The Gambler Wagers Her Baron

The Gambler Wagers Her Baron

by Christina McKnight

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Overview

When happily ever after is the name of the game, gamblers must risk it all in this emotional conclusion to Christina McKnight's bestselling Craven House Series.

WAGERS GO AWRY

Payton Samuels has always known she wants more out of life than being the youngest daughter of the ton's most disreputable family. While her siblings are content to bet their future happiness on marriage, Payton learned early on from her mother that love is fleeting and leads only to disappointment. She's got a different plan: she'll work as a governess for Baron Ashford's children, but only long enough to win her fortune at one of his infamous masked gaming parties. When she loses big, Payton sees her chance at an independent life go up in flames--until Lord Ashford surprises her by paying her debts.

WHEN LOVE IS IN THE CARDS.

Since the tragic death of his wife, Damon Kinder, Lord Ashford, has been a man made of ice. His determination to never be hurt by love again runs so deep that he can't even connect with his children. When they quickly take to Payton, he thinks he's found a solution: she'll give them the affection and support he can't. As he spends more time around Payton, his heart begins to defrost, and he can't stop thinking about the captivating governess.

But every seasoned gambler knows that eventually, luck runs out. Can two souls so burned by past loves forge a new future together?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945089381
Publisher: La Loma Elite Publishing
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Christina McKnight writes emotional and intricate Regency Romance with strong women and maverick heroes.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books...don't forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

