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A Gentleman's Wager Paperback – 5 Jul 2011
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I struggled to get into the story, so that by the time I had got about a third of the way through, I did debate abandoning the book because the motivations and interactions of the various characters did not seem consistent and were starting to get irritating. Fortunately, it did get better as the relationships between the central characters became more solidly established.
I thought that this book was a bit expensive.
This, let me say from the first, is an erotic novel. Whilst there is a plot running through it, (and it's a much better plot than so many novels where sex scenes happen almost every other page) it's an erotic novel - there's sex from the first page just about, and sex almost to the last page. One could level accusations of anachronism for the "let's stay in this big house and all have sex with each other a lot" but who's to say that some people didn't behave like this in private?
Yes, as expected, everyone wants Bella, and annoyingly, even the decadent, seemingly homosexual Pennerley is swept away by her "charms" (however well worn...!) but that's to be expected in a Black Lace book - the heroine has to be irresistible. But what I did like particularly about the book was the way Lucerne (however silly it is to be named after a bean) struggled with his feelings for Pennerley and those of Bella. At times he's swept away by Pennerley's seduction, and at other times he's protective of Bella, and then jealous of her as Penerley starts to stalk (hur hur) her.
I was less impressed with Bella who - it seemed to me - would have not only slept with anyone who asked her (and she does, including the staff!) but would have gone off with any of them either. I was never really convinced that she loved Lucerne, and frankly I was cheering Pennerley on from the sidelines and hoped that he'd win Lucerne for himself.
It's a hot and steamy one-handed read, which will appeal to people who like a lot of froth and a lot of sex - it will even appeal to die-hards who only read M/M. Hell, I read it and enjoyed it, didn't I? Can't get more die-hard than that!
For a historical novel, it’s written in a modern enough style to make it completely accessible. The heroine is headstrong but likeable and easy to identify with, the story moves effortlessly along, and I loved the way that it plays with other works. There are moments that are clearly tongue-in-cheek references to Poldark, Sharpe, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice and probably others, but it always draws you in, so you’ll get the humour even if you don’t know the original.
Major plus point: this is erotica, and Ellis’s writing manages to be sensual, rather than mechanical or just toe-curling like a lot of its peers. Also, every scene that occurs has its place in the narrative, rather than being crudely inserted as an obligatory bonk-every-ten-pages. If you’ve read much Nexus/Black Lace, you’ll know what I mean.
The book has strong main characters with a simple plot, that is easy to follow and understand, but which keeps you hooked until the very end. If you want a book filled with passion,lust and desire, filled with intimate details of every trist, I haven't found a better one.
With two leading men, both sounding equally gorgeous, and a leading lady filled with desire. She is used to getting what she wants, when she wants it and now finds herself having to fight for the man she desires. Will the lady claim her prize??
A passionate story, passionately written. I couldn't put it down till I had finished.
Definately a book to read, either on your own or with your own night of passion in mind. Superb!
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Into the first few pages I wasn't sure if I was going to like Bella. A lot of Black Lace books have loose heroines with very little sympathy appeal, but I came away liking Bella after the first few chapters when I started to understand why the character was developed the way she was - not sluttish, but just a [...] little mischief. Bella's naughty sexual behavior only fuels Marquis in his competition for Lucerne, which he tries to use to his full advantage in more ways than one...hehe I found myself giggling more than once at Bella and Marquis's high jinx in their efforts to win Lucerne's favor. Marquis is the lovable bad boy in the story.
Not only does Gentleman's Wager have HOT juicy sex with plenty of sexual tension, and biting humor, but loads of romance between the heroine and BOTH heroes. When Lucerne, Bella & Marquis get together for a threesome, WOW! LOVED IT!!! I also found myself liking the sexual tensions and couplings between Lucerne and Marquis as much as I did with Bella and the guys. I'm a straight female who never thought I'd find male on male sex a turn-on, but it was just too darn sexy and beautiful, NOT at all gross. Only thing I didn't like was the one minor lesbian scene in the middle of the book, however it was mild and in good taste...not enough of a big deal to ruin the fun though. I have nothing against lesbian sex; it's just not a turn-on for me.
Madelynne Ellis, weaves a great tale in Gentleman's Wager and there many secondary characters who add even more sexual spice to the mix. Even without the sex, this story would be an enjoyable read. I also recommend, on the Menage a trios male/female/male theme, Menage by Emma Holly and Out Of Bounds by Mandy Dickinson.
This isn't just a review; it's also homage to a much beloved story. I re-read it at least once a year and never fail to be in awe of Madelynne Ellis' ability to create such unexpected, complex characters:
* Bella starts off the story as self-centered and slutty. While she refers to other women as trollops and whores, she dismisses her own promiscuity as merely pursuing her own needs, desires and amusements. However, through the course of the story, she begins to assess her own actions and experiences the unfamiliar emotions of guilt, insecurity, and self doubt. Although Lucerne is the object of her affections, she is confused by her reaction to Vaughan, at once vehemently hating him and obsessively fascinated by him. She is wounded by the sting of his venom and cruelty, yet still finds herself drawn to him.
* We get to know the anchor of the love triangle, Lucerne, more through his interactions with the other characters than through introspection. When he decides to take a break from the decadence of London to spend the winter at one of his long neglected country estates, Lauwine Hall, he invites a few friends, including Vaughan, to join him. He knows Vaughan wants more than friendship from him and chooses not to acknowledge it... or the wine-hazed encounter with Vaughan three years earlier. Once Lucerne shows a serious interest in his neighbor, Bella, Vaughan starts to pressure him for a closer relationship, and Lucerne realizes he wants both Vaughan AND Bella and would rather not give either of them up. But, cast in the role of peacemaker, he realizes that he cannot live with the animosity between the two rivals and dreads the time when their constant bickering might force him to choose between them.
* The third member of the triangle, Vaughan, is one of the most deliciously complex characters I've ever read. When he is "on stage" (and often when he's not) he demands- and receives- the attention of everyone in the room... man, woman, or reader. He smirks, he sulks, he lies, he seduces, he pouts. He wields feigned indifference like a sword, and bites out words laced with deadly venom. His Machiavellian manipulations and cruelty towards others, particularly Bella, should have labeled him as the villain of the story. But the glimpses we receive of his hurt, tenderness, and longing for Lucerne soon make us realize that, while he often DOES amuse himself at the expense of others, he just as often lashes out in retaliation for his own pain or to cover his own vulnerability. Accustomed to living the debauched life courtesy of aristocratic entitlement, Vaughan actually seems a bit bewildered that he is capable of emotions strong enough to keep him patiently waiting for Lucerne to return those feelings.
These three multifaceted characters, along with intertwined stories involving the small cast of engaging secondary characters, are the reason AGW is so memorable. I guarantee that you've never met them before, and you won't forget them once you have.
Some people may shy away from the male-male couplings that take place, or the fact the heroin (Bella) becomes involved with multiple men during the course of the book.
Not only the [adult] scenes but the underlying emotions, pride, longing, and lust are true to life. Even if you may not like all the characters you really do end up feeling for them.
The title comes from a wager made by Vaughan that is quite [mature] in nature...
I would say this book is very much like "Menage" by Emma Holly; if you enjoyed "Menage" you must pick up this book as well!