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)
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.
Home is where my books are.
I loved Annabelle. Her family is down on it's luck after the death of her father and everything hinges on her making a good ton marriage. Unfortunately, without a dowry, and with her clothes much worst for wear, attracting a suitable man is clearly impossible. But our plucky heroine is determined to keep her chin up and persevere, even if she has to trick some hapless peer into marrying her.
Then along comes a wealthy commoner, Simon Hunt, a butcher's son who's made his fortune in industry. Simon is welcome at some ton events only because he's got friends in high places. He's met Annabelle before, and finds that he's still attracted to the lady, but she won't give him the time of day. To put it simply, Annabelle is a snob.
There's an oily villain, some fellow wallflowers (who act as fairy godmothers), and lots of opportunities for romance and misunderstanding at the Duke's estate during a months' long house party. The characters from Again the Magic are also here, so the series gather's some steam as more are introduced.
LK hits all the right notes with this one, and it's clear she had fun writing it. Best of all, you end up cheering for the leads.
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.
This was a good story. I could have been better. But it was a bit to wordy and descriptive of furnishings and the like for my taste. Not enough dialogue for me either. I enjoyed the H and H and the secondary characters. All in all it would have been a much better book with less descriptions and more dialogue. It was not good enough for me to move on to the next book.
Narration is okay if you listen to it on 1.25 speed. Not a huge fan of Rosalyn Landor but it was tolerable.
No, nothing beats the actual physical activity of holding the book and turning to the next page with all of the excitement and anticipation of seeing what is printed on that page.
It actually has no comparison for me. I usually read regency London novel's, this is the first of this era of London for me, but I LOVED IT.
No, the men kind of all sound the same to me.
Wall flowers, not just for show but for showing their peers how to get it right.
Love LK, I have tons of her books, but this series by far is my FAVORITE.
This historical romance "Secrets of a Summer Night" was so predictable and very disappointing to me. It was not what I was expecting, especially after all of the good reviews I had read about the series. It was like reading a soap opera script and was just too unbelievable and staged. Furthermore, the pact between the four Wallflower girls was so stupid!!
This is the first time I have ever read anything by the author Lisa Kleypas. I was so glad when the story was OVER! Some believe that this is the worst book of the “Wallflowers” series. Gee, I don’t think I can stand to waste a credit on another potentially bad story by Lisa Kleypas. Fortunately, some reviewers feel that this book is not one of her best. Maybe I will try a different book written by her, but not a part of this Wallflower series.
The London born actress/narrator, Rosalyn Landor, did an excellent job voicing the female characters. Unfortunately, voicing the male characters in the novel were NOT good.
I usually love historical fiction with strong female leads, but this book was a tedious listen.I didn't even finish the last two chapters because I just couldn't take it any more. It was basically a poor romance with some historical references sprinkled throughout. None of the history was interesting and the characters kept making weak decisions. I was surprised at all of the good reviews this book got. I am returning this book.
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.
I just finished reading/listening last week and do not remember any of the characters names.
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.
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.
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
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.
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