Title: Secrets of a Summer Night
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Series: Wallflowers #1
Released: October 26, 2004
Dates Read: June 19-22, 2017
Synopsis: 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. (Goodreads)
Review: While this is a nice story overall, I would have liked more characterization on Simon’s part. In fact, I would have liked more depth for both Simon and Annabelle. After their marriage, there is a little too much filler, even though Annabelle does grow as a character and the novel certainly goes out with a bang (pun intended).
The rounders-in-knickers bit was hilarious, and I would have loved to be there to watch. And I read the scene in which Simon tended to Annabelle at least twice.
I loved the wallflowers individually, and I have a particular fondness for Daisy. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
- Annabelle was learning that the price of having friends meant than on occasion one was compelled to defer to the group’s wishes, even if they went against one’s own inclinations (97).
- Even his unusual height and brawn seemed to suit him perfectly, as if nature had recognized that he was not a creature to be formed by half measures (122).
- The sun illuminated her scattered freckles, making the glint like gold dust on her velvety skin (220).
- As Daisy later explained ruefully, Ms. Bowman never had her conniptions in the middle of an act, preferring to save them for intermissions (232).