Winning the Wallflower
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 e...more
A shy wallflower and a starchy hero who badly needs a little bit of scandal to un-starch.
Sparkly banter and humour for a sweet and sexy short story, which still allows for characters growth thanks to the flawless writing and a lively pace.
A nice addition to James's Regency Fairy Tales series, but that can be totally enjoyed as a standalone as well.
Buddy-read with Anna :)
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
Ah this novella.. SO MUCH LOVE!
"Winning the Wallflower" is the story of Lucy Towerton and Cyrus Ravensthorpe.
Lucy, a tall destitute wallflower is engaged to Cyrus, the brooding, starchy man of the gentry. When she comes into an unexpected fortune, while her mother plans to break the ...more
I ENJOYED THIS. Cyrus does a 180 and becomes an entirely different man, but eh. And everything felt a bit rushed, but then this is a novella. I acknowledge the format constraints. But I did like Cyrus's original character: the stodgy, uptight ...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.
I'm re ...more
The synopsis doesn't tell us anything about the hero, so here goes. Possible spoilers ahead. (view spoiler)[Cyrus Ravensthorpe's mother was the daughter of a duke but she married below her class, to a solicitor, for love. They eloped to Gretna Green and, obviously, caused a scanda ...more
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 heroine comes into her own. The hero wakes up. There is banter, heat, and courting.
I loved it to pieces.
Favorite parts of the novella:
Lucy--great character. I loved how she ended up coming into her own an ...more
As a side note, We also meet Olivia from The Prince is Mine in this novella. Upon meeting her, I'm convinced that I would not like her story...I did not like her! More support for me to stick with novellas!
However, I did like Lucy, the star of this tale. She was betrothed to a handsome man who ...more
Even though it was short, it had very likable characters. Lucy was so funny and smart, I love that in a heroine. I liked that she decided she wouldn't settle for someone who didn't love her, not may HR heroines care about that. Cyrus was so proper, arrogant and had a temper, even though he seemed so stayed, my favorite type of hero :D they go down so hard that it's a p ...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
I have a lot of books by her stored in my kindle, so I hope I find at least one favourite among them.
This is a charming little novella that shows the true power that women have -- only available once we realize just who we are and what we want. It's a tidy little lesson in self-confidence and in seeing ourselves through others' eyes. Yes, sometimes others' eyes can be harsh; but often, our own are so much harsher.
Lady Lucy Towerton is engaged to be married to Cyrus Ravensthorpe. Ravensthorpe is quite tall, quite beautiful, and quite aloof. He asked Lucy's father for her hand, but never ...more
I loved how Lucy calls Cyrus out about his initial motives. She f ...more
This cute, fun novella is a great segue into the soon-to-be-released The Duke Is Mine and reminds me of what attracted me to Eloisa James in the first place. Well-written and humourous, it was a sweet holiday read that has me excited to receive my pre-ordered copy of TDIM.
Winning the Wallflower is about Lucy Towerton, who is not the belle of the ball in the Ton. She's extremely tall which has made her very self-conscious. She is engaged to ...more
And I do loved it, of course, everything is faster as time is limited in a novella but the characters were perfectly developed and presented, with depth and wit.
I do loved Lucy (and Marcus), she took time but once she settled herself to not accept less than what she has set her eyes on, she became a very interesting and entertaining ...more
This novella is very short, ending at the 52% mark and followed by samples of other Eloisa James' books. If you've ...more
“ ‘Some think an army of horsemen, some think an army on foot, some think a fleet of ships in the dark of night is the loveliest sight.’ ”
“ ‘But I think the loveliest sight on this dark earth is whatever one most desires.’ ”
Book provided by the author for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
Lucy Towerton who, just as her name suggests, towers over most men of the ton, is a wallflower – a woman destined to sit on the sidelines and watch while other women dance. She is currently engaged, thanks to an arranged marriage, to Cyrus Ravensthorpe, a businessman and the son of a lawyer and a duchess. Lucy’s mother would rather her marry someone of the ton, someone without scandal (Cyrus’s ...more
Lucy is a wallflower. She’s always overlooked and partying in the corner with the other wallflowers at every ball. When Cyrus asks for her hand in marriage, her parents grudgingly accept. They don’t want Cyrus in the family ...more
This w ...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...
I lo ...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.