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The Gambler Wagers Her Baron 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Lisascrapbooker More than 1 year ago
How wonderful! The story is a journey through pain, feelings of guilt and worthiness. Both our hero and heroine are conflicted about what they want, need and deserve. Watching each struggle and come out the other side whole and filled with joy and love was heartwarming. I have been waiting for Payton Samuels to have her chance at a HEA. Hers was an interesting childhood, but one filled with love. Her wanting to prove her abilities and worth to her siblings is based on a partial conversation she overheard as a child of nine. Her approach was unorthodox, and I was curious about her motivation through the other books in this series. All was answered here. As Payton was on her journey to love she discovered a depth of understanding and empathy she was unaware she possessed. Damon Kinder, Lord Ashford, is such a lost ad wounded soul. As the father of two children he is completely unprepared and ill equipped to raise them. His guilt over his wife’s death adds to his pain and disconnect from the children. His approach to parenting is to ignore his children so he is not reminded of their mother and they don’t ask him any questions. Each of the sisters have found their HEA and I hope we will see their brother, Lord Garrett Davenport gets his HEA. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I give this story 4.5 stars.
mscountrylace More than 1 year ago
I think this is my favorite in this series! A man of ice just needs a little melting and Payton is just the warm heart that can do. You know when children are involved that its going to be a fun time. I was hooked from the start with her in the closet and couldn’t wait to see what she did. The spark between them will leave you breathless and so will the words between them at times. Theirs is an intense story from his heartbreak and protecting her to her gambling and the fight in her. Payton has her eyes on a better path, but she just doesn’t know the end is so close. She will win you over right away with how she doesn’t hold back and loves the children. I loved when she realized that she had found the right path. Damon is a shattered man that thinks he is protecting his kids and himself by being a man of ice. Don’t be fooled by him at first because he will melt your heart once you hear his story and get to know him. I loved when he opened his heart again even if he didn’t know it. I can only imagine what these children will be like when they are older.
Stormie2013 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. It had an air of mystery, a strong woman and a man in deep despair. Payton is a nanny hoping to make it on her own by gambling at night with other masked people until she loses badly. She continues on and the children start to thrive and Damon starts to come out of his shell and they know they need Peyton in their lives. But Damon is still scared of losing someone else he loves and Payton does not want to rely on a man. But never underestimate what the children will do to make things right. I received a complimentary copy and I am voluntarily reviewing.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
An engaging story of hope when all seems lost, Christina McKnight delivers a heartfelt tale. Payton Samuels has been disappointed in life. She lost her mother at a young age and her siblings go their own way. Becoming a governess for Damon, Baron Ashford's two children, she is determined to attend some of his gaming parties and make her fortune. As plans go, it definitely did not work out! Losing terribly she is surprised that Damon bails her out. But she also falls in love with her charges and tries to draw them closer to their father. Feeling a broken man after the death of his wife, Damon has tried to keep his feelings tightly bound due to not wanting to care too much and lose again. As attraction slowly builds between the two, can there be a future for them? Can each let go of their old emotions and learn to trust and open their hearts? Another great addition to the Craven House series that can be read as a standalone. But don't miss the other books in this series because they are just as amazing as this one. Lori Dykes
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful finale story, the fourth in the Craven House series but I believe it can easily be read as a standalone. This Regency romance features the youngest member of the family, Payton Samuels, who was only a child when her mother died. Now she's employed as the governess to two siblings whose mother has tragically died and their father, Lord Ashford, is struggling with grief, depression and guilt over her death more than four years ago. He has cut himself off from the world, going through the motions of living without really connecting with anyone or anything as he struggles with his overwhelming feelings of guilt at this wife's death. Secretly Payton is a usually skilful gambler but this time she loses in a high stakes game and her plans for independence are thwarted by the loss. However, when Lord Ashford (Damon Kinder) recognises her, he secretly pays her debts. As she helps the children she also melts his heart. Can the two find happiness together or will the fickle hand of fate force them apart again? The story is an engaging story with another courageous heroine and a damaged hero in an emotional rollercoaster romance. The characters are well developed and easy to relate to, taking the reader with them as Payton melts the ice around Damon's heart and helps him reconnect with his children and the world. It is an enjoyable conclusion to a fantastic series and I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who enjoys Regency romances or is looking to try an excellent example of the genre. I requested and was given a copy of this book. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
The Gambler Wages Her Baron by Christina McKnight is an emotional conclusion to “Craven House series”. But can be read as a stand alone. Well crafted with charming and engaging characters. A gentleman of ice meets a lady with a warm heart and gambling issues, in this compelling and emotional story. The storyline is filled with heartbreak, brokenness, struggles, learning to trust, and finding a second chance at love. The children just added to this fabulous story. Payton Samuels and Damon Kinder, Lord Ashford are a fascinating couple, the chemistry between causes sparks to fly off the pages. Emotional roller coaster but well worth the time to read. Another must read by the talented Christina McKnight! Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewer: AprilR
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
The Gambler Wages Her Baron by Christina McKnight is an emotional conclusion to “Craven House series”. But can be read as a stand alone. Well crafted with charming and engaging characters. A gentleman of ice meets a lady with a warm heart and gambling issues, in this compelling and emotional story. The storyline is filled with heartbreak, brokenness, struggles, learning to trust, and finding a second chance at love. The children just added to this fabulous story. Payton Samuels and Damon Kinder, Lord Ashford are a fascinating couple, the chemistry between causes sparks to fly off the pages. Emotional roller coaster but well worth the time to read. Another must read by the talented Christina McKnight! Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewer: AprilR
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
The Gambler Wagers Her Baron by Christina McKnight is a fabulous historical romance. Ms. McKnight has once again delivered a well-written book. The characters are stellar, I love them. Payton goes to work as a governess to earn money for her gambling. Damon has been ignoring his children since his wife died. Payton and Damon's story is filled with drama, humor and spice. This book too me a chapter or two before I really got into the story, but it was well worth it. I enjoyed reading The Gambler Wagers Her Baron and look forward to reading more from Christina McKnight. The Gambler Wagers Her Baron is book 4 of the Craven House Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
I really liked the story of Payton with the children. Becoming the parent to them that they needed when their father emotionally abandoned them after his wife died. I loved how both he and the children changed during the book. I understand her reasons for gambling yet it almost seemed a slight addiction at times. The only thing I didn't like and drove me nuts reading the book was the constant "in your face" referencing Damon's late wife Sarah and how he loved her and felt responsible for her death. I felt that should have been mentioned less and we still would have known his feelings. I did like the references to the rest of Paytons family and their updates, I just hope at some point we get Garrett's happy ending! Thank you for the ARC, I was glad I got to read this so quickly!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Payton is tired of being tied down by scandal. Deciding to break free could be the best decision she's ever made or the worst mistake of her life. Damon comes into her life at a time when her world is falling apart. He lost his heart a long time ago. Death has a way of taking the light out of a person. When Payton comes into his world, she starts to melt the ice around his heart. She becomes the glue that holds his family together and the spirit that reawakens his soul. McKnight enthralls with her tales of courageous heroines and brooding heroes. Hidden within that tried and true formula is a tale of love, built on hope, rescued by faith. The Gambler Wagers Her Baron is a sure bet.