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Review: Winning the Wallflower by Eloisa James

Cover of Winning the Wallflower by Eloisa James

A prequel to Eloisa James’  book “The Duke is Mine”, “Winning the Wallflower” is about a woman learning the value of herself and overcoming her perceived faults.

Lady Lucy Towerton is tall, very tall and has cruelly nicknamed the Leaning Tower by the Duke of Pole. Luckily after three years on the marriage block the handsome, wealthy and very tall Mr. Ravensthorpe has asked for her hand. Though it is widely known that he is merely marrying to become more respectable, but Lucy is smitten with him anyway.

Cyrus Ravensthorpe picked Lucy to be his bride because of her noble birth and perpetual wallflower status. Wallflowers do not create gossip, and for his plans to work, Ravensthorpe cannot be attached to any more scandals.

Then suddenly Lucy inherits a fortune and is ordered by her family to end her engagement to the delectable Mr. Ravensthorpe. In an attempt to save her betrothal, Lucy plans to be caught in a compromising position with her very proper fiancé.  But when she realizes that Cyrus selected her in same fashion as one would choose a hat, she ends it. This one-sided relationship is no longer acceptable. She deserves more than what he is giving her.

For Ravensthorpe, Lucy’s ranting and raving was a revelation. Instead of blending into the background she was now vividly apparent to him and he had to win her back.

“Winning the Wallflower” is a take every girl dreams happening to them. The most handsome man in the world realizes he unappreciated you and goes about to rectify his mistake in the most romantic–and completely him–ways because he loves you just the way you are.

Eloisa James is able to weave a story that is both romantic, sweet and sentimental. The beginning really sets an amusing tone that makes you want to know how Cyrus plans to woo Lucy.

Where the novella begins to fall short is towards the end. The storytelling becomes more summary even going so far as having the annoying Duke of Pole get his comeuppance relegated to a near footnote.  But this shortfall is not enough to detract from the novella.

“Winning the Wallflower” is a charming and quick read. At $0.99 this e-book exclusive novella is a must-have for any fan of Eloisa James and deserves thorough consideration for historical romance fans.


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Sexy Hump Day 23 – Irish

I realized last week’s Hump Day should have probably been Irish-centric. So to make up for that… Here’s some Irish lads you’d want to make you lucky.

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Sexy Hump Day 22: More Cowboys

To be completely honest, I have a teeny-weeny little thing for cowboys. It’s something about the drawl, the hat and the tough guy persona that is just sexy. And since it is my birthday on Friday (and I’m inching closer and closer to spinsterhood if my family is to be believed) I figured what better time to indulge in a bit of cowboy ogling. Enjoy!


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The Romance Reviews’ 1st Anniversary Party


One of the sites I review at  The Romance Reviews is having its   First Anniversary Party!

Everyday you can answer questions and be entered to win great prizes like free e-books and gift cards with the grand prize being a $100 Amazon gift card to bulk up your bookshelves.

But before you rush off to play, you need to register and be logged in at TRR before you can play the game. Registration is free and easy. Good luck and have fun!

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Review: Trouble at the Wedding


Rich, Southern heiress Miss Annabel Wheaton is looking to avoid love. She is looking for acceptance from the high society matrons that call her “new-moneyed, white trash” behind her back. But if she marries the Earl of Rumsford, Annabel will gain the prestige and respectability she needs to help her family gain a place in society. Her only problem is Christian Du Quesne, Duke of Scarsborough.

Paid off by Annabel’s uncle, Christian tries to convince the stubborn heiress that she is too good for the pompous philandering earl. All he has to do is stop a wedding, but the beautiful heiress could be worth much more than any sum of money.

Third in Guhrke’s “Abandoned at the Altar” series, Trouble at the Wedding is set at the turn of the century on an ocean liner. The initial  spark and emotional build-up between the hero and heroine shines. Annabel is no shy wallflower. She is a whip-smart woman who isn’t afraid to take charge and get what she wants.

In turn Christian is a charmer who has responsibly thrust upon him after his older brother dies. He is a man with a plan and little  else.  He needs the money Annabel’s uncle is offering, but he also wants to dissuade her because her betrothed is a lecherous person.  He is a good man who believes himself to be useless.

Whenever Annabel and Christian meet the reader feels the chemistry and tension leap off the page. Their interactions are fun and engaging and make you want to turn the page.

Unfortunately, this enthralling build of emotion does not endure. The story begins to feel generic and average, and after a fantastic start, makes the whole novel seem merely passable due to the spark leaving the relationship toward the end.

In the end Trouble at the Wedding is an okay book. It has its good points and its rather lackluster ones as well.

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Sexy Hump Day 21 Black History Month


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Part VIII of Hot Black Hunks - Muscle God Of Ebony


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