Temptations of a Wallflower
In society circles she’s known as the Watching Wallflower—shy, quiet, and certainly never scandalous. Yet beneath Lady Sarah Frampton’s demure façade hides the mind of The Lady of Dubious Quality, author of the most ...more
Having featured a female newspaper editor (Forever Your Earl) and a female playwright (Scandal Takes the Stage), this final book in Eva Leigh’s Wicked Quills of London , takes as its heroine the author of a number of highly successful erotic novels. Each of the books in this series has explored what it might have been like for women making their way in a man’s world and has taken an insightful look at the everyday prejudices they had to contend w ...more
I was quite hesitant to read this book, because vicars have never held any appear for me.
I expected this…
And luckily enough, got this….
I did have a hard time rating this book, because although there were parts that I liked, there were things that didn’t work for me.
What I liked:
✔ Sarah, and the fact that she was a wallflower, who secretly writes erotica. I just love unconventional heroines.
✔ Jeremy, and how sexy and sweet he was.
✔ That we had two main characters, the wallflowe
“Fulfillment was a lazy river moving through her. Up to now, she’d only understood sex as something two bodies engaged in as a means of shaping individual pleasure, of reaching climax for its own selfish purpose. But this...what they made together...defied her capacious imagination. Went far beyond whatever she had known, or believed she’d known. Pleasure led to emotion, and emotion led to pleasure. They fed each other, and it grew and grew until it was the size of the universe....more
This, she realiz
"I wanted everything. To write, and to love you. My books aren't foolish to me. Writing is who I am. I can't not write. If I did, I'd cease to exist."
"She'd made her choice. that choice wasn't him. Yet he knew that it was the right one. She needed to be herself, entirely. Not to pretend or cut off a limb just to prove something to him or to assuage his pride. This was the woman he'd come to care about so deeply. the one with conviction. who knew what she wanted and took it."
Loved this! I initi ...more
Now this one I liked, and, of course, it's the one with the heroine who anonymously writes Regency porn. LOL. So, of course, she's paired with a vicar hero. Honestly, this one was delightful... and delightfully horny. I liked both of the protagonists, was definitely invested in their romance. That said, the vicar hero needed to grow a pair at the end there, and he did, but, I don't know, I'm not entirely convinced. That hypocrisy hat he wore for a bit wasn't a good look for him. I was a tad ...more
Temptations of a Wallflower is the conclusion to the Wicked Quills of London trilogy which focuses on women writers. So far, the books have featured a gossip newspaper owner and a playwright. Now the focus shifts to Lady Sarah Frampton who is known by society as the Watching Wallflower for her tendency to just sit back and observe at events. But, what the ton doesn't know is that Sarah secretly writes popular erotic stories under the pseudonym The Lady of Dubious Quality. Sarah feels cont ...more
alas, it is not as hardcore as it looks. the vicar, although introverted and scholarly, does not really want to be a vicar, and the highborn lady is perfectly respectable until she starts flirting with a man she really likes. and although they did get married after a very short acquaintance, they did it because they were rea ...more
Lady Sarah Frampton is known by the ton as the Watching Wallflower, shy, perfect behaved and always on the outskirts. At least that is the image she portrays to them anyway. What they don’t know, is that she is The Lady of Dubious Quality, the author of the scandalous and wildly successful erotic novels. But, if she is ever found it, she knows she and her family will be ruined and when she discovers someone is on her trail, she knows the only way to protect herself is through marriage. ...more
Having consumed TEMPTATIONS OF A WALLFLOWER twice already—first in a frenzy of discovery and then again to leisurely savor, I’m now considering a near-future third indulgence. I just can’t get over how much this sensational book transported me! Beautifully written, enticingly unconventional, intensely romantic, and wonderfully and wickedly provocative, Sarah and Jeremy’s blazing-hot, blockbuster-of-feels affair seriously knocked my knickers off.
