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How to Woo a Wallflower

(Romancing the Rules #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  37 reviews
An Unconventional Wallflower…

Clarissa Ruthven was born to be a proper lady, but she’s never wanted to live up to the expectations her late father set. Determined to use her inheritance to help the less fortunate women of London, she’s devastated to learn that she won’t be inheriting anything until she marries, a fate she has no interest in. Unwilling to let go of her plans
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Published November 14th 2017 by Avon Impulse
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Tracy Emro
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
4.5 stars

Gabriel "Gabe" Adamson is a self made man, born and raised on the streets of Whitechapel, he has done many things he is not proud of, but he has left that life behind and never intends to look back. However, at his sister's request, he is back in Whitechapel looking for their mother. Unable to find her, he leaves intending to return home, but he is side tracked when he hears a scream and finds a woman fighting off a man. He is ready to intervene when he realizes two things, one the wom
“Don’t you have a heart, Mr. Adamson?”
“Not that I’m aware of.” He knew it wasn’t true. She’d put a lie to the claim. Since Clary strutted into his life wielding a croquet mallet, he’d been reminded of the nuisance of his heart every damned day. The rusty organ responded to her, crashing against his ribs every time she was near, as if she was a magnet and his heart nothing but a twisted piece of metal.”

FINALLY!!! I LOVED A BOOK IN THIS SERIES! It was a real surprise honestly, given that I did
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of Clarissa “Clary” Ruthven’s fondest wishes is to do more for London’s poor women, but to get her inheritance, she would have to marry, which does not figure in Clary’s plan for the foreseeable future. She wants her own place, so she will have to seek a position, and when the opportunity knocks at her door, why not work at the family’s publishing house? Ah, but there looms the forbidding manager, Gabriel Adamson. Clary’s brother Kit, part owner, arranges for Gabriel to mentor Clary, which o ...more
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to The Book Junkie Reads . . . by: Edelweiss
Enemies-to-romance-to-lovers-to-more. Clarissa (Clary) wanted to only make things better for the working poor of her community. She had the opportunity to do so with the death of her father and the inheritance that he left her. She just knew she could do a lot of good. There was a catch. She had to be married to receive a single shilling of that inheritance. Clary had not intentions on ever marrying but now that plan has been changed to find a man should could marry. In comes the manager, Gabrie ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An enemies to lovers Victorian story with no dukes or earls or the ton or big balls or oodles of money. These are pretty much down to earth people trying to make their way in life and love. Gabriel and Clary’s story is full of great banter, bickering and nudging. Really liked Gabriel’s background – he is no slouch. Clary just marches to her own drummer with her attitudes and the way she lives. A fantastic read that once you start you feel compelled to finish in a sitting.

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Returning to the Ruthven’s story, the third book focuses on Clary, a young woman who can’t wait to get her hands on an inheritance, with which she plans to help the young women at Miss Fisk’s School for Unfortunate Girls. But, she soon learns that she will have to marry to have her own money – and that doesn’t work for her at all. She wants to control her own life and destiny, and without a way to earn her own keep – that isn’t going to happen. Her brother, Kit, part owner of Ruthven Publishing, ...more
Isabelle MBTL
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars


Cover: It is a good cover. This is Clarissa in a particular dress she wears for a ball. In fact, this is the dress she was wearing when at the couple's first kiss.
Plot: The story has good pace, it kept me guessing and I've ended wanting more. The writing style is cohesive, with everything relevant to the story and no weak points.
Characters: They are easy to like, connect and understand.  Clarissa is an amazing characters. She is a kick-ass heroine! Gabriel i
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stars! While I really enjoyed Clary, I didn't care for Gabe's "I'm not good enough for you" turn at the end. So it was a nice read, but it was not good enough for a re-read in the future.
Donna Foster
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How to woo a boxer!

This was very good! I'm not a big boxer fan but this is a great story. She was worth everything he when though!
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: given-by-author, 2017
This was so good that I was bad and stayed up late to read it. The characters were so real that they could have been my best friends. They storyline was utterly fantastic. I could not wait for the happily ever after on this one.
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* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.

What’s it About? Clarissa Ruthven is determined to use her inheritance to help the less fortunate women of London, unfortunately per her late father’s wishes she won’t be inheriting anything unless she marries. Which she doesn’t want to do and she’s not about to gi
Dee Deacon Foster
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gabriel Adamson felt little guilt at what he had to do so he and his sister could survive; that is until a ray of sunshine enters his well-ordered life. Too bad she’s the sister of his employer and she’s soon to take her place as part owner of said business. As Gabe comes to know the little spitfire the more she makes him question everything he’s done and makes him wish for more; but he knows his background means he will never be good enough for her.
The only thing Clarissa Ruthven wants is an in
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

