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Secrets of a Summer Night

Author: Lisa Kleypas    Series: Wallflowers #1

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.

This book may contain explicit intimate scenes, so if you are not 18+ then I probably wouldn’t recommend it for younger readers.
My Review

I am officially in love with Lisa and her wallflower series an I am just beginning. They’re like candy, so sweet, devouring, and down right good. I just loved the wallflowers – Annabelle, Lillian, Daisy, and Evie. They are so witty that every time they came together on the pages – their conversations made me have giggling fits (or should I say conniptions?). I sure wouldn’t mind having them for friends, never a dull moment with those four. Simon, Simon, Simon, what a character you are, I liked you from the beginning. And Lord Hodgeham – what a deplorable and disgusting codger he was. He made me grimace every time he graced my pages.

“Every time I see you,” he murmured, “I think you couldn’t possibly become any more beautiful—and you always prove me wrong.”
The moment lengthened uncomfortably, until Simon Hunt finally spoke. “A pretty sound, that,” he said softly. Annabelle struggled to find her voice. “What is?” she asked. “Your laughter.”
“I spent most of my youth hauling sides of beef and pork to my father’s shop. Carrying you is far more enjoyable.” “How sweet,” Annabelle mumbled sickly, her eyes closed. “Every woman dreams of being told that she’s preferable to a dead cow.”
“Obviously, you want me to kiss you. And I’ll be happy to oblige, when the time is right. But not yet.” “Mr. Hunt, you are the most—” “Yes, I know,” he said with a grin. “You may as well spare yourself the effort of hurling adjectives at me, as I’ve heard them all before.”

There was many favorite moments in this book that I loved but I will blame that on Lisa because she is such a great writer, the way she brings her characters to live, and how she writes their dialog, they seem so life like, real, and highly humorous. I loved when Simon was claiming Annabelle as his territory, telling the other available bachelors to back off, they had their turn and now it was his; how attentive and sweet he was to her during her snake bite ordeal, doing anything to ease her pain an agony; their game of chess when she asked him if he was her adversary which he told her no then she asked if he was her friend and he told her no he wasn’t her friend – I could just imagine how he would say he response to her during that moment because he had something up his sleeve; and after she put away the cheese game he told her checkmate after he finally compromised and captured her; when she was playing cards and Simon told her in her ear that she had five minutes to end her game or he’d ravish her right there, which he is true to his word as he was chasing her down the hotel when she was trying to get to their hotel room and they ended up in the closet instead; and finally how patient he was with her on their wedding night – I thought that was sweet of him.

“Oh, God,” Annabelle said feelingly, and turned her face against Hunt’s shoulder, as if closing her eyes would make them all disappear. Her ear tingled as Hunt bent to murmur to her, his voice threaded with amusement. “Checkmate.”
“If you’re implying that I’m spoiled, I assure you that I am not.” “You should be.” His warm gaze slid over her pink-tinted face and slender upper body, then sought hers again. There was a note in his voice that gently robbed her of breath. “You could do with a bit of spoiling.”
“God knows you can stand to be mine. You could say that you’re not attracted to me, but we both know that you’d be lying. Tell me your price, Annabelle. Any sum you’d care to name. Do you want a house of your own? A yacht? Done. Let’s get this over with—I’ve had enough of waiting for you.”
“I would rather have died in your arms, Simon, than face a lifetime without you. All those endless years…all those winters, summers…a hundred seasons of wanting you and never having you. Growing old, while you stayed eternally young in my memories.”

I have never seen a book that made me laugh as much as this one did. It is full of great humor which I loved an I believe that is what made it so great. It was so great that I can’t wait to continue with the other wallflower stories.

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