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Temptations of a Wallflower: The Wicked Quills of London (udgave 2016)

af Eva Leigh (Forfatter)

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"In society circles she's known as the Watching Wallflower--shy, quiet, and certainly never scandalous. Yet beneath Lady Sarah Frampton's demure façade hides the mind of the Lady of Dubious Quality, author of the most titillating erotic fiction the ton has ever seen. Sarah knows discovery would lead to her ruin, but marriage--to a vicar, no less--could help protect her from slander. An especially tempting option when the clergyman in question is the handsome, intriguing Jeremy Cleland."--Back cover.… (mere)
Medlem:LoriFayre
Titel:Temptations of a Wallflower: The Wicked Quills of London
Forfattere:Eva Leigh (Forfatter)
Info:Avon (2016), 374 pages
Samlinger:Skal læses
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i was thinking about it earlier, and it always seems like i have more to say when i don't like a book than when i do. i think it all goes back to that fact that i know better what i don't like vs what i do. or, at the very least i know how to phrase my dislikes better.

this book was recommended by a dear friend who also happens to write romance novels. she said look, yknow, chelsea it's got everything: priests, romance, the hero is that guy who you're also using as a face character for a priest... you should read it. i, never one to pass up a book recommendation, ran off to kindle and was delighted to find that it was only $2.99 (which appealed to my parsimonious scottish/french canadian soul) and i snapped it up.

i'm gunna say that the first 20% or so of this book was pretty decent buildup. they set up lady sarah and jeremy pretty well and i was digging their romance and not much else. the premise? some crusty old man (jeremy's father) finds out that someone is writing steamy romance novels under the somewhat shitty pen name "the lady of dubious quality" and wants his youngest son (jeremy, also a vicar but like COE because we can't have someone breaking their vows of celibacy no matter how horny the author is for priests) to go and track this horrible woman down for writing something that will corrupt the public.

honestly? what the fuck? i think that's where i first went "huh?" honestly? and "the lady of dubious quality?" just pick a name. any name. make something up. don't use something that makes you sound like a third rate porn star with an aristocracy fetish. anyways, this is where it started to derail for me. there was lots of delicate flirting, which is super nice, but not enough to keep me engaged.

and then some tittering fops invite sarah and jeremy to an exhibition of erotic far eastern art and sarah is all like "oh if we don't stay they'll win!!one1!" ma'am, please. there are other ways to prove your point than dragging that anglican priest you have a lady boner for through a naughty picture gallery in hopes that your fake friends will somehow respect you for it. that scene was, uh, ill-conceived.

AND THEN we get to the masked club thing. i am perfectly willing to accept the existence of club where you put on a mask and sleep with strangers for fun. what i'm not willing to accept is an author building up this event to an almost mythical degree and getting both hero and heroine there and then having...... fuck all happen. i didn't expect them to participate in a mad orgy, but i was still disappointed.

after that i just kinda... lost interest. i stopped reading when sarah found out something was looking for her and thought to herself that a married woman could get away with more so she ran off, presumably to propose to a certain poor beleaguered priest who doesn't know what's going on but gets a boner every time he thinks about her.

i know a little about how this book ends and, honestly, nah fam. i wasn't going to slog through the last half of the book for a poor emotional payoff. so, onto the next. ( )
  cthuwu | Jul 28, 2021 |
I am caught in the rapture that is Eva Leigh. Her Wicked Quills of London novels were the bait that reeled me in. Fascinating femme fetales willing to risk it all. Loved it. I received an ARC of Temptations of A Wallflower in exchange for an honest review. Sarah is beautiful smart and quiet, The perfect match for Jeremy who prides himself on his upstanding image. But behind the facade of this convenient union lies deception and heartbreak.

Temptations of a Wallflower did have a few hiccups along the way. It started off slow and was hard to follow at times but that was not enough to turn me away. The good outweighed the bad. If you love complex characters this is the book for you.

