Desejo Subtil (Wallflowers, #1)
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Quatro jovens da sociedade elegante de Londres partilham um objetivo comum: usar os seus encantos femininos para arranjarem marido. E assim nasce um ousado esquema de sedução e conquista. A delicada aristocrata Annabelle Peyton, determinada a salvar a família da desgraça, decide usar a sua beleza e inteligência para seduzir um nobre endinheirado. Mas o admirador mais intri...more
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Published March 29th 2012 by 5 Sentidos (Porto Editora) (first published October 26th 2004)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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Auntee
Jul 20, 2010 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves historicals
First of all, a big fat boot in the rear (to me) for letting this gem languish in the TBR for so long! Why am I so stubborn? So I have drifted away from historicals, but c'mon, this is Kleypas--I should've known better! I've loved so many of her books, and her heroes are some of my all time favorite romance heroes (Zachary Bronson, Jack Devlin, Derek Craven)--now I can add one more to the list--the deliciously sexy Simon Hunt (be still my heart)! I loved this guy! Talk about swoon-worthy! I'm te...more
Ronyell
Why is it every time that I read a book by Lisa Kleypas, I am always so into the characters and the situations that surrounds them? Well, the answer to that is that Lisa Kleypas is clearly a brilliant romance writer and reading many of her books has been an awesome experience that I have enjoyed doing over and over again! This time, I have read the first book in Lisa Kleypas’ “Wallflower” series called “Secrets of a Summer Night” and it is surely full of drama, thrills and hot romance that will...more
Shawna
5+ stars – Historical Romance

This is a great start to a fun, dazzlingly romantic series about four young ladies with very different personalities and backgrounds entering society who form a deep bond of friendship that grounds them as they traverse the rocky course of relationships and husband hunting in stuffy Victorian era England.

Beautiful Annabelle Peyton is determined to find a wealthy suitor with a high position in society to wed in order to save her family from financial ruin. Simon Hunt...more
Eastofoz
What a fabulous read! It's an incredibly romantic book :)

Here you have sexy Simon Hunt who has been pursuing a very poor Annabelle for years but in a very roundabout kind of way. He's like a little boy yanking on a girl's ponytail claiming to want to bug her but really just dying to be near her. He's so mean to her at the beginning, mocking her that she's a wallflower during the parties and she should be grateful that at least he comes to ask her to dance--but she refuses and basically tells him...more
Julianna
Feb 17, 2011 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historcal Romance or Lisa Kleypas
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"4.5 stars" After reading numerous rave reviews, I have been quite anxious to start Lisa Kleypas' Wallflowers series. However, when I first began Secrets of a Summer Night, I found myself wondering if I was going to like it as much as some of Ms. Kleypas' other works. Initially, the story had a much lighter feel than the author's other books I had read to date, with the relationship between the Wallflowers seeming a little like chick-lit (not exactly my favorite genre) in...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
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Miss Annabelle Payton, Miss Lillian Bowman, Miss Evangeline Jenner and Miss Daisy Bowman are regular sights at the peripheral of a ballroom. With each young lady having oddities and foibles that make them untenable to the bachelors of the ton. However, they strike up an unlikely friendship each vowing to help the others out to find a husband by means fair and foul. With the beautiful and spirited Annabelle being the first...

Miss Annabelle P...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

My Review::

This was a very easy, enjoyable read and though it seemed to drag in the beginning, I did learn things about class distinction that I had not been aware of.

I am adding Simon Hunt to my rapidly growing list of favorite heroes, but I can't tell you how many times I wanted to kick Annabelle to the curb. Hmmm...did they have curbs back then? Well, if the did she would have found herself sitting on one had I had my way.

I enjoyed the devious banter between the wallflowers, Annabelle, Lilli...more
Lisa Kay
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Good Gravy Beans...this book is good. I've been having a few major problems with my house remodel, and this book - always my favorite of the Wallflower series, saved my sanity! I popped this book in my ears b/c it was loaded on my iPod and it has helped me get through a rough couple of days. LOVE Simon & Annabelle's story. Love how Simon is attracted to Annabelle at the beginning, and pursues her...but also comes to truly love her. Love how Annabell...more
AH
Lisa Kleypas has a way with words. She takes them, and crafts them, and creates an incredible story that transports the reader back in time. And while the reader is swept back to the mid-1800, something else happens: it is almost impossible to put the book down. I started reading Secrets of a Summer Night yesterday afternoon. Yesterday evening as my eyes grew heavy, I had to, just had to, finish the book.

