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Friday Favourites (6): Wallflowers series by Lisa Kleypas


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Friday Favourites is a weekly meme hosted by Natalie @ Book Lovers Life where you can showcase a book or series that’s on your Favorites shelf. It could be a book you’ve read recently or a few years back.

This week, I’m featuring one of my favorite Historical Romance series, Wallflowers series by Lisa Kleypas.

Four women with seemingly nothing in common except for the fact that they have all walked on the sidelines of ballrooms forge a special friendship with one another. Together, they hatch the most devious plans in order to secure a husband for each of them.

I really, really enjoyed reading this series. My favorites are Devil in Winter and It Happened One Autumn and I’ve re-read these books a couple of time already. This series was my first foray into Lisa Kleypas’ writing and I absolutely was not disappointed. All her characters were engaging and full of life. Their personas were jumping out of the pages and grabbing at you (in a completely non-threatening way). The romance and chemistry were off the charts and the humor added to that perfect mix.

Book #1: Secrets of a Summer Night

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From Goodreads:

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.

Book #2: It Happened One Autumn

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It happened at the ball…

Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren’t entirely “the thing.” And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London’s most eligible aristocrat.

It happened in the garden…

When Marcus shockingly—and dangerously—swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn’t even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed…thank goodness they weren’t caught very nearly in the act!

It happened one autumn…

Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable…as his bride?

Book #3: Devil in Winter (My favorite!)

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A Devil’s Bargain

Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition:marriage!

Sebastian’s reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden’s good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared,unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse.

But Evie’s proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine’s callously discarded broken hearts — which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions … or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love.

Book #4: Scandal in Spring

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“I want you to do everything you’ve ever imagined doing with me . . .” With those scandalous words, Daisy Bowman, the sole “Wallflower” yet to be married, seals her fate with the last man she ever expected to tempt her.

After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman’s father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can’t snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses—the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.

Daisy is horrified. A Bowman never admits defeat, and she decides to do whatever it takes to marry someone . . . anyone . . . other than Matthew. But she doesn’t count on Matthew’s unexpected charm . . . or the blazing sensuality that soon flares beyond both their control. And Daisy discovers that the man she has always hated just might turn out to be the man of her dreams.

But right at the moment of sweet surrender, a scandalous secret is uncovered . . . one that could destroy both Matthew and a love more passionate and irresistible than Daisy’s wildest fantasies.

 

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About the author:

After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, Lisa published her Lisa and her agent Mel Bergerfirst 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.

Lisa was named Miss Massachusetts in the 1985 MissAmerica competition. Among the challenges she faced: wearing a banner with such a long state name, when she is only 5’2″. Because of the rule that contestants had to tuck the excess length of banner into their swimsuits, she became known as “Miss Massachu.”

Representing Massachusetts, Lisa smiles for the judges in the Miss America contestAt the competition in Atlantic City, Lisa’s talent was singing an original composition, which won her a “talented nonfinalist” award. And to her delight, she got to keep the big sparkly crown, which sits on her bookshelf and now attracts keen interest from her daughter.

By 1998 Lisa had started a family- getting married and receiving the award of having the most wonderful little boy in the world.

That same year, Lisa’s novel “Stranger In My Arms” was given the Waldenbooks Award for greatest sales growth.  The following year, Lisa’s “Someone To Watch Over Me” was a Rita finalist at the Romance Writers of Americaconvention.

In 2002 Lisa’s novel “Suddenly You” was a Rita finalist and Lisa won the Rita award for her Christmas anthology novella featured in the Dorchester publication “Wish List.”   A banner year, Lisa’s novel “Lady Sophia’s Lover” was awarded Best Sensuous Historical Romance from Romantic Times magazine, and “Lady Sophia’s Lover” was given a starred review in Publishers Weekly, as was “When Strangers Marry.”

Over the following years, Lisa continued to garner critical and popular success.  Lisa’s novel “Worth Any Price” was awarded a starred review from Publishers Weekly.  “Worth Any Price” and “Where’s My Hero” were listed in the Amazon Editor’s Top Ten Picks for Best Romance of 2003!

“Worth Any Price” won the RITA award for best Short Historical and a few months later, “Secrets of a Summer Night” (Nov 2004) received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly!

It Happened One Autumn” (Oct 05) was a finalist in the Short Historical Category of the 2006 RITA Awards, and in 2007, Lisa had two finalists for RITA Awards:  “The Devil in Winter” and “Scandal in Spring”   Lisa was a keynote speaker at the Romance Writers of America July conference. Listen to her speech.

Lisa’s first contemporary novel “Sugar Daddy” was a finalist for the RITA Award “Best Novel With Strong Romantic Elements” while “Mine Till Midnight” was a New York Times Bestseller and a finalist in the RITA Awards “Best Historical Romance” category.

