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Review: A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas

Title: A Wallflower Christmas (Wallflowers #5)
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre:  Historical Romance
Rating:4/5

Why I picked it: Last installment of Lisa Kleypas’ amazing Wallflower series.

Synopsis: It’s Christmastime in London and Rafe Bowman has arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie Blandford, the very proper and beautiful daughter of Lady and Lord Blandford. His chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady in waiting and, if it weren’t for his shocking American ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed. Before the courtship can begin, Rafe realizes he must learn the rules of London society. But when four former Wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen. And winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than Rafe Bowman anticipated, especially for a man accustomed to getting anything he wants. However, Christmas works in the most unexpected ways, changing a cynic to a romantic and inspiring passion in the most timid of hearts.

Review: The first thing one notices about this conclusion to Lisa Kleypas’ awesome Wallflowers series is how short it is. It also centers around a brand-new heroine who has had no parts in any of the other novels. For these two reasons, I really thought I wasn’t going to like this book as much as I did. Not to be cliche, but it was short and sweet.

The book centers on Rafe Bowman, brother to Daisy and Lillian, who gets an ultimatum from his father to either marry Natalie, a well-bred English lady, or to lose his share of the Bowman’s huge amounts of money.  Instead of Natalie, he becomes completely captured with Hannah, who is of plainer stock.  Natalie, of course, sees him as an ill-behaved, American rake. While this center storyline is occurring, readers get a kind of “what are they doing now?” look into the lives of the previous Wallflowers. Although this book takes place almost right after the last, it was really nice to get a glimpse into those characters who we have grown really attached to.

Lisa Kleypas did a really nice job of joining a new story with glimpses into the current lives of the previous Wallflowers. The new characters were well thought-out and the old kept the same traits that made us love them in the first place. Overall, it was a really satisfying companion to the series and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has read the prior books.

Review: Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Title: Scandal in Spring (Wallflowers #4)
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre:  Historical Romance
Rating: 3.5/5

Why I picked it: Book #4 of Lisa Kleypas’ amazing Wallflower series.

Synopsis: After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman’s father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can’t snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses—the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.

Daisy is horrified. A Bowman never admits defeat, and she decides to do whatever it takes to marry someone . . . anyone . . . other than Matthew. But she doesn’t count on Matthew’s unexpected charm . . . or the blazing sensuality that soon flares beyond both their control. And Daisy discovers that the man she has always hated just might turn out to be the man of her dreams.

But right at the moment of sweet surrender, a scandalous secret is uncovered . . . one that could destroy both Matthew and a love more passionate and irresistible than Daisy’s wildest fantasies.

Review:  I hate to admit it but this was probably my least favorite book in the Wallflower series. Then again, it’s hard to follow “Devil in Winter,” which is likely one of the best romance books I have read in some time.

This book is focused upon Daisy Bowman, the last Wallflower left without a husband. Daisy is a character I can relate to. She’s cute, witty, and bookish. Best of all, she does not give off an air of “damsel in distress” and desperation that is often found in other romance books.

The book begins with an ultimatum: Either Daisy marry Matthew Swift, a trusted business partner of her father, or she finds someone else to marry before the Bowman family returns back to New York permanently. As with every historical romance book I have read, there is required a certain suspension of facts and general beliefs. This one was pretty bad on that front.

For one, Matthew Swift spends a large portion of the book denying Daisy for reasons untold, until we get to the end of the book. Instead of being satisfied with this plot-line being wrapped up, I was more saying to myself “Really? That’s why? That’s umm..silly.” Also in this book, more than the other Wallflower books, I found myself asking “Why is it so hard for her to find a husband?” Not only is Daisy beautiful, but she’s also obscenely rich! The other Wallflowers genuinely had things that may be off-putting to snobby gentlemen callers (a stutter, a brash personality, or a lack of money). Daisy just is imaginative and likes books.

Overall, this may not have been a bad read as a stand-alone. I can’t really rate it down much because Lisa Kleypas really knows how to write a damn good romance book, and I did find myself smiling or giggling at certain points. The problem is that it’s in line with three other books in the Wallflowers series that are all just so damned good that it’s hard for me to rate this one higher.