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Bittersweep by Wareeze Woodson – Review by Dahnielle Hibbert

BittersweepBittersweep by Wareeze Woodson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I could not put it down!! A must read! The authors ability to turn words into pictures really made me feel as if I was watching a movie rather than reading a book. The dialogue between characters is both interesting and intriguing. The town of Bittersweep is full of mystery leaving you wanting to read more. Do not pick up this book if you are looking for an easy reader that you can put down at will. The story of Elizabeth and JP will have you in its grips to the very end!! Wareeze Woodson is officially on my list of favored authors!!

Reviewed by: Dahnielle Hibbert
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Captured by the Viscount by Wareeze Woodson – Review by Megan Brasington

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to say I have no idea what I was expecting when I started this book. I wanted a little romance mixed with an interesting story, I’m a avid romantic type of reader and I’m sick of the same story line where you can tell where it’s going. But this book I was like “ omg I can’t wait to see what happens” I took a trip to Disneyland while reading this and I actually prayed for long lines so I could finish a chapter! The story was so well written and little sprinkles of traditional romance novel themes, danger and mystery was perfect, I would highly recommend!

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Captured by the Viscount by Wareeze Woodson—Reviewed by Jerricka Brown

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book so much. I am a huge fan of historical romance and this one was
amazing. I loved how there were multiple elements going on inside the story. I admire the way the author gripped my attention and held it there. The interaction of the characters with each other was awesome. This is my first book by this author, but it will not be the last.

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The Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson – Review by Rosemary Martinez

The Earl's Scandalous WagerThe Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a very interesting read. I am a huge fan of historical romance so this was right up my alley. I felt bad for Emily and all she had to deal with in this awkward situation her step brother put her in. I did enjoy the banter and found that fun to read. There were definitely times that I wanted to scream at one character or another but I am glad I made I to the end. I really enjoyed following Phillip and Emily’s relationship and was quite happy with how the store turned out. Would definitely recommend!

Reviewed by @rosemarym3483

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The Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

The Earl's Scandalous WagerThe Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Emily Riventon is an eighteen year old girl with only a step-brother and a step-mother as family, her step-brother is also her legal guardian, but he has a drinking and gambling problem and unfortunately, on a night which started with attending a soiree together, ended in a candle-lit gambling den around a table with the men betting on dice and the wager was her! As she watches from the sidelines, she regards those sitting around the table, all young men apart from one and it is this one she is sincerely hoping doesn’t win, however, even if her step-brother wins the roll, she will still end up married to him or worse, but because of the tight hold on her wrist, Emily is unable to escape this mortifying and horrifying situation. As the dice roll, it seems that her luck is running out and her step-brother’s luck is in, however, on the last roll it is another of the gentlemen who wins, it is the Earl of Lenbridge and now she feels slightly more fortunate.

The Earl who has won his prize regards Emily scrutinizing her features, womanly shape and attire in the rooms candle light, he appraises him in the same way, he is handsome, has large hands and a well cut suit and evening jacket, meanwhile, he is more than happy with her beauty and he sees an innocent young woman before him who will do nicely in comparison to another young woman he has made the acquaintance of. After this, the Earl pulls some paperwork from the inside pocket of his jacket and presents it to her step-brother to sign, which he does with an exclamation and a regretful look Emily’s way and once this transaction is completed, Emily and the Earl leave the establishment and get into a coach to head to their next destination, it is clear that the Earl has imbibed a high amount of the strong liquor which was on offer and seems to be quite affected by it as he is helped into the carriage by his footman, mumbles to himself and falls asleep during the journey. While Emily is observing all of this, she is trying to collate her thoughts and wrap her head around everything which had come to pass that evening, that is until they reach their destination and the footman has to wake the Earl up.

As they enter an unfamiliar house, they are greeting by a butler who appears to have dressed hastily so that he can inform another of their arrival at the house, again, the Earl has to be helped out of the carriage and into the house, although he does still have the dexterity to be able to stop Emily from falling over on the dimly lit walkway. However, as the next guest is announced, Emily has a sudden feeling of foreboding, what will become of her now that she is the possession of the Earl, will he just use her as a mistress and make her future even more uncertain, or will she be forced into a marriage of convenience where duty comes before love? This is a tale of a regency period historical romance where uncertainty reigns and futures are as changeable as the weather, but it is a story which will hook you in and wanting to know what the future holds, will it be full of obligation and boredom, or will it be a riot of secrets and revelations? The only way to find out is to read to the end and see where this inconsiderate and scandalous wager leads.

