‘As Rich as a Rogue’ by Jade Lee

araar jlSTORY: A most unusual wager

Mari Powel’s fiery Welsh temper is up. Peter Norwood, Lord Whitly, is back in town after six years romping around India making his fortune. Mari blames him for her social downfall and has spent all this time clawing her way back into the ton’s good graces.

How dare he show up on his first day back and publicly embroil her in a bet involving long-awaited apologies, illicit kisses, and Lady Illston’s unruly parakeet? Mari is outraged, and is going to show him-and everyone else-what she’s made of. Little does she know, the unrepentant Lord Whitly has been dreaming of her all this time. Now he’ll do anything to win the wager-along with Mari’s heart.

REVIEW: Mari Powel is carrying Lady Illston’s parakeet through Hyde Park. The bird says some words and Lady Illston likes to show it off. Eligible young ladies are allowed to carry the bird during the fashionable hour.

When Lord Peter Whitby happens by, Mari just wants to flee. It turns out he ruined her chances to find a husband some years ago. He has been living and working in India for the last six years. He had called her the Wayward Welsh and her sister the Wild Welsh. When she reminds him of his offense, he is appalled that she would still be angry at him for something that happened so long ago and he refuses to apologize. As they argue about this, it is decided on a wager that they each teach Lady Illston’s parakeet a word and if the bird repeats their word, the other one has to apologize.

Mari’s family is wealthy but not titled. Peter Whitby’s father is the Earl of Sommerfield and is in need of cash to shore up the family estate. The Earl is pressuring Peter for the funds. Peter earned a good amount living in India. However, he is determined to see the estate ledgers and find out how his father has spent the money that Peter has sent him over the years.

In the meantime, Peter’s friend, Ash, tells him that he is looking to marry an heiress and has his eye on Mari. But Peter claims that he wants Mari. So, the two are going to see which one of them can win her.

This story dragged with me. I found Mari to be very juvenile. Good grief. She’s angry because someone called her a name. Get over it already. Peter is a bit more mature and he isn’t perturbed by her anger. He just has his eyes on her body.

I’m sure other readers will be delighted by this book and I encourage them to read it and draw their own conclusions.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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