Why did I want to listen to this book?
To be honest, the only books I’ve listened to in Audible are historical romances. I haven’t branched out to other genres except for the occasional self-improvement ones. And Rosalyn Landor is a favorite narrator of mine. Plus, this book is one of my most beloved Lisa Kleypas novels.
What worked for me?
First of all, I love Rosalyn Landor’s narrations. She does historical romance novels complete justice with her voices, the emotions she put behind each one of them, her pacing. And it was great that she narrated some of my favorite HR novels, including this one.
In this second book from The Wallflowers series by Lisa Kleypas, where four perpetual self-dubbed wallflowers decide to hatch plans for each of them to finally find a husband. Now, for Lillian Bowman, Marcus, Lord Westcliff, could not have been farther from her idea or prospect of potential husbands. And you could say the same for Marcus, when it comes to considering Lilian as a potential wife, which he would say is an idea that had never entered his mind. At least in the beginning. They rub each other in all the wrong ways and they can’t seem to stand each other. But you know what they say about that thin line. I love the fire that each of them inspires from the other. Yes, most of the time, it’s the antagonistic kind but as they got to know each other and spend time with each other, really talking, that fire transforms into something deep, something profound, and something that could last forever. And I just loved how these two fell just so deep, without meaning to and without intending themselves to.
Their relationship is far from perfect. These two can be pretty stubborn and there were times when I wanted to give them both a slap or two. They’re flawed people and I appreciate that they seem to know that too. But Lisa Kleypas manages to mesh their lives in this somewhat chaotic calmness and passionate symmetry that tells you in your bones that they’re perfect for each other.
What did not work for me?
As I mentioned earlier, there were just some scenes that made me want to get shake these two since they’re both stubborn and clearly strong-willed. Not that I fault them for it but at times, it was a bit much. But no worries since they redeemed themselves by the end of the book.
My over-all take on it?
This was such a lovely story and it makes you think about how fortunate people are to find the kind of love and the kind of partner in that love that Marcus and Lilian found in each other. Theirs was not an easy road to HEA but it was all worth it and for me as a reader, magnificently enjoyable to watch unfold.
About the Author:
After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, Lisa published her first novel at age twenty-one. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world.
Lisa writes for St. Martins Press and is represented by her agent Mel Berger of the William Morris agency.
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