Series: Wallflowers #1
Also in this series: Scandal in Spring, It Happened One Autumn, Devil in Winter
Genres: Historical, Romance
Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.
Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle's most intriguing--and persistent--admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition . . . but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.
Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon--and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon's passionate embrace and tempting kisses . . . and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all.
Experienced weird reading deja vu feeling.
Thoughts on Secrets of a Summer Night
My “thrown back to the library gods” shelf was created for books like Secrets of a Summer Night. Not because I didn’t finish it — I did finish. No, because I spent a good chunk of the book experiencing reading deja vu.
Because I had read the book except Goodreads said I hadn’t. And that poses problems. For my sanity. It created all sorts of questions.
“Did I read this book in some past life?”
“Have I read so many historical romances they’re all blurring together?”
“Am I thinking of a different historical romance book with similar characters and circumstances?”
“Did I read it and not mark it in Goodreads?”
Quite the dilemma I had, especially since this isn’t the first time I’ve experienced something similar. Near I can figure, I have read Secrets of a Summer Night before — at least about half of it — but for some reason, never finished. Because the ending, I am quite sure, is not anything I remember.
And I remember the endings. Because the endings are why you read. Well, most of why. Okay, part of why. You get the idea. I suspect I gave up (if I’m not going crazy and really have read part of this book before) because there was a lull in the second half and I wasn’t sure why the book had to continue for so long.
I’ve done this before when the marriage isn’t the end of the book. There’s always a change in the tension and I probably got bored, set the book down, and didn’t pick it up. In case it’s not obvious, I powered through this time.
I’m glad I did because the ending was EXPLOSIVE. Yeah, I’m punning here. Anyway! Annabelle. And Simon. I was kind of disappointed we didn’t get more Simon’s POV, because I liked him, standard historical romance hero that he was. Annabelle I was less enamored of, mainly because she struck me as rather snobby even though things like character development happen.
Annabelle just gets a lot of page time. And sometimes, I like witnessing the man’s downfall from his perspective. It’s so much more delicious that way.
Secrets of a Summer Night is definitely a “read in one day” sort of books, purely for pleasure, that you don’t put a lot of critical thought to. I’m determined to plow forward with this series because, as everyone has told me, Devil in Winter is worth it.