Winning the Wallflower (Fairy Tales #2.5)
It could only happen in a fairy tale.
Lady Lucy Towerton:
Plain and tall. (According to the lady herself.)
Titled and irreproachably proper. (According to her fiancé.)
Until, overnight, she becomes
Lady Lucy Towerton:
Heiress. (Thanks to an aged aunt’s bequest.)
Belle of the ball. (So say the fortune hunters of the ton.)
In charge of her own destiny (finally!), Lucy breaks her en...more
This was a wonderful little story about a girl who feels tall and awkward, so when the most handsome man in Society asked her to marry him-even though she knew it was because she couldn't say no (she thinks she has no prospects), and she knew he needed her title (his mother caused a scandal when she was younger by marrying beneath her station)- Lucy says yes.
Cyrus has a Plan, that's Plan with a capital "P." Nothing on his list involves any form...more
A sweet, charming novella. The plot is a simple and straight-forward. Given that it's a novella, that's to be expected, but it's why I prefer longer stories, but given the length, it's delightful.
Sometimes I don't mind a little incorrectness in a historical romance. So what if it isn't accurate and the heroine blurts out some phrases that nobody back then would have understood? Does the story flow? Do you want to read just one more line? Then it's a good book! Job well done! :)
I like romance novels now and again. I like them to be a bit steamy even. I LOVE historical romance novels. So when I stumbled...more
The plot was solid. The wallflower chosen almost at random to marry a man with aspirations of recovering his title. When her financial station abruptly changes, her prospects improve. She no longer has to settle for the social climber.
That is precisely when her betrothed realizes what he has lost.
I sort of felt like I w...more
Lady Lucy Towerton has been made fun of all her life. She’s tall and thin and knows that her prospects of marriage are slim. Her title-hungry parents (especially her mother) know this too, and finally agree to the proposal of one dashingly handsome Mr. Cyrus Ptolemy Ravensthorpe. However, despite his good looks that have many young women drooling, Cyrus is emotionally unavailable, seeking his own goal-driven “Plan” of regaining a place in society (primarily for the...more
Favorite parts of the novella:
Lucy--great character. I loved how she ended up coming into her own an...more
What was truly diabolical, though, was the inclusion of the first three chapters of each of the other books in the "Fairy Tales" series. I've ordered all that are available now and I'll be gorging myself on smart heroines and difficult heroes for the holidays.
Before reading book three, The Duke is Mine, I suggest reading the novella Winning the Wallflower. The heroine of book three, Olivia, attends a ball with her friend Lucy. Lucy has just been bequeathed a fortune from one of her relatives and is now free to look for a better engagement for herself. Lucy's problem though is that she's extremely tall and not very confident in herself. She is engaged to a man of trade...more
I'm giving it three stars just because I like Eloisa James so much. really I should probably just give it 2 sta...more
Lucy is a wallflower…and not your average wallflower…she’s a tall wallflower! Poor Lucy, always the source of despair for her title hungry mother. Lucy is engaged to marry a non-titled man, one Cyrus Ravensthorpe, whom her mother hates! Never mind he’s the handsomest man in the Ton! But Lucy is unhappy in her engagement to Cyrus because he doesn’t talk to her, doesn’t take...more
I’m not sure why people have labeled this book as historical romance. Yes, there is romance. Yes, it seems to take place in the Regency period, but other than the setting there is nothing historical about this novel. Not to mention it’s part of the Fairy Tale Series, which tells you right there this is not historical. That’s neither here or there, but I just wanted to put it out there for anyone who expects a historical novel.
This novella was charming and funny…a typical Eloisa James st...more
But then Lucy inherits her aunt's fortune and it seems certain that she will dump her fiance for a higher title.
Lucy decides that she doesn't want to be marrie...more
I could understand where Lucy came from up to a point, being tall myself, and I enjoyed seeing her finally assert herself and honestly speak her mind. Cyrus lives his life following his strict plans, but this time, he realizes planning will not get him what he wants.
