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"I want you to do everything you've ever imagined doing with me …" With those scandalous words, Daisy Bowman, the sole "Wallflower" yet to be married, seals her fate with the last man she ever expected to tempt her.

After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman's father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can't snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses—the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.

Daisy is horrified. A Bowman never admits defeat, and she decides to do whatever it takes to marry someone … anyone … other than Matthew. But she doesn't count on Matthew's unexpected charm … or the blazing sensuality that soon flares beyond both their control. And Daisy discovers that the man she has always hated just might turn out to be the man of her dreams.

But right at the moment of sweet surrender, a scandalous secret is uncovered … one that could destroy both Matthew and a love more passionate and irresistible than Daisy's wildest fantasies.

Topics: England, Funny, Emotional, Unrequited Love, Secret Life, Arranged Marriage, and Heiress

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Light and amusing with just the right amount of romance and mystery to keep you entertained.more
The thing I liked most and the thing I liked least about Scandal in Spring were one and the same: the plot is almost completely determined by the ensemble characters.

Now, I was delighted to spend so much time with Lillian and Annabelle and Evie and Westcliff and Simon - although St. Vincent hardly appears at all. They're great characters, and the Wallflowers worked for me as a series that was about friendship as well as romance.

But the action - if you can call it action - in the story consists of little other than the ensemble characters deciding whether or not they approve of Matthew Swift. Since they're all so close, and care so deeply about one another, approval is a make-or-break issue. Is Matthew good for Daisy? Is he putting on a show to court her, or are his feelings sincere? Where will they live? Will Daisy be a good wife to Matthew?

This is fairly realistic, and when it's happening to you or one of your friends, it's even pretty exciting. It was fun to read about, sweet and amusing, and I finished the book the day i started it.

But the book is just an extended garden party, and it's not an exciting read, or an anxious read; nor is it particularly erotic. The action at the end really is tacked on, comes and goes too fast - like an epilogue when it could have been the whole book. That was really odd.

Matthew Swift blends pretty easily into the crowd of Kleypas heroes; he's tall, dark, handsome, self-made, gruff on the outside and gooey on the inside.

You probably won't regret reading it - but you also probably won't remember it very well in a week or two.more
Scandal in Spring
4 Stars

Synopsis
After three years of failing to snare a husband, Daisy Bowman's father issues an ultimatum - find a husband by the end of the season or marry his protege, Matthew Swift. Daisy sees Matthew as cold and calculating, however, she soon learns that there is more to him than meets the eye when his slightest touch lights a fire in her blood. In fact, Matthew may just turn out to be better than her wildest dreams.

Review
Definitely the most hilarious book in the series. From the fish-tied goose to the bloodthirsty game of lawn bowls, the book had me gasping for breath.

Even though it is not as intense as Lillian and Marcus's or as sensual as Evie and Sebastian's, Matthew and Daisy's romance is sweet and endearing. Daisy is a delightful mix of whimsy and practicality. She is charming, witty and in possession of a huge heart. Matthew is the most romantic of the four heroes the button - need I say more and his mysterious past only adds to his appeal.

The nature of Matthew's dark secret is compelling but it should have been revealed earlier as the keeping secrets theme is not a preferred one for me. Moreover, the pacing here is off and the crisis feels contrived and the climax rushed.

The other Wallflowers all put in an appearance but it is Lillian and Marcus who continue to shine. There are moments where I could have throttled Lillian for her attitude towards Matthew but she comes through for him in the end so all is forgiven.

