Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
A commode heiress named Cleopatra Lewis with an unconventional upbringing who’s also the granddaughter of a viscount.
A self-made brawny American businessman, Jacob Astor Addison, who is the possessor of a formidable jawline.
What kind of trouble could they get into when they both want the same costume business?
I always enjoy Eloisa James romances. They seem so sophisticated—I think it’s how her characters banter— & they’re sexy & bold. She’s keeping the streak alive for me with How to be a Wallflower, a romance featuring a lead whom every other character knows is *not* a wallflower.
Cleopatra is a standout of the book. Every time she does something without permission, like staying in a hotel while unwed, smoking a cheroot, deciding to buy a business, I cheered internally.
As Jacob comes to appreciate the same qualities that once bedeviled him & stops being as misogynistic 🙄😆 he grew on me too. Do you remember how I described him earlier? He’s a real fox.
But one development in the romance arc happens abruptly for me & overall the arc isn’t quite as smooth & straightforward as I would like, particularly when it comes to potential other entanglements like the woman in America Jacob has “an understanding” with.
All things considered How to be a Wallflower is invigorating, refreshing, sensual fun & the epilogue has me 👀 for what I assume is book 2.
4 ⭐️. Release date: 03/29.
Give me that HEA, please.
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