Winning the Wallflower: A Novella by Eloisa James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In anticipation of The Duke is Mine (12/27), Eloisa James has penned a wonderful novella about one Lucy Towerton's engagement to the most eligible and inappropriate bachelor in London: Cyrus Ravensthorpe. Lucy has been on the shelf for three years and when Ravensthorpe approaches her father, a marriage contract is signed and Lucy delivered. Cyrus has had a rough life living on the outside of polite society all due to his mother, the daughter of a duke, marrying the most famous barrister in England. So Cyrus plans to make himself a respectable marriage to a wallflower to gain his family’s entrance back into the ballrooms of the Ton. Lucy, however, has a few different ideas after her dire financial straits straighten themselves out in the form of an inheritance and now she is one of the most sought after heiresses of the Season. The engagement comes to an end but not before Lucy gets her kiss and Cyrus gets his comeuppance. Lucy is no shrinking violet (flower reference intended) and makes Cyrus change his mind about why he wants her to be his bride.
I love (can’t say Lucy right here) the chemistry that these two have. Like most James’ characters, these two enjoy some of the wittiest banter that can found in romantic fiction. Also, I love that her heroines find a better way to manage their own lives and demand that the men in their lives come up to scratch. Wonderful segue into The Duke is Mine which will be available 12/27. Pay close attention to Olivia and Rupert…you’ll be seeing them again.
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