The entire series is simply amazing and I recommend it without hesitation. It is great that there is one more installment to look forward to - how will Rafe Bowman deal with the matchmaking wallflowers?more
I really enjoyed this story, especially since he was clearly in love with her from the beginning. I loved the dynamics between these two, and enjoyed how much they really got along. Daisy and Mathew made a great couple.more
Daisy Bowman, the last of the wallflowers left to marry, has had three season and has yet to find a man to marry. So her father insists that she has two months to find a husband, or she will be marrying Matthew Swift. From what she remembers of Matthew Swift is a cold man so much like her father, who is driven and intelligent, but when she meets him again she is stung by how much he has changed over the years. No longer a "bag of cabbage" he is handsome, strong features and mesmerizing. So with the help of her brother n' law and Evie's husband, they have selected some gentlemen eligible for her, to come to Westcliff's home in the country. Matthew Swift exudes charm and sensual beauty that has every woman tittering in his favor. However Daisy is insistent on trying to ignore Matthew, but as much as she tries, she finds herself feeling more alive around Matthew than any other man. His kisses waken up her senses, and she aches not only for his sensual touch but she also aches to know the man as well. But Matthew is hiding something, something that haunts him and could destroy everything....Scandal In The Spring is the fourth in the Wallflower Series. This is Daisy's story. I find that whenever I read any books from this author, I just fall in love with the story and the characters, and the same is true for Scandal In Spring. It was such a delight to read this one, and it has been some time since I have. I loved both of these characters, as far as hero's go Matthew Swift is one of my favorites. He is handsome, driven, passionate, and throughout the story we see Matthew come to life. The interaction between Matthew and Daisy is witty, fun, and at times sensual; and entertaining to the reader. As far as love stories go this is a golden treasure, and one that will charm any reading with a romantic heart. Scandal In Spring is definitely at the top of best romances!!more
The Last Melon!! No wait, wrong story.I meant to say: The Last Wallflower! NOOOO! It’s so hard to say goodbye…This is Daisy’s book, the dreamer/romantic/bookish wallflower. She has been husband-hunting for 3 years but as we all know men can be idiots and the girl is still single – and as so, her father sends for his most dedicated employee, Mr Matthew Swift, and tells Daisy she’ll have to marry the guy. Daisy can’t stand the idea, because she loads Mr Swift, who she thinks is the very image of her father: someone who only cares for the business and making money. But it turns out Mr Swift wows everyone by being a quite impressive fellow - he is handsome, educated, sharp, and can make a baby stop crying in 1 minute or less. I thought it would be so much more difficult for him to sweep Daisy off her feet, especially because Lillian was determined to make him look bad, but it turns out that Daisy gives her heart away to Mr Swift shortly after the “Please, help me save this rude goose” scene, and that happens almost at the beginning of the story.For some reason this last installment wasn’t, let’s say, as intense as the other 3 -although I reckon Devil in Winter is a tough book to follow, because it is THAT GOOD, please go read it- but I loved it nonetheless. One scene made me laugh so hard I lost my breath: Daisy trying to climb to Matthew’s bed. You see, she’s kind of short, and the bed was uncommonly high. I couldn’t stop laughing for a while because of that image imprinted in my head.Needless to say I also loved the scenes with all the other wallflowers and their respective husbands - it's so nice to take a peek at their married lives. *sigh*So, yes! I want to read everything by Lisa Kleypas now. Everything!more
He loves her and has loved her for years. But Daisy Bowman would never know it and Matthew Swift is determined to keep it that way. He harbors a hidden desire he must keep to himself in order to protect her from his past. What is he hiding? What is so unforgivable that he cannot profess his need for this woman, even when she beckons him with her innocent desires?As with the previous books in the series, I thoroughly enjoyed this tale, the last in Lisa Kleypas' Wallflower series. I got lost in her easy, free-flowing style and her witty sense of humour had me chuckling throughout the story. The banter between the hero and heroine was so enjoyable and hilarious that I was laughing out loud, especially during the heated "lawn bowling" game. Of course, neither character would admit defeat, something I can totally relate to. There is hope for we five foot lasses in this tale. I, only being an inch (or 2????) over five feet, could easily connect to the petite Daisy. She was a different kind of beauty, not the striking, regal vision of refinement. She was an every-day beauty....romantic and fiesty, my kind of gal. I loved how Daisy fell for Matthew, someone she never fathomed could possess all of the qualities she had sought for so long. In Matthew Swift she found someone whose presence she reveled in, even more than her precious books, someone who made her senses come alive with the brush of a fingertip, someone who accepted her for who she was, quirks and all. "Daisy rushed at him and whacked his chest with the book. She hated it that she felt so alive with him. She hated the way her senses drank in his presence like dry earth absorbing rain. She hated his handsome face and virile body, and the mouth that was more tempting than any man's mouth had a right to be."Matthew was a wonderful hero, a man with a duality of character that even women today seek. He could be a cold-hearted, aggressive businessman, very smart with a strong work ethic and a tenacious and unyielding drive to succeed. As we learn Matthew's secrets, we learn why this tenacity exists within him. Yet Matthew also possessed a gentle and playful side, easily apparent in the "goose" incident as well as his many debates with Daisy about her romantic notions of men. What I adored the most was his devotion to Daisy. He loved her for so long, secretly keeping his feelings to himself as he reveled in every glimpse of her face, every movement of her hands, every breath that she took. When a man keeps a lock of your hair in his pocket for years, knowing he could never possibly have you, I call that love and devotion. Thus, when Matthew finds himself alone with Daisy and she innocently proclaims her desire for him, he couldn't help but question this unfathomable reality. "Do you know what I want from you?" she heard him ask hoarsely. "Do you understand what's going to happen if we don't stop?" "Yes." Matthew lifted his head and gave her a doubtful glance. "I'm not as innocent as you might think," Daisy said earnestly. "I'm very well read." He turned his face away, and she had the impression he was fighting a smile. Then he looked back at her with piercing tenderness. "Daisy Bowman," he said unevenly, "I'd spend eternity in hell for one hour with you."Wow! Eternity! Sigh.....I would spend an eternity with Matthew Swift myself. And you can spend a few hours with him as well if you read this historical romance, another success by the very talented Lisa Kleypas.more
