Simon, the Earl of Westbridge, attends a party, never expecting to meet his destiny. A wager in a semidark room produces the kiss that almost drives him crazy. The room is too dark for Simon to see the woman he kisses. Fredericka, sister of the party host, wasn’t wearing her spectacles so neither could she recognize the young man in question.
The two of them think about that kiss an awful lot. Simon goes off to inspect his country estate, while Freddy, afraid of being forced into a marriage with a man she doesn’t know, flees her home.
But a matchmaker is on the prowl. She must convince Simon and Freddy that they are meant to be.
Review: Wagered Kiss by Hetty St. James was an enjoyable read, but it didn’t read like a romance novel until the very end.
When I read the synopsis, I had a specific idea of how the book was most likely going to go but was very quickly proven wrong. Yes, it starts out with a kiss stolen in the dark, but what normally follows is a forced marriage and the unhappily wed couple at opposite ends of where they want to be in life, struggling to find peace with what was done and how to proceed. That is nowhere near where St. James went and I am very happy with that, but the way the book is written has Freddy living her new life and Simon only pops up a couple times, during which he doesn’t have a clue who Freddy is and doesn’t show a real interest in her, whether it be romantic or otherwise. The book was nice to read, but I felt it jumped to quickly from Simon not knowing Freddy was the girl he kissed in the dark on a wager to Freddy being the woman he wants to marry. I felt too much was missing. Much more explanation was needed to develop the romance between the two lead characters.