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Temptations of a wallflower by Eva Leigh

Temptations of a wallflower (edition 2016)

by Eva Leigh, Eva Christenson (Narrator.)

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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.… (more)
Title:Temptations of a wallflower
Authors:Eva Leigh
Other authors:Eva Christenson (Narrator.)
Info:[United States] : Harper Collins Publishers, 2016.
Collections:Your library
Tags:audio-books, historical-fiction, romance-and-chick-lit

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Temptations of a Wallflower by Eva Leigh


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Maybe even 3.5 stars, but I can't quite round up. The dialogue and descriptions are pretty good, and the premise of the book is good, but the part in-between the macro and micro, the individual plot points and how they're strung together, were kinda weak in my opinion. Many felt like they were shoe-horned in not because they made sense for the characters and scenario, but purely because the author already knew where she wanted things to end up and then was trying to twist events toward that direction but didn't entirely succeed. How he concluded with complete certainty that the 'woman in gold' was the writer... What?? His reasoning was a preposterously ridiculous leap! And he's supposed to be a scholar too. I'm sure Leigh wanted him to have another lead to follow so she tried to contrive circumstances that would provide it. But honestly, it would have been preferable to say he just felt a hunch in his bones or something rather than use that faulty logic! It's not the end of the world or anything, but it made it so that frequently I was pulled out of the story to focus on its construction rather than the story itself. Additionally, I had been enjoying the hero, but was quite disappointed in his reaction when 'the secret was revealed'. I wasn't particularly surprised, events almost always play out with great drama in these stories, but this seemed particularly wrong for him. Again, like it was done not because it was organically how his character would respond, but because a predetermined formula necessitated a poor reaction so they could overcome and have makeup sex later. =P =D ( )
  JorgeousJotts | Dec 3, 2021 |
dnf @ 47%

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 |
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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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