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Though this historical romance kicks off on a corny note—with the heroine, who has a supersensitive sense of smell, buying a seemingly magical perfume—the story quickly evolves into the kind of engrossing, dynamic romance that readers have come to expect from Kleypas. The setup is familiar: strong-willed American heiress Lillian Bowman gets under the skin of straitlaced earl Marcus Westcliff, and soon finds herself sharing the sheets with him. But what distinguishes this book from a multitude of similar stories are Kleypas's characters. One can imagine the mouthy Lillian as a regular on Sex and the City and, with his contemporary sensibilities and hunky good looks, Marcus could easily win the heart of a modern woman. Indeed, while the protagonists are both hardheaded in a typical way and their path toward love is peppered with few surprises, it's no chore to sit back and be amused by their antics and engrossed in their struggles. Even if this romance isn't as fresh as the first book in Kleypas's Wallflowers series, Secrets of a Summer Night, the charismatic characters—including Lillian's pert sister and chatty, mischievous friends—ensure that it's never boring.
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Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA® Award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women's fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband, Gregory, and their two children.
i liked the book it was part of a series and since i like to ready series i liked this book however if it were not part of a series i do not believe it could stand on its own as it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jenny Fletes
Excellent, superb story, I am reading ALL of her books. There are so many exceptional reviews for all the bools I can scarcely improve upon them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by shirley e
Loved this book and this author!! This is the second book in the " Wallflower series" I love reading the books in order just so that I can catch up with the previous... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sissymae
Oh yes! This is romance at its finest. Lord Westcliff goes from insufferable prig to swoon worthy hero. That Ms. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Salvagin La Deetda Reads