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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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 29th 2012 by 5 Sentidos (Porto Editora) (first published 2004)
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Evelyn Her father was Mr. Peyton. ( I don't think his first name is mentioned). He died 6 years prior to the story. I don't think Annabelle and her family…moreHer father was Mr. Peyton. ( I don't think his first name is mentioned). He died 6 years prior to the story. I don't think Annabelle and her family were actually peers themselves.

According to her brother Jeremy,

"“And it’s not as if you and I are actually members of the peerage. We’re just dangling on the lower branches of the tree, which means—”

Excerpt From: Lisa Kleypas. “Secrets of a Summer Night.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/tULFv.l

This means to me that they were viewed as upper class and accepted , but they weren't actually aristocrats with titles. (less)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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Auntee
Jul 20, 2010 Auntee rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Ingela
Written April 5, 2015

4 Stars - Charming, steamy and much chuckling fun. These determined 'Wallflowers' are women to admire

Yet another amusing 'Wallflowers' HR as audiobook (11 hrs) narrated by always excellent Rosalyn Landor. (You get this one for just $7 incl. the e-book / kindle at Amazon right now.)

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Well done, well narrated, very entertaining HR
I liked the of many readers so much beloved Devil in Winter (#3 - 3.9 stars) some weeks ago and this series instalment was just as well written, funn
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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
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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
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)


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 Payton’s family are on the knife edge of poverty, to sto
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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
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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 Annabelle res ...more
Julianna
Feb 17, 2011 Julianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historcal Romance or Lisa Kleypas
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"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
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Eastofoz
Sep 25, 2008 Eastofoz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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MeDmGn
If you love Historical romance and have not read some Lisa Kleypas, I seriously don't know what you're doing with your life. She is the queen of HR without a doubt.

This was a reread for me, I regretted not reviewing this book when I read it the first time, so I decided to reread it, and review it then. Now, I'm not much of a rereader, I normally don't enjoy rereads, and even if I loved a book the first time and decide to read it a second time, chances are; I'll like it less the second time. Whi
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Jilly
Aug 11, 2015 Jilly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical romances are like my "Chicken Soup for the Soul." They just make me feel better. When my daughter was younger and would get sick and stay home from school, we would watch Pride and Prejudice - in our P.J.'s, with chocolate. And, I'm not talking about the Keira Knightly version - I mean the six-hour A&E Colin Firth one. It took all day, but it was comforting.

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Mr. Darcy makes everything better...

This book is like that. No matter what's going on, it made me smile. The characters are
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Hayat
4.5 stars

Another winner from Lisa Kleypas! Secrets of a Summer Night is the first book in this series and on the face of it, the plot is simple and straightforward and yet there are meaningful layers and sub-plots to this HR.

The Wallflower series is about romance, about making an advantageous marriage in a society that only cares about pedigree/aristocratic titles and wealth. But there is a new class of people emerging...The newly rich, usually Americans, they are on the fringe of influential E
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Daniella
Nov 30, 2015 Daniella rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An impoverished heroine who does not know what she wants. A determined hero who wants her... as a mistress. A psychotic son-of-a-bitch who lusts after the heroine and is sleeping with the heroine's mother. (WTF!!!!) Debates about how men were superior to women. Drama about belonging to a lower class. And a predictable ending.

Yeah, in short, this book was barely okay. There was virtually no character development, man. I did not like the hero, the heroine and most of the characters here (except f
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
The only book in the whole series,I've rated so low :(

The first half of the book was an unnecessary drag..Didn't really feel the chracters..*shrug* :/

The story was more technical than others,talking mostly about the economy & industry development of that time...The only thing this book had to offer was a dramatic ending,Sadly. :(
Jamie
Ahhhh!!!! this was so freaking fantabulous !


I loved our first Wallflower Annabelle....



Simon was delicious!



The setting gave me all the feels !


Yep! Loved it! Moving on to book 2 !



Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 Make Your Own Fate Stars

Wallflowers Binge Read.

So many of my friends love this series so here we go….

First I love the premise of this series as I’m sure that had I been alive at the time and in this culture more than likely I would have been a Wallflower. Four girls unite to help each other land husbands as something is undesirable about each of them to the gentry. I love stories that involve strong friendships between women that show them in a good light helping one another and not being ca
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Seffra
Re-read!!

5 Stars!
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So why was I so mean and give this book only 3.5 stars!?????

This book was so beautiful! I loved Simon and Annabelle a second time around! They were so perfect! I love, love, LOVE them!!!!
Simon was so sweet with Annabelle and Annabelle was so perfect for him! They were beyond cute!

I think it could be because, I know there was no insta-anything reading this the second time around.

I'm so happy I decided to read this book a second time around since, it was so much more amazing!

**
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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
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Susanne
Updated after third re-read 3/24/16

The Wallflower series is the best! Lisa Kleypas have really outdone herself with this one. Great heroines, great heroes and a wonderful friendship between the four "wallflowers".

Annabelle is my favorite kind of heroine: beautiful, strong minded and not afraid of actually talking to the hero. And Simon - how can anyone not be smitten with him? He's just my type of hero: arrogant, handsome and totally rakish but also sweet and totally protective of Annabelle. I l
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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
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SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
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Book Basics

Genre : - Historical Romance
Series : - 1st in the series
Love triangle? - (view spoiler)
Cheating? - (view spoiler)
HEA? - (view spoiler)
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - Yes
Rating - 4


Review

Another read from LK that is just a little bit different from the usual in the historical romance genre.

The heroine here is definitely different. At times I struggl
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Mel
Jun 29, 2010 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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
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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
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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
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Jasmin
Aug 07, 2010 Jasmin rated it it was amazing  ·  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 an
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Leah
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Didi
Oct 23, 2013 Didi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**** 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
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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
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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.” 138 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.” 102 likes
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