These two are perfect for each other. Christy Carlisle brings the light, otherwise known as Clary, into Gabe's dark existence. He is working so hard to escape his past. Clary is trying so hard to find a future of her own. They don't even realize what they need is right in front of them.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
How to Woo a Wallflower by Christy Carlyle is Book Three in the "Romancing the Rules" series. This is the story of Clarissa 'Clary' Ruthven and Gabriel Adamson. I have read (and LOVED them!) the other books in this series but feel this can be a standalone book.
Gabriel grew up a poor boy in Whitechapel where he had to fight his way to get money for food for his family. So much so that they used to bet on him when fighting. His mother was nothing to speak up and would get beaten by men. But when
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, historical
I loved Clary and Gabe's story--she's probably my favorite of all three of the Ruthven siblings now :)

Clarissa Ruthven's just turned twenty-one is fresh out of school, and she's got plans. Lots of plans. She has a charity school she's dedicated to, a plan to use her share of the family publishing business to help both her charity and women in general, and many, many other grand ideas. Finding out that other than her share of the business, she gets nothing from her father's inheritance until she
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Dynamite High 5 Stars for How to Woo a Wallflower by Christy Carlyle. This series just gets better and better! Clarissa Ruthven is a proper young lady who’s in quite a pickle, she can’t get her inheritance until she marries. She wants nothing of the sort, she’s an independent and self-disciplined woman who does not need a man in her life… or so she thinks. She spends her spare time volunteering at Miss Fisk’s boarding school for unfortunate girls. This is truly where Clarissa’s heart belongs, ...more
Dawn West
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

This book really impressed me!

Clarissa may be an adult but she doesn't have the freedom she wants or the funds she needs to help her beloved charities. Taking a job at her family's press seems like the only way she can secure her future and help women in need. Falling for the business' manager is just a bonus.

Gabe hates the idea of having Clarissa in his work space, distracting him and everyone else. Sure, she's smart and beautiful and
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An Unconventional Wallflower…

Clarissa Ruthven was born to be a proper lady, but she’s never wanted to live up to the expectations her late father set. Determined to use her inheritance to help the less fortunate women of London, she’s devastated to learn that she won’t be inheriting anything until she marries, a fate she has no interest in. Unwilling to let go of her plans, Clary works at Ruthven Publishing for Gabriel Adamson, a man who’s always hated her. She’s always returned t
Kelly  The Sassy Book Lover
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review

I was glued from the start and couldn't put it down. There was something there between them from the start and they knew it. I loved how they were with each other because to everyone else it looked like they couldn't stand each other. They were meant for each other and balanced each other out many times. I did not expect his past to come up the way it did or for everything to end the way it did and I loved it.

Clary finds the good
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I have to say that I liked How to Woo a Wallflower. I adore Clary. I mean she's so bubbly and is willing to try anything. She's hard working, and extremely determined to help her cause. She's willing to overcome any obstacles even stubborn man. Gabe is totally awesome. I mean he's a good guy, but he likes order. He strides to live a different life than what he grew up from. He doesn't feel like he's good enough for Clary.

We have this struggle between Clary and Gabe. Cl
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story represents the saying “save the best for last”. This was such a great story. I love the depth of characters and the twists and turns of the plot. I fell in love with Clary and Gabriel. I loved the story so much I read it in a day! Such a good book I couldn’t put it down!
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book. I loved the characters. Clary is impatient, young and optimistic. She gives her all to anything she does and is dedicated to her causes. Gabriel has a dark past and because of the chaos in his past he believes in following the rules and in keeping everything in order.

I loved how Gabriel and Clary interacted throughout the story and really loved the ending.

This book is part of a series but I’m an be read as a stand-alone book.
Historical Junkie
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Clary and Gabe's story. Full review to come.
Lori D
A Delightful story that will keep you turning the pages. Gabe Adamson never intended to go back. Born and growing up on the streets of one of London's worst areas, Whitechapel, he did whatever was needed for he and his sister to survive. Now, working at a publishing company he worked he way up, but is determined to keep order in all he does. But sometimes fate steps in the way in the form of Clary Ruthven, sister of his employer. Having known each other for years, but never really getting along, ...more
Maria Dariotis
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully entertaining I loved it!

Clarissa Ruthven had to follow by the rules her father had dictated, after all he had a book written on comportment, at the family publishing business. But Clary wants more from her life than to abide by the rules. She wants to help the less fortunate girls of White Chapel. Her brother worries for her and tasks the only man Clary is flustered with, the handsome Gabriel Adamson. The man is so uptight and by the book the polar opposite of Clary’s passionate suns
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Third in the series, but the first I've read. Coming in late to the series didn't hinder my enjoyment, will definitely read the other two books. Enjoyable read. Likable characters who aren't the typical Dukes, Earls, or damsels who only want to get married.
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This the third installment in the Romancing the Rules by Christy Carlyle. Clarissa Ruthven in the youngest of the Ruthven Family. She is bright and full of life. She wants to make the world a better place and make a difference. She doesn't want to be a wife. I love this story. It was refreshing and I like how the two main characters come together. Gabriel Adamson is very strait-laced and likes everything to be in orderly fashion. When Clarissa comes in his tidy world, he can't help to blend to h ...more
Luz Trevino
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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