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Again the Magic (Lisa Kleypas, Wallflowers Prequel)

4 out of 5 stars

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This is a great lovers-reunited tale. They were almost-lovers as young adults, were separated, and are now related, amidst many misunderstandings and (in their eyes) larger-than-life obstacles. There are some parts where you get a little frustrated; there are moments of: come on already, just tell them the truth! But still, Kleypas is a talented writer, and this is a believably moving lovers-reunited tale. What’s more, because you see the beginning of their relationship, and then pick up right where they left off, after the time jump, you don’t feel like you’ve missed any of the real love story. The cast of side characters is well developed (almost too-well developed, more on that later), the writing is crisp and clear, and the characters really draw you in… a solid read!

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A Wallflower Christmas (Lisa Kleypas, Wallflowers #5)

1.5 out of 5 stars

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Bah. Humbug. I get that when romance authors have created a great series, there is the temptation to keep it going. Here, Kleypas had set out to do four books (you know, with each girl getting one season, like It Happened One Autumn, etc) and that’s where it should have ended. Each of the four Wallflowers books are excellent; this one, featuring the Bowman sister’s older brother from America… not so much. There’s just too much rehashing of what’s happening in each of the former Wallflowers’ lives, and not enough space to really develop either protagonist in this romance. Ultimately, you don’t care when they fall in love, they’re kind of just the excuse to revisit our former heroines, and though I love Lillian, Daisy, Evie and Annabelle, hearing about their babies and pregnancies isn’t enough to hang a book on.

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Scandal in Spring (Lisa Kleypas, Wallflowers #4)

4 out of 5 stars

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This book has a lot of trademark Kleypas strengths – interesting character development, great dialogue, sensual lovemaking, and an engaging supporting cast.  It is not my favorite within her four-book Wallflowers series, and there are some uneven bits, but Daisy and Matthew are well developed, engaging characters, and a couple of their interactions are particularly memorable (and very, very re-readable).  This is a little less of a standalone book relative to the rest of the series, which is one of its weaknesses.  As the conclusion to the Wallflowers, time is given to reviewing how each of our other three heroines have fared, which does take away from how developed our protagonists are.

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Devil in Winter (Lisa Kleypas, Wallflowers #3)

4.5 out of 5 stars

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As usual, Kleypas is great at giving us multi-layered characters with an entertaining supporting cast.  Unlike the previous books in this series, the side characters here feel more secondary, meaning the weight of the story really falls on the two protagonists.  St. Vincent, the nearly irredeemable rake who needs to marry an heiress, is believably complex and interesting, while his muse Evie feels a little too blank-slate, and we’re never quite certain what it is about her that St. Vincent eventually becomes obsessed with. Still, this is a great example of the genre, Evie has lots of plucky moments (like the opening sequence where she proposes to St. Vincent), and it’s well worth the read, though it’s neither the strongest example of Kleypas or the Wallflower series.

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It Happened One Autumn (Lisa Kleypas, Wallflowers #2)

5 out of 5 stars

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A great example of the genre, with characters that are extremely well-developed: powerful, attractive, and intelligent, but still flawed enough to feel layered and relatable.  Though Kleypas is adept at writing character-driven historical romances, she hits just the right amount of sensuality in this novel: it’s a well-paced, amusing opposites-attract story between a brash American heiress and a traditional, straight-laced earl.  It’s a wonderful mixture of wit and sex that also serves as a nice introduction for characters who will be developed in later novels… and it’s a great example of strong characters, who struggle falling in love because neither wants to give up the independence that comes with being in a relationship nor are they willing to surrender to the vulnerability that comes with falling in love. A wonderful read that is completely repeatable and memorable.

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Secrets of a Summer Night (Lisa Kleypas, Wallflowers #1)

4 out of 5 stars

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A very solid start to my favorite Kleypas series, Secrets of a Summer Night is strong enough to be enjoyed as a standalone novel as well.  It has a multi-faceted heroine who is relatable despite being a gold-digger in desperate need of a wealthy husband, and a genuinely interesting hero who struggles valiantly, trying to convince himself he’s merely in lust, before finally succumbing to love. Kleypas’s settings and side characters are artfully developed and believable, and it’s a wonderful historical romance. That said, I will admit it’s probably my least favorite in the series: the prologue was unnecessary and a poor start for an otherwise strong book, and there were small moments where it dragged – still, no book is perfect, and for me, all the novels in the Wallflowers series are not merely readable but repeatable.

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