Annabelle, Daisy, Lillian, and Evie have been wallflowers for the last few seasons. The girl...more
Amy (Foxy)
HUSBAND HUNTERS
In London (1843) a pact is made between 4 wallflowers. They will help each other find husbands starting with the oldest and working down to the youngest.

(1) Annabelle is the oldest of the pact. The passing of her father has left her mom, younger brother and her with no money. ”No one wants to marry a girl without a dowry.”
(2) Lillian is a rich American who has not acclimated to England.
(3) Evie is painfully shy and stutters.
(4) Daisy is the younger sister to Lillian.

Simon Hunt...more
Jen
I've put off reading this series for so long and I have no idea why! I read the Hathaway books and thought nothing in the HR world could compare. Was I being a tad too judgmental? Maybe. Am I questioning my fierce love of the Hathaway clan? Hell no! Cam's a delicious bit of man and remains to this day one of my favorite book boyfriends.

That being said, I'm adding Simon Hunt to that list. Tall, dark, brooding and "commanding" in certain areas of his life *ahem*. Oh hell yes! Annabelle was a fanta...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
4.5 stars

I am new to Lisa Kleypas and I really enjoyed Again the Magic, so I dove right on into the Wallflowers series.

What a great writer Lisa Kleypas is. She hooked me from the get-go and she didn't release me until 1:00 am!

I think that there are some really great reviews of this book out there, so mine will be more just about what I liked/disliked about this book.

There might be some spoilers, I haven't decided yet.

I liked Annabelle, and I loved the Wallflowers. The four girls Annabelle, Ev...more
Jasmin
Aug 07, 2010 Jasmin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who wants a good romantic read
"Everytime I see you," he murmured,"I think you couldn't possibly become any more beautiful - and you always prove me wrong." Simon Hunt to Annabelle Peyton

"Everytime I read a Kleypas," I murmer, "I think you couldn't possibly become even better - and you always prove me wrong." Jasmin, yours truly to Lisa Kleypas


Secrets of a Summer Night, the first book in the Wallflower series by Lisa Kleypas is a touching story of love that would make you believe that two people as different as the sun and...more
Leah
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Mel
Secrets of a summer night is the first in the Wallflowers series by Lisa Kleypas.
This book told me:
1) much about the peerage: and how the upper ranks of British nobility were organized
2) that historical romance is not really my thing.

The thing is: I like my romance with an edge (JR Ward) or with lots of humor (Kresley Cole) and with this book I had to plow through quite a lot of flowery speech, much ado about nothing and blushing over exposed ankles and the likes.
My lack of patience might ha...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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Mahyar
Wow – Were historical books always this good? Why did I ever think they’re boring? Damn:

(Possible spoilers)

Annabelle’s attempts at finding–or rather trapping–a husband were annoying yet hilarious. Were girls really that desperate back then? LOL. Only when she admitted her feelings for Simon, did I start to like her. And Simon, the loving, caring and extremely kind husband, is so going to be on my list of favorite leading men(My personal list *wink*, not on GR.) Though appeared cold at first, he...more
valee
This book was really something I wasn't expecting. I adore it. Straight to my faves, a must read for romance lovers.

I couldn't stop reading it, I read the hole book in a day, so good that now I'll run to get the next. Here is a new Lisa Keyplas fan.
Rane
The first in the wallflower series and a great and delightful read.

While many of LK’s books have some deal and have darker tones in them, this was much lighter, although there was a villain and a few troubles along the way for the h/h it never dug itself into darker waters.

Simon at first comes across as mysterious then a alpha male with the thought of only making Annabelle his mistress (me-Simon-you-MY-mistress) Simon is shown more of a man’s man, working his way up the ladder in a world that...more
Zeek
I'm not always a huge fan of Kleypas. Her pacing is simply to slow for me. She tends to meander through her stories until I'm ready to scream "GET ON WITH IT!", secrets of a Summer Night, the first of the series, was no exception. Don't get me wrong, I loved the characters, Simon, the hero, was perfectly yummy and alpha enough to please even me. The girls endeared me as well. I enjoyed reading about their friendship and literally laughed at loud at some of their antics. (The game of "rounders" i...more
Didi
**** 3.5 STARS ****

I didn't enjoy it as much as some of her others, but I found the class distinctions and politics of that day concerning one's weight in society very interesting.
I love the way LK writes, she's become one of my favourite authors, we're talking top three. She writes beautifully and poignantly.
I liked Simon, and especially liked that he didn't care what anyone thought. I couldn't understand why Marcus hated Annabelle so much for the majority of the book. Or anyone else for that...more
Taryn at My Secret Romance
I am absolutely head over heels in love with this author, er...I mean her books! :) Review will come later since I am too wrapped up in this series to do it now. I am so glad that I decided at the last minute to buy all her books in paperback and hardcover instead of on my kindle.

