Never wager with a wallflower

Virginia Heath, 1968-

Book - 2023

"Miss Venus Merriwell has been waiting for her prince to come since the tender age of fourteen. She wants a man who is a selfless academic like her, and free from all the wretched vices her gambler father enjoyed far too much before he left the Merriwell sisters practically destitute. Unfortunately, after a slew of romantic disappointments, there is still no sign of that prince at twenty-three and the only one true love of her life is the bursting-at-the-seams orphanage in Covent Garden that she works tirelessly for. An orphanage that desperately needs to expand into the empty building next door. For Galahad Sinclair, gambling isn't just his life, it's in his blood. He grew up and learned the trade at his grandfather's k...nee in a tavern on the far away banks of the Hudson in New York. But when fate took all that away and dragged him across the sea to London, it made sense to set up shop here. He's spent five years making a success out of his gaming hell in the sleazy docks of the East End. Enough that he can finally afford to buy the pleasure palace of his dreams--and where better than in the capital's sinful heart, Covent Garden? The only fly in his ointment is the perfect building he's just bought to put it in also happens to be right next door to the orphanage run by his cousin's wife's youngest sister. A pious, disapproving and unsettling siren he has avoided like the plague since she flattened him five years ago... While Venus and Galahad lock horns over practically everything, and while her malevolent orphans do their darndest to sabotage his lifelong dream, can either of them take the ultimate gamble--and learn to love thy neighbor?" --

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Historical fiction
Romance fiction
New York : St. Martin's Griffin 2023.
Main Author
Virginia Heath, 1968- (author)
First edition
Item Description
Sequel to: Never rescue a rogue.
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310 pages ; 21 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

For years, Galahad Sinclair has been working diligently to find the perfect location for his ultimate gaming club. Now three Covent Garden townhouses owned by the late Mrs. Leyton-Brown have come on the market, and Gal is able to negotiate a killer deal for the properties. There is just one little problem--the last townhouse on the block is owned by the Covent Garden Asylum for Orphans. Upon learning that Mrs. Leyton-Brown verbally promised one of her townhouses to the her favorite charity, Miss Venus Merriwell is already drawing up plans for expanding the orphanage when she discovers Gal has already laid claim to the property. The question now becomes how much will Gal and Venus each wager in order to win? With the third splendid addition to her Regency-set Merriwell Sisters series, following Never Fall for Your Fiancé (2012) and Never Rescue a Rogue (2022), Heath brings things to a close with a sweetly sexy love story that makes the most of her flair for crafting witty banter and creating captivating characters.

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

A contentious real estate deal sparks a battle of wits and seduction in Heath's sexy third Merriwell Sisters Regency (following Never Rescue a Rogue). After years of saving, Galahad "Gal" Sinclair, who was raised by his grandfather in the States, is thrilled to purchase the perfect building for his new London gaming hall--not realizing it's next door to an orphanage run by his longtime family frenemy, Venus Merriwell. Venus is shocked and despondent: she had a spoken agreement with the late owner that the building would go to the orphanage. When guilt and recrimination don't move Gal to sell her the property, Venus tries seduction. Men have always been attracted to her ample bosom, which, combined with her name, has led many to see her as merely a sex object. But Gal wants her for more than just her body, and Venus's attempt to remain emotionally aloof falters in the face of his kindness and understanding, especially after she sees him interacting with some of the orphanage's troubled children. Gal's confusion and delight in the face of British colloquialisms ("Cold enough to freeze your knackers off," for instance) brings humor, and his memories of his grandfather's life lessons add heart. Readers will be hooked. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary. (Sept.)

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Review by Library Journal Review

After years of hard work and focus, Galahad Sinclair has finally found the location for his dream gaming hall. The only hitch is the building's neighbor--an orphanage, where pious Miss Venus "Vee" Merriwell teaches. Realizing that he's going to have to unthaw his uneasy truce with Vee if he wants to keep the peace and have any hope of one day buying the orphanage's building to expand, Gal figures that helping Vee with her latest suitor is a good starting place. Vee is certain that the happiest version of her future is with a man who avoids scandals, can converse openly and intelligently, supports her choices about the orphanage and, most importantly, respects her as a person. When Gal starts helping--rather than needling--her, Vee is surprised how many of his traits match her ideals. Long-simmering sparks flare between them, but Gal's ingrained secrecy runs counter to Vee's determination to avoid settling for an unworthy suitor, compelling them to reconsider their individual goals to find a shared future. VERDICT Heath brings the Regency "Merriwell Sisters" series to a fulfilling close (following Never Rescue a Rogue), with Gal and Vee's stories fleshing out the characters and relationship that readers only thought they knew.--Kellie Tilton

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

An English wallflower challenges an American businessman. Venus Merriwell is done with romance. Though both of her sisters are now happily married, she's had nothing but bad experiences with the so-called gentlemen she's met so far, most of whom can't see past her "larger-than-average bosom." So she's happy to devote the rest of her life to a possible marriage with an arrogant but respectful aristocrat and working at the Covent Garden Asylum for Orphans. When a wealthy benefactor leaves the leaky, overstuffed orphanage thousands of pounds in her will, along with the possibility of the buildings next door, Venus is excited about what the future holds--until the "cocky, golden-haired, green-eyed devil" Galahad Sinclair keeps turning up. Venus only knows Galahad as her brother-in-law's dissolute American cousin, and he's given up on convincing her otherwise. But their sudden proximity ignites an instant and confusing chemistry and they keep finding ways to see each other, including a competitive game of whist between the two card sharps. But just as they are on the verge of admitting their feelings to each other, Venus learns more about why Galahad has been in Covent Garden so often, and it may end their acquaintance altogether. The final Merriwell sister completes their shared trilogy with her own enemies-to-lovers journey in which Heath has once again created a charming and slightly spicy story revolving around an independent-minded heroine and a man who can't resist her despite the potential danger to his own future. The other sisters make appearances that will please fans of the earlier books, and Galahad, Venus, and even many minor characters are all well-developed. The book is nicely paced, and though it can stand alone, is primarily a satisfying conclusion to a historical series that skillfully combines the glamour of Regency society with a handful of the realities of life in 1830 London for everyone else. An enjoyable romance for fans of quick-witted Regency heroines. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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