Author: Lisa Kleypas
Series: Wallflowers #2
Published by: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 13, 2009
Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.
It happened at the ball...
Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren't entirely "the thing." And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London's most eligible aristocrat.
It happened in the garden...
When Marcus shockingly—and dangerously—swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn't even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed...thank goodness they weren't caught very nearly in the act!
It happened one autumn...
Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable...as his bride?
My first Kleypas book! I wanted to read one of her books for the longest time, and I finally pulled the trigger. I don’t read historical romance often, so I try to make sure it’s going to be a good one when I actually do. I’ve heard great things about Kleypas, so a lot of thought went into which of her books I’d start with. Thanks to a few suggestions from Renee @ Addicted to Romance, It Happened One Autumn made the cut. I’m glad it did, because I adore the hell out of it!
This book has everything I love:
1. Feisty & witty heroine who would rather go on an adventure than to a stuffy ball.
2. A stoic & uptight hero who is completely swoon-worthy.
3. A hate-to-love romance filled with undeniable chemistry & delicious banter.
4. Fun secondary characters I want more of!
5. Humor. Oh, yeah, love me some humor.
6. Leaves a smile on my face.
Seriously, Lillian and Marcus are so much fun! Hell, the whole cast of characters are. Even though this is the second book in the Wallflowers series, I still got a good sense of all the other characters that overlap. I was especially smitten with Sebastian, who is the hero of the third book. He pissed me off towards the end, so he has a lot of atoning to do. Like, majorly.
Overall, great book! Guess I’ll have to read this genre more often, because I definitely need more Kleypas in my life.
Scene between Marcus & his sister regarding Lillian:
“So are you, dear,” Livia murmured.
He ignored that. “She’s domineering.”
“As are you.”
“Also you,” Livia said brightly.
Marcus glowered at her. “I thought we were discussing Miss Bowman’s faults, not mine.”
“But you seem to have so much in common,” Livia protested rather too innocently.