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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Pearl
  • Palm City, Florida
  • 10-18-12

*Marvelously Entertaining*

Where does Secrets of a Summer Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

With the most marvelous Rosalyn Landor narrating the fabulous Wallflower series, these audible books are sublime! Lisa Keyplas writes with a passion and conveyed me to another time and place as I sewed and listened to the story unfold. Such a wonderful tale that ended too soon, but thankfully continues with the next book in the series. Thank you LK, Simply magic...

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  • Pat
  • LORENA, TX, United States
  • 10-08-12

Determined suitor persues a reluctant lady

Would you consider the audio edition of Secrets of a Summer Night to be better than the print version?

I think the audio edition just enhances what is already a great story. Rosalyn Landor always brings so much to a good book. I have only a couple of times wished she had not made a character sound as snobbish as she sometimes does. It is hard to imagine a really sexy rake sounding snobbish and in Devil In Winter, sadly, she did that. If all her heroes sounded like she makes Sebastian, the sexy Lord St. Vincent sound, I would have a hard time thinking of him that way. I always buy when she is narrating because she most always does such a good job. I believe a good read should be appreciated in both the written and audio if possible. This certainly fulfills that for me. I also enjoyed the scene in the library where Simon teaches Annabelle to play chess. Light sexual tension but well written. The chess game continues over several chapters and plays a part in helping them to understand each other.

What other book might you compare Secrets of a Summer Night to and why?

There are likely many other books I could compare it to but I prefer to let each book I read stand on it's own merits as opposed to comparing them. If I was the author I would want you to read the book for my story alone and not to compare it to one read before.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really enjoyed the Rounders game that the wallflowers had for one since they took off some of their garments to make play easier for them. Of course you knew that somehow the men would show up to see them not dressed as was appropriate for the times and of course it would be Simon Hunt and Lord Westcliff. It was a funny scene. I enjoyed others as well of course but baseball played in the undergarments of the time was funny. I also liked the scene where Simon teaches Annabelle to play chess in the library where she is recovering from an Adder bite. Nice scene with light sexual tension. Well done. The game continues over several chapters and has special meaning.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reactions but I laughed alot. Never really cried but certainly got angry a few times as the heroine made some stupid decisions. Were women really as dumb as she acts sometimes? I often wonder how some of these heroines know to keep from walking off a cliff or something else equally as dumb.

Any additional comments?

Keep recording these stories as they are so good.

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  • Maureen
  • Vilonia, AR, United States
  • 09-17-12

Loved it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Secrets of a Summer Night to be better than the print version?

I love audio. I have to drive an hour to work and it passes the time quicker than I want sometimes.

What other book might you compare Secrets of a Summer Night to and why?

All 4 of the Wallflower series..........hate the guy, fall in love with the guy, marry the guy and he's wonderful to her. It's a great story though. Both main character were wonderful caring people and I really rooted for them.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved all the scenes where Hunt was so gentle and caring for her inspite of her "hatred" for him. Also, how good he was to her mother and brother.

Any additional comments?

Rosalyn Landor was the perfect narrator.

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Loved it and Hated It

From a modern woman's perspective I found the heroine, Annabel exceptionally annoying. Her attitudes to marriage, sex and aristocracy were that of a very juvenile mind even though she was 25.

OK - So then I reminded myself of the historical period and I gradually start to enjoy the story somewhat. I did have to keep reminding myself however that she was an innocent from a different period.

I enjoyed the different perspectives of the different "Wallflowers" and I believe that this Annabel will be my least favourite of the four. (I have already purchased the second in the series on sale). Simon was a very patient man.

The sex scenes were OK but went on and on and on and on and I had to wait for three quarters of the book before something happened and then it didn't stop.

For me Rosalyn Landor always takes a little getting used to but proves to be an excellent narrator within a very short time of listening to her books. I like her interpretations very much.

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I love the Wallflowers!

Where does Secrets of a Summer Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right near the top.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lillian Bowman. She is a strong sexy woman thatis not afraid to have fun.

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

Lillian Bowman

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Absolutely! After meeting the wallflowers I knew I was in for a treat.Its like you wanted to be part of their group and see what happens to you.I found myself smiling, laughing, excited and thoroughly anticipating everyscene.

Any additional comments?

Since I discovered the Wallflowers, I feel like I've found my best friends.

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Juicy romance novel

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would if I knew they liked romance novels. It's juicy, although it is quite formulaic.

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A definite Winner

This is going to be a fun and fantastic series if the rest continue like this first one. Such realistic characters and fun story. This Kleypas in her element and Landor at her best.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Helle
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 03-19-12

very erotic and I love it

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recomend it to those who like to get an arousel through their ears

What was one of the most memorable moments of Secrets of a Summer Night?

The love scenes

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me wan't my husband.

Any additional comments?

It is very classic romantic but with the grafic love scenes that really are well written. If you can get by your high literature standards, and don't laugh to much of the tall dark mysterious stranger caractor vs beautifull young damsell in distress theme, it is good for what it is.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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a secret that every woman wants

What did you love best about Secrets of a Summer Night?

The story is very intriguing . it did make me feel a little bit embarrassed. the story keeps you coming back for more listen to. It does capture a woman in what they are like and what other people to be like.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful Story

What did you love best about Secrets of a Summer Night?

I loved the plot and the realistic way she conveys conversation and life. The narrator was amazing! Great accents and every character was recognizable. She obviously read what she was reading before she started because she always knew what emotion to put into the dialogue even before the author made note of it.

Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was romantic, it made me chuckle and it made me tense with anticipation.