Lisa followed up that success with her second contemporary novel, “Smooth Talking Stranger“, which hit the New York Times Bestseller List, as did  “Tempt Me At Twilight” and  “Married By Morning” which was #3 on New York Times Bestseller list.

In 2011, re-releases of two of Lisa’s early books made the New York Times Bestseller list, as did her most recent contemporary novel, Rainshadow Road, released in 2012, which was been nominated for the Romantic Times Book Reviews “Best Contemporary Romance” Award.  Dream Lake, the 3rd of the Friday Harbor Series was also a NY Times Bestseller.  It was followed by Crystal Cove in 2013.

In December 2012, Lisa’s book, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor was the basis for the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Christmas With Holly.

 

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Find out more about Lisa Kleypas on her Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition (5)

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Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition is a meme hosted by Tin @ Love Saves the World and Mary @ Buried Under Romance where you get to feature historical romance novels published before October 3, 2008.

Visit Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading and check out her pick for the week as well.

 

This week, I’m featuring Lisa Kleypas.

 

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Devil in Winter, published in 2006

 

From Goodreads:

Four young ladies enter London society and band together to each find a husband. Has the third “Wallflower” now met her match?

A Devil’s Bargain

Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition:marriage!

Sebastian’s reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden’s good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared,unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse.

But Evie’s proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine’s callously discarded broken hearts — which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions … or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love.

 

I fell in love with Lisa Kleypas’ writing because of her Wallflowers series and her Hathaways series. Both series had really powerful and yet fun and romantic stories. But I adored Devil in Winter the most.

The story of transformation and redemption was so beautifully rendered in this book. I enjoyed reading about Sebastian and Evie’s journey not only together as they fell into each other’s orbits, irrevocably, but also their personal journeys as well, about discovering what they truly want in life, what makes them who they are, and who they can’t live without.

I’ve re-read this a handful of times and it never gets old. Never. It was such a satisfying read each and every time.

 

 

 

 

Super Six Sunday: Favorite Book Couples

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Super Six Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Bewitched BookwormsEven though, it’s already Monday, I just couldn’t pass up this Super Six Sunday week. This Sunday’s theme: Favorite Couples.

It was so hard to narrow it down to six when I have a long list of couples that I really enjoyed rooting for. But finally, I did get them narrowed down. Somewhat.

 

Tied at #6

Lola and Cricket

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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I love reading about these two quirky characters, with their past and their present feelings. The chemistry is so there that even before Cricket enters the story and Lola just mentions him in passing, you just know that there’s something special about their connection, whatever that may be.

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Cath and Levi

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Theirs is a romance that hit me blindsided. I didn’t even know Rainbow Rowell was going to go there but when she did, wow, was it amazing. I love the gradual connection that emerged between these two. And when they got together, I thought, ‘Were they ever going to be with anybody else? Of course not.”

 

 

Tied at #5 (again… ^_^)

Pippa and Cross

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

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It was just so good watching or specifically reading these two fall in love with each other. I don’t know if they were described as such in the book itself but when I think of them, they remind me of jagged puzzle pieces with their oddities and eccentricities particularly Pippa but nevertheless, their jagged edges fit perfectly together. And Sarah MacLean did such a great job with their story.

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Evie and Sebastian

Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers # 3) by Lisa Kleypas

These two have found salvation and redemption in each other. I loved watching Sebastian change for the better or to describe it better, be the man we know he truly is.

 

 

#4

Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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The beauty with the nitty-gritty of first love. These two just break my heart. With their intense emotions coupled with that you-and-me-against-the-world kind of environment. The development of their relationship just leaves you amazed and flabbergasted. It wasn’t the type of relationship with distinct episodes ending in exclamation points but the type that is just connected by these series of commas, with one episode flowing into the next seamlessly and irrevocably that there was no way of getting to that period without every single thing that had happened before it.

I grabbed this wonderful art from Rainbow Rowell’s website and which she, in turn, got from a digital painting by Simini Blocker.

 

#3

Eugenides and *SPOILER* Attolia (highlight to read)

The Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner

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Oh, these two. If ever there was a more complicated but profound romance, it will be the story of these two compelling characters. How a romance could’ve developed from their circumstances and blossom into the kind of partnership that these two have, is a complete and utter mystery to me and one that I am more than happy to just enjoy and revel in, thanks to the literary genius of Megan Whalen Turner.

 

#2

Penelope and Colin

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

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I’ve re-read their story half a dozen times already and I still haven’t gotten tired of it. Or ever will, I daresay. There’s just something magical with these two and how their relationship has evolved from a mere acquaintance into true friendship and later into a beautiful love.

