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Daring Miss Danvers: The Wallflower Wedding Series [Kindle Edition]

Vivienne Lorret
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Book Description

It's all fun and games … until someone falls in love.

Oliver Goswick, Viscount Rathburn, needs money—and soon. With time ticking away and his inheritance held hostage until he's properly wed, Rathburn's slim options point to a single solution: a faux engagement. In need of the perfect bride, he knows of only one candidate: his best friend's wallflower sister. The plan seems flawless, except for one problem … He can't help falling in love with her.

Poised, polished Emma Danvers knows nothing good can come of Rathburn's scheme. Spending the next two months engaged in a mock courtship is not what she'd imagined for her final season. Yet, charmed by his roguish ways and the inexplicable hammering he causes in her heart, she accepts his challenge.

For Emma, keeping the secret seemed easy when it was just a game … But as Rathburn begins to see past her reserved exterior to the passionate woman within, the risk of losing her heart becomes all too real.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 841 KB
    • Print Length: 292 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062315757
    • Publisher: Avon Impulse (6 May 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00FJ3ADRI
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,470 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 1 Nov. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Nice story. Sweet and easy to read. There some nice humour in it and Rathbone is a charming hero. It feels a little rushed and short, especially the transition from a 'favour' to love but it's enjoyable
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for Fans of Kleypas' Wallflowers Series 5 Jun. 2014
    By Lisa M. Filipe - Published on
    Format:Kindle Edition
    The ladies of the Wallflower Weddings Series by Vivienne Lorret are showing a hint of what I loved about Lisa Kleypas' Wallflowers Series, a group of ladies helping each other through the journey of "Finding" a husband...or at least not embarrassing yourself around the ton when at a ball!

    I haven't read the story of Penelope, from FIVE GOLDEN RINGS Anthology, but I was able to jump right into Emma's story, which involves the straight-laced girl, from a family of free-spirits and the best friend of her older brother, Oliver, Viscount Rathburn.

    I so enjoyed the back and forth banter between these two, who you can tell off the bat that they are crazy about one another, and everyone else seems to sense it, but the two themselves. Oliver needs to "pretend" to be betrothed to Emma for the sake of his grand mother who is holding his inheritance, which he needs to open the Hospital for Burn Victims, since he lost his father to a fire not long ago.

    Emma agrees to the farce, but her feelings for him grow stronger everyday, and with an old mistress coming into conversation and a "secret" that Emma feels she needs to share with Oliver before they are married...oh, and the fact that Oliver has truly fallen in love with Emma...yep...lets just say that these two should have a long chat to clear the air before they say "I Do"!

    Vivienne Lorret writes a historical with a Contemporary Vibe. Which for me is great, as I am not a huge reader of Historical Romance, but I will be reading the rest of this series, as I need to see the rest of the Wallflowers, who I have come to consider friends, get their HEA!
    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good read with flaws 6 May 2014
    By The Romance Reviews - Published on
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Reviewed by Ashia

    DARING MISS DANVERS has an interesting premise with a few snags on the execution.

    When her brother's close friend, Oliver, Lord Rathburn, asks for her help to secure her inheritance, Emma Danvers agrees, vowing not to lose her heart in the bargain. However, soon, she finds herself falling for him and he seems to return the sentiment. What happens when he finds out the secret she's been keeping from him?

    The story starts out well and snags the reader's interest. The interaction between Emma and Oliver were deliciously exciting, especially the potential for more. However, toward the middle, I felt that the story drags somewhat, especially when Emma and Oliver never seem to be able to tell the other the truth--for Emma, that she might possess some talent in the arts that might cause her and subsequently Oliver to be a pariah in the ton, and for Oliver, that the real reason for their sham engagement no longer exists. I felt that even if they had been honest with each other about this early on, there would still have been enough to propel us to the end. As it was though, the story became bogged down somewhat in the middle. However, the ending, when it came, was done in the right note. I like that all the truths came out with everyone there. It was certainly different.

    Another thing that confused me was Oliver's status in Emma's family, in particular to Emma: Was he merely an acquaintance or a friend? Moreover, whether friend or acquaintance, what could've prompted her to agree to help Oliver in a fake engagement? The reason for her agreement wasn't convincing, especially as she was very concerned about her reputation and that it remain spotless, since she wanted to snag a husband after all this is behind her. Although the author gave a more persuasive reason later on, I felt it couldn't account for Emma's earlier actions.

