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Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1 | [Lisa Kleypas]

Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1

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.
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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.

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"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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    Jackee Goovigen, Australia 02-05-11
    Jackee Goovigen, Australia 02-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "COULD LISTEN TO OVER AND OVER"

    This is the first book of Lisa Kleypas i have listened to and I really enjoyed it. And I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.

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    S NY 09-30-10
    S NY 09-30-10 Member Since 2013
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    "NARRATOR AND HEROINE BOTH ANNOYING--"

    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.

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    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 09-13-10
    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 09-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Book"

    This was a goos story and not the same old, usual plot found in may books. The characters are fresh and fun. Good story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shannel Richton Park, IL, United States 01-03-11
    Shannel Richton Park, IL, United States 01-03-11 Member Since 2012
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    "OK but not very bad"

    I like to listen to Rosalyn Landor so this book was a pleasing listen. The reason I would not give this book more than 3 stars is because of the characters themselves. I could not enjoy or relate to them.

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    Shelley Chatsworth CA 12-17-10
    Shelley Chatsworth CA 12-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable, but disturbing"

    Maybe I shouldn't regard this book in the light of the 21st century, but despite much of its lighthearted story and all trials and tribulations having happy endings, I couldn't help being bothered by the womens' plight in those times.

    Their whole existence and well-being was determined by men. Everything they did centered around being taken care of by a man---their very lives, and their families' lives depended on men. Their situation, their entire future, rested on their capturing a wealthy man. And then, as if that wasn't bad enough, everyone had to pretend they weren't doing it.
    The men, knowing of course what the women were up to, disdained their behavior if the women were too obvious.
    And all the women continually apologized foer everything! Every nuance of emotion was so discouraged, it became exasperating.
    Okay, okay, those were the times they lived in and it was said that those times were changing, but those male attitudes were seriously revolting.
    Okay, okay. maybe I took it a little too seriously, and some of it was fun and enjoyable, but boy am I ever glad I didn't live back then.

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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 05-28-13
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Quite Enjoyable"

    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.

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    trisha Gothard MANSFIELD, TX, US 04-24-12
    trisha Gothard MANSFIELD, TX, US 04-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book, however as a hardback and not on audible. The narrator was inneffective. She would have done well to just read in her own voice and not try to act out the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I just finished reading/listening last week and do not remember any of the characters names.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rosalyn Landor?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I believe if there were another narrator this series would be better. But since the other books are with this narrator, I will not be buying them on Audible. I might by the books in a store if they are on sale just to see where it all ends.

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    Tori-Lyn New York 12-12-10
    Tori-Lyn New York 12-12-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!!!"

    I love this author and was enjoyed the Wallflower Series and love the way she brings them back into this book so I can see how they're all getting on. Rohan and Amelia are great together loved how she is with her family and Rosalyn Landor can't say enough about how great a narrator she is.

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    casie elkhart, IN, United States 12-05-10
    casie elkhart, IN, United States 12-05-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!!"

    I love all types of romance stories and this series will remain at the top of my list. Great writer and narrator. The characters and story are so real and enjoyable.

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    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 04-13-11
    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 04-13-11 Member Since 2010

    Audio-fiction ADDICT !

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    "It was ok"

    I love the Wallflower's series. This is an Ok book but is the weakest of the series. A bit of a disappointing start but the series gets better and better book after book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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