If you haven’t discovered Beverley Eikli/Oakley yet, what are you waiting for? With WICKED WAGER she continues her tradition of mystery, intrigue, romance that’s really romance, and always with a surprising twist.

A dissolute rake, a virtuous lady, a ruthless society beauty and a missing plantation owner with secrets — just another day in Georgian England…


Wealthy Jamaican plantation owner Harry Carstairs has disappeared — and everyone wants to know where he is…

Celeste Rosington knows her place in society, and while she may not be overjoyed at her upcoming wedding to her detached cousin Raphael, she nonetheless hopes the marriage will be successful. When Raphael asks her for her help to save Harry, she agrees. But her decision costs her more than she knows…

Celeste’s clandestine visit to Harry’s home is witnessed, and her connection to Harry misconstrued. Harry’s secrets put Celeste into more danger than even Raphael understands, and throws her into the path of the ruthless, cunning, beautiful Lady Busselton and the dissolute, dangerous Lord Peregrine.

Raphael is invested in keeping Harry alive. Lady Busselton is invested in keeping him quiet. Lord Peregrine is invested in anything that staves off boredom. And Celeste is becoming increasingly invested in Lord Peregrine. After all, what resistance does an innocent young woman have against something so deliciously wicked? (Synopsis from Amazon)

Ms. Eikli never disappoints me

In WICKED WAGER Ms. Eikli brings readers a vibrant tale of intrigue, passion, murder, and the hope for redemption.  Evoking the era through dress, society, attitudes, as well as weaving in some of the moral issues and hypocrisies of the time, Ms. Eikli gives readers a well rounded look at a slice of “society” life during the Georgian era.

WICKED WAGER kept me on edge, waiting for the next twist in Celeste’s perilous path. With its balanced blend, no one aspect overshadowed another. Ms. Eikli never fails to throw me a curve with there always being a surprise twist.

Will Celeste find a modicum of happiness or, dare we hope, love? You’ll have to read WICKED WAGER to discover that for yourself. Unless your romances have to be steamy, you aren’t likely to be disappointed.

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About the Reviewer

Ivy Truitt
Transplanted Southerner and avid reader. My tastes are eclectic. I discovered mysteries first then historicals in the era of Kathleen Woodiwiss & Rosemary Rogers. I was never able to finish Gone With the Wind, Scarlett got on my nerves too bad, but I loved Alaina in Ashes in the Wind. I also manage the guest author blog for Manic Readers. In addition to here you can find me on FB, Twitter, Goodreads, Librarything, & Riffle. Always up for talking about books, just gimme a holler!!