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Overall: 9
Sensuality: 9
Historical Element: 9

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Review for Secrets of a Summer Night
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Date of Review: 11/27/04
Reviewed by: Kristi

Reviewer Comments: Ms. Kleypas new "Wallflower Series" is off to a strong start with her latest effort. Ms. Kleypas has the great ability to pen character driven reads and this story is just such an example. Simon and Annebelle are complex characters that for whatever the reason find themselves not fitting into the society that they were desirous of joining. As a result this is a push and pull type relationship that explores prejudice, and circumstances that lead our lives.

Annebelle must marry into the aristocracy in order to save her family. The problem with this is in the fact that her family can not provide her with a dowery. As a result no one wants to marry the beautiful Annebelle.

Simon Hunt is a self made man. Son of a butcher, Simon has taken his considerable talents in finance and has made himself rich beyond compare. Doors to polite society are firmly closed to him witht he rare exception of those in in peerage that are his friends, and those that owe him after he has helped them finacially. Since the first time he saw her Simon wanted Annebelle, but the stubborn lass will have nothing to do with him despite the chemistry that they share. When they find themselves at the same house party the long played cat and mouse game that they have been playing for years is about to come to a head. Will they each find what they want in the most unlikely of places with each other?

This was a strong read that will have the reader alternatly cheer and scolding both characters. Annebelle at times will try the patience of the reader, but in the end she is redeemable. Simon is a true hero for the simple fact that he never gives up on Annebelle. Although he plans on making his mistress, he soon realizes that she is more than that to him. Secondary characters such as Evie, Lillian, and Daisy (who just so happen make up the rest of the wallflowers) are great additions to the story. This story is just a sensual, and good as Ms. Kleypas' previous reads. I highly recommend that you not miss this read.



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Overall: 10
Sensuality: 9
Historical Element: 8

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Review for Secrets of a Summer Night
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Date of Review: 11/25/07
Reviewed by: RegencyGirl

Reviewer Comments: Kleypas writes the first of a strong 4 book series about four wallflowers seeking love. Annabelle Peyton is a protagonist that any reader could fall in love with. Her charm, beauty and intelligence radiate throughout the story, ensnaring the readers as much as she ensnares her beau, Simon Hunt. With a male lead character who is not apart of the aristocracy, is charming, strong, intelligent and self assured, the readers are introduced to a series of males who are wicked yet honorable from start to end - until they meet Sebastian of course. However, the most thrilling part of the series is that each character is seen in all 4 of the books, allowing each reader to continually get more until they are fully satisfied with the series end. Kleypas' characters are strong, witty, and the type that anyone would want to have as a friend or aquaintance. Her writing is fluid, includes enough historical fact to leave the reader satisfied, but not too much that one is paying more attention to detail than the story. All in all, a must own for any fan of English Historical Romance.



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