A Wicked Game (Ruthless Rivals, #3)

A Wicked Game by Kate Bateman (Ruthless Rivals, #3)

Title:  A Wicked Game
Series: Ruthless Rivals, #3
Author:  Kate Bateman
Publisher:  St. Martin's Paperbacks / St. Martin's Press
Genre: Romance
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 304
Date of US Publication:  27 December, 2022
My Rating:  4.5 Stars

My Thoughts 

A Wicked Game is an utterly enjoyable read from the first chapter. It just draws you in until you're completely under the spell of all the romance.

All the tropes here..

  • a long family feud, 

  • slow burn, 

  • frienemies to lovers, 

  • MMC home after years fighting in the military 

  • and I’m sure I’m missing one or two, 

.. just worked really well together. I adored this one (this entire series is so wonderfully fun!) and liked reading it so much ❤️reading this while anxious, really helped redirect my attention - this one just made me smile throughout because it was such a wholly loveable read and was exactly what I needed after a run of more serious books. 

Harriet and Morgan were absolutely perfect together, there’s a lot of friendship, history, and longing in these pages and the chemistry between the two is fantastic. The spice level was nice, albeit in a limited capacity. 

This one would be an excellent cozy, hibernating until the New Year is over with cocoa, Netflix, and books read. It’s utterly romantic, swoony, and a delightful long weekend book. 

I love a well done and fun historical romance, and Ms. Bateman absolutely knows how to write them. 

I can’t wait for the next one! 


eARC kindly provided by St. Martin's Paperbacks / St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


A Wicked Game marks the third book in Kate Bateman's popular regency romance series, Ruthless Rivals.

If there’s one thing impossible for a Davies to resist, it’s a challenge from a Montgomery. . .

A teasing bet.

Shipwrecked and imprisoned thanks to an incorrect map, Captain Morgan Davies has returned to London to exact sweet revenge on the cartographer responsible for his suffering. He’s also vowed to claim the winner’s prize—three kisses—in the bet he made with his long-time nemesis, the prickly, smart-mouthed Harriet Montgomery. His incarceration has clarified his feelings for her, but convincing the infuriating woman he wants to marry her is going to be his greatest challenge yet. When Harriet’s revealed to be the very mapmaker he seeks, Morgan decides to combine revenge and seduction into one delightful package. . .

A dangerous enemy.

Harriet’s always wanted witty scoundrel Morgan, and now he’s back; as handsome and as taunting as ever. She has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s failing eyesight and a rival mapmaker copying her work to play wicked games with a dastardly Davies—however tempting he might be. But when a threat from Morgan’s past puts them both in danger, Harry discovers that she and Morgan might not be enemies at all .
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