Gosh what a standout start to the Wallflowers series Simon is a definite hero in pursuit one of my favorite types He saw Annabelle and he had to have her He wasn t always upstanding in the things he said or did or his motivations But it didn t help that Annabelle s inbred snobbery caused her to look down at him Simon is a self made man He is very wealthy and his wealth has opened doors for him socially just barely The fact that he is a business associate and friend of Lord Westcliff does help him to get into this society that he really doesn t care about except that it allows him to be close to the object of his desire Annabelle Peyton But Annabelle has been raised from the cradle to seek a marriage with a gentleman at the least and a titled one if entirely possible Plus I think she is a little intimidated at how intensely Simon seems to want her and how he is such a strong vital man not what she would consider an English gentleman at all The first half of this book is a bit of a cat and mouse chase as Simon spends his time hunting down the wary Annabelle Can I just say I adored Simon He is just delicious to me I love a strong independent self made hero who doesn t spend his time worrying about what others think Annabelle came off as ind of mercenary Yet I found I could not dislike her She was in desperate straits I could see why she was so fixated on making a good match Yet at the same time I wanted to yell at her Hey Simon is loaded He s hot He wants you Marry him Let s be honest I would have been throwing myself at Simon He s one of my all time favorite LK heroes top three Yes I now he s got some ungentlemanly intentions towards Annabelle but I felt that he would take her any way he could get her He shows his love and devotion in many ways I love the scene when he cares for Annabelle when she gets snakebitten He totally could have taken advantage of her but he didn t And things are getting where she doesn t have the luxury to wait for an honorable offer Yet he ended up offering marriage after all Because he loved her to the depths of his soul Sigh And what a good husband he is Now after their marriage I felt some frustration towards Annabelle for her snobbery against Simon s family I can understand culture shock but she was married to Simon and her life had changed permanently I didn t really see her setting her mind on the fact that she was now a middle class businessman s wife to the degree that I hoped for She liked the trappings of being a rich man s wife but didn t like to think about how he made his money or his origins It took that potentially tragic event for her to snap out of her old thinking mode and see what a wonderful love and life she could have with SimonI didn t care for Westcliff that much at first But when Westcliff tells her off I started to warm to him Before that he was rather cold But you could see he disliked Annabelle because he didn t really think she deserved Simon To be frank I was somewhat agreeing with him I felt I could like this cold aristocratic man when he risked his life to save Simon who was socially beneath him and was protective about him against a fortune hunting adventuress which was how he saw Annabelle I felt that Westcliff new Annabelle pretty well because in some ways they were of the same mindset and were having to open their minds to the fact that the Old England was changing as the century wound to a close I liked that they became a united front in their mutual caring for Simon It may sound as if I am being harsh about Annabelle I really like her despite her snobby tendencies She is a very sweet ind person and was good to the other Wallflowers snobby tendencies She is a very sweet ind person and was good to the other Wallflowers has a good sense of humor and was a good daughter I just tend to be very protective about my favorite heroes I want their heroine to be completely in love with them because my favorite heroes are the type who are 110% in love with their heroine They should be loved to the same intensity I hate when the feeling is uneual in a romance I was glad that Annabelle finally came around although I wished it was a little bit soonerThis is my second favorite Wallflower after Devil in Winter because I loved the fact that Simon was a man who set himself on a course and never gave up That course was winning his heroine Annabelle I loved the friendship between the four wallflowers Annabelle Lillian Daisy and my favorite sweet Evie You get the impression that the friendship they form will stand the test of time And you hope they will all meet and marry men worthy of them Also I loved the late Victorian setting and how rich the descriptions of this time and the people are in this story Secrets of a Summer Night is definitely one of my all time favorite Lisa Kleypas novelsActors I would cast as Simon and Annabelle Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsaleimage error I read it during a summer night I swoonedI wrote a reviewOops Finally FINALLY a Lisa Kleypas book that I actually like I m not broken after allI was beginning to think that perhaps I was the only person on earth to hate Lisa Kleypas I 2 starred both Suddenly You and Somewhere I ll Find You and I was really ready to just throw in the towel However I already owned Secrets of a Summer Night so I figured I would try one time bathtubbookAnd I m soooo happy that I gave this one a try This was a great story with a complex H and h a great set of side characters and a romance that developed slowly over time Despite some awkwardness between the two MCs at the 80% mark or so