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Temptations of a Wallflower

(The Wicked Quills of London #3)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,115 ratings  ·  197 reviews
Eva Leigh’s deliciously sexy Wicked Quills of London series continues as a Lady’s secret career writing erotic fiction is jeopardized by real-life romance . . .

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
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Published April 26th 2016 by Avon
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Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.

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
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gr2016

2.5 stars

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.
This, she realiz
4.5 "The Vicar and the Duke's Daughter With A Secret Wild Side" Stars for the story and narration!

Source: Library-loan.
"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
Jul 10, 2016 rated it liked it
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
4 Stars

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
a marriage of convenience between a vicar and a highborn lady who is secretly a published writer of romance books???? have you ever thought of a set of tropes this brilliant?

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
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 Stars

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.
The Lusty Literate
4/4.5 Stars | Hot Steam

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
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Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

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.
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC from Edelweiss for honest review.


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
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars
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
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
DNF at about 75% in. That's kind of unheard of for me. I mean, why not just finish it at this point?

Because I'm 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--
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Definitely the best out of the three books. I enjoyed both protagonists and their romance felt so real. They went from friendship, to lust, to love and a deeper understanding after the heartbreak. It was a joy to read about their journey!
Lady Sarah Frampton may be the daughter of a duke with a sizable dowry, but she's known as the Watching Wallflower and is on her way to be firmly on the shelf. No one knows that behind her impeccable manners, the quiet and ever-observant Lady Sarah is in fact the author of a series of highly successful erotic novels. As The Lady of Dubious Quality, the virginal Lady Sarah uses the knowledge she's acquired from illicit French novels to write out all her sexual fantasies while her mother believes ...more
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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
Though this series is not as satisfactory as it could be (as I hoped it could be), it was still entertaining and pleasant to read during those stifling summer days. I think the biggest drawbacks of all the books is how verbose the authoress is. At some point you have to let the reader discover for him or herself what they think about the story and the characters. Repeating over and over how handsome, clever, kind, rakish, sensual someone is, or how much a character loves another character is ted ...more
Jenny Q
We were briefly introduced to vicar Jeremy Cleland and the "Watching Wallflower," Sarah Frampton, in Scandal Takes the Stage, and I couldn't wait to see how Eva Leigh would bring these characters together and the Wicked Quills of London series to a close. As the third son of England's most moral and upstanding earl, Jeremy was destined for a life in the church from a young age, though it would not have been his chosen profession. But he's fairly happy helping his parishioners, though he is a tad ...more
Tabetha Waite
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book much more than the first two in the series. This was a story about a wallflower and a vicar who had a certain expectation to live up to, yet they were sensual creatures at heart. This book is full of wonderful sexual tension and attraction, and even if the plot was a bit weak and the reveal a little blown out of proportion, the secret desires of the heart were amazing.
Tanya Sridhar
4/5 stars.

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.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were passages that I just wanted to clip out and photocopy to hand to all the Romance nay-sayers out there. Leigh, through the character of Sarah, articulately enumerates the ways in which Romance is important and empowering to readers as well as writers of the genre.
Well, I really didn't like it.

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.

*1.5 stars*
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, romance, own
This book really surprised me. I enjoy reading historical romances and frequently pick them up when I'm trying to climb out of a reading slump. It's nice going into a story knowing you'll have a guaranteed happy ending. Eva Leigh's prose is lovely and this book is very well written. At times certain phrases or language gave me pause because it felt too modern, but overall this wasn't an issue. The chemistry between the two characters was incredible, and I loved that Leigh didn't defuse their sex ...more
First 3/4 of the book was great, I was totally in love with it.

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.

overall, i enjoyed this book. the characters were very likeable, the "class difference" was handled well and the happy ending was believable considering the hero is a vicar and the heroine is the daughter of a duke (although she is also a writer). the writing was a little "eh" as well as a little anachronistic in parts and some of the situations a bit of a stretch, but i was willing to put that aside, because it was an enjoyable read with sympathetic main characters. i did have a bit of an issue ...more
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 but I rounded up because it ended so sweetly. I was a little put off in the beginning because the MMC is a vicar - my own personal biases - but I'm glad I didn't let that stop me from reading it. It was sweet, with engaging characters, believable emotional conflicts, and tough moral decisions for the protagonists to make. It's also the first time I've read role play in an historical romance which made me giggle - always a good thing.

All in all this book was a nice, sweet (how many times can
Lynne Tull
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: regency-romance
The best parts of this book were the beginning and the end. The middle was boring, tiring, trying, and overall uninteresting. I never bought into the impetus of the story: overbearing father blackmails 3rd son, a rector, into finding and destroying the writer of some sexually explicit novels in order to save England from ruin morally. Really! I got the first part because it explained the plot. Thankfully, the end made more sense as the hero and heroine finally decided to grow up and live their o ...more
Vikki Vaught
Oh, my, what an excellent read. It held me in its thrall from the first sentence to the last word. The characters are so vibrant they practically jump off the page. The emotions of the hero and heroine are complex and deep. The plot is intriguing and the book, well-written.

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!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 5 Oct 22, 2015 01:09PM  
  • Lessons in Gravity (Study Abroad, #2)
  • In Search of Scandal (London Explorers, #1)
  • Wild Ride: Two Cowboys Are Better Than One
  • The Duke of Dark Desires (The Wild Quartet, #4)
  • Lie To Me (Sexual Misconduct #3)
  • Just Another Viscount in Love (Season's Original #3.5)
  • The Lie and the Lady (Winner Takes All, #2)
  • Six Degrees of Scandal (Scandalous, #4)
  • Duke of My Heart (Season for Scandal, #1)
  • My Fair Duchess (Dukes Behaving Badly, #5)
  • Dirty Deeds (Mechanics of Love, #3)
  • Chasing Lady Amelia (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #2)
  • A Woman Entangled (Blackshear Family, #3)
  • Sex and the Single Vamp
  • The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior (Seduction Diaries, #2)
  • How the Duke Was Won (The Disgraceful Dukes, #1)
  • His Mistress (Self-Made Men #2)
Eva Leigh is a romance author who has always loved the Regency era. She writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and listening to music from the ’80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.

Eva also writes in multiple romance genres as RITA-award nominated Zoë Archer.

Other books in the series

The Wicked Quills of London (3 books)
  • Forever Your Earl (The Wicked Quills of London, #1)
  • Scandal Takes the Stage (The Wicked Quills of London, #2)
“Do you enjoy reading, Lady Sarah?” he asked.
“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.”
“The Bible is a remarkable document,” he mused. “It can be interpreted many ways, and reveals as much about whoever reads it as it does about the Book itself.” 1 likes
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