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)
The way in which is was performed was excellent. The story was perhaps a bit drawn out.
First time with this author
The way in which her voice portrayed the various characters was extremely well done
I like the way that the story built to a climax. The scene in the music room where Annabelle and Simon have to quietly wait while the musicians practice. The sexual tension and the anticipation is amazing
As a male, I don't usually read or listen to this kind of story. I must say it was very well written and the whole thing was very tastefully written.
HOPEFUL ROMANTIC. I Enjoy Historical & Inspirational Romances With Great Narration. Oh, And I give Honest Reviews with No Spoilers. ;-)
This book is a delightful start to the series. This book is romantic, funny, and a great story. Simon and Annabelle had a lot of chemistry which makes a perfect romance. Narration was perfect! Highly recommend this one!!
She is the best reader ever! RL + LK = automatic download.
When Mr. Hunt considered compromising Anabel again in the same night just for "Insurance" purposes. It was funny and romantic at the same time.
The Wallflowers series is awesome! And once you've finished you have to read The Hathaways . A must read/listen.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
This novel is pieced together so wonderfully, so magnificently that my only mistake in approaching it was listening to this audiobook before bedtime. Lisa Kleypas beautifully intertwines the characters of Annabelle and Simon Hunt and their developing romance in this novel that you just can't stop listening to. There are so many perspectives that captivate the reader.
1) Society's impact on the characters: Annabelle is beautiful and if she had a dowry she would be highly sought after by eligible bachelors in the upper class. Yet, something interesting is revealed about how the aristocracy functions. Because of Annabelle's dire financial circumstances, the men in her class act like vultures, as they follower her progress in her attempt to find a husband. Both single and married men in her class believe that she is highly unlikely to marry well. In their view, she is destined to be a scintillating and coveted mistress.
2) Simon as the hero: Although he is handsome, tall, rich, intelligent and hugely successful, because his lineage is from commoners, he is not completely accepted among the aristocracy. Simon represents a new breed of rising social juggernauts....he is an entrepreneur. I had mixed feelings about Simon. He came across as just another vulture who was also going to benefit from Annabelle's financial and less-than-fortunate social situation. First of all, Simon is quite alluring and the chemistry between Annabelle and himself is electrifying. You get the impression immediately that although he is physically desirous of her, that his feelings for her run deeper; that he truly loves her. Yet, I could not understand why he also was seeking her as a mistress. If I thought Simon's character was alluring at the beginning, throughout the book I was just so curious and interested in seeing what kind of man he really was. And, OH MY GOODNESS.....He is just a dream come true, and I'm so glad it worked out.
3) Women in society: Annabelle and her mother's relationship was so touching to me. I wanted to cry for her mother when she became a mistress of an old, fat, ruddy man who used to actually be a friend of her husband before he died. Annabelle's mother gives herself to his man because of the financial benefits to her family. She tries to hold on, until Annabelle can make a reasonable marriage and save their family's financial situation. I also loved the relationship Annabelle establishes with the wallflowers; her friends.
Oh, I could go on and on because this book touched me and captivated me. The author did a superb job in thinking about the reader. This book delivers in each level of the characters relationship phase: when they are acquaintances, falling in love, marriage life and the grand ending. The best way I can describe this book is absolute perfection!!!
Rosalyn Landor is wonderful!!! She is so talented and enhances the listening experience. I can't believe how well she is able to portray the variation of voices for both men and women. What a treat to listen to her!!!
Yes...and listen to it over and over...
I read reviews for the next book in the series and some are saying that it is better than the first book; which I find hard to believe. Yet, I'm excited to decide for myself. This author may just become one of my favorite if she delivers on the following books in this series.
I had already marked this as a book in my wish list, but when it came up on sale, I went ahead and purchased it. The wit and humor between the Wallflowers made the book enjoyable just to follow the women's friendship. The chemistry between Annabelle & Simon and their love/hate relationship was just an added bonus. The narrator is wonderful, but I've always enjoyed her and I think she does a wonderful job. This story was so fun and romantic and was not just about the love between a man and a woman, but the friendship that was developed between four women. As soon as I finished listening, I looked to see if the story continued and was pleased to see that the story of the remaining Wallflowers are available, and I immediately downloaded the second book. What a delightful series! I'm glad I stumbled upon this book or I would have missed out on a wonderful collection of laughter and love wrapped up in one book!
I am not normally a great fan of historical romance but Lisa Kleypas has won me over! She is a masterful storyteller and draws you into a world so vivid you can see it clearly in your mind's eye. This is the start of a great series with interesting characters and plenty of quick wit. Coupled with Rosalyn Landor's outstanding narration, this is the start of a series sure to keep you entertained.
When I saw that some of the Wall Flowers series books are being offered in audiobook format I was thrilled. After listening to this, more than once, I have to give this my highest recommendation possible. If you like beautiful romance, and if you like excellent narration, you will not regret purchasing this audiobook. I am waiting anxiously for the remaining Wall Flower books to become available in audiobook format as well.
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.
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.
All business but contemporary fun!
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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