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The Spitfire (Wicked Wallflowers Book 5) Kindle Edition
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“Entertaining, priceless, beautiful, and passionate.” —Rendezvous with Romance
About the Author
USA Today bestselling, RITA-nominated author Christi Caldwell blames authors Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught for luring her into the world of historical romance. When Christi was at the University of Connecticut, she began writing her own tales of love. She believes that most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections, and she rather enjoys torturing her couples before crafting them a well-deserved happily ever after.
The author of the Wicked Wallflowers series, which includes The Bluestocking, The Governess, The Hellion, and The Vixen, Christi lives in southern Connecticut, where she spends her time writing, chasing after her son, and taking care of her twin princesses-in-training. Fans who want to keep up with the latest news and information can sign up for Christi’s newsletter at www.ChristiCaldwell.com.
- ASIN : B07MYXPXM3
- Publisher : Montlake Romance (September 17, 2019)
- Publication date : September 17, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3905 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 327 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,207 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Can two persons from both sides of the fences find a love together when forces are at stake to trash them.
First I would say I preordered this book because of the cover, the gaze of the model was scorchingly calling, one to not cower.
After I had my doubts about the heroine, I might be prudish but in too many books prostitutes are painted as being beyond redemption, with their jaded soul so shattered it is impossible to mend the pieces back together, or they turned resentful harpies, filled by venom.
I have only read the Bluestocking in this series as I am a newbies to Mrs Christi Caldwell work, so I did know nothing about Clara and how she appeared first.
But I might say Mrs Caldwell got me wrong, by crafting a searing masterpiece of salvation, with the redeeming of the too prim and proper hero while the heroine keeps her head held high.
Clara has always wanted to rely only on herself and always herself, why she is so adamant against accepting help.
She has a past and at time she was robbed of her future by a cunning man. And now she has a way out of her former profession, she is devoted to it as who’s better to understand why these women called fallen need protection and a goal than a woman who lived among them.
« Everything in the world came down to survival, and where women were given little power and even less influence, she’d employ whatever tactics she could to survive. »
Henry has taken the mantle left by her father and became the ruthless peer and very involved MP expected for a man of his position. Driven by guilt, he will do anything to ensure his project receives the right audience.
But when found a breath away from death by a very secret woman, his view of the world in her short contact begins to move on.
During the few days she nursed him back to life, she left a deep imprint in his soul.
But when they meet again, will their society’s station make a difference?
It was such a moving tale, about a woman finding a love that sees past her scars and values her for whom she is really from the inside and a man who really began to live once he meets the one who shatters everything he thought the norm.
« you speak of yourself as if you’re somehow second to anyone, when not even the damned sun could compare with you in brightness. »
The fact the heroes were older added to the thoroughness of this magnificent story of second chance, Henry always so organized and predictable while Clara is figurative boldness. I do fell in love with Henry as never at any moment did he thought of Clara as deserving any less than him. He made mistakes and lied to her but never did he saw her for her former profession, only for the strong woman life has shaped her.
« “Loving someone isn’t about controlling them. It is about loving them and supporting them.” »
A big fat 5 stars for this emotional story which immersed me in some unknown historical events from me and the way of the political world.
I was granted an advance copy through Netgalley by the author but also ordered my own copy. Here is my true and unbiased opinion.
In the Spitfire, you have Clara a woman that has grown up in the Dials, where people had to fight to live each day, work at jobs that they don't want to but have too to survive. Then you have the privilege and the money to do what they want and get what they want anyway they can, this is the life that Henry grew up in. When these two meet it is in a situation that most people who didn't have a conscious that would of just kept walking when they saw or heard any fighting.
But Clara, took it upon herself to go against two ruffians and try to save a man, not knowing who or what he was. And Henry, trying to see how he can get a bill, to have a more monitored force of protection for all people of England wakes to see that a woman, taking care of him, not caring who he is, not wanting any payment etc. he couldn't understand why. Henry starts to realize that he wasn't doing things to help his sister, Lila who was hurt and then secluded herself from not just her family but from life. And Clara, was not seeing that even though she wanted a new start not just for her and Reggie but for the others like her to have an honest job without doing things that they didn't want. She had a enemy from her past that was destroying everything she accomplishes or tries to get a better job is taken from her.
In these two, they find the obstacles are not hard to overcome if they just believe in love and to listen to their hearts.
As in all Christi Caldwell's books when the HEA comes another couple is happy, we're happy and there will be more from Christi. Maybe Lila's and Sylvia will get a HEA especially Lila.
In reading Clara and Henry's story I have been laughing crying and even pissed off at their situation Christi has a wonderful way of writing, she can take you there back in time have you hearing, seeing and even smelling the atmosphere. I just love how once started reading you are there one moment you're opening the book, or starting your kindle and wham you are seeing the fight that Henry is going through and you want to help him...
This is why I love to read and finding an author like Christi is rare, in that I have to keep reading more and more...and like Christi and author that writes like this where a reader can consume their books in one night is an author one needs to keep reading and share...
Top reviews from other countries
Clara is a fabulously well-deep character who has made many mistakes, is constantly being thwarted at every turn yet amazingly has the will and strength of spirit to continue to dream and pull herself out of each black abyss, she finds herself thrown into, to come out fighting. It's crazy how much I envy her gumption, sharp wit and determination. Whilst Henry, suffering from a misguided sense of guilt and feelings of helplessness seeded from a deepset love and need to reconnect with his once vivacious but now wounded, introvert little sister, has become driven and singleminded in his rigid stance to create a police force to the detriment of all else. Yet underneath the arrogance simmers a core of passion, teasing wit, integrity, devotion and a capacity to love so deeply that it manifests and blossoms the more he clashes with the feisty Clara. A connection and bond formed one fateful night when Henry's path crosses with the recklessly brave Clara who swoops in and rescues him from the brink of certain death. Could her moment of heroism be a fatal mistake for Clara or her one chance to find true happiness? Can Henry save her in return or will he choose to cripple all her hopes and dreams to attain the one thing he has been working for since his dear sister's attack? Wow, I just loved finding out.
By society's standards they shouldn't work but they are so perfectly matched they complete each other, stand firmly as equals, share some sizzling banter and electric moments together and simply have the power to make you truly care about them.
A fabulous ending to a thrilling and emotionally engaging series that was full of descriptive colour, captivating plotlines, grit and determination, misunderstandings, prejudices, torment and characters so believable in their fallibility and vividly vibrant natures that they jumped off the page into life and made me really care about them!!!
This story does not relate as much of the despair of being poor in the back streets of London as the others in this and the previous series did, but shows that there can be hope and ambition to improve life for those who dwell there. It is a tale of complete opposites finding love against all odds, and not letting any obstacles stop them from finding happiness together.
I was concerned that this tale wouldn’t seem to fit with this series, as Clara was neither a member of the Black ‘family’ nor a Killoran, and perhaps to a certain extent I was correct in that, but in all honesty it could not really have been placed anywhere else apart from as the start of a new series - one which I would love to see.