Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Wallflower Christmas

Yay! The Wallflowers are back!

Here's the blurb for A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas:

The Wallflowers are four young ladies in London who banded together in their wild and wickedly wonderful searches for true love. Now happily married, they join together once again to help one of the world’s most notorious rogues realize that happiness might be right under the mistletoe.…

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.

I realize this book is about Hannah and Rafe, but for some reason or other I was more interested in what was happening with the "original" wall flowers. I really wanted more of Sebastien and Evie! But I only got a little morsel, and it had to do.

Getting back to Hannah and Rafe. I enjoyed them both. I thought that Rafe was stuck between a rock and a hard place because of his father's demand, and originally I believed him to be an idiot to go along with his "request". I thought Hannah was a intelligent woman who took care of the people that she loved, I also found her doubts about falling for Rafe very believable.

Overall I found the story to be short (it was a small book), and lacking what the previous Wallflowers books had: spice! I wanted the heat!

A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas (3/5) Historical Romance; Christmas theme; Published: St. Martin's Press (10/08); Series: # 5, Wallflower; 100 + Reading Challenge (88); Keeper Shelf;

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