Book: Wicked Wager by Mary Gillgannoncategories: Book, Historical Romance, London, Gambling, Arranged Marriage, Heiresses, Regency Romance
Mary Gillgannonabout this book: Woman in the Regency era couldn't hold property. And yet, they could inherit it. So they were tied to the land and yet had little control over it. Or over their own lives, for that matter. That was the genesis of Wicked Wager. I wanted my heroine to be forced into a marriage she desperately wants to avoid. But even as she tries to get out of the marriage, she starts to fall in love with her "unwanted" groom.
My hero's situation is based on another convention of the era. As the younger son of a peer, he has no right to any of his family's land; it all goes to the eldest son. To make a good income, my hero hones his skill at gambling and uses his talent to earn a good income. But he still longs to own land, so when he wins some property in a card game, he is elated. And undeterred even when learns that the property can only be claimed by marrying the heiress of the estate.
Despite the fairly serious historical background, Wicked Wager was a fun book to write. I enjoyed having my two stubborn and determined protagonists match wits and twisting the plot around so that everything they thought they wanted turns upside-down as they fall in love.
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