Also by this author: Scandal in Spring
Series: Wallflowers #1
Also in this series: Scandal in Spring, A Wallflower Christmas
Published by Avon
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Read in: May 11 to May 20
Source: Personal Collection
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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. - via GoodReads
I decided that I wanted more historical romance in my life again. I also really, really loved the Wallflower series by Lisa Kleypas. It’s been several years so I thought it was time to re-read the series.
I remember being pretty wishy washy about Annabelle and Simon. Annabelle has so much on her shoulders since her father’s death. The family bills are being paid but just barely and the price is higher than just the coin. Annabelle doesn’t have the luxury of marrying for love. I enjoyed Annabelle. She’s smart and kind but a little snobby. She doesn’t want to marry outside of the peerage.
Simon Hunt is an interesting hero. He isn’t a peer but is richer than most of the peerage. Simon is also pretty disdainful of the very people he’s worked so hard to be amongst. I can’t say that I blame him. The peerage aren’t overly friendly to those outside themselves. Simon is an interesting mix of overly guarded and alpha with gentleness and love. He certainly has a healthy dose of arrogance.
Secrets of a Summer Night is the first book in the Wallflower series. Each of the Wallflowers is introduced in this book. It was interesting to see who will be coming up in the next books. I’ve read the books before so obviously I know the characters but they’ve faded around the edges. I’m looking forward to getting reacquainted with them.