Until now, the Wallflower series has been pretty good but not 100% satisfying for me like it has been for so many other readers. Based on the ratings I've seen at various book-related sites and the fact that I rarely see it mentioned as a fan favorite, it would seem that Scandal in Spring is possibly the least favorite book for most readers of the series. As such, I wasn't sure what to expect going into it, but now that I've finished it, I'm going to go against the grain again, by saying that in my opinion, it is the best book amongst the original quartet. Both the hero and the heroine were extremely likable which wasn't necessarily the case for me with the first three books. The couple had a sweet, tender relationship with plenty of deeply romantic moments. I also felt that the characterizations were more well-drawn, or at least, the characters were more relatable for me. The secondary characters were fabulous too, and there was also some decent suspense created by the wait to see what secret Matthew was keeping and what the fall-out from it might be. I suppose the ending was a tad bit rushed, but not enough to be unsatisfying. Everything just came together to create an emotional story that is definitely a keeper for me.Although I adore Marcus (It Happened One Autumn), Matthew has at the very least, tied him, but may have nudged ahead just a bit, as my favorite hero of the series. He is probably the closest Lisa Kleypas has come to writing a beta hero, and perhaps that's why I don't see a lot of love being expressed for the character. Ms. Kleypas is known for her sexy alphas, so Matthew is something of a departure from the norm. For me, that was a good thing, because I adore betas. Matthew is also a geek. Highly intelligent and a whiz with numbers, he's a force to reckoned with in the business world. His logical nature can sometime make him seem a little cold, but underneath it all he has a very kind and sensitive heart. It was amusing how his feelings for Daisy don't quite make sense to him in the beginning, and he simply wrote them off as mere lust. Daisy and Lillian seemed to have a preconceived notion that Matthew was an uncaring, ruthless businessman who is just like their father, simply because their father likes him so much and he is so good at being his right-hand man. I could tell right from the start though that there was much more to him than meets the eye. I think it was utterly sweet that Matthew fell in love at first sight (even though he didn't recognize it as such) and had been pining for Daisy ever since. My heart just went pitter-patter when I realized how closely he had been observing her over the years, so much so that he knew every detail about her, her likes and dislikes, the difficulties she'd had with her parents and the closeness with Lillian, and most of all what a wonderful woman she was when few other people seemed to see it. I thought it was rather funny when, feeling he couldn't have her for himself, Matthew tried to “sell” her attributes to another man in hopes of helping her find a match. Much like Marcus, Matthew is a well-spring of controlled, hidden passion which when unleashed for the woman he loves is a heady brew. He was also extremely dependable and responsible, as well as brave and determined to take the measures he did to better himself after a very rocky beginning to his life. All in all, Matthew was a very admirable, and lovable hero who was more of a gentleman than many men who were born and bred for that kind of position.Daisy was a really sweet girl. I've liked her throughout the series and she has now edged out Evie as my favorite Wallflower heroine. I just adore her bookishness and her imagination which takes her on many an adventure in her head. She has a big heart that allows her to love all creatures great and small and find the good in everyone, even those people who have wronged her. In fact, I was quite surprised that she had such a low and prejudiced opinion of Matthew in the beginning. I'm not sure that enough background information was given for me to fully understand where those feelings came from, but I was pleased and proud of Daisy when she dispelled those notions pretty quickly as she got reacquainted with Matthew and started seeing the man underneath the somewhat buttoned up exterior. I thoroughly enjoyed how Daisy drove Matthew to the breaking point by trying to make him jealous and then neatly sealed the deal by being just a little naughty. Matthew may have been extremely self-controlled (which I find very sexy), but by the time Daisy was done with her little scheme, he was so close to the edge of the precipice, she could have knocked him over with a feather. I also loved how Daisy trusted Matthew implicitly, never doubting him for a minute even when the truth about his past came out. She was definitely the type of woman who stood steadfastly by her man. Daisy was just a very fun and likable character that I really enjoyed reading about.As with the other books in the series, all the Wallflowers and their husbands returned with the exception of Simon who was present in the background, but I don't remember him having any actual scenes. I couldn't have been happier to see Marcus and Lillian front and center in this one, especially Marcus. The couple experience their own blessed event while being there for Daisy and Matthew. I was keenly reminded of why I adore Marcus so much and why he is one of my favorite things about the entire series. I love how tender he was with his pregnant wife and how he was an encouragement to Daisy. Once again, he showed his magnanimity of character by intuitively recognizing that Matthew was a good man, and pledging his full support for him even before knowing his secret. Lillian, on the other hand, was being a bit irritating again. I understood her fear of “loosing” her sister if they had to be separated by thousands of miles and an ocean, but I couldn't help but be upset with her for being so unreasonable. It seemed like she didn't think Daisy was capable of making an intelligent decision on her own. Daisy had always been there for Lillian, supporting her throughout the husband-hunting, so to have Lillian truly at odds with her for the first time over Daisy's choice of a husband was rather frustrating. Lillian and Matthew did have a talk though where they both laid all their cards on the table. I love how Matthew stood up to her, and I think it was a turning point in how Lillian felt about him with her finally allowing him some grudging respect. In the end, although her turnaround was perhaps a bit abrupt, Lillian redeemed herself by standing with her sister in a united front.There were many wonderful scenes within the pages of Scandal in Spring. The intensely competitive spirit between Matthew and Daisy in the game of lawn bowling was positively hilarious and nearly had me rolling on the floor. Matthew's reaction to the parlor games was equally funny, while the kiss he gave Daisy in library afterward was bone-meltingly hot. All of their love scenes were tender and sensuous, never allowing me to doubt for a moment that they loved each other completely, even though they didn't actually admit it until some time later. They were just absolutely perfect for each other. Even the suspense surrounding Matthew's secret was a pleasant surprise, and although it was easy to figure out part of it, there ended up being more complexity to it than I was expecting which only made him all the more sympathetic. Overall, I think that Scandal in Spring had a little more depth to the story while still embodying that trademark Wallflower humor. It was a fabulous read that I had a hard time putting down and was always excited to pick back up. It has definitely earned a spot on my keeper shelf, and now I look forward to finishing up the series with A Wallflower Christmas in a couple of months.more
another lacklustre, and thankfully the last, installation for the wallflower quartet. i don't know if i just can't take too much of this author in one sitting, (i did, after all, enjoy secrets of a summer night) but all Kleypas' heroes and heroines seem to blend together after a while. meagre attempts at individuality ultimately provide stereotypes: one's dreamy, one's fiery, one's shy, one's practical, etc. they all seem to fall in love the same way, make love the same way, and enjoy very similar happily ever afters. i felt in particular that this story's plot was a copout - the hero's "disreputable" past and his efforts to keep it a secret are supposed to provide conflict, but the author forces the plot through the most desperate contortions in order to make any kind of conflict evaporate on the spot. in Scandal in Spring, everything is perfect. the hero is and has always been perfect. his angst over his past seems exaggerated and misplaced considering his is innocent of the charges that are eventually brought against him. the cast of guardian angels from the previous books are perfect and have the amazing super power of making sure everything stays perfect. i don't have a problem with happily ever afters, but none of this was remotely believable. never did I doubt that lord westcliff would be able to save the day. everything simply fell into place too easily. kleypas writes well, which is a small blessing, but that wasn't enough to get me hooked. i guess this would be the kind of book that appeals to readers with emotional attachments to the characters from previous books, who are trotted out for no other reason that i can divine except to gratify these fans. i'm beginning to think that Kleypas just isn't my cup of tea.more
Faced with the ultimatum of finding her own husband or being forced to marry Mr. Matthew Swift, Daisy Bowman stopped reading her book to take a walk down by the wishing well. The wishing well had served her ‘wallflower’ friends well, each of them were now married to a man they each loved. If only that same wish could come true for her too. Matthew Swift had watched Daisy and her family together for ten years now, he knew how her father treated her, he also knew he had no rights to her. His past prevented him from anything more than his overwhelming desire to see her and be around her. Daisy had been in England for two years now, she never realized how much someone could change is such a short amount of time. Mr. Swift was at one time a bag of bones and just like her father, but now he was different. Daisy didn’t want to like him for any reason, that would make her father happy. Another great Wallflower book from Lisa Kleypas. Daisy Bowman was a very complicated character, she loves to read her novels and she is shy but at the same time, she has such spunk and a strong will. Despite her fathers cruel treatment of her and her sister, they both are so self assured. Another strong female character. Matthews secret is well hidden till the right time, I had a few guesses, but the end result was better. The return of all the girls and their men to Stony Cross Manor was fun, to see the difference in them after marriage. Actually enjoyed seeing Lillians anger about Matthew and how everyone seemed to like him but her, hormones and her personality made for some good sparks.more
The last book in a well-written series by Kleypas. A look into the women who were wallflowers, not popular debutatnes, and the men who fell in love with them.more
Daisy has been given an ultimatum by her father, find a noble to wed within two months, or he will marry her to his Bostonian protégé, Matthew Swift. Daisy has known Mr. Swift for years, he is just like her father, ruthless, domineering and aloof, no one a free spirit such as Daisy has any interest in. However, when Mr. Swift arrives at the Westcliff he is much different than Daisy remembers. Matthew Swift has loved Daisy since meeting her years before and has never met a woman who can live up to the ideal that is her. However, as much as a marriage to Daisy is his dream come true, the truth of his past is a nightmare which will never allow them to be together.Lisa Kleypas has a reputation as being one of the best historical romance writers and after reading this story, I can see why. I truly enjoyed the story immensely, more so than Devil in Winter. Daisy and Matthew make a wonderful pair and the heat between them fairly leaps off the page. I loved their courtship, such as it was and found the ending to be quite satisfying. I would have no problem recommending this story, even to someone who has not read any other historical romances, Kleypas' works or even the first three books of the series. The story worked very well as a stand alone and does not disappoint.more
Read 9/06. I finished the last book in Lisa Kleypas's Wallflower series. I really liked this series and this was good ending for it. Note: The last scene offered a super ending to the compelete series... satsifying.After I finished Scandal in Spring... I took a moment to think about Lisa Kleypas. I don't this this is one of her best stores BUT it was entertaining and enjoyable. As far as I can remember, Lisa Kleypas always delivers a satisfying read. Dependable. She is a dependable author. I look forward to see what she comes up with next.more
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Light and amusing with just the right amount of romance and mystery to keep you entertained.more
The thing I liked most and the thing I liked least about Scandal in Spring were one and the same: the plot is almost completely determined by the ensemble characters.

Now, I was delighted to spend so much time with Lillian and Annabelle and Evie and Westcliff and Simon - although St. Vincent hardly appears at all. They're great characters, and the Wallflowers worked for me as a series that was about friendship as well as romance.

But the action - if you can call it action - in the story consists of little other than the ensemble characters deciding whether or not they approve of Matthew Swift. Since they're all so close, and care so deeply about one another, approval is a make-or-break issue. Is Matthew good for Daisy? Is he putting on a show to court her, or are his feelings sincere? Where will they live? Will Daisy be a good wife to Matthew?

This is fairly realistic, and when it's happening to you or one of your friends, it's even pretty exciting. It was fun to read about, sweet and amusing, and I finished the book the day i started it.

But the book is just an extended garden party, and it's not an exciting read, or an anxious read; nor is it particularly erotic. The action at the end really is tacked on, comes and goes too fast - like an epilogue when it could have been the whole book. That was really odd.

Matthew Swift blends pretty easily into the crowd of Kleypas heroes; he's tall, dark, handsome, self-made, gruff on the outside and gooey on the inside.

You probably won't regret reading it - but you also probably won't remember it very well in a week or two.more
Scandal in Spring
4 Stars

Synopsis
After three years of failing to snare a husband, Daisy Bowman's father issues an ultimatum - find a husband by the end of the season or marry his protege, Matthew Swift. Daisy sees Matthew as cold and calculating, however, she soon learns that there is more to him than meets the eye when his slightest touch lights a fire in her blood. In fact, Matthew may just turn out to be better than her wildest dreams.

Review
Definitely the most hilarious book in the series. From the fish-tied goose to the bloodthirsty game of lawn bowls, the book had me gasping for breath.

Even though it is not as intense as Lillian and Marcus's or as sensual as Evie and Sebastian's, Matthew and Daisy's romance is sweet and endearing. Daisy is a delightful mix of whimsy and practicality. She is charming, witty and in possession of a huge heart. Matthew is the most romantic of the four heroes the button - need I say more and his mysterious past only adds to his appeal.

The nature of Matthew's dark secret is compelling but it should have been revealed earlier as the keeping secrets theme is not a preferred one for me. Moreover, the pacing here is off and the crisis feels contrived and the climax rushed.

The other Wallflowers all put in an appearance but it is Lillian and Marcus who continue to shine. There are moments where I could have throttled Lillian for her attitude towards Matthew but she comes through for him in the end so all is forgiven.

The entire series is simply amazing and I recommend it without hesitation. It is great that there is one more installment to look forward to - how will Rafe Bowman deal with the matchmaking wallflowers?more
I really enjoyed this story, especially since he was clearly in love with her from the beginning. I loved the dynamics between these two, and enjoyed how much they really got along. Daisy and Mathew made a great couple.more
Daisy Bowman, the last of the wallflowers left to marry, has had three season and has yet to find a man to marry. So her father insists that she has two months to find a husband, or she will be marrying Matthew Swift. From what she remembers of Matthew Swift is a cold man so much like her father, who is driven and intelligent, but when she meets him again she is stung by how much he has changed over the years. No longer a "bag of cabbage" he is handsome, strong features and mesmerizing. So with the help of her brother n' law and Evie's husband, they have selected some gentlemen eligible for her, to come to Westcliff's home in the country. Matthew Swift exudes charm and sensual beauty that has every woman tittering in his favor. However Daisy is insistent on trying to ignore Matthew, but as much as she tries, she finds herself feeling more alive around Matthew than any other man. His kisses waken up her senses, and she aches not only for his sensual touch but she also aches to know the man as well. But Matthew is hiding something, something that haunts him and could destroy everything....Scandal In The Spring is the fourth in the Wallflower Series. This is Daisy's story. I find that whenever I read any books from this author, I just fall in love with the story and the characters, and the same is true for Scandal In Spring. It was such a delight to read this one, and it has been some time since I have. I loved both of these characters, as far as hero's go Matthew Swift is one of my favorites. He is handsome, driven, passionate, and throughout the story we see Matthew come to life. The interaction between Matthew and Daisy is witty, fun, and at times sensual; and entertaining to the reader. As far as love stories go this is a golden treasure, and one that will charm any reading with a romantic heart. Scandal In Spring is definitely at the top of best romances!!more
The Last Melon!! No wait, wrong story.I meant to say: The Last Wallflower! NOOOO! It’s so hard to say goodbye…This is Daisy’s book, the dreamer/romantic/bookish wallflower. She has been husband-hunting for 3 years but as we all know men can be idiots and the girl is still single – and as so, her father sends for his most dedicated employee, Mr Matthew Swift, and tells Daisy she’ll have to marry the guy. Daisy can’t stand the idea, because she loads Mr Swift, who she thinks is the very image of her father: someone who only cares for the business and making money. But it turns out Mr Swift wows everyone by being a quite impressive fellow - he is handsome, educated, sharp, and can make a baby stop crying in 1 minute or less. I thought it would be so much more difficult for him to sweep Daisy off her feet, especially because Lillian was determined to make him look bad, but it turns out that Daisy gives her heart away to Mr Swift shortly after the “Please, help me save this rude goose” scene, and that happens almost at the beginning of the story.For some reason this last installment wasn’t, let’s say, as intense as the other 3 -although I reckon Devil in Winter is a tough book to follow, because it is THAT GOOD, please go read it- but I loved it nonetheless. One scene made me laugh so hard I lost my breath: Daisy trying to climb to Matthew’s bed. You see, she’s kind of short, and the bed was uncommonly high. I couldn’t stop laughing for a while because of that image imprinted in my head.Needless to say I also loved the scenes with all the other wallflowers and their respective husbands - it's so nice to take a peek at their married lives. *sigh*So, yes! I want to read everything by Lisa Kleypas now. Everything!more
He loves her and has loved her for years. But Daisy Bowman would never know it and Matthew Swift is determined to keep it that way. He harbors a hidden desire he must keep to himself in order to protect her from his past. What is he hiding? What is so unforgivable that he cannot profess his need for this woman, even when she beckons him with her innocent desires?As with the previous books in the series, I thoroughly enjoyed this tale, the last in Lisa Kleypas' Wallflower series. I got lost in her easy, free-flowing style and her witty sense of humour had me chuckling throughout the story. The banter between the hero and heroine was so enjoyable and hilarious that I was laughing out loud, especially during the heated "lawn bowling" game. Of course, neither character would admit defeat, something I can totally relate to. There is hope for we five foot lasses in this tale. I, only being an inch (or 2????) over five feet, could easily connect to the petite Daisy. She was a different kind of beauty, not the striking, regal vision of refinement. She was an every-day beauty....romantic and fiesty, my kind of gal. I loved how Daisy fell for Matthew, someone she never fathomed could possess all of the qualities she had sought for so long. In Matthew Swift she found someone whose presence she reveled in, even more than her precious books, someone who made her senses come alive with the brush of a fingertip, someone who accepted her for who she was, quirks and all. "Daisy rushed at him and whacked his chest with the book. She hated it that she felt so alive with him. She hated the way her senses drank in his presence like dry earth absorbing rain. She hated his handsome face and virile body, and the mouth that was more tempting than any man's mouth had a right to be."Matthew was a wonderful hero, a man with a duality of character that even women today seek. He could be a cold-hearted, aggressive businessman, very smart with a strong work ethic and a tenacious and unyielding drive to succeed. As we learn Matthew's secrets, we learn why this tenacity exists within him. Yet Matthew also possessed a gentle and playful side, easily apparent in the "goose" incident as well as his many debates with Daisy about her romantic notions of men. What I adored the most was his devotion to Daisy. He loved her for so long, secretly keeping his feelings to himself as he reveled in every glimpse of her face, every movement of her hands, every breath that she took. When a man keeps a lock of your hair in his pocket for years, knowing he could never possibly have you, I call that love and devotion. Thus, when Matthew finds himself alone with Daisy and she innocently proclaims her desire for him, he couldn't help but question this unfathomable reality. "Do you know what I want from you?" she heard him ask hoarsely. "Do you understand what's going to happen if we don't stop?" "Yes." Matthew lifted his head and gave her a doubtful glance. "I'm not as innocent as you might think," Daisy said earnestly. "I'm very well read." He turned his face away, and she had the impression he was fighting a smile. Then he looked back at her with piercing tenderness. "Daisy Bowman," he said unevenly, "I'd spend eternity in hell for one hour with you."Wow! Eternity! Sigh.....I would spend an eternity with Matthew Swift myself. And you can spend a few hours with him as well if you read this historical romance, another success by the very talented Lisa Kleypas.more
