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The Gambler Wagers Her Baron (Craven House Series #4) by Christina McKnight. Historical Romance, Release & ARC Review.

Title: The Gambler Wagers Her Baron
Series: Craven House Series (Book Four)
Author: Christina McKnight
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency England
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Word Count: 97,000
Cover Artist: Sweet n’ Spicy Designs

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


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.


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?


Payton Samuels has her life plan.  Move out from under the constant loving control of her siblings,  and start an independent life.  For that she needs work,  so she takes a job as a governess.  The family she works for have a big problem that maybe she can help with.  Her gambling will hopefully help with the funds she will need when it's time to move on.  
Damon Kinder,  Lord Ashford is still suffering from the death of his wife four years earlier.  He shuts himself away from everyone,  even his children. The only time he mixes with society is at the card playing evenings he runs at his house.  Even then he hides behind a mask.  
A very emotional romance between lonely people.  Wonderful characters that you will instantly fall in love with.  This book is part of a series of stand alone stories.  All of the ones I have read are just as good as this one.  I have loved them all and can't wait to read the rest of the series. 

Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.

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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