the romance was simply divine I think I found the first Kleypas series I can get behind Here s to hoping the rest of the books in the series will be winners too The first time I read this book in 2012 I didn t appreciate it I d just plowed through a bunch of historical romances and this one blended in with the crowdOMG I WAS SO WRONG This book is magic I loved it A LOT The pushpull between the two main characters was masterfully done The tension of Annabelle s circumstances and Simon s ignorance of her circumstances was so perfect I loved both of these characters so much The perfect blend of tragedy suspense humor romance This book is and has everything It s basically flawless LOVE SIMON HUNTBooks in Wallflowers series are stand alones but most enjoyed if read in orderBook 05 Again the MagicBook 1 Secrets of a Summer NightBook 2 It Happened One AutumnBook 3 Devil in WinterBook 4 Scandal in SpringBook 45 A Wallflower Christmas 4 stars Having regrets is the only sign that you ve done anything interesting with your life The first book in the Wallflower series Secrets of a Summer Night is about Annabelle a beautiful woman searching for a husband but her family s financial troubles woman searching for a husband but her family s financial
"troubles this No man wants to marry a woman with no "this No man wants to marry a woman with no but Annabelle must marry soon to prevent her family from being put out on the streetsAnnabelle s only luck seems to be with Simon Hunt a man not of the nobility but one who mad a great deal of money is business He. Four young ladies at the side of the ballroom make a pact to help each other find husbands no matter what it takesProud and beautiful Annabelle Peyton could have her pick of suitors if only she had a dowry Her family is on the brink of disaster and the only way Annabelle can save them is to S unrefined blunt and even worse he does not want Annabelle for his wife but as his mistress Befriending three other wallflowers at a ball they make a pact to help get every single one of them married and first up is Annabelle as this is her last season to find a husband They concoct a plan and hopefully they re mischievous ways will work I spent most of my youth hauling sides of beef and pork to my father s shop Carrying you is far enjoyableHow sweet Annabelle mumbled sickly her eyes closed Every woman dreams of being told that she s preferable to a dead cow Historical romance is not my go to genre but it s so fun to dabble in from time to time Lisa Kleypas is an author I really click with because I don t end up rolling my eyes at the language or actions of the characters She does her research really well and is able to make a smooth transition into whatever time period she places her books inI also normally don t like Cinderella stories and the rags to riches trope But I loved Annabelle as a character she was strong but had morals and pride Her relationship with Hunt was a hate to love Communism kind of story where over time the two get tonow each other and fall in love rather than love at first sight and it worked for meBeautifully written I cannot wait to read the rest of the Wallflower books disclaimer I ve read Devil in Winter and Again the Magic but I still really want to read the other two books This book was exactly what I needed to read at exactly the right time I m coming to believe that there are two How to Read the American City Close Up kinds of people those who choose to be masters of their own fate and those who wait in chairs while other dance I would rather be one of the former than the latter Follow me on Facebook Blog Instagram Twitter 45 I love you Dammit StarsSpoilers Youyou mustn t stare at me like that Soft as the murmur was he caught it With you here nothing else is worth looking at Annabelle and SimonI love Lisa Kleypas Now a little while back I bought the whole Hathaways series for 400 and it was my first taste of Lisa Kleypas I fell madly in love with all the Hathaways and when I finished that series I went to goodreads to find books by LK to read That was when I found out that The Wallflower series is connected to the Hathaway series and was suppose to be read first Oops Of course I went out to every book store Inow and found the whole Wallflowers series for a 100 each It was such a good buy I enjoyed Secrets Of A Summer Night It was everything I love about LK s books Annabelle and Simon s story was so very sweet Let me spoil you he whispered Let me take care of you You ve never had anyone to lean on have you I ve got strong shoulders Annabelle SimonAnnabelle took me a bit to warm up to At first I wanted to shake Annabelle because she was so snobby and full of self importance I hated the way she looked down at Simon like he wasn t good enough for her just because he wasn t peer But slowly she realized that she was a prejudice snob and that Simon was great And as she grew as a person she grew on me as well I ended up loving her She turned out to be a brave sweet and loyal Simon omg Simon He was amazing and made the book for me I love a man that nows what he wants and goes for it I got that in spades with Simon He seen Annabelle and he set out to have her Period He went after her like a lion going for a gazelle Simon was sexy sweet honest to the point of rude at times possessive and confident I loved how he slowly broke down all Annabelle s walls and worked his way into her heart He could see the wonderful person she was underneath I also loved that he seen her worth when all the other men seen a broke woman they could take a vantage of But the thing