Sunday, December 30, 2012

[Books] Wallflowers #1 - Secrets of A Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

Started on: December 27, 2012
Finished on: December 30, 2012

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.


~ Warning: This review may contain SPOILERS ~ 

Secrets of A Summer Night, I was obligated to buy this book because I bought the second book of the series instead of the first one by accident. This book has also been sitting on my shelf for almost 2 years gathering dust. I thought it was time for me to read it.

And once I picked it up and read the first page, I simply couldn't put it down.

Secrets of A Summer Night is about a woman or four women (wallflowers) to be precise, who have gathered up for the purpose of helping each other in finding husbands. I thought, "alright, this is going to be fun". Four wallflowers hunting for rich men.

Annabelle is in her mid-twenties, and she needs to find a husband fast before her family becomes even more poor than they already are, and will be unable to pay for her brother Jeremy's schooling.
Mr. Simon Hunt is a rich underclassman, who is a son of a butcher. One does not expect a son of a butcher to be filthy rich do they. But things happen. He is fully interested in making Annabelle his mistress and have no interest of becoming her husband, until he spends more time with her than he did in the past 2 years of knowing her.

As I've said what seems like multiple times already, this book was just simply unputdownable. On the nights when I was reading until I was slowly drifting to sleep, I've had dreams about the book. Just by dreaming about a book just makes it so much better! I barely slept well because of it. I just had to pick it up and read what'll happen next.

Usually in historical romance books or any romance books in general, the protagonists admit their undying love for each other, they get married and that's it. But I was surprised that this book provides detail on what happens after their marriage and how both characters; Annabelle and Simon, gradually get to know each other even more, and really understand their feelings for each other.

The ending was no expected at all. I knew something was going to happen since there were still about 150 pages left of the book after the marriage, but I thought they were going to get into a big fight then realize their love for each other is stronger than ever. I didn't expect that someone was almost going to die. DAMN, I really thought he was going to die.

I love this book, it was a just so absorbing! I am not going to pick up the second book because I want proper sleep. This series is going to make me sleep deprived, I just know it.

I recommend those who love read romance, and books that are unputdownable to pick this book up and give it a try! You wont regret anything after you're done.

PS: Did anyone know that this book has a manga! Seriously! I'm so happy! Secrets of a Summer Night Manga

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