Lucy and Cyrus both are likable characters, especially when they ge...more
Lucy is a fun character who I related to quickly. I loved her sense of humor and way of looking at society. I fell in love with Cyrus from the very beginning...I have a soft spot for obtuse heroes. It was alot of fun watching him figure out how much of a prize Lucy was and how he could truly win her.
We are also in...more
Short, enjoyable but not a must read before you die.
Great dialogue and flirting between the main characters, Lucy and Cyrus. Cyrus knows what he wants and is driven to succeed in his goals. He’s the logical, no nonsense type and initially doesn’t bother with feelings. Lucy is a wallflower who eventually realizes she doesn’t have to settle for a man she’s not interested in. I really like both characters.
This was short, around 100 pages on my e-reader. I wish th...more
This is meant to serve as an introduction into the third book in Eloisa James’ Fairy Tales series. (I’ll be reviewing The Duke is Mine soon!) For me, it did so much more. The characters in Winning the Wallflower were so well...more
Lucy is a wallflower who were engaged with Cyrus. Cyrus picked her because he thinks she suits his purpose in life, to bring back respectability to his family by marrying an aristocrat.
While Lucy is half in love with Cyrus and want to marry him just to avoid being the wallflower.
But six weeks after the engagement was announced, Lucy got her inheritance and makes her an heiress. Thus changing their relationship in a night. She no longer needs to marry Cyrus, she can marry...more
After reading The Duke Is Mine (#3 in her Fairy Tales series), I wasn't chomping at the bit to jump back into that world. I didn't find the last book's characters all that fascinating, and there was such a slim connection to the fairytale that I felt kind of ripped off. This book wasn't much different in terms of the 'fairytale' part. I still have no idea if it was based on any particular one, 'cause it seemed more like a general Poor Girl Gets Some Money kind of story to me.
But at lea...more
No surprise then, that I loved this story. Yes, it's yet another take on the tall, beanpole-ish wallflower and the breathtakingly handsome suitor - but it is wonderfully written, with enough differenc...more
I enjoyed both Lucy and Cyrus. I thought they were both likeable characters. Lucy and Cyrus are engaged. Cyrus plans on marrying Lucy because he wants someone respectable and someone who would never cause a scandal. This is all due to the fact that his mother caused a HUGE scandal when she ran off and married the familiy lawyer, so he's trying to "redeem" the fa...more
Her erstwhile fiance, who had seen her as merely one of the steps in his plan to regain the place in society his mother lost when she ran off to Gretna Green with his father, realizes that she is an actual person with thoughts and opinions and an aversion to a properly planned...more
SHE is tall, she thinks TOO tall...she IS a wallflower.
Which is why HE chooses to propose to her.
HE doesn't want "fuss" in his life. Surely this tall woman, who sits along the walls won't EVER be a scandal in his life.
That was before Lucy received a HUGE inheritance...and her mother insists she dump Cyrus...
But she doesn't WANT to, he's gorgeous...and she's attracted.
She kisses him...and WOWZA...he kisses her back...and he's knocked asunder...then she dumps him...
Heroine is an ugly duckling (or so she believes) -- is too tall, too intelligent, feet too large. Generally does not fit the mold of the ideal debutante in London society.
BUT she has a fiance. She thinks he is way too handsome for her, and he has never shown that he is attracted to her in any way.
When she receives an unexpected inheritance, her mother plots for her to throw over the fiance and set her sights higher. Her mother wants her to...more
I really liked Lucy's character. She is very insecure of her looks mainly because of her height, which has driven many men away from her. When she breaks free of her insecurities, her confidence draws the attention of many men including her ex-fiance.
I was attracted to Cyrus because he is filthy rich and as handsome as a God! I was willing to overlook the fact that he was cold and calculating. His possessiveness of Lucy kind of scared me though.