#TGPUL with Beverley Eikli – Wicked Wager #Giveaway

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Wicked Wager by Beverley Eikli

Set in 1780, the following scene takes place by a rose bush in the gardens of a country estate where Celeste unexpectedly meets Sir Peregrine and realises he’s the handsome stranger she kissed, then fled from, during a masquerade at Vauxhall Gardens two nights prior. Sir Peregrine uses the analogy of a rose to assure her that he *will* win her over, despite her reluctance…

“Lowering his head, as if to elicit some opinion on a deep red, velvet rose, he murmured, ‘Ah, the Apothecary’s Rose.’ He raised an eyebrow. ‘Now I have you all to myself.’

She wasn’t sure what to make of his words. Should she start with an abject apology for her behaviour? A declaration she was not in the habit of consorting with strange men? Neither seemed appropriate when his eyes were twinkling with suppressed humour. Bending to smell the rose, she managed, ‘I prefer to call it by its less pedestrian name, the Red Rose of Lancaster.’ Self-consciously, she brushed an escaped strand of hair from her cheek. Then, summoning up all her courage, she whispered as she cast him an appealing look, ‘Should I be afraid?’

The look he levelled upon her was one of singular calculation. He chuckled. ‘Woe betide The House of Lancaster, for they did not prevail, did they?”

Wicked Wager
by Beverley Eikli

Wicked Wager by Beverly Eikli*1780 – When a good deed thrusts virtuous Celeste Rosington into the path of a notorious libertine, she has no idea she has just become the terms of a very wicked wager!*

A dissolute rake, a virtuous lady, a ruthless society beauty and a missing plantation owner with secrets — just another day in Georgian England…

Wealthy Jamaican plantation owner Harry Carstairs has disappeared — and everyone wants to know where he is…

Celeste Rosington knows her place in society, and while she may not be overjoyed at her upcoming wedding to her detached cousin Raphael, she nonetheless hopes the marriage will be successful. When Raphael asks her for her help to save Harry, she agrees. But her decision costs her more than she knows…

Celeste’s clandestine visit to Harry’s home is witnessed, and her connection to Harry misconstrued. Harry’s secrets put Celeste into more danger than even Raphael understands, and throws her into the path of the ruthless, cunning, beautiful Lady Busselton and the dissolute, dangerous Lord Peregrine.

Raphael is invested in keeping Harry alive. Lady Busselton is invested in keeping him quiet. Lord Peregrine is invested in anything that staves off boredom. And Celeste is becoming increasingly invested in Lord Peregrine. After all, what resistance does an innocent young woman have against something so deliciously wicked?

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About Beverley Eikli

Beverley Eikli was seventeen when she bundled up her first her 500+ page romance and sent it to a publisher. Unfortunately drowning her heroine on the last page was apparently not in line with the expectations of romance readers so Beverley became a journalist.

Twenty-six years later Beverley was delighted to receive her first publishing contract from Robert Hale (UK) for a romance in which she ensured her heroine was *saved* from drowning in the icy North Sea.

Since 2009 Beverley has written more than ten historical romances, mostly set in England during the early nineteenth century. Mystery, intrigue and adventure spill from their pages and if she can pull off a thrilling race to save someone’s honour – or a worthy damsel from the noose – it’s time to celebrate with a good single malt Scotch.

Beverley lives with her husband, two daughters and a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy the size of a pony opposite a picturesque old lunatic asylum in country Victoria. She also writes Africa-set romances starring handsome bush pilot heroes, and steamier historicals as Beverley Oakley.

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  • That was a tantalizing excerpt and that blurb has me so interested. Going on my list.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Your list is so long…and I love helping to make it that way!

    • Beverley Eikli

      Thanks Sophie Rose, That was a sweet thing to say. I hope you enjoy it!

  • I like the premise 😀 Ihope it works out

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Me too!

    • Beverley Eikli

      Thanks Blodeudd,
      Nice to see you here 🙂 You’ve reviewed all my books with Choc Lit. I always enjoy reading your reviews of the other Choc Lit authors, too.

  • I love historical romance and this will definitely be going on my tbr!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Glad we could help point you to this author!

    • Beverley Eikli

      Hi Brittany, Thank you – and congratulations as you’ve just been randomly selected for my prize!

  • I love the time period and the scene you shared. I need more now!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      hehe…love it when authors draw us in!

    • Beverley Eikli

      Hi Kimbacaffeinate, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It was really fun to write.