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  Lashea677 | Feb 16, 2019 |
There were passages that I just wanted to clip out and photocopy to hand to all the Romance nay-sayers out there. Leigh, through the character of Sarah, articulately enumerates the ways in which Romance is important and empowering to readers as well as writers of the genre. ( )
  BillieBook | Apr 1, 2018 |
The Wicked Quills of London series has been so much fun! Eva Leigh has gone on my auto-buy list for her steamy, modern historical romances with great dialogue, engaging characters, and entertaining storylines. The latest installment, [b:Temptations of a Wallflower|26029537|Temptations of a Wallflower (The Wicked Quills of London, #3)|Eva Leigh|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1445188668s/26029537.jpg|45955319], involves a sensual vicar and a virginal erotic romance author. Say what???? It worked, trust me.

Lady Sarah Frampton, daughter of a duke and near spinster, is writing erotic romance under the nom de plume, A Lady of Dubious Quality. Writing is in Sarah's blood... she is compelled to do it. A curious mind and wonderful imagination has allowed Sarah to create steamy passion, even though she has not experienced any passion herself. In fact, Lady Sarah has not really been inspired by any of the men she has met... until the day she spies a handsome vicar with a delicious earthy aura. I loved Lady Sarah and had a wonderful connection to her character. She made me laugh, cry, and squirm in my seat. She is one of the rare heroine's who rallied me to her side over the hero when there was relationship strife.

Jeremy Cleland is a country vicar and third son of a demanding duke. The duke maintains control over his family... having one son as his heir, one son for a noble profession (the law), and the last son for the church. While Jeremy enjoys helping people, he was not overjoyed about his livelihood being dictated, but can't stand up to his father. Normally I do not go for these type of beta male heroes, but I loved Jeremy as well. Rooting for this vicar to burst out of his cleric's clothes and ravish our heroine was delightfully naughty. Leigh gave Jeremy a dichotomous nature... he was at times awkward and shy, but then had this earthy sensual side that was trying to break free from years of suppression.

The romance of the story built nicely, and I liked that we got to see Jeremy and Sarah during the lead up and after the marriage. However, Jeremy's father the duke is a moral highroller and he has tasked Jeremy with exposing the Lady of Dubious Quality. As you can imagine, this has disastrous consequences for our romance and marriage, and I was riveted when the drama started unfolding. This was the part where I was firmly on Sarah's side... and Leigh did a fabulous job at making this a more emotional matter rather than just throwing out drama and having the H/h fight and be annoying. I was laying in bed at 2am with tears running down my face for Sarah's plight.

If you haven't experienced the Wicked Quills, I encourage you to put it on your TBR Soon list. All of the heroines in the series have been engaged in the writing profession in different ways, and I have enjoyed following each of their creative processes. The heroes have been just as engaging, even the unexpected ones like our vicar!

I received an advanced copy of this book from Avon Romance via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 4 stars / 4 flames. ( )
  Bambi_Unbridled | May 28, 2016 |
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Temptations of a Wallflower (The Wicked Quills of London, #3) . . .
Sinfully. Scandalously. Sexy. Regency at its best. Wicked Quills. Wicked Wallflowers. Clergy and Wallflower/Author. Will there be a future? One trying to hide the truth. The other trying to discover the truth.

I was ready for this ride. Well I thought I was ready for this one. I found much in these pages that kept me turning the next page and then the next page. Can someone shout WICKED indeed. Lady Sarash Frampton was not demure miss in reality. She was the pen behind London's Lady of Quality, most wicked pen in erotic fiction. Keeping that under wraps was her goal. Marrying clergy was the way to keep it that way.

Jeremy was giving a job by his prestigious family. Find the author. Expose the author. Never every would he have expected, guessed or even pondered that his demure, quite wife would be the one he seek.

I tell you this will be enjoyable from the turning of the first page all the way to the end. You will have a ride that will make the trip so worth the price paid. I have no option but to go out and get the first two novels in The Wicked Quills of London series.
**This ARC was provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.** ( )
  thebookjunkiereads | May 1, 2016 |
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"In society circles she's known as the Watching Wallflower--shy, quiet, and certainly never scandalous. Yet beneath Lady Sarah Frampton's demure façade hides the mind of the Lady of Dubious Quality, author of the most titillating erotic fiction the ton has ever seen. Sarah knows discovery would lead to her ruin, but marriage--to a vicar, no less--could help protect her from slander. An especially tempting option when the clergyman in question is the handsome, intriguing Jeremy Cleland."--Back cover.

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