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Scandal in Spring (Wallflower Quartet)
Scandal in Spring (Wallflower Quartet)
by Lisa Kleypas
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely ending to the series, 16 Aug 2006
And finally Daisy gets her the last book of the Wallflower quartet, Daisy Bowman meets her hero.

Daisy is the whimsical wallflower, always away with the fairies and with her nose stuck in a book. Her father, getting fed up with her failure to snag a husband, issues an ultimatum - find one quickly, or he'll see to it that she marries Matthew Swift, his protege in business.

Naturally, Daisy isn't happy about this (it would be a very short book otherwise) and her sister Lillian (now Lady Westcliff) adds her very vocal condemnations of Mr Swift...but wouldn't you know it? When Mr Swift turns up at the house party at the Westcliffs, he is no longer quite as odious as Daisy remembers...and unbeknownst to Daisy, he has been yearning for her for years, although he cannot give into that yearning due to a dark secret from his past. With the two of them thrown together at the house party, can they both fight the growing attraction between them?

This is a charming and well paced read that rounds off the series well, though I do find that it repeats the pattern of book number two (Lillian and Marcus) with the competitiveness between Daisy and Matthew, how they fight the attraction and the addition of a rival suitor to spur the hero into action. That's not really much of a criticism - Daisy is bound to be similar to her sister in some ways, and it's still a lovely story.

It's nice to visit with the other Wallflowers again; though I might have wished for more of Evie and Sebastian St Vincent, it wouldn't have added much to the storyline. As I have mentioned in a previous review, I do like that Kleypas keeps it relevant when characters from a previous book appear.

For info: The order that the books are written in is:

Secrets of a Summer Night

It Happened One Autumn

Devil in Winter

Scandal in Spring

I would recommend reading them in order.
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Devil in Winter (Wallflower Quartet)
Devil in Winter (Wallflower Quartet)
by Lisa Kleypas
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite romantic hero, 6 July 2006
I love this book. I bought all three Wallflower books issued to date at the same time, and I must admit I read Lillian's story (book two - It Happened One Autumn) wondering how on earth Kleypas was going to redeem Sebastian, Lord St Vincent, as the hero of this book. Well, she did it brilliantly.

Evelyn (Evie) Jenner is the shyest of the wallflowers. She lives with her maternal family who are appallingly awful, and her Dad who runs a gaming club, is dying. In order to gain her freedom and be with her father, she makes the disreputable St Vincent (whose father is busily squandering his family fortune) an offer he can't afford to refuse - marry her and exchange his name for her considerable inheritance.

Kleypas redeems this awful rake with a deft touch - beneath her shy and stammering exterior Evie has a backbone of pure quiet stubborn steel that means Sebastian can't coerce, charm, manipulate or seduce her into bending to his will (of course he tries) which is an entirely new experience for him. Evie discovers her own strength, and he discovers his integrity, and that some things are worth working and fighting (honorably) for. The chemistry between them is absolutely scorching, as well as quite charming and tender.

I loved revisiting with Lillian and Marcus Marsden (Lord and Lady Westcliff) from book two in this one as well. I do like that where Kleypas has characters from another book visiting they actually have a purpose in the storyline.

A great book from a great writer. I have devoured many of her books since reading the Wallflowers. If you like your heros to be a bit bad/tortured to start off with, I also thoroughly recommend Prince of Dreams by the same author.

The Lily Brand
The Lily Brand
by Sandra Schwab
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An interesting idea poorly executed, 14 Jun 2006
Girl with wicked stepmother forced to brand captured English Lord...she escapes and frees him and then back in England he catches up with her and marries her, for the usual convoluted reasons.

My main gripes about this book is that there is no real passion between the two protaganists, and it's all just...unpleasant. There are lots of nasty scenes about the torture that the stepmother has inflicted or intends to inflict, and the only scene of any passion between the two main characters comes right at the end of the book, and is frankly unconvincing. I don't mind hardship in a book, but it has to be balanced with some sense of why in the world they'd want to be together at the end of it, and this book isn't.

I was very disappointed, and won't be reading any more books by this author. If this sort of concept appeals to you, do yourself a favour and read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander instead.

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