Friday, September 6, 2013

Review: Once Upon a Wallflower by Wendy Lyn Watson

Title: Once Upon a Wallflower
Author: Wendy Lyn Watson
Genre: Historical Romance - Suspense
Source: Publisher Request - Entangled Publishing
Release Date: August 12, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

A Perennial Wallflower…

When Mira Fitzhenry’s guardian arranges her engagement to one of the most scandalous, yet devastatingly handsome lords to ever grace the peerage, all of society is abuzz. After all, the man has left a trio of dead young women in his wake, including his first fiancĂ©e. 

A Gothic Villain…

Expecting to scare the chit away within five minutes of meeting him, scarred and brooding Nicholas, the Viscount Ashfield, is intrigued by the unfashionably lovely Mira, but his family’s dark secret means he must fight his attractions. No matter what his heart wants.

As the wedding approaches, Nicholas and Mira grow ever closer, yet so does the very real danger. Will the truth bring Nicholas and Mira together or tear their love apart?

Once Upon a Wallflower is a beautiful story of love and suspense.  When Mira finds that she has been engaged to a man everyone believes is responsible for murder, she is quite naturally afraid and hopes to find a way to call it all off.  Nicholas, a misunderstood man everyone believes killed his last fiance, is just as determined to break the engagement - he has no need to get married.  But of course, if things worked out that way we wouldn't have a very good romance.

While the book started out just a little slow, it picked up the pace once Mira and her family travel to the Blackwell country estate to stay until the two can marry.  Once there, the clues are laid out nice and thick for anyone caring to go and find them - Mira is just that person, even if Nicholas seems to not see the need to clear his name.  The best part of this was trying to figure out who did it.  With only 30 pages left, I had it narrowed down to three people, but still wasn't sure which it was.  This was a brilliant job at keeping me interested in the mystery.  The reveal of who was responsible was fantastic as well, and I still wasn't 100% sure until the characters figured it out as well.  Again...brilliant.

Mira and Nicholas are both social outcasts for different reasons and they seem to bond over that.  Throw in the fact that Nicholas likes his women to be intelligent, and Mira becomes quite the catch once he gets to know her.  Theirs was a sweet romance, but clouded with doubt over Nicholas's innocence throughout the story - the driving force behind Mira trying to clear his name.  If the book had started off just a tad bit better - moving the story along more from the very beginning this would have received 5 stars.

Barnes & Noble: Once Upon a Wallflower

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