Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
So, it's the last post of 2019 (maybe...but for now, let's say yes), and while some of you may be planning for your big night out to ring in the new year, others are plotting just how to stay cozy in their pj's and well read. I would be with the latter...once I get off work (*yay retail*)...but the well read is totally taken care of, and now yours can be too! May I present, an end of year present of sorts from author Sara Reid via Entangled Publishing, and today's BOOK BIRTHDAY title of choice...
The Sinful Wallflowers, Book 1
About the book...
Miss Katherine Danvers has always been a wallflower. But now with her family on the brink of financial ruin, she finds herself a desperate wallflower. To save her family, she'll do anything. Luckily, she has the perfect plan...
She’ll impress the ton by simply announcing she is engaged to the reclusive and mysterious Duke of Thornton, Alexander Masters, and secure strong matches for her sisters. No one has heard from the duke in years. Surely he’ll never find out before her sisters’ weddings and she can go back to her own quiet life.
Soon, though, everything is out of control. At first, it’s just a few new ball gowns on the duke’s accounts. Then it’s interviews with reporters eager for gossip. Before she knows it, Katherine has transformed herself into Kitty Danvers, charming and clever belle of the ton—with everyone eager to meet her thankfully absent fiancé.
But when the enigmatic Alexander Masters suddenly arrives in the city, dashing and oh so angry, he demands retribution. Except not in the way Katherine expected…
Oh my, my.
I do believe I may have to retire for the evening...
...because I TOTALLY have a touch of "Duke fever"!
This was a title I saw coming up on the Entangled Publishing roster and while I was biding my time trying to keep the schedule open (Cybils Awards reading starts in like 24 hours!), I knew I couldn't pass this one up. Kitty and the rest of the self-dubbed Sinful Wallflowers are such a delightful bunch of smart, beautiful, and discerning women, that, thanks to the time period they live in, are starting to consider themselves past their prime...at two and twenty. *looks aghast...does not admit own age* They chatter and plot about how to change their lots in life, and while to some it seems merely as a potential dream, two ladies are putting actions where words only formerly existed. Maryann has her own designs on things (which we follow along the way), but Kitty...well, she takes the cake!
Despite being a self-proclaimed wallflower, I think she really wore that moniker only because it was bestowed, as we see another side of her come out while the story progresses. That's not to say she isn't sweet, demure, and innocent at heart, but she also has sass, brains, and good-natured cunning to spare. All her actions were for the sake of her family...and if one looks at it from the outside, it really wasn't such a bad plan. I mean, who would have thought the illusive Duke not seen for seven years or so would all of a sudden return to the ton? How was she to know his reaction to her transgressions would be so...unusual. Could she have guessed that things would work out the way they did...for all parties involved? The answer is no to most of those questions, though she did prepare for the worst...it wasn't exactly the worst she received, and THAT made for an especially tantalizing tale indeed!
All in all, a wonderful start to a series I'm leaving room for on my future reading list. It reminds us that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that love can truly conquer all...even the most stubborn among us. Definite recommendation for Historical Fiction fans who like smart leading ladies and open minded gents willing to see just where curious situations may lead...
About the author...
Stacy [Reid] is an avid reader of novels with a deep passion for writing. She especially loves romance and adores writing about people falling in love. Stacy lives a lot in the worlds she creates and actively speaks to her characters (out loud). She has a warrior way, never give up on her dreams. When Stacy is not writing, she spends a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese anime and playing video games with her love, Dusean Nelson.
Special thanks to the Entangled Publishing team for the eARC for review! (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to score your copy today and count down the pages along with the final minutes of 2019!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!