For years, Penelope has been taking in every stray animal that has come her way. However, when Gabriel Duke renovates the house next door and realizes that no one would want to buy a house next to Penny’s menagerie, he helps her try to find loving homes for her animals. In this process, Penny learns more about Gabriel’s past hurts, and there never was a wounded creature that she could turn away.
Spoiler Free Review:
Once again, I loved this book! This series is seriously just such a fun time! I think this book in particular felt a little more emotionally heavy than the previous books, because it deals with sexual assault and grooming (off-page), as well as poverty and abandonment. Tessa Dare has content advisories for her books, which can be found here (and specifically for The Wallflower Wager). I really appreciate that she has these!
Penny is such a lovable character and I really enjoyed getting to know her. There is a lot more to her than meets the eyes, but she is overall just so caring and warm-hearted. She is quirky, at least in the eyes of high society, but she doesn’t let that stop her from being who she is.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Penny and Gabriel! I felt like they could connect on a lot of levels and they both learned through each other. I also liked that they discuss the worth of virginity, specifically the worth of a woman when she is “tainted” or “unpure”.
I really loved the resolution of the main conflict in this book! I was nervous at first, because it was going somewhere I didn’t like, but it turned around and ended up packing such an emotional punch. I also loved the epilogue! In my reviews of the first two books, I said that I didn’t necessarily need an epilogue, but I think this one was so fun.
At this point, it’s hard to put these books in order of favorite to least favorite because I honestly just love all of them so much! This is such a fun series and I can’t wait for the last one to come out this summer!