Reviewed by @roxsannel

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The Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson – Review by Jenni Bishop

The Earl's Scandalous WagerThe Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson is an historical romance in every sense of the word. Wareeze tells her story that is written in the way in which they spoke in that time period, which certainly takes some time to get the hang of the flow of it. The writing is very descriptive, and it was easy to see the life of our characters as they unfolded. I did enjoy their banter and found it fun. Although I found it easy to be offended for Emily and her misfortunes and her brother, I wanted to smack some sense into him, but I am guessing these things happened back in the day. I think that is why historical is not my favourite genre, seeing the way women were treated back then frustrates me. HOWEVER, that does NOT mean I did not like this story it is just my ruminations on events at that time.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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The Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson – Review by Karyn Taylor

The Earl's Scandalous WagerThe Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Earl’s Scandalous Wager is a wonderful historical romance novel by Wareeze Woodson. This was a new author to me and I can now gladly add another author to my authors to read group. I’ve not read a lot of historical fiction but I’ve found it to be a genre that I’m enjoying more and more.
Philip, Earl of Lenbridge has won the beautiful Emily in a poker game when her brother callously put her up as his stake in the game. To save her from the scandal, Philip marries Emily.
I really love so much about this book. I love the backbiting that goes on between the gentry and aristocracy, all trying to out-do one another. It’s vicious at times and makes for very entertaining reading.
I loved the growing relationship between Philip and Emily as their marriage of convenience becomes more for the two of them. Philip proves to be a gentleman, taking his wife’ side against his grandmother and the horrible woman who he had originally planned to marry.
This is a thoroughly entertaining book. The characters are very well written and the storyline flows well and keeps the reader engaged with the story.
I definitely recommend this book.

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The Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson – Review by Lisa Helmick

The Earl's Scandalous WagerThe Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This story took me on a long long journey. Part of the time I wondered why? It just seemed like I was watching the daily lives of these people. I was struggling to keep turning pages. Then it started to pick up more than half way through the book. The ending all twisty and full of who dunnits.

The characters are a plenty. We the the MC and a few secondary then many on the outskirts. Some I enjoyed, others I couldn’t stand then there are those that impress me with their about-face. I know times were different back then. But what poor Emily had to put up with from well…really everyone is outlandish. Favorite character would be Emily for her strength to overcome and endure everyone around her.

Overall this is an okay story…closer to the end. The parties and day to day living really didn’t further the story in the book so I could have passed on some of those. The beginning though was well done and drew my interest into the story. The slower pace of the story just isn’t for me. The characters seemed well done and the excitement at the end was well done

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The Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson – Review by Alexandra Nay

The Earl's Scandalous WagerThe Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After her freedom is lost with a roll of the dice, Emily’s fate is now in the hands of the unknown but undeniably attractive Phillip, Earl of Lenbridge. Jealous and self-serving, snubbed antagonists create trouble after the Earl forces Emily into an unexpected marriage. When initial attempts to end Emily’s life fail, she must learn to trust in herself, and her new husband. Both Emily and Philip’s personal failures and triumphs feel very genuine, and easily inspire connection.
In a genre that often falls pray to predictability, author Wareeze Woodson  does a stellar job keeping readers guessing until the very end. If you love a comfortable, yet exciting period piece romance, this book is for you.

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The Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson – Review by Kerry Carr

The Earl's Scandalous WagerThe Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story. It is a historical romance and as such the writing and the language reflect that. It was interesting to read a story that contains a lot of the social etiquette that was the normal in years gone by. The characters reactions to things and how they respond to situations were so different to how a person would respond in the present day and that all added to the charm of this book. The author does an amazing job of transporting you back to that time period and keeping you there.

I love the character of Emily. She starts out so scared and unsure when she is won in a game from her stepbrother. The person who wins her is  Lord Lenbridge. She knows nothing of this man but as the story progresses you feel her confidence and her love for him grown.
The little extra added into this story which makes it different to being just a romance is the element of danger that is present. Someone is out to get Emily, to ruin her life and destroy her marriage but who could it be? Could it be the jilted lover Phillip originally planned to marry? Or his family that don’t approve of their marriage? Or could it even be Emily’s step brother who has feelings for her that are strictly feelings between siblings? The story has you guessing to the end.

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