Title: Secrets of a Summer Night
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Series: Wallflowers #1 (Books are stand-alone)
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: November 28th 2006 by Avon
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“I’m coming to believe that there are two kinds of people… those who choose to be masters of their own fate and those who wait in chairs while other dance. I would rather be one of the former than the latter.”
Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.
Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing—and persistent—admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition . . . but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.
Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon—and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon’s passionate embrace and tempting kisses . . . and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all.
4 of 5 stars to Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
I’ve had the Wallflowers series in my to-read shelf for almost a year now but I only read the third book, “Devil in Winter” because it had the most reviews and the highest ratings. It’s only now that I’ve decided to read the other installments (mainly because I have no more historicals left to read) and I find myself enjoying Secrets of a Summer Night more than Devil in Winter.
Secrets of a Summer Night was engaging all throughout. The characters started out with so many unlikeable qualities in their personalities, a rare occurrence in historicals, that the story already seemed more interesting and original than usual. It’s also for this reason that I had such a ball reading about their gradual character growth. Simon Hunt is one of the most loveable heroes I’ve read about while Anabelle is the probably most intriguing and deeply layered character I’ve encountered. Anabelle seemed shallow at first but as you get to know her more and learn of her motivations, you’d realize she’s dealing with her problems the way she knows how and the way she’s only allowed to–considering the time setting.
I also felt that this first book was a lot more heartfelt and touching. I love how Simon and Anabelle came to finally realize the extent of their feelings for each other. This one is definitely going in my favorites shelf.
** cover art: 4/5 stars. Classically beautiful and old fashioned. I love it.