Lucien Bryland and Clara Harkam were betrothed as children and even though very young, they knew they were in love and that their devotion would last forever.

But time changes everything and when Lucien finally returns to claim his bride, it is after he has made a wager-that he will wed Clara and then set her firmly away in the country while he remains to do as he pleases.

Though there are many misunderstandings and jealousies, Clara knows that her love for Lucien has never faded and she will do whatever she must to turn him back toward her. In her innocence and determination, she works magic on Lucien's hardened heart and when they wed and he takes her to his bed, Lucien discovers a passion and love like no other.

But his wager, several enemies and a would-be suitor's plans nearly destroy the fragility of their newfound understanding. Only the steadfast power of Clara's love can save them from disaster.

DARK WAGER is a beautiful story of unconditional love. Mary Spencer's touching tale will inspire readers seeking a truly lovely romance that evokes the Regency era with love and historical accuracy. SENSUAL (Dec., 328 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin