"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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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
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.
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