 

 

 

#1

Ashaya and Dorian

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The connection of these two just burns through the pages. Their passion, their strong characters, and their devotion and loyalty just light a fire and touch you as a reader. A short interlude between the two from the previous book in the series and you just know that Nalini Singh would not pass up an opportunity to write a book about them. Their story is fraught with all kinds of obstacles that Nalini just lays down perfectly and although I looked forward to their happily ever after, I was just invested and excited to go along the journey with them. And I was never disappointed. Not even once.

 

Special mentions:

Lydia and JonasA Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan (novella) 16116470

 

Annabelle and HeathMatch Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 

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Tris and FourDivergent Series by Veronica Roth 

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Katniss and PeetaHunger Games series by Suzanne Collins 

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Who are your favorite book couples?

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Sequels Ever

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list: Best Sequels Ever. So without further ado, may I present my top ten. Not all the books are strictly the second offerings. I’ve included a couple books down the series line.

Faking It #10 Faking It by Cora Carmack (Losing It #2)
Liked the premise plot than the first book. And the words that Cora Carmack kept producing page after page just took my breath and my heart away. Loved the parallelisms throughout the book.

 

 

 

 

Chocolate touch chocolate kiss#9 The Chocolate Touch & The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand (Amour et Chocolat #4 & #2 respectively)
Much, much better than the first book. Laura Florand’s writing kept getting better and better after each book in this series. More depth for the characters. More emotional tugs to the heart. And the connection between the main couples was more strongly established.

 

devil in winter it happened one autumn#8 Devil in Winter & It Happened in One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas (Wallflowers #3 & #2)
Loved the flow of these two books. The premises were intriguing in themselves but the progression of the romance and the character development were the highs for me.

 

 

lola and the boy next door#7 Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss #2)
Liked this one so much better than the first book. And as much as I hate to compare Etienne with Cricket, sometimes it’s hard not to. But I think the plus for me for this sequel was that even though we get everything from Lola’s POV, by the end of the book, I know Cricket. Not the ‘I know of him’ feeling that I sort of got from Etienne but that ‘I truly know this guy and what makes him tick’ sort familiarity with Cricket.

 

 

before now#6 Before Now by Cheryl McIntyre (Sometimes Never #2)
It was such an interesting read from Park’s POV. You get why he’s such a bast*** but you can’t help but root for him to get his own HEA just the same. You go through his ups and downs with him and this guy just about melts your bones, melts your heart.

 

 

 

catching fire#5 Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games #2)
A lot of people said that this sequel was just a recycling of the first book. But I beg to differ. SPOILER ALERT. Sure, Katniss and Peeta find themselves inside the Hunger Games arena yet again after just becoming champions for the previous Hunger Games but that’s about only thing that’s similar between the first and the sequel. This sequel has set up entirely new dynamics among the characters. And of course, Peeta Mellark. Need I say more?

 

 

the viscount who loved me romancing mr bridgerton#4 The Viscount who Loved Me & Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (The Bridgertons #2 & #4)
The Bridgertons. One of the most beloved families in all of Historical Romance world. Daphne and Simon’s story in the first book started the series well. And the succeeding books just built on that great foundation that Julia Quinn had set up. Anthony’s and Colin’s stories will continue to be on my re-read book list.

 

one good earl deserves a lover#3 One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean (Rules of Scoundrels #2)
Oh, Sarah MacLean. This book has found its place in the list of my favorite books of all time. The premise and the trajectory of the story were unique, fresh, and entirely lovable. The main characters, and Penelope were so different and yet so alike and they fit so well together. Their idiosyncrasies made the book work.

 

 

hostage to pleasure#2 Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh (Psy/Changeling #5)
It has been said many times and I will say it again as well. Nalini Singh has created one of, if not the most amazing paranormal series ever. Her world-building is just in a whole other level. Her characters are well fleshed-out, relatable (amid their psy or changeling capabilities), totally intriguing. Her story-telling is superb. And you can guess which of her books in the series is my favorite. Each sequel just builds on the previous book, plot-wise, character-wise, until after 12 books, you’ve got yourself a superb world with no lack for a minefield of mysteries and plot development.

 

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#1 The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, & A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (Queen’s Thief #2, #3, & #4)

As far as sequels go, these bunch are by far the best and my most favorite. Talk about building a world. Imagine concentric circles, the innermost being Gen, the main character in the first book. And as you go through the first, second, third, and four installment of the series, you get the succeeding circles, expanding the characters that you know, the goings-on that you are witnessing directly or indirectly, and the mysteries and questions that you want answered. And the circles just keep growing and growing bigger: as big as the love for this series that you would most likely develop in due time.