Sunday, January 10, 2016

Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers #1) by Lisa Kleypas


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.

Secrets of a Summer Night is a very entertaining story, and I'm adding Simon Hunt to my rapidly growing - but very exclusive - list of favorite heroes! That said, I can't tell you how many times I wanted to kick Annabelle to the curb. Hmmm...did they have curbs back then? Well, if they did, she would have found herself sitting on one, had I had my way. ;)

I enjoyed the devious banter between the Wallflowers, Annabelle, Lillian, Evie and Daisy. I thought they balanced each other and played off one another brilliantly! Best of all? I loved that they were not willing to sit idly by whilst life moved on without them. Their witty insights and plottings made this a laugh out loud read.

Simon Hunt should be given Sainthood for the amount of patience he showed while waiting for Annabelle to come to her senses and realize that he wasn't the bottom of the barrel. I was a tad disappointed in him and his readiness to make her into his mistress rather than make a marriage proposal, but hey, it all worked out in the end which is where it matters most.

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