It happened at the Ball….
Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren’t entirely “the thing.” And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London’s most eligible aristocrat.
It happened in the garden…
When Marcus shockingly – and dangerously – swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn’t even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed…thank goodness they weren’t caught very nearly in the act!
It happened one autumn.…
Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable…as his bride?
©2006 Lisa Kleypas (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The narrator captures the flavor of the story and the timeframe.
Never disappointed with this author.
I know that not everyone was able to muster up a lot of sympathey for Lilian, but I really enjoyed this character. Underneath all her prickles are a very large heart and a sense of vulnerability which endeared her to me. She's bright and mischievous, and her personality really drives the story. Marcus, on the other hand, has earned himself a place in my "Heroes I'd like to whack with a rolling-pin" book. But Kleypas does an excellent job of keeping his character just this side of insufferable. I really hate male protagonists who run roughshod over their love interests, and while Marcus is stubborn and somewhat self-deluded he's not such a domineering autocrat that it made me wonder why Lilian fell in love in the first place.
The countess was finally vanquished! I've been waiting for them to get rid of her since "Again The Magic".
The scene at the beginning with the sisters playing rounders with the grooms. Too funny! And the scene with the calf's head made me laugh out loud.
It is right up there amongst the best I've listened to. I didn't want to turn it off.
I thought the first book in this Wallflower series was beautiful but this one is everything that first one was and more. So full of personality, humour and sensuality.
Rosalyn is brilliant. Along with Davina Porter I have never listened to anyone better. Her characterisations are incredible.
I did listen to it in one sitting!!!!! It had me completely entranced from beginning to end.
I was so entranced by the first two wallflower books I couldn't wait to download the rest of the series.... Then imagine my disappointment to discover the next three books aren't available in Australia. I am gutted!
I enjoy many types of books and am always looking for new authors to read and listen too. I enjoy reading the reviews and adding my own from time to time.
I have listened to this audio three times already. I love the story and the narration. It is easy to follow and of course I love the continuation from book 1 of the Wallflower series, Secrets of a Summer Night. Knew that Lillian and Westcliff were destined for each other.
The hunt where Lillian goes against what Marcus, the Earl of Westcliff has told her to do. She is so hard headed to anything he tells her to do. I enjoyed the scene where she gets her finger stuck in a bottle of brandy while trying to get the pear out of it. Marcus of course helps her get the bottle loose and it turns into a full blown love scene.
Her inflections for each of her characters is always well done and makes it easy to distinguish who is who. Her voices for women and men are just different enough to make them easy on the ear.
I did and continue to do so each time I listen to it.
Not at this time.
I could not stop listening to this book! What a great series! Lisa Kleypas is a wonderful writer and the author does an outstanding job. You feel like your right there with the Wallflowers! Love It!
She makes you feel like your right there with them!
A Must Read!
Researcher, editor, writer, francophone, anglophile. Started listening to audiobooks to conciliate my love of knitting and novels.
This is my first Wallflowers Kleypas novel, but it won't be my last. I'm already listening to Devil in Winter (Wallflowers n. 3).
The love story is totally believable in this one. I liked the main characters' strengths and weaknesses. The opening scene was original as well. I would recommend this one for lovers of historical romance.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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