"I wear a fez now, fez's are cool"
I would recommend this because of the male character and that it is part of a greater series.
I liked the hero greatly and the interaction with the other wallflowers as well as the introduction of Sebastian. The twist at the end was also interesting.
When she was drunk.
I did laugh.
Lillian is not a great heroine, she is bossy, rude, obnoxious and way over the top, in the other books she is down right awful at times. Kleypas did tone her down a bit, but unfortunately this is the one time I am not a fan of Rosalyn's narration, her American accent doesn't help the overall dislike I have for the heroine. I probably disliked her more because of it. Rosalyn does an amazing job at other times but for some reason the way she voiced Lillian just made me really not care for her.
It's quite possible I just really don't like the character of Lillian, in Scandal in Spring I down right hated her so perhaps that is tainting this review.
What makes this book good is everyone else and the times when Lillian is not annoying. The twist was interesting and Westcliff is one of my favorite hero's.
Worth a listen.
There was much less story in this one compared to the first in the series. While I enjoyed listening to Lillian and Marcus discover their mutual passion, it almost got to be predictable and boring to listen to the same thing over and over again in great detail. After the third time, I wished I could have fast forwarded through it.
There were moments of pleasure, but it did not make up for the hours of boredom... I like Kleypas' novels - mostly - but was disappointed in this one. It was a painfully predictable, and typical "they loved each other, but won't admit it" for chapter after chapter after chapter... Only while they are being DENSE, nothing really happens.
There are dinner parties, and dances and clandestine groping, but not much else. The way the heroine, Lillian, behaves throughout the story is beyond irritating. She is supposed to be independent and headstrong - like that's a good thing - but with her, it's like watching peevish, adolescent rebellion. She is a shrill brat. I really could not figure out what Marcus saw in her.
The last bit of the story is good... but at that point, it was not enough to redeem the investment of time and money. Overall, it was NOT worth it.
I picked this book because I read the first "Wallflower" story, "Secrets of a Summer Night," and enjoyed it. I was very impressed with the narrator, and her ability to do so many different accents and characters. But, she really needs to work on making her American accents more pleasant. Her rendition of Lillian is shrill and grating. That alone was enough to make Lillian hard to like, but combine that with her outrageous, cringe-worthy behavior... Pass.
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
The hero and heroine were just AMAZING! I loved Lilian's character! It was a really sexy book. Rosalyn again well done.
Narrator's voice is somewhat too old for the main character. Her male voices are better, but lack personality.
The producers erred terribly in hiring Rosalyn Landor because
1) She can't do an American accent.
2) Her male voices sound like the voice you make when you drop your chin into your neck and make as silly a deep voice you can.
The pity is that the protagonist for this book is American and a New Yorker (I'm both) yet sounds exactly like someone parodying a flat, part faux-midwestern, part cowboy accent with the most rollings R's I've ever heard a Brit or American bother with. Lillian and her sister sound like they should be riding mules and shooting their pistols instead of coming out of New York society.
You can imagine how scenes of ardor sound when a woman sounds like a cowgirl and a man sounds like a kid pretending to be a man. The declarations of passion are absolutely hilarious and ridiculous, and I found all the male characters very difficult to take seriously because they sounded so awful.
If you can get over these two things and are a fan of Lisa Kleypas, then I guess it's a fine read. Try not to laugh.
I don't think I could have imagined 2 more unlikeable characters as the central characters in this book.
Lillian Bowman is insensitive, rude, and bad-tempered (she ends up stealing brandy out of the library and getting drunk-for pete's sake). I could not empathize with her, nor stand to finish reading a story about her.
Lisa Kleypas shines in her contemporary stories -- ironically in her memorable, endearing characters.