    Oliver's character was done well; he has more substance and depth than the usual rakes, molded as he was by the death of his father. His pain over the accident was described perfectly and his resulting actions stemmed logically from the tragedy. Of course, he could've gone the other way, and so it was a testament to the solidity of Oliver's character that he turned out the way he did. All in all, a worthy hero, and yes, perhaps, "a prize above all others".

    Emma's friendship with the other women was great, especially in the way they support one another. The Dowager Duchess was one of the more interesting characters, as was Bane, Lord Knightswold. In fact, he seems more interesting than Oliver, in the sense that he's more potently male and the usual Regency rake we see in the novels. I can't wait to read his story!
    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Blissfully sweet and sensual 9 May 2014
    By amtmcm - Published on
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    Lord Rathburn is best friends with Emma Danvers' brother, Rafael. Rathburn and Rafe have been friends since attending Eton together, and after the death of Rathburn's father in a tragic fire, the Danvers' have been like a second family. They are close enough that Emma postponed her first season in London to observe a year of mourning for Rathburn's father.

    Emma's parents are artsy and thumb their noses at society. But Emma tries to strictly maintain proprieties so she can be accepted (thanks to sponsorship by Rathburn's mother) and hopes to make a good match. As a result, Rathburn's stickler of a Grandmother approves of Emma. When Rathburn finds himself in need of the inheritance his Grandmother is withholding, he talks Emma into a fake engagement to satisfy his Grandmother.

    As Emma and Rathburn spend more time together, they realize how much they mean to each other. The characters discover right along with the reader what good friends they are and experience how that friendship blossoms into deeper, romantic feelings. And of course they both decide they wish the engagement was real, but neither of them admits it to the other for fear of not having their feelings returned. I love how they are both worried about ruining their friendship, not just about risking a broken heart - for me, the friendship and bond feels special and makes this book a little different since that kind of bond is so rare in romance novels.

    As Rathburn is trying to figure out Emma's true feelings, and make her realize they belong together, he taps into her sensuality and those scenes are steamy without being explicit. There are several explicit scenes, but the author saves those for after their marriage. The dialogue is filled with witty banter between many of the characters, especially Rathburn's Grandmother and Emma's mother. Overall a fun, sweet and well written book that focuses entirely on the blossoming relationship between Emma and Rathburn. There are no spies, kidnappings or highwaymen if you need that "excitement" to enjoy a book, but there are plenty of secondary characters to keep things interesting. I would definitely read more from this author.
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars What ifs and love 7 Jun. 2014
    By L. Ringsby - Published on
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    Emma Danvers is the one level-headed person in her family, including some of the servants. She has spent her life perfecting a façade for society to avoid censure. Her parents are eccentric artists and as peers her father had been in demand until his portraits became too real for the ton. She has a secret she fears will get her shunned as well.

    Oliver Goswick, Viscount Rathburn is a rake and close friend of Emma’s brother. He too has a secret he has been hiding from society. He has led the ton to believe he is a ne’er-do-well, while really rebuilding the family seat after the fire that killed his father. He flirts with Emma just to get a reaction, but admires her ability to manage difficult situations gracefully.

    Oliver has enlisted Emma in a mock betrothal to gain his inheritance from his strict grandmother. Money he needs to finish the restoration of the family home and to fund his secret. His grandmother approves of Emma and thinks she is perfect for Oliver. As they go through the season through the season they each start to think in “What ifs” regarding their relationship. While you know where it will lead, Ms Lorret tosses in the perfect balance of humor and interesting secondary characters to keep things interesting. Once the inevitable happened both Emma and Oliver discover they were more right for each other than they could have imagined. While some may find Oliver’s grandmother, the Dowager Duchess of Heathcoat, manipulative, she just provides the opportunities for them to get out of their own way and find happiness. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the series.
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Another lovely book 19 Jun. 2014
    By Sandy Milan - Published on
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    I recently discovered this author and so enjoyed Winning Miss Wakefield that I went ahead and bought everything I could. This was the first in the series (or second if you count the novella in 5 Golden Rings). I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet story of 2 friends who conspire to marry so that the H can get his inheritance. His motives are pure as he is building a hospital in memory of his late father. This is one of those stories where both have feelings but neither admit to them.

    I deducted a star for the annulment theme. As many learned reviewers have pointed out so many times, it really wasn't an easy thing to obtain and I wish authors would stop using it as a plot line.

    I can't wait for Finding Miss McFarland, which I've already pre-ordered.
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