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Secrets Of A Summer Night: Number 1 in series (Wallflower) [Paperback]

Lisa Kleypas
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3 Jun 2010 Wallflower (Book 1)

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.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (3 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749942800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749942809
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Kleypas is the author of a number of historical romance novels that have been published in fourteen languages. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts and competed in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, she published her first novel at age twenty-one. Her books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists. Lisa is married and has two children.

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First book in New York Times bestselling Lisa Kleypas's historical Wallflowers series

About the Author

Lisa Kleypas is the author of numerous historical romance novels. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts, competed in the Miss America pageant and published her first novel at twenty-one. Lisa is married and has two children.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 31 Jan 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Lisa Kleypas book i read and i read it non stop till in was finished i think it took me all of 2 days. the characters you fall in love with staight away, as annabelle only wants to help her family and simon ony wants what he shouldn't have (accroding to the book) the setting of the book is great as your imagination runs away with it.

All the Wallflowers books are excellent and get better and better as you get to know all 4 women, i was lucky and had bought all 4 at once and i say you should do the same so you'r not left wondering what is going to hapen.

This book has humour, fun, dancing and love, trust me if you enjoy reading then read this book. as it was my first romance regency type book its a good place to start off. ENJOY
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing 21 Jan 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lisa has outdone herself this time. It is different than her other stories. The chemistry between Annabelle and Simon is great. Simon is Mr Right for her and it took her a while to find out. The interplay between them was so romantic and the rest of the book was equal fantastic. I can't wait to get my hands on the next wallflower, Lillian Bowman. This woman is pretty feisty. Another wlecoming change. Just so refreshing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised 2 April 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
'Secrets of a Summer Night'is the first Lisa Kleypas book i've read. I was abit dubious because of the mixed reviews, but was still tempted by the main wallflower plot. So I gave into temptation and was glad i did, as this book was excellent. It was so good i read it within 2days! I loved all the characters, the relationships between the main characters espescially Simon and Annabel was believable. I love how its not just about tragedy, heaving bosoms, confused females, and manly men. Theres also comedy and funny moments within the story. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearingly beautiful romance 3 Feb 2011
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The reason why the Wallflowers group together are to find a husband for each of them. Annabelle is up first as the eldest and her circumstances are such that she needs to capture a wealthy peer. At the house of Lord Westcliff, the group endeavour to capture the interest of Lord Kendall and hatch a plan that Annabelle would walk with him alone, and then be caught in flagrante delicto with him - compromised and forced to marry. However there is a fly in the ointment...


Simon Hunt is a self made businessman and most of the peerage disdains him for his profession - after all, nobody should even mention money, let alone pursue it. He has been fascinated with Annabelle for years after a stolen kiss one afternoon but she hasn't paid him any attention since. Events snowball however and eventually Annabelle agrees to a marriage of convenience.

I didn't think I'd like Annabelle at first. She seemed so mercenary, but it is actually rather endearing after she marries Simon, the delight she takes in owning things and the delight Simon takes in giving them to her. She is also a very caring and loyal character, droll at times and makes you like her whether you want to or not.

Simon is brilliant. He is written in such a way that although he doesn't seem to know why he does what he does, his true intentions shine through. He is funny, sexy and highly entertaining. There is a hilarious moment when he and Annabelle are found kissing on the path and even when his friend insists that he shall tell no-one, Simon begins to drag Annabelle into a more public place for, in his words, "she is getting compromised one way or the other tonight!"

Another winner for Lisa Kleypas, as I thoroughly enjoyed this slightly different historical romance, and a great start to a series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but........ 22 Aug 2013
By maggie
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This was a well told story and did keep me interested but I really like my heroes just a bit more alpha and heroines a bit more feisty. It was a little lukewarm for me although I did enjoy it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tantalizing!!! 2 July 2006
By Bella
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was a little wary of this book because of it's substandard reviews but wanted to read it anyway as it's the first in the wallflower series and was pleasantly surprised. The characters are well written and the plot interesting. It does have a few slow spots but I really enjoyed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a laugh 31 May 2014
By Glod
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I have actually read this series twice- the second time because I couldn't remember having read it the first. I'm really pleased I did, because I thoroughly enjoyed this whole series. Lisa Kleypas has engaging, light hearted characters and I caught myself laughing out loud. If you're a fan of romances that don't take themselves too seriously, then I would definitely recommend anything by Kleypas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Regency Series 14 April 2014
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This is the first in a four part series documenting the fortunes (and often humorous misfortunes) of four young ladies who have not been able to attract a husband for one reason or the other. This first concerns Annabelle, an impoverished gentlewoman, and her resistance to a certain Mr Hunt. Athough this is not my favourite of the four, it's entertaining and enjoyable. The plot is predictable, but there are some very amusing moments and I like very much the banter and chatter between the four wall-flowers. If you are looking for a marathon of regency reading, this series fits the bill very well. All that is needed is a glass of wine, some chocolates and you're good to go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
I really enjoyed this book. It has everything you want to read with desire lust romance heartbreak passion and heaving breaths!!
Published 3 months ago by Mnrigb
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series
Having read the next two books in this series and not been knocked out by them, I'd have to say that 'Secrets' is the best of them but that the other two haven't tempted me to read... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Venetia
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
Every book of Lisa Kleypas is a 5 star. I was hooked from the start the build up of friendship and the witty one liners from the American girls I love all the characters.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. R. Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Series of Books!
Like Mr Darcy meets Christian Grey! All the series is as good as each other, I have recomended to many friends who have been caught on the 50 shades reading train!
Published 8 months ago by Ruth Mulqueen
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I have read this book loads of times now nd still love it. I enjoyed the characterisation and the storyline. Very enjoyable.
Published 8 months ago by Jangler
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
Well worth reading. Brilliant story and characters. I read the following books first and enjoyed them but I think this was very moving!
Published 11 months ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites!
Engrossing and very well written. Although we know how it's going to end, it's not predictable in how we're going to get there. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dita
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you want to know a secret ....
Review taken from my Blog post (#39) in November 2010, after borrowing the book from the local library:

Very lovely cover, for a very lovely book. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Toodles Book Club
4.0 out of 5 stars Wallflowers book 1
Since the death of her father Annabelle's family finances have been getting steadily worse and it has now reached the point where her only option is to find a husband who can... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive Horistorical Romance
Lisa Klepas has indeed done it again. This is the first book of the Wallflower series and I shall certainly read book 2. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Susie-Que
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