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.
"By turns amusing, sensual and sober, but always compelling, this is a first-rate offering from a truly talented storyteller." (Publishers Weekly)
Don't always write reviews anymore, but since I used reviews to decide on this series, thought I would chime in. I love this series. The characters have more variations than many books of this genre. I laugh out loud at these four women. They don't fit the mold of 'proper society', which makes them so much more likeable. If you like this type of novel, you would like this series. And this narrator is the best. As many others have said, she is just about my favorite. Never get tired of listening.
Yes! As an avid romance reader the story has everything, in my opinion, to make a book enjoyable. It keeps ones interest, and if possible I would like to have listened to it all at once, but it's too long.
There were many, and I don't want to give anything away, but toward the end when Simon's wife tries to save his life, the author and narrator conveyed the emotions well.
There were several.
It's one I will listen to again.
First book was wonderful, funny and oh so romantic!!
The Foundry fire
I highly recommend it!
This is the first book I’ve read by Lisa Kleypas and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The chemistry between Simon and Annabelle was just the right amount of tension and electricity. It wasn’t overly sappy nor under developed. It was very nice. I fell in love with the way Simon felt for Annabelle and vice versa. Experiencing this type of love myself, with my husband of 11 ½ years, I truly could relate to how Annabelle felt when she went back in the foundry after the love of her life. I could totally see myself doing that.
I know there is a part 2 to the Wallflower series, but I just don’t know how I’m going to feel about the story focusing on other characters beside Annabelle and Simon. I’m already attached to them. But I definitely will be reading the next novel in the series because I did so enjoy this first novel. Good job Lisa Kleypas.
The narration by Rosalyn Landor completely benefited the story. I knew who was talking at every turn. Even her male voices were great. She did an awesome job.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
A beautiful story that is very romantic. I loved the ending (one of the few that has made me cry). It set the ground for the next book that I will begin immediately. The narrator was very good also.
The narrator made the women in this story sound like a bunch of Hysterical Harpies while the "heroine" was so darn shallow and self-centered she was just about unbearable. Her "genteel" family was near financial ruin (a relative was selling her body to help pay the bills), yet she and her mother were only interested in her marriage to a wealthy peer even though a dashing wealthy man of trade had been interested in her for years. She couldn't possibly love the butcher's son so she along with her other cold-blooded wallflower friends set about to trap a not-too-bright titled man into a compromised wedding. Nothing romantic here. The only warmth came at the very end, but by then I could care less.
Great listen I go back to often. This is probably my fourth or so. Now reading this and imagining Hodgem(sp?) as D. Trump is only adds to the creep-factor and satisfactory comeuppance!
Any book written by Julie Garwood
Her chosen voices for the characters
As usual, Ms. Kleypas has written a well structured story and developed characters. She captured the emotions of her characters well and also provided realistic historical details about the time period. It was a well developed story, with little to no holes in the plot. I can't wait to find out what happens to the next "Wallflower".
I enjoy a light historic chick lit every once in a while and this was a good one. I would probably read all, though audible doesn't have all of the books in their catalog. I will be on the lookout for them.
It was a nice, very vanilla story. Nothing very interesting, and the story line was pretty predictable.
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