that melted my heart was that Simon thought she was sleeping with a man for money and didn t care that she wasn t a virgin he still wanted to marry her and take care of her Of course she was a virgin he was wrong but the point was it didn t matter to him I love you dammit She brushed her Lips Teasingly Against His teasingly against his much He made a slight sound as if the soft iss had affected him intensely Without limit Beyond forever I love you Simon and AnnabelleSimon and Annabelle s relationship was a slow burn since at first she would snub him But they had serious passion I felt they had a great build up to a sweet love It felt real Simon was so sweet to Annabelle after they were married He really took care of her and her family And Annabelle fell hard for her husband They both had a playful side that was cute One of my favorite things about this book was the friendship between Annabelle and her fellow Wallflowers Lillian Daisy and Evie They were a funny band of misfits hell bent on finding husbands and helping each other in any way they could My favorite of the group was Lillian She was so outspoken and foul mouthed I loved how her and Earl Westcliff Marcus butted heads and took a dislike to each other There was some major passion burning under all that hate and I can t wait to read their book This was a sweet romantic read and I loved it I only took off a 12 star for Annabelle s snobby attitude because I wish she would have changed sooner Other than that it was perfect These 2 uotes just sums it up so nicely They are my favorite uotes of the whole book I realized something she said huskily when I was standing outside the foundry watching it burn and nowing you were inside She swallowed hard against the thickness in her throat I would rather have died in your arms Simon than face a lifetime without you All those endless years all those winters summers a hundred seasons of wanting you and never having you Growing old while you stayed eternally young in my memories She bit her lip and shook her head while her eyes flooded I was wrong when I told you that I
Didn T Know Where I Belonged I t now where I belonged I With you Simon Nothing matters except being with you You re stuck with me forever and I ll never listen when you tell me to go Annabelle My God I can t stand this I can t let you go out every day fearing every minute that something might happen to you nowing that every ounce of sanity I ve got left is hinged on your well being I can t feel this wayit s too strongoh hell I ll turn into a raving well being I can t feel this wayit s too strongoh hell I ll turn into a raving I ll never be of use to anyone again If I could just reduce it somehowlove you only half this muchI might be able to live with it Simon What a wonderful storyThis was another gem from one of my favorite authors As always Lisa Kleypas never ever fails me Secrets of A Summer Night had me hooked from the very start enraptured me in a way that I never imagined and I found myself having a hard time putting it downI loved Simon Hunt He s strong smart swoon worthy and sweet Yet he could be a bad boy at times No matter how rich he is the peers have never accepted him as one of themselves For the fact that he was born a commoner a butcher s son he nows exactly who he is and never pretends to be someone he s not He was attracted to Annabelle sin. Arry a wealthy man Unfortunately her most persistent admirer is the brash Simon Hunt a handsome and ambitious entrepreneur who wants her as his mistressAnnabelle is determined to resist Simon's wicked propositions but she can't deny her attraction to the boldly seductive rogue any than he can.
Read & Download À eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ù Lisa KleypasCe the first time he laid eyes on her and he couldn t get her out of his mind Two years later Annabelle had remained unwed and Simon was than ready to claim her as his own I ve wanted you since the first moment I saw you standing outside that panorama digging for coins in your purse I couldn t take my eyes from you I could hardly believe you were real Annabelle Peyton and her family were in desperate straits Marrying a wealthy nobleman was the only way for her to save her mother and her brother I was surprised at how much I enjoyed her character She s strong willed independent and smart Despite her lack of dowry the way she ignored Simon s offer was a reflection of the value she placed on herselfIt was so sweet seeing Simon taking care of Annabelle in a time of need And it was so lovely that their feelings grew stronger and deeper for each other with each moment they shared together I loved the sizzling chemistry between them and how they couldn t Conversations with Nelson Algren keep their hands off each other and certainly the way theyissed Melt Not to mention their steamy hot and passionate sexy times I have no self control where you re concerned Every minute that I m not with you all I can think about is being inside you I hate everything that eeps you separate from me This was a very well written and heartwarming story with an engaging plot adorable characters and breathtakingly beautiful romance It was hilarious refreshing and touching all at the same time Simon and Annabelle s love story made my heart swell and the ending brought tears to my eyes The banter between the 4 wallflowers was witty and true to lifeI don t want to say much because this is a book you should read it for yourselfBy the way this was a very good historical romance story I was overjoyed that I decided to pick up this one Loved it Thanks