“I want to love this, but I was disappointed”
The Widow Wager is the third book in the Notorious Flynns series by Jess Michaels and focusses on the black sheep of the family – Crispin. Since the second book (The Scoundrel’s Lover), he was already on a downward spiral due to something that happened to him in the past. Crispin has a lot of baggage and as the book goes on, we will find out more about it.
Gemma has been a pariah in society. She was married off to an old husband who died while they were having sex(?)! Crazy, right? When her father loses a card game against Crispin, Gemma finds out that she is to wed Crispin.
What I love:
Gemma is a unique heroine in a sense that she had actually admitted to liking sex with her husband. She did not love her husband, though. Still, I thought that was very refreshing. With historical romance, we usually have heroines who are previously married state that sex with their husband has horrible. LOL
I also liked the Flynn family dynamics. I love the close family ties with the whole gang. I love seeing the whole family again!
What I did NOT like:
In the end, I felt that they way Crispin was acting was too over the top to be believable. I mean, who am I to say how to act when someone is in pain but it just felt too shallow.
Which brings me to another thing that I did not like – the story was just too short. Because it was too short, it felt too rushed. Again, I am disappointed by this because I feel that a lot could have been done to this story. Maybe this is why I felt his reasons behind his behavior were pretty shallow. I really expected to like Crispin’s story. I liked how his story was built up in the second book and I wanted to find out why he was acting this way.
Another thing that I did not like was HOW he was acting towards his brother, the new Duke. I felt that he resented the Duke for something not related to the reason why he was in a downward spiral.
I really wanted to LOVE The Widow Wager but I felt that I was robbed from an awesome story. The chemistry between Gemma and Crispin was explosive and I really loved reading their HEA.