Until now, the Wallflower series has been pretty good but not 100% satisfying for me like it has been for so many other readers. Based on the ratings I've seen at various book-related sites and the fact that I rarely see it mentioned as a fan favorite, it would seem that Scandal in Spring is possibly the least favorite book for most readers of the series. As such, I wasn't sure what to expect going into it, but now that I've finished it, I'm going to go against the grain again, by saying that in my opinion, it is the best book amongst the original quartet. Both the hero and the heroine were extremely likable which wasn't necessarily the case for me with the first three books. The couple had a sweet, tender relationship with plenty of deeply romantic moments. I also felt that the characterizations were more well-drawn, or at least, the characters were more relatable for me. The secondary characters were fabulous too, and there was also some decent suspense created by the wait to see what secret Matthew was keeping and what the fall-out from it might be. I suppose the ending was a tad bit rushed, but not enough to be unsatisfying. Everything just came together to create an emotional story that is definitely a keeper for me.Although I adore Marcus (It Happened One Autumn), Matthew has at the very least, tied him, but may have nudged ahead just a bit, as my favorite hero of the series. He is probably the closest Lisa Kleypas has come to writing a beta hero, and perhaps that's why I don't see a lot of love being expressed for the character. Ms. Kleypas is known for her sexy alphas, so Matthew is something of a departure from the norm. For me, that was a good thing, because I adore betas. Matthew is also a geek. Highly intelligent and a whiz with numbers, he's a force to reckoned with in the business world. His logical nature can sometime make him seem a little cold, but underneath it all he has a very kind and sensitive heart. It was amusing how his feelings for Daisy don't quite make sense to him in the beginning, and he simply wrote them off as mere lust. Daisy and Lillian seemed to have a preconceived notion that Matthew was an uncaring, ruthless businessman who is just like their father, simply because their father likes him so much and he is so good at being his right-hand man. I could tell right from the start though that there was much more to him than meets the eye. I think it was utterly sweet that Matthew fell in love at first sight (even though he didn't recognize it as such) and had been pining for Daisy ever since. My heart just went pitter-patter when I realized how closely he had been observing her over the years, so much so that he knew every detail about her, her likes and dislikes, the difficulties she'd had with her parents and the closeness with Lillian, and most of all what a wonderful woman she was when few other people seemed to see it. I thought it was rather funny when, feeling he couldn't have her for himself, Matthew tried to “sell” her attributes to another man in hopes of helping her find a match. Much like Marcus, Matthew is a well-spring of controlled, hidden passion which when unleashed for the woman he loves is a heady brew. He was also extremely dependable and responsible, as well as brave and determined to take the measures he did to better himself after a very rocky beginning to his life. All in all, Matthew was a very admirable, and lovable hero who was more of a gentleman than many men who were born and bred for that kind of position.Daisy was a really sweet girl. I've liked her throughout the series and she has now edged out Evie as my favorite Wallflower heroine. I just adore her bookishness and her imagination which takes her on many an adventure in her head. She has a big heart that allows her to love all creatures great and small and find the good in everyone, even those people who have wronged her. In fact, I was quite surprised that she had such a low and prejudiced opinion of Matthew in the beginning. I'm not sure that enough background information was given for me to fully understand where those feelings came from, but I was pleased and proud of Daisy when she dispelled those notions pretty quickly as she got reacquainted with Matthew and started seeing the man underneath the somewhat buttoned up exterior. I thoroughly enjoyed how Daisy drove Matthew to the breaking point by trying to make him jealous and then neatly sealed the deal by being just a little naughty. Matthew may have been extremely self-controlled (which I find very sexy), but by the time Daisy was done with her little scheme, he was so close to the edge of the precipice, she could have knocked him over with a feather. I also loved how Daisy trusted Matthew implicitly, never doubting him for a minute even when the truth about his past came out. She was definitely the type of woman who stood steadfastly by her man. Daisy was just a very fun and likable character that I really enjoyed reading about.As with the other books in the series, all the Wallflowers and their husbands returned with the exception of Simon who was present in the background, but I don't remember him having any actual scenes. I couldn't have been happier to see Marcus and Lillian front and center in this one, especially Marcus. The couple experience their own blessed event while being there for Daisy and Matthew. I was keenly reminded of why I adore Marcus so much and why he is one of my favorite things about the entire series. I love how tender he was with his pregnant wife and how he was an encouragement to Daisy. Once again, he showed his magnanimity of character by intuitively recognizing that Matthew was a good man, and pledging his full support for him even before knowing his secret. Lillian, on the other hand, was being a bit irritating again. I understood her fear of “loosing” her sister if they had to be separated by thousands of miles and an ocean, but I couldn't help but be upset with her for being so unreasonable. It seemed like she didn't think Daisy was capable of making an intelligent decision on her own. Daisy had always been there for Lillian, supporting her throughout the husband-hunting, so to have Lillian truly at odds with her for the first time over Daisy's choice of a husband was rather frustrating. Lillian and Matthew did have a talk though where they