Series: Wallflowers #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Publication date: November 28, 2006
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: Paperback, 375 pages
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Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.
Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle's most intriguing--and persistent--admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition . . . but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.
Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon--and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon's passionate embrace and tempting kisses . . . and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all.
As I mentioned in my review yesterday for Again the Magic, I have quickly become a historical romance AND Lisa Kleypas addict. I can’t even tell you just how much I’m enjoying her Wallflowers series (which, just in case you’re curious, I’m currently on the fourth book) but I’m going to try.
While I loved the way Again the Magic kicked off, in a way, the Wallflowers series, the real magic was to be found in this second book, when these four ladies make each others acquaintance and form their plan. I love swooning over sexy men in books as much as the next reader, but I get just as much pleasure from strong female characters. Annabelle, Lillian, Evie and Daisy are all just that. I loved the friendship they forged when they could’ve easily been considered competition. Their banter was brilliant. Each of them had their quirks, but together they made a fantastic team. There was no “girlfriends behaving badly” here either. These ladies had a GREAT, strong friendship and I really enjoyed watching it happen.
The romance, of course, was all kinds of swoony and fantastic because what else would you expect from Lisa’s books? Annabelle, as the oldest, is the first to find her match. It was an unlikely one at that. Annabelle was looking for love with a peer but found it instead with the self-made butcher’s son, Simon. Annabelle had the tendency to be (more than) a little snobby, but I didn’t mind much because I understood where she was coming from. Simon was wonderful. I’m a big fan of when a man relentlessly (and in a non-creepy) way pursues a woman once he’s interested. I was rooting for them so hard.
This book, and the series so far, is just fantastic. I’m completely enthralled with the characters, romance and overall story. It’s sexy, swoony and has its fair share of humor and feels. I can’t ask for anything more. If you’re new to historical romance like me, this series is a fantastic place to start. But, be warned, you will likely decide to chuck your entire reading list aside and binge on these. I am. 🙂 #noregrets