Series Name: Society’s Most Scandalous, # 1
“Such awkwardness was pointless now, especially as she no longer regarded Lord Beaufort as if the sun rose and set with him. She was long over that silly crush and even if she was still a little enamoured of his chiselled good looks and likeable nature, she knew too much about him to want to know him any better than as an entertaining acquaintance.”
To Woo a Wallflower is a delightful, charming regency love story.
He could have any deb
Except his best friend’s sister…
Jasper, the Earl of Beaufort, hasn’t seen Lady Harriet Fitzroy since her serious riding accident. She has grown into a kind, spirited woman, whose sinful smile plays havoc with his jaded emotions! Hattie’s family disapprove of Jasper’s rakish past, but when she risks her reputation to help him, the least he can do is pull her from the wallflower chairs and out of the shadows…
You will love this book if you are a fan of the Bridgerton series or Lisa Kleypas’s Wallflower series. What made this book stand out for me was how Virginia put her own unique spin on the world of debutants and the London Season. I really enjoyed Harriet’s story and her character. She is a different kind of London Lady; she’s this beautiful blend of charm and grit. The accident that left her with a limp added an interesting element to the story. Harriet comes from a wealthy and well-known family, but her injury has made her a wallflower. Her experiences at these London Season events are quite different from other heroines from other book series. Instead of men actively pursuing her, they now pity and avoid her. Her overbearing older brother pushes his friends and male acquaintances on her, which leads to lots of awkward conversations (that no one wants to have). Just when Harriet thinks she can’t bear another moment of this Season, in walks Jasper, who saves her (not that she needs saving).
The whole story just flows really nicely. I have to say that I was surprised at the amount of detail and “meat” this story had. I know it is supposed to be a short novella-type book, but it definitely felt like a full fledged novel. I am a huge fan of Virginia’s books and always enjoy her characters. They have this edgy and witty feel to them. I love how women can hold their own against their male counterparts. It makes for some very fabulous conversations.
I loved watching Harriet and Jasper interact. Their chemistry is just fun, real, and definitely swoon-worthy at times. Both characters are going through tough times in their lives, and neither is actively looking for love. One of the things that I liked best about these two was that they were on equal footing. What I mean by this is that one character isn’t above the other, or one character doesn’t become the main rescuer in the story. These both become heroes and help each other in the story. There is a slower progression in their relationship. They start out as friends who help each other out, slowly evolving into something much steamier.
To Woo a Wallflower is perfect for those looking for a book to satisfy their Bridgerton fix.
Thank you, Harlequin Historical, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.