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Preview — A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas
A Wallflower Christmas (Wallflowers #5)
Rafe Bowman has just arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie, the very proper and beautiful daughter of Lady and Lord Blandford. His chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady-in-waiting, and if it weren't for his shocking American ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed. Before the courtship can begin
First of all, this is one of my favorite series ever. I don't read a whole lot of historicals, but I have been a fan of LK f ...more
"Standing from the bath, Evie dried herself and donned a velvet robe that buttoned along the front. She heard the door open again. "Back to w-warm the bed?" she asked.
But the voice that answered wasn't the maid's.
"As a matter of fact ... yes."
Evie stilled at the sound of the deep, silky murmur.
"I passed the maid on the stairs and told her she wouldn't be needed tonight," he continued. "'If there's one thing I do well,' I told her, 'it's warming my wife's bed.'"
*sigh* St. Vincent onl ...more
Rafe Bowman has come all the way from America to England to spend Christmas at Stony Cross Park and to meet his future bride, Lady Natalie Blanford. The marriage was arranged by their parents, but Rafe isn’t quite convinced that this method of finding one’s wife is the best of ideas. There’s also the rub that his father has threatened to disinherit Rafe if he doesn’t agree to the match. But still, Rafe wants to meet her, get to know her and then decide if the marriage is to his advantage.
Lady Na ...more
Revisiting all the wallflowers was just perfect. I loved this series and was utterly pleased with Rafe's story. He was a sexy and smoldering beast of a man who hid behind his debauchery and I loved it! I loved Hannah as well, she was such a strong and soothing presence for Rafe and I was so glad that the girl behind the scenes stole his heart rather than that intended for him.
As with all of LK's work, she writes with passion and intelligence, humor and precision. Giving ...more
This is a sweet, charming, and romantic conclusion to the wonderful, enchanting Wallflowers series. I just didn't want this series to ever end. I really hope Lisa Kleypas revisits these beloved characters again someday.
It was a good story overall, nice to see the Wallflowers again, but I'd have liked to have seen more of them. Each Wallflower has about two pages or so just for her and her hubby and you get that warm nostalgic feel for the previous books in the series. Personally I loved St Vincent and Evie and Lill ...more
This book introduces a relative of two of the original Wallflowers, Rafe Bowman - who is one of Lillian and Daisy's brothers. He's been at odds with his father all h ...more
Aside from that, Rafe and Hannah's story also felt like a full novel though it w ...more
Lillian's brother Rafe is recently arrived from America and, of course, his father has selected his bride. Rafe doesn't really care, he'll marry the woman his fat ...more
Rafe Bowman, oldest son of Thomas and Mercedes Bowman and older br ...more
Reread on 12/24/14. Perfection.
A Wallflower Christmas was the PERFECT way to begin this holiday season. It put me in the Christmas spirit and really was "the icing on top of the cake" of the wallflower series! I have loved this series. Annabelle, Lillian, Evie, and Daisy all are special in their own ways, and now we add Hannah to the mix.....oh how I love Lisa Kleypas.
Rafe is Lillian and Daisy's older brother. He is somewhat estranged fro ...more
Second read March 26-27, 2013
I have 'upped' my rating of this book from a 4 star to a 5 star rating. I enjoyed reading this story way more than I initially did the first time.
Once again Thomas Bowman is making incredulous demands on his children, this time they are on his oldest child Raphael (Rafe).
Rafe is to marry a certain Lady Blandford, and finally settle down from his 'rakish' ways. He must also do this in order for him to get his father's approval, his portion of ...more
5 Delightful Stars! Loooooved it!
Wonderful way to end this series! We get a little bit of sexy time with all the Wallflowers that came before, and some sizzling chemistry between Rafe and Hannah! Loved the witty banter, especially the stuff that comes out of Lillian's mouth (my fave Wallflower), the scheming and seeing the scrumptious Wallflower hubbys!! RAWRRRRRR!! Merry Christmas to me!!
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The only thing I would have liked to have seen was a bit more character development for both Rafe and Hannah, as well as more interaction between the wallflowers and Hannah. But for light, enjoyable Chris ...more
I had a very hard time liking Rafe. He was pushy and insulting and intentionally provo ...more
What a lovely way to end my first Lisa Kleypas series. I’m so glad I finally decided to try this author – definitely a case of better late than never. And while it’s a little bittersweet saying goodbye to the wonderful Wallflowers, what a great feeling to know that I have so many more of this author’s series and books to look forward to.
I don’t know whether my expectations were unrealistic (having not read many seasonal holiday reads), but I expected to spend a lot more time with the Wallflowers ...more
"4.5 stars" Much like a couple of the other books in the Wallflower series, I thought that A Wallflower Christmas started a little weak, but by the end, I was completely hooked. What primarily made me skeptical at the beginning was the love/hate relationship and love at first sight themes, neither of which I'm really a fan. I guess I just don't get the love/hate scenario, how a person can one minute strongly dislike someone, often for no particularly good reason, and the ...more
Why I LOVED this book:
1) Great heroine. She’s smart, honest, endearing, doesn’t play games, and she loves the hero for all the right reasons.
2) Reformed rake hero. The best kind! The letter he wrote was enough to make anyone swoon! Also, the image of him in the shadows watching Hannah read A Christmas Carol was so sweet.
3) The Wallflowers. I loved that none of them changed even after they ar ...more
A Wallflower Christmas takes about three months after Daisy and Matthew were married. Daisy ...more
Why this book was so short? I wanted more! I loved it!
This is not only the story of Rafe and Hannah but a story for all the wallflowers again! Rafe came from America for business and for marriage. And the wallflowers are determined to see him happy!
Rafe is a great guy! He wants to be happy because he feels alone. But he doesn’t want to make the same choices like his cold father. I liked him because he’s a man who knows what is real and what is fake. He’s not afraid to take risks and he believes ...more
I love Lisa Kleypas. Her stories are always well-written and heart-warming, but some of them have more emotional impact than others.
This story was like comfort food romance. Everything as one would expect it to be. Nothing surprising. I knew exactly what was going to happen before it happened, right down to the sub-stories. So.....not bad, but not memorable at all.
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—should warn you that this letter will not be eloquent. However, it will be sincere, especially in light of the fact that you will never read it. I have felt these words like a weight in my chest, until I find myself amazed that a heart can go on beating under such a burden.
I love you. I love you desperately, violently, tenderly, completely. I want you in ways that I know you would find shocking. My love, you don't belong with a man like me. In the past I've done things you wouldn't approve of, and I've done them ten times over. I have led a life of immoderate sin. As it turns out, I'm just as immoderate in love. Worse, in fact.
I want to kiss every soft place of you, make you blush and faint, pleasure you until you weep, and dry every tear with my lips. If you only knew how I crave the taste of you. I want to take you in my hands and mouth and feast on you. I want to drink wine and honey from you.
I want you under me. On your back.
I'm sorry. You deserve more respect than that. But I can't stop thinking of it. Your arms and legs around me. Your mouth, open for my kisses. I need too much of you. A lifetime of nights spent between your thighs wouldn't be enough.
I want to talk with you forever. I remember every word you've ever said to me.
If only I could visit you as a foreigner goes into a new country, learn the language of you, wander past all borders into every private and secret place, I would stay forever. I would become a citizen of you.
You would say it's too soon to feel this way. You would ask how I could be so certain. But some things can't be measured by time. Ask me an hour from now. Ask me a month from now. A year, ten years, a lifetime. The way I love you will outlast every calendar, clock, and every toll of every bell that will ever be cast. If only you—
And there it stopped.”