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Secrets of a Summer Night Audiobook

Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Lisa Kleypas (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"By turns amusing, sensual and sober, but always compelling, this is a first-rate offering from a truly talented storyteller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Carolyne 02-18-16
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    "Finding Real Love in Unexpected Places"

    I loved this book. Unlike most period romances it had unexpected twists and turns as well as heightened passions. A great read

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    j rogers 01-28-16
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    "absolutely love this book"

    I love the narrator for these novels. I owe the novels and now the audibles. I find myself rereading and listening to Lisa Kleypas continuously. what a great storyteller! I love how her novels connect and link characters from other series. just fabulous.a great read!!!

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    Robin 01-10-16
    Robin 01-10-16
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    "Pleasant romance with some humor"

    This was entertaining but not terribly memorable. The hero is a bit unusual in being a self-made man, and there are some humorous elements, which I always appreciate.

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    Amazon Customer 09-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "the. first. wallflower"

    Loved the story. Just enough humor and excitement that you didn't want to
    stop listening. Looking forward to the
    next book in the series.

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    Astrid Kensington, Australia 07-14-15
    Astrid Kensington, Australia 07-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoying the wallflowers"

    This is the second wallflower book I've listened to ( the first was Evie's book). I found this book really engaging, I liked the character of Annabel and enjoyed the growing tension between her and Simon.
    I know a lot of readers struggled with Annabel's apparent snobbery but I think considering her in the context of her time and place, I found her willingness to go with significant social change quite inspiring and well drawn.

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    miss Manly, Australia 05-22-15
    miss Manly, Australia 05-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great romance"

    Easy to listen to. It's basically a historical romance in the style of pride and prejudice (ish) but with erotica (after marriage of course!)
    I enjoyed it - easy listen! Have fun.

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    Yu Yan 04-30-15
    Yu Yan 04-30-15
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    "Secrets of a Summer Night"

    Beautifully done. Though, maybe it could have been done with a little more speed. The story was good, just a little slow to begin with or perhaps its just me. But I love their interaction.. so much chemistry even from the beginning. And then after the wedding, goodness, these two doesn't seem to have left that stage yet, even till the end. I will be reading the next one. Want to know more about the Earl.

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    Margarita New York, NY 11-28-14
    Margarita New York, NY 11-28-14 Member Since 2016

    All business but contemporary fun!

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    "Great start to this series!"
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    I absolutely love Lisa Kleypas historical romance series. The wallflowers started off with a bang. Annabelle is beautiful, elegant, aristocratic, yet her family is penniless which put her in disadvantage for marriage. Simon Hunt, a self made business man is tall dark and yes dangerous and has tried to seduce her many times over the years until he finally gets his way. That is not the end, rather the beginning of Annabelles seduction by his masterful mind. Simon discovers he has feelings for her, feelings he never thought were possible for him and these come to a crushing crescendo towards the end of the book. The only reason I give four stars to this book is because I wished I got to know Simon a little better, to understand his actions and reactions easier, there was a tiny bit of a disconnect there, but otherwise it was very enjoyable read. The hathaways is by a far cry the best series of this author.

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    Karen 10-10-14
    Karen 10-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    There were great reviews for this author and the series. I took a chance and was very disappointed. I am amazed readers gave it such high praise. The heroine is extremely spoiled and the story had no plot


    What could Lisa Kleypas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Rewrite it


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    She was very good at narrating


    Did Secrets of a Summer Night inspire you to do anything?

    Find a better book


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Jennifer 08-19-14
    Jennifer 08-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Lovely Light Romance (but for sudden event at end)"

    I picked out this book just for a little fluffy romance reading. Which it most satisfactorily was, until it nearly nearly gave me a heart attack due to the last two chapters. It starts out well, setting up a typical period piece in 1880s London/Hampshire. The girls known as the Wallflowers were quite an incongruous but entertaining crew when they put their heads together. I quite enjoyed their plans and activities. I thought all of the characters were wonderfully drawn - though the focus was centered on a few, there was enough attention given to others, with the suggestion given a bit more plainly in the epilogue, to foreshadow the next books of the series. I foresaw much of the initial courtship and undesired (by Annabelle) complications, as well as the resolutions of the Lord Kendall plan and the ensuing events at the end of the season. Without any explicit spoilers, Annabelle is with the right man, and they are just finding happiness in their new life when the author saw fit to strike terror into my heart. I was so gripped by the violent imagery -terrifying and well depicted as far as I'm concerned- that I panicked and (thinking of the real world likelihoods) I failed to anticipate the fictional story wrap-up. Luckily for me, I was reaching those events just as my fiancé was coming to bed... Unluckily for him, as I held his had so tightly and crushed his fingers for a solid half-hour. Aside from my horror at that, the first 24 chapters was a fun fanciful Victorian romance, just what I wanted. Just enough hot-n-bothering scenes. Bonus, it was read by Roslyn Landor, who has never let me down in the several novels I've heard her narrate. She has a wonderful flowing voice, and can sufficiently distinguish enough voices (even male characters'!) to avoid any dialogue confusion. Those of fainter hearts might skip most of the last two chapters, read the last few pages/minutes and epilogue and be no worse off story-wise.

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