for the buddy read lovely Ally First of all a big fat boot in the rear to me for letting this gem languish in the TBR for so long Why am I so stubborn So I have drifted away from historicals but c mon this is Kleypas I should ve nown better I ve loved so many of her books and her heroes are some of my all time favorite romance heroes Zachary Bronson Jack Devlin Derek Craven now I can add one to the list the deliciously sexy Simon Hunt be still my heart I loved this guy Talk about swoon worthy I m telling you there was a time or two that I was wondering if Annabelle Peyton had rocks for brains rebuffing Mr Hunt who wants to marry a peer when you can have Simon even if he was not the marrying type I now Annabelle had her mind set on marrying a peer to get out of a horrible financial predicament and Simon son of a working class butcher was anything but But there was this sizzling attraction even though she didn t want there to be This book was just filled with sexual tension and had me on the edge just wondering when and how Annabelle was going to give in to the temptation that was Simon So he wasn t a peer he wasn t the marrying ind he wasn t in her social class even though he was filthy rich due to hard work he wasn t the physical ideal he was big and brawny and rough looking and she thought of him as ill bredbut she couldn t deny the connection that they had I loved the verbal sparring that they did loved the whole ScarlettRhett vibe loved how she tried to put him in his place and loved how he came back for and wouldn t be denied He wanted Annabelle and he was going to have herWhat else did I love Her relationship with the other Wallflowers The scenes with the bold Americans Lillian and Daisy Bowman and the shy stuttering Evie Jenner were some of my favorite non Simon scenes in the book It was so funny how some of my favorite non Simon scenes in the book It was so funny how plotted to snag an appropriate husband for Annabelle not that I approved of their methods but their conversations were often hilarious And their game of Rounders which sounds like baseball where they played in their drawers only to be seen by Lord Westcliff and Simon So well written loved the defiance shown by Annabelle and LillianspoilersBut my favorite scenes were the ones involving Annabelle and Simon The extended chess game sigh the tending to Annabelle after the snake bite sigh the purchase of the boots sigh and the honeymoon Yowzaand the bit of suspense at the end and the declarations of love P e r f e c t i o nOh I could go on and on but I m dying to start It Happened One Autumn I want to see the stuffy Lord Westcliff redeem himself in my eyes For this first book of The Wallflowers series 5 big stars My idea for Simon Finally getting around this vintage Kleypas I found it much better written and engaging than her latest historical offerings which I recently read though I must also admit I enjoyed Secrets of a Summer Night as a fun series set up than for the romance itselfLong story short Annabelle Payton is a genteel but destitute beauty who needs to marry for money uickly Simon Hunt wants her he s handsome and now filthy rich and well connected into the Ton but remains a cleaned up butcher s son therefore he won
T Do No No Anddo No no and stomps dainty footOh conflicts that shouldn t be conflicts how many innumerable romance books have they spawnedShe must be a manipulative uppity lightskirt because she just is and is been giving me the cold shoulder for the last couple of Seasons He must be a selfish unsuitable boor because reasonsLet s see how long it takes her to become desperate enough to accept a would you be my mistress proposition Let s see if I can be the Self Victimising ueen of the year 1843 by the wayA little pragmatism from the heroine s part and a little less cynicism from the hero s and this book would have ended by what page 50 I understand the need of a plot and this type of scenario can be a legitimate one as any but at the same time I ve never been fond of storylines where each lead is ready to uncritically assume the worst about the other almost at first sight so it was hard for me to warm up to both Annabelle and Simon They eventually come to their senses pretty soon it s a romance after all though despite the unconvincing villain sub thread Cop Knowledge: Police Power and Cultural Narrative in Twentieth-Century America kicking in to infuse some action the gist of things seemed to boil down to the basic fact that the heroine had to reconsider her morals and overcome her snobbery about the hero s origins MehThat said this is still a uite satisfying read just not as outstanding as I was hoping for The writing flowed there were some nice touches of humour and Kleypas s ability to convey the couple s chemistry and sensuality always top rate if here somehow disjointed from the emotional progression The best parts were the scenes involving the secondary characters and their relationship with the protagonists and reading about how the four Wallflowers meet and become a team was really enjoyable Same goes for Simon s interactions with two future heroes which also give deeper background information on the world the author has created for this series and which sound like very promising material for the following books. Resist the challenge she presents As they try to outmaneuver each other they find themselves surrendering to a love powerful than they could have ever imagined But fate may have other plans and it will take all of Annabelle's courage to face a peril that could destroy everything she holds de.