Strikingly different from t ...more
Temptations of a Wallflower is the third title in the Wicked Quills of London series by Eva Leigh. This is the first book by this author that I’ve read. The book can easily be read as a stand alone.
After a slow start the story picks up mainly because of Eva's vivid and rich characters. The heroine outranks the here; usually what we read on historicals most of the time is the opposite of that situation. There's a lot of sexual chemistry without forgetting to be provocative and romantic.
Jeremy and ...more
Temptations of a Wallflower is out now and it’s just as good as I’d hoped. It’s a very meta story–a romance novel about the importance of romance novels and women having the language and ability to discuss their sexuality–but it’s also just an enjoyable read.
The conflict in this novel comes in two forms: 1. Jeremy is beneath Sarah socially making it impossible for them to be together and 2. Sarah can’t tell Jeremy that she secretly writes erotic novels. ...more
Slow start to a interesting romance and plot line. This plot line was very similar to another book I recently read and I had an issue that story as well as this one.
We have a heroine, Sarah, who is quiet, smart, shy and oh by the way she also writes erotic books pretty much, and no one knows and can't know because it would ruin her and her family. We have our hero, Jeremy, who is a viscar, likes what he does and tries to do right by the family and make hi ...more
It's a bit too long wound and overly dramatic for me
While I did enjoy some parts of the writing others felt too flowery and constructed. Then there are very beautiful moments I absolutely loved.
I liked the plot well enough but again there were parts I didn't like.
I love how they got to know each other- even if it was total insta it was also slow. I know this is a romance and all that ,so it's quite light hearted- but the end? It kinda annoyed me, what's the message here? What about fin ...more
Because I'm bored...to death. This book has been hanging over my head for days, when I usually finish a good book within 48 hours. I feel almost bad giving it 2 stars, because it's not horribly written. The characters are likable. But everything is so bland. You'd think a story about a duke's daughter secretly writing erotic stories and the vicar who's trying to find her out would be really fun-- ...more
Frases favoritas/Favourite quotes
She’d read and written so much of all-consuming hunger, that magnetism that pulled two bodies together and made it impossible to part. Could Sarah ever find such a thing for herself, or was it exclusive to the pages of novels? Her new character, Lady Josephina, couldn’t be the only woman to know it.
He didn’t act like other men, trying to curry her favor. Nor was he dismissive. He listened to her, treated her as though she had wort ...more
First time reading Eva Leigh, I did not expect to like this book but the premise intrigued me.
I loved the lack of melodrama and theatricals in the love story. I love that the MC's spoke to each other in times of conflict and didn't make stupid, childish and impulsive decisions.
Trully brilliant. And also, hella hot.
Hero was a hypocritical bag of shit who in no way deserved the heroine. He has no perspective on himself, all his lying and manipulation... and he never gets it. He simply condescends to accept the heroine.
And the heroine was a spineless bowl of jelly, who should have kicked that judgmental asshole to the curb.
But the last portion -- his shitty reaction to her secret -- pissed me off enough to drop it down to a 4 star overall (4 1/2 for the good part, 3 for the not-so-good parts, if you wanted a breakdown).
A++ for the sexy times, including his quickie jerk off scene. Oh yes, those parts of the book did NOT piss me off. :)
Narrator: Truly lovely! Great fit for the book and historical romances in general, will definitely listen to her again.
All in all this book was a nice, sweet (how many times can ...more
If you are looking for an emotionally- charged romance that will leave you wanting more, then this is a book you will want to read. I must read the other books by this talented author. Happy reading!
Eva also writes in multiple romance genres as RITA-award nominated Zoë Archer.
Other books in the series
“Very much,” she answered. “Sentimental novels are my favorite, though I’m not supposed to say so.”
“Why not?” he wondered with genuine surprise.
“Because they aren’t edifying or educational. Because they teach me to expect things out of life that aren’t really possible.”
He made a scoffing sound. “Rubbish. Not the books, but those opinions. There’s nothing wrong with a little escape. And there’s certainly nothing at fault with teaching someone how to hope for a better life.”