both laid all their cards on the table. I love how Matthew stood up to her, and I think it was a turning point in how Lillian felt about him with her finally allowing him some grudging respect. In the end, although her turnaround was perhaps a bit abrupt, Lillian redeemed herself by standing with her sister in a united front.There were many wonderful scenes within the pages of Scandal in Spring. The intensely competitive spirit between Matthew and Daisy in the game of lawn bowling was positively hilarious and nearly had me rolling on the floor. Matthew's reaction to the parlor games was equally funny, while the kiss he gave Daisy in library afterward was bone-meltingly hot. All of their love scenes were tender and sensuous, never allowing me to doubt for a moment that they loved each other completely, even though they didn't actually admit it until some time later. They were just absolutely perfect for each other. Even the suspense surrounding Matthew's secret was a pleasant surprise, and although it was easy to figure out part of it, there ended up being more complexity to it than I was expecting which only made him all the more sympathetic. Overall, I think that Scandal in Spring had a little more depth to the story while still embodying that trademark Wallflower humor. It was a fabulous read that I had a hard time putting down and was always excited to pick back up. It has definitely earned a spot on my keeper shelf, and now I look forward to finishing up the series with A Wallflower Christmas in a couple of months.more
another lacklustre, and thankfully the last, installation for the wallflower quartet. i don't know if i just can't take too much of this author in one sitting, (i did, after all, enjoy secrets of a summer night) but all Kleypas' heroes and heroines seem to blend together after a while. meagre attempts at individuality ultimately provide stereotypes: one's dreamy, one's fiery, one's shy, one's practical, etc. they all seem to fall in love the same way, make love the same way, and enjoy very similar happily ever afters. i felt in particular that this story's plot was a copout - the hero's "disreputable" past and his efforts to keep it a secret are supposed to provide conflict, but the author forces the plot through the most desperate contortions in order to make any kind of conflict evaporate on the spot. in Scandal in Spring, everything is perfect. the hero is and has always been perfect. his angst over his past seems exaggerated and misplaced considering his is innocent of the charges that are eventually brought against him. the cast of guardian angels from the previous books are perfect and have the amazing super power of making sure everything stays perfect. i don't have a problem with happily ever afters, but none of this was remotely believable. never did I doubt that lord westcliff would be able to save the day. everything simply fell into place too easily. kleypas writes well, which is a small blessing, but that wasn't enough to get me hooked. i guess this would be the kind of book that appeals to readers with emotional attachments to the characters from previous books, who are trotted out for no other reason that i can divine except to gratify these fans. i'm beginning to think that Kleypas just isn't my cup of tea.more
Faced with the ultimatum of finding her own husband or being forced to marry Mr. Matthew Swift, Daisy Bowman stopped reading her book to take a walk down by the wishing well. The wishing well had served her ‘wallflower’ friends well, each of them were now married to a man they each loved. If only that same wish could come true for her too. Matthew Swift had watched Daisy and her family together for ten years now, he knew how her father treated her, he also knew he had no rights to her. His past prevented him from anything more than his overwhelming desire to see her and be around her. Daisy had been in England for two years now, she never realized how much someone could change is such a short amount of time. Mr. Swift was at one time a bag of bones and just like her father, but now he was different. Daisy didn’t want to like him for any reason, that would make her father happy. Another great Wallflower book from Lisa Kleypas. Daisy Bowman was a very complicated character, she loves to read her novels and she is shy but at the same time, she has such spunk and a strong will. Despite her fathers cruel treatment of her and her sister, they both are so self assured. Another strong female character. Matthews secret is well hidden till the right time, I had a few guesses, but the end result was better. The return of all the girls and their men to Stony Cross Manor was fun, to see the difference in them after marriage. Actually enjoyed seeing Lillians anger about Matthew and how everyone seemed to like him but her, hormones and her personality made for some good sparks.more
The last book in a well-written series by Kleypas. A look into the women who were wallflowers, not popular debutatnes, and the men who fell in love with them.more
Daisy has been given an ultimatum by her father, find a noble to wed within two months, or he will marry her to his Bostonian protégé, Matthew Swift. Daisy has known Mr. Swift for years, he is just like her father, ruthless, domineering and aloof, no one a free spirit such as Daisy has any interest in. However, when Mr. Swift arrives at the Westcliff he is much different than Daisy remembers. Matthew Swift has loved Daisy since meeting her years before and has never met a woman who can live up to the ideal that is her. However, as much as a marriage to Daisy is his dream come true, the truth of his past is a nightmare which will never allow them to be together.Lisa Kleypas has a reputation as being one of the best historical romance writers and after reading this story, I can see why. I truly enjoyed the story immensely, more so than Devil in Winter. Daisy and Matthew make a wonderful pair and the heat between them fairly leaps off the page. I loved their courtship, such as it was and found the ending to be quite satisfying. I would have no problem recommending this story, even to someone who has not read any other historical romances, Kleypas' works or even the first three books of the series. The story worked very well as a stand alone and does not disappoint.more
Read 9/06. I finished the last book in Lisa Kleypas's Wallflower series. I really liked this series and this was good ending for it. Note: The last scene offered a super ending to the compelete series... satsifying.After I finished Scandal in Spring... I took a moment to think about Lisa Kleypas. I don't this this is one of her best stores BUT it was entertaining and enjoyable. As far as I can remember, Lisa Kleypas always delivers a satisfying read. Dependable. She is a dependable author. I look forward to see what she comes up with next.more
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