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Daring Miss Danvers

(Wallflower Weddings #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,173 ratings  ·  102 reviews
It's all fun and games … until someone falls in love.

Oliver Goswick, Viscount Rathburn, needs money—and soon. With time ticking away and his inheritance held hostage until he's properly wed, Rathburn's slim options point to a single solution: a faux engagement. In need of the perfect bride, he knows of only one candidate: his best friend's wallflower sister. The plan seem
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Avon Impulse (first published May 6th 2014)
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I always approach a book by a new author with a bit of trepidation, wondering whether they are going to possess that extra special something that’s going to make me sit up and think that yes, here’s a new writer with a strong voice and something slightly different to say. Or a different way of saying it, at least.

Sadly, finding obtrusive Americanisms on the first couple of pages is enough to make me think that the anticipation was fun while it lasted and want to give up. And then I get annoyed
Not my favorite book by Vivienne Lorret. I actually quite liked the premise that for once, the guy having to marry to become "respectable" and receive his inheritance was upfront about it and told the girl (his best friend's sister whom he genuinely likes) from the beginning that he just needed a proper fiancé, and would allow her to get an annulment or a divorce (although that really is too far fetched historically, but whatever) if they really had to marry. But honestly, all their problems cou ...more
3 1/2 stars (rounded down to 3 stars, because Oliver and Emma spent too much time keeping their secrets for no reason)
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Viscount Rathburn had the perfect plan: ask his friend's sister for a pretend engagement so he can finally get his hands on his inheritance. But why did he have to seal the deal with a kiss ? Now he can't stop thinking about her and how she doesn't respond to him like the little miss proper she's all the time.

Maybe the fact she have excentric parents is the reason why Emma Danvers still haven't found a husband after two seasons and now beggining her third and final season? Maybe it made it
Lisa Filipe
The ladies of the Wallflower Weddings Series by Vivienne Lorret are showing a hint of what I loved about Lisa Kleypas' Wallflowers Series, a group of ladies helping each other through the journey of "Finding" a husband...or at least not embarrassing yourself around the ton when at a ball!

I haven't read the story of Penelope, from FIVE GOLDEN RINGS Anthology, but I was able to jump right into Emma's story, which involves the straight-laced girl, from a family of free-spirits and the best friend o
Addie H
Amazon Bargain Bin / BookBub Ebook Bargain

(Tropes: Fake Relationship, Best Friend’s Sister, Unrequited love, Wallflower/Spinster)


“You seem to think that I agreed to this because I imagined myself half in love with you. I know better. Only a fool would lose her head over you.”

Plot: Oliver Goswick’s (Vicsount Rathburn) money is held “hostage” until he arranges to wed someone suitable. So he talks his best friend’s sister into faking an engagement with him, as Emma Danvers seems to be th
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a while ago. The story is short and sweet but is not exactly memorable. A comfortable fluffy read.
Juliana Philippa
3.75 stars
This was a very sweet book, and I loved the dynamic between Emma and Oliver. My big criticism is that, as others have noted, SO MUCH would have been cleared up with one simple conversation. Granted, that would have shortened the book to a novella, or maybe even less, but so something else should have been added in order to create more of a story.

Would I recommend it? Yes. Will I be reading it again? No. The novella that starts this series was terrific and Book 2 is also great, so ove
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by this author, and the idea behind this story (the heroine with her brothers BFF) is one of my absolute favorite themes. Along with the awesome theme, it was an easy, fluffy romance. It should have been perfect for me!! But it all fell apart for some sad reason.

At first I thought it was my fault... I started to read it during the chaotic Christmas break and I thought maybe I wasn't focusing correctly while reading and that that was why I seemed lost in the beginning. It could sti
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I have said time and time again. I am a sucker for a spinster or wallflower romance. This time the proper wallflower Emma Danvers find that she willing gives herself over to a faux engagement to the roguish ways of Viscount Rathburn. Her brother’s friend. All this of course was to gain the inheritance that pinned the future on a marriage.

I was swept into the read with the characters and the ups and downs of Oliver and Emma’s adventure of faux engagement. Then to watch them fall in love was ente
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sweet, charming, delight of a read, Daring Miss Danvers was a wonderful historical romance. I absolutely loved this sweet book. It was a truly lovely read.

Emma was a wonderful heroine. She was a kind-hearted, likable character that was strong willed in a quieter way. She could be a bit misguided at times, but only ever with good intentions. I thought she was a lovely character.

Oliver was also great. When he wanted something, heaven help the person who got in his way. He was a very determined t
This is my new favorite series! If you are a fan of Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Sarah MacLean, then you will ADORE Vivienne Lorret's Wallflower Weddings series.

I saw that this book was available on Kindle for $0.99. Since it was so cheap, I thought I'd give it a try and after I read this, I immediately purchased the second in the series, and pre-ordered the third book. Believe me, you will not regret reading this. If it's not on sale, buy it anyway--it's worth paying full price for!

I loved both
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awhile back I read this collection of short stories, Five Golden Rings, and I liked the story Vivienne Lorret wrote, so I was looking forward to this story.

I wasn’t surprised to find it one of the sweetest stories I’ve read. Everyone in it was interesting and likable, especially our hero and heroine.

