July, 1814! So much has happened since the summer of 1813. Cousin Cyril was killed in a carriage accident and now Rafe is the Duke of Hartholm with an inherited wife who is carrying his child. In the meantime, Rafe’s brother Crispin has had a breakdown and spends his days and nights in a drunken stupor hanging out and gambling at Donville Masquerade. That is the reason their sister Annabelle has been secretly spying on her brother in this den of iniquity instead of enjoying her London season and finding a respectable husband. Then she ups and marries the manager of the club, mutual friend Marcus Rivers. It’s a love match for the two of them and they couldn’t be happier. Which brings us to July 1814, where Crispin awakens with a huge hangover and a woman he can’t remember marrying in his bed.
The Widow Wager by Jess Michaels is Book 3 in The Notorious Flynn series. It seems that Crispin has been maneuvered into marriage through the flip of a card while stinking drunk. Why else would he have done such a dishonorable thing as gambling for a wife. Then to marry her on the spot despite her protests was a despicable act, even for a Flynn. Crispin needs help, but he has disassociated himself from his family for so long, will they be willing to welcome him back into the fold with an unexpected spouse in tow? Of course they would. The Flynns value family above all else, and they have been worried about their wayward brother. Together they must figure out what is going on and how they can help both Gemma and her sister Mary escape the clutches of a self serving, controlling father.
Despite their lack of enthusiasm about this unexpected marriage, both Crispin and the widowed Gemma, are evenly matched in the bedroom where their amorous sides are abundently explored in numerous detailed scenes of passion. Jess Michaels is adept at titilating her readers and this book is no exception. When the two protagonists finally realize this is a marriage for keeps, they must overcome their pasts to find true love.
I love how Michaels develops her characters and expands the plotline from one book to the next. That the first three books in the series take place over slightly more than a one year span adds to the excitement. Boom, boom, boom – all three Flynn siblings are now married and their lives along with those of their spouses are interconnected into one big happy family. Not that there aren’t problems, but working together as a unit does wonders in resolving issues. Now they might finally discover what is truly bugging Crispin and find a way to help him heal. New wife Gemma might even assist him in curtailing his excessive drinking habit.
Perhaps this series should be called “Taming the Flynns”, except that would imply dullness, and these books are anything but dull. Four stars.
A thank you to Netgalkey and Victory Editing for allowing me to download this ARC in exchange for an honest review.