Butterfly Bride The Butterfly Bride
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