Emma was such a sweetheart! No wonder Oliver picked her for his pretend betrothed. His grandmother was sure to love her!

He was such a rascal and a wonderful man. I loved the way he approached a probl
Jun 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was lazy and nonsensical and repetitive and it's a miracle I finished it.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm too tired for paragraphs.

- This did have its cute moments. There's some dialogue that really hits the mark and I do like the basic premise of the romance.
- Having said that, there isn't really any reason why Emma and Oliver can't just be happy together from the beginning. However, Lorret introduces multiple quasi-problems only to knock them down with a feather when they become inconvenient, after having dragged them out for as long as possible. Thus reading this is like pulling an elastic
Back when I was part of Avon Addicts (in late 2012/early 2013) one of the books I reviewed as part of the holiday season was "Five Golden Rings", an anthology of Christmas short stories. Part of the collection included the precursor to Lorret's new series "Wallflower Weddings" called "Tempting Mr. Featherstone" it was my favorite story of the set in fact. We return now to watch as Penelope's three friends--Delaney, Emma and Merribeth--find their own true loves in adventures of their own.

Emma is,
Jen Davis
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Viscount Rathburn wants nothing more than to claim his inheritance. It’s not for the reasons most young men would want the money, though. He wants to build a burn hospital in honor of the father he lost to a fire. But his grandmother is keeping a tight leash on the funds. She’ll only give him the money if he marries a suitable young woman.

Emma is Rathburn’s best friend’s sister. She is proper and poised, almost to the point of being uptight. In other words, she is exactly the kind of woman his g
BJ Rose
I like trying new authors - you never know when you'll find an absolute gem. However, this one was just OK - I loved the concept and mostly liked the way it unfolded, but the secrets and misunderstandings lasted too long, and it just didn't give me the spark that tells me I'm having fun. I picked up the trilogy, tho, so will continue with it and hope I feel that spark!
This book mostly deals with a couple of knuckleheads who won't just have a conversation. There is no Big Misunderstanding but when their feelings change they neither of them will communicate what has changed. In fact, they only come clean in the last few pages. And so this book gets 3 stars from me and I am left unsatisfied.
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book, but found the premise a bit hard to swallow. Broken engagements caused ruin to women at the time. I'm not a stickler for historical accuracy most of the time, but this just grated.
3.5 stars. Enjoyable novel with good and fun ideas, but something kept it from 4 solid stars like the first two books in the author's current Original series. loved the heroine though and some of the details like jasmine. The group of friends was cute, too. Will read more.
3.5 stars.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starts out good, but begins to drag about 50% in. It's one of those books where communication between the H/h sucks - so while it starts fun and flirty it ends with a lot of needless drama.
Kathleen Crowell
Fun start to a fun series...
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the end, I enjoyed this story, but the early descriptive writing almost did me in. Eyes "like cups of chocolate on a rainy day"?!!! I blame the editor; like many other authors I've read, Lorret eventually settled into her groove, and the purple prose calmed down. Descriptions aside, I found the plot and characterizations better than in many similar books -- and the romance a satisfyingly slower burn than many. She made especially good of one painting, though the symbolism sometimes got a bit ...more
Cute book with a likeable couple. The sham marriage becoming real is one of my favourite tropes and this one was done well.

The hero especially was great - surprisingly he didn’t come across as an ass and his falling in love was convincing. The heroine was competently sketched out but her “deep dark secret” was hardly that. It came across a little abruptly and I was not convinced.

The only issue I had was that the story dragged in the middle. The couple could have used a little more conversation
Sue Gosland
This was so much fun!! Emma is asked by her best friend Oliver Goswick, Viscount Rathburn, to pretend to be engaged so his Grandmother will release his inheritance, as he is trying to rebuild his family home as well as a Burn Hospital to honor his late father. Emma is the only woman his Grandmamma even approves of, so Emma agrees. Trouble is, they both have feelings for each other that they are unwilling to admit. it takes a kiss to seal the deal to make him see he wants a real marriage. He just ...more
Elizabeth A
I LOVED buttoned-up Emma trying so hard to make up for her socially-shunned Bohemian parents, & Oliver the former-ne'er-do-well doing his best to rebuild after a family tragedy, & the adorable cast of family+friends (can't wait to read about them in the sequels), & the fake courtship setup which leads to the hero realizing he's head-over-heels for his friend's baby sister & having to convince her that he's not teasing anymore. Some aspects of the plot were jerky, but overall, SO ...more
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I really enjoyed this witty, fun romance between two old friends. Wonderful romantic tension and good characters make for a lovely escape read.
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USA Today bestselling author VIVIENNE LORRET transforms copious amounts of tea into words. She is an Avon author of works including the Wallflower Wedding series, the Rakes of Fallow Hall series, the Season’s Original series, and the Misadventures in Matchmaking series. For more information on her books, please sign up for her newsletter @

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Wallflower Weddings (4 books)
  • Tempting Mr. Weatherstone (Wallflower Weddings, #0.5)
  • Winning Miss Wakefield (Wallflower Weddings, #2)
  • Finding Miss McFarland (Wallflower Weddings, #3)
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