I woke up one day with this urge to read a Historical Romance novel. It really came out of no where. So I tried 3 different ones and couldn't stand any of them. One was so long and written in a way that I've never seen...more
Sarah
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Aure - http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Since the death of her father Annabelle's family finances have been getting steadily worse and it has now reached the point where her only option is to find a husband who can support them. Unfortunately after four seasons in London she has yet to find a member of the aris...more
K.
Okay, I know I should put this re-rating on the audiobook (as my initial rating of 3* is for the paperback ... but I'm upgrading my original rating to 4* instead. Rosalyn Landor gave me a whole new vibe on the heroine which deserves an upgrade. She brought her to life in a way that I could be an "observer" and not judge her so harshly! This audiobook is definitely a keeper (and ironically ... I still have the paperback as I just couldn't let go of this wonderful series regardless of how much I d...more
Beth F.
I would have laughed if you told me I'd someday read a regency romance with a snakebite scene. Goes to show how little I know about adders.

Oh well.

Anyway, Simon Hunt was divine. I'd watch him take a shower. But Annabelle was a brat. The well endowed bank account comments left me feeling embarrassed for her.
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
I absolutely loved this book. This was the first time in a long time I've read a historical romance and it just swept me off my feet, it was that lovely. Definitely a delightful break to the paranormal genre I find myself reading all the time.

The series revolves around four unwed women who call themselves 'wallflowers' and intend to gather their wits to find a husband for each. -Thinking about those times I realized I'm well away from the point of being even a wallflower- Getting back to the boo...more
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May 09, 2011 ♥ Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers
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This was a beautiful light read. Although a little slow to begin, it was still able to pull you in on the notion that there were better things to come.

So some things did annoy me. Firstly it took two years, thats right TWO YEARS for Annabelle to realize that Simon Hunt wasn't the scum of the earth and in fact a damn fine lookin' man with wealth that none of those stupid old decrepit earls had. I just felt like throttling the woman!

But it is such an eye ope...more
Carolyn F.
Audiobook.

4 stars this time. I liked it, but wasn't as in love as I was previously. Wonderful book! On my first read I thought it was romantic how he took care of her when she was injured, which I still do but as I'm listening to it, I'm taking the heroine's side more on this because up until a little more than halfway of the book he only wanted her to become his kept woman and not his wife. I can see why she didn't want this and was hoping for something better. I don't remember the first readi...more
Fani
I really, really liked this book. Based on other reviews, I was expecting to dislike Annabelle who was described as too cold and proper, but in the end I liked her very much. Perhaps because I had just read a book about a REALLY cold heroine, so Annabelle was warm as an oven in comparison:)

Simon and Annabelle meet and there's instant attraction between them. However, Annabelle is looking for a rich, titled husband and while Simon fits the fitst criteria, he fails in the second. Fast forward 3 y...more
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LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.
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“Having regrets is the only sign that you’ve done anything interesting with your life.” 119 likes
“Annabelle’s eyes stung as she stared at him, while need and inexhaustible tenderness gathered like an ache in her body. “I realized something,” she said huskily, “when I was standing outside the foundry, watching it burn and knowing you were inside.” She swallowed hard against the thickness in her throat. “I would rather have died in your arms, Simon, than face a lifetime without you. All those endless years… all those winters, summers… a hundred seasons of wanting you and never having you. Growing old, while you stayed eternally young in my memories.” She bit her lip and shook her head, while her eyes flooded. “I was wrong when I told you that I didn’t know where I belonged. I do. With you, Simon. Nothing matters except being with you. You’re stuck with me forever, and I’ll never listen when you tell me to go.” She managed a tremulous smile. “So you may as well stop complaining and resign yourself to it.” 87 likes
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