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It Happened One Autumn: The Wallflowers, Book 2 Mass Market Paperback – September 27, 2005
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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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Headstrong American heiress Lillian Bowman has come to England to find an aristocratic husband. Unfortunately, no man is strong enough to tame the stubborn beauty's fierce will. Except, perhaps, the powerful and arrogant Earl of Westcliff—a man Lillian despises more than anyone she's ever met.
Marcus, Lord Westcliff, is famous for his icy English reserve and his supreme self-control. But something about the audacious Lillian drives him mad. Whenever they're in the same room, they can't stop themselves from battling furiously to gain the upper hand.
Then one afternoon, a stunningly sensuous encounter changes everything . . . and Lillian discovers that beneath the earl's reserved façade, he is the passionate and tender lover of her dreams. What neither Westcliff nor Lillian suspect, however, is that a sinister conspiracy threatens to destroy any chance of happiness. After a shocking betrayal endangers Lillian's safety—and possibly her life—will Marcus be able to save her before it's too late?
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But, an issue for you to watch on all Kindle books...just noticed that 2 days ago I paid 7.99 (equals the print price). Today Kindle price is 3.99? What gives ? Is this a sale I missed? When I bought the book, it was noted that publisher sets the price.
Added post 6/11/15: Amazon reports that publisher dropped those prices, and that they continue to drop Kindle fees for books.
This author is certainly WORTH the price, but if you are reading a lot, it does add up. And, to see a book you just bought dop $6 is a bit of a surprise.
Amazon replied to this review and gave me a 15$ promotional credit, which I will of course I will apply to this author's fine work.
I will leave the "Buyer Beware" tag with the 5 star rating as it may induce others to read it, and purchase these superbly written books. I also hope it will help you with your Kindle purchases.
The things that I enjoy about this series so far are:
They are quick and easy HEA reads. The plots are pretty simple with most of the focus being on the budding relationship between two people who seem an unlikely pairing in the beginning until it is realized they are perfect for one another. It is always fun to read a couple trying to force themselves apart when it seems they have magnets pulling them together. And as always be careful what you wish for.
Lillian murmured, though she wasn’t precisely hoping for Lord Westcliff to find true love. Her wish was more along the lines of, I hope that Lord Westcliff will meet a woman who will bring him to his knees
I enjoy the banter between all the characters and especially the special relationships between the four Wallflowers themselves. Female friends who stand by you no matter is going on is one of my favorite things in books.
This had the added rakishness that is St. Vincent as well. He actually got to have the best lines in the book and I was so excited to see he was the love interest in the next book, until I wasn’t (view spoiler). Still his actions prior to the thing were so great I really loved his character.
***“Am I in danger from you, my lord?”
Though his expression remained relaxed with good humor, his eyes were disturbingly intent. “I’m afraid so.”
“Hmm.” Lillian studied the chiseled edge of his profile, thinking that for all his posturing, he had not taken advantage of her helplessness a few moments ago. “You’re awfully forthcoming about your evil intentions. It makes me wonder if I should really worry.”***
O.o you should be worried. St. Vincent is charming and handsome and I could see why so many woman had fallen for his charms he was definitely solid competition.
The couplings have been really good so far. Marcus Westcliff and Lillian do make sense together and they both have strong personalities that clash spectacularly at times. He is so starched and uptight while she is wild and adventurous. But they get some fun scenes together. There is a drunken Lillian in the library with a pear in a bottle predicament that was particularly funny among others.
I had a good time with Westcliff and Lillian. I really enjoyed how much he was looking forward to telling his mother about their upcoming betrothal
***“And I would like to hear what the countess will say when she is told that you intend to bring yet one more American into the family!”
“She’ll have an apoplectic fit,” Marcus replied calmly, tying her corset laces. “She’ll go on a screaming tirade, at the end of which she’ll probably faint. And then she’ll go to the continent for six months, and refuse to write to any of us.” Pausing, he added with relish, “How I’m looking forward to it.”***
So solid characters, humor, romance and HEAs sometimes that is all a girl needs.
My only problem was that I didn't have to turn the pages. They liiterary fell off the book. This never happened before to me This was so distracting! But that didn't stop me from reading til the "end"!
This story took a turn I didn't expect and the ending was entertaining and interesting. I loved watching Lillian break through the barriers that Marcus had established and to see him except Lillian for who she was and was not. The friendship between the wallflowers is sweet, charming and a great part of the story. I can't imagine how the author will redeem St. Vincent and find myself hoping to see him crawl a bit before he finds his HEA. This book left me very much looking forward to the next one in the series.