A Wicked Game by Kate Bateman


A Wicked Game is book three in Kate Bateman’s Ruthless Rivals series.  This was the best book in the series so far!  Captain Morgan Davies and Harriet Montgomery have had a love/hate relationship since childhood.  Coming home from war and surviving prison, Morgan has two objectives:  find the man who made the erroneous map that found him in a French jail and convince Harriet to marry him.  Harriet has fought her feelings for Morgan for a lifetime.  When Morgan comes to collect on a scandalous bet, he must persuade Harriet to give him her heart; if not, they will be doomed to be enemies forever.

Morgan knew he wanted Harriet; he had loved her forever.  Morgan had to persuade Harriet that their connection was more than just physical.  He went all-out to get her.  I love how unapologetic he was in wanting Harriet, and all bets were off in how he went about convincing her he loved her.  Morgan had a larger-than-life personality and charmed me every time he was on the page.   Harriet was clever and witty and held her own when verbally sparring with Morgan.  Morgan and Harriet had a vulnerable side; they were hesitant to open their hearts and trust what was between them.  I loved this vulnerable side to them both!

The couple’s connection was deep; they had danced around each other since childhood.  I loved how Morgan owned his feelings toward Harriet.  The passion they shared held a gritty, organic feel to it.  Morgan and Harriet had much to lose but more to gain if they could learn to trust their feelings toward each other.

The plot was highly entertaining and engaging.  It held my rapt attention throughout.  The witty banter between Morgan and Harriet was spot-on comical.  This was a fast-paced novel.  I raced through this book, yet I never wanted it to end.  Like the rest of these books, these star-crossed lovers stole every scene.  Kate Bateman has created an outstanding series with intense verbal sparring, fiery passion, engrossing characters, and a unforgettable storyline.  A Wicked Game checked all the boxes for a beautiful romance I never wanted to end!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Release Date: December 27, 2022

Published by jelee1976

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