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MY NEW RELEASE REVIEW of

Wallflower Most Wanted

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A Studies in Scandal Novel

by Manda Collins

Series: Studies in Scandal (Book 3)

Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (January 30, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1250109906

ISBN-13: 978-1250109903

File Size: 2349 KB

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Publication Date: January 30, 2018

Sold by: Macmillan

ASIN: B073TS79RH

Suggested Retail Price: $7.99

Available in Mass Market Paperback or E-Book at:

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Publisher’s Description:

THE PICTURE OF ROMANCE

A dedicated painter, Miss Sophia Hastings is far more concerned with finding the right slant of light than in finding Mr. Right. But when an overheard conversation hints at danger for another local artist, Sophia is determined to get involved. Even if it means accepting help from an impossibly good-looking vicar who insists on joining her investigation—and threatens to capture her heart…

Reverend Lord Benedick Lisle knows that Sophia is no damsel in distress. But he won’t allow her to venture into peril alone, either. . .especially since he finds Sophia’s curious, free-spirited nature so alluring. But protecting her from harm is becoming more difficult than the vicar could have expected as he and Sophia confront their fiery mutual passion. Who could have known that the art of love would prove so irresistible?

My Thoughts:

“Wallflower Most Wanted” is the newest release of the Studies in Scandal series by Manda Collins, a page turning Regency romance.

This incredible book is #3 of this series. I have read them all but this one is my favorite of the series so far.

Sophia Hastings is one of four young ladies who have inherited Lady Celeste Beauchamp’s estate. She is a dedicated artist and while painting a scene she is passionate aboutshe is startled by voices and falls down a cliff.
The local vicar, Reverend Lord Benedick Lisle rescues Sophia after her fall. The two of them overhear a startling conversation that hints at a murder plot.
Because the target is a local artist Sophia insists on investigating. Benedick will not allow her to jump into this alone.

Will this lead to a lasting love?

I gave this book 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 3.5 of 5.0 flames. This one kept the intimacy until later in the book rather than jumping right in. This helped me understand the growing attraction between hero and heroine much better.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read and review.. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

This Series:

  1. Ready Set Rogue
  2. Duke With Benefits
  3. Wallflower Most Wanted
  4. One For The Rogue (Expected Pub. Date June 26, 2018); Pre-Order Now

 

About The Author:

manda-collinsManda Collins grew up on a combination of Nancy Drew books and Jane Austen novels, and her own brand of Regency romantic suspense is the result. An academic librarian by day, she investigates the mysteries of undergraduate research at her alma mater, and holds advanced degrees in English Lit and Librarianship. Her debut novel, How to Dance with a Duke spent five weeks on the Nielsen Bookscan Romance Top 100 list, was nominated for an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for best debut historical romance, and finaled in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence contest. Both How to Entice an Earl and Why Dukes Say I Do were selected for inclusion in Eloisa James’s Reading Romance column. She has been reviewed in Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, RT Book Reviews, and USA Today.

Nominations & Wins:

  • Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense
  • The Sheila
  • The Heart to Heart (Winner)
  • The Laurie
  • The GOTCHA
  • Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence (Winner)
  • Original Golden Opportunity 
  • RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Innovative Historical Romance
  • RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Debut Historical Romance


Bold Seduction

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The Hornsby Brothers

by Karyn Gerrard

File Size: 407 KB

Print Length: 121 pages

Publisher: Lyrical Press (September 1, 2015)

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services

Language: English

ASIN: B00QP3CZS6

Currently FREE at:

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Publisher’s Description:

An Intriguing Proposition
Passion. Seduction. Pleasure. These are the qualities of any courtesan worth her salt. As owner of The Starling Club, London’s most notorious house of ill-repute, Madame Philomena McGrattan has seen it all, heard it all, done it all. There is little that surprises her anymore, and even less that excites her. So when she is presented a chance at an irresistible seduction, she can’t help but rise to the challenge.

 
A Dangerous Game
Studiousness. Practicality. Discipline. Such are the attributes of a good scholar, and such are the principles Lord Spencer Hornsby has built his life around. Alone in the Welsh countryside, with only his wolfhounds for company, Spencer has thrown himself into his work. There is little time for the pleasures of society, not even to think of the joys of the fairer sex. But when an unexpected guest arrives at his isolated hunting lodge, Spencer cannot help but be baffled by the presence of this dangerously beautiful woman. And when he discovers the reason for her arrival, and the pleasures she promises, he cannot help but find himself irresistibly intrigued . . .



Glitter and Gold

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The Canary Club Novels Book 1

A Canary Club Prequel

by Sherry D. Ficklin

Paperback: 160 pages

Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing

Paperback Not Yet Released

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1634222571

ISBN-13: 978-1634222570

File Size: 7430 KB

Print Length: 178 pages

Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing

Publication Date: March 23, 2017

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B06XTK94Q3

Digital List Price: $2.99

FREE For a Limited Time at:

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Publisher’s Description:

Of Glitter and Gold: A Canary Club Prequel
Set during the flamboyant anything-goes era of 1920’s America, these three historical romance tales are filled with intriguing characters and rich imagery from the time period—with flappers, jazz music, gangsters, and lavish wealth. Escape to a different decade today with the compelling stories of the Canary Club. This novel can be read before or after The Canary Club.

Novels inThe Canary Club Series by Sherry D. Ficklin:

  • The Canary Club (Stand Alone)
  • Glitter and Gold: A Canary Club Prequel
  • Additional books following secondary characters coming soon.

Novelette 1- Gilded Cage
Masie, the flaxen-haired daughter of notorious bootlegger Dutch Schultz, returns home from boarding school to find her family in crisis. Her mother is dangerously unstable, her father’s empire is on the brink of ruin, and the boy she once loved has become a ruthless killer for hire. To keep her family’s dangerous secrets, Masie is forced into a lie that will change the course of her future—and leave her trapped in a gilded cage of her own making.


Novelette 2- All That Glitters
A dame with brains, moxie, and killer curves, June West isn’t your average flapper. She’s managed to endear herself to the son of one of the most powerful gangsters in New York, earning herself a spot in the limelight that she’s always longed for. With the infamous playboy at her side, June has become accustomed to living the high life. Lavish parties, expensive clothes, sparkling jewels—nothing is beyond her reach. But when her carefully woven web of lies finally catches up with her, she must make an impossible choice… come clean about her past and risk losing everything, or find a way to bury her demons—once and for all.


Novelette 3 – Nothing Gold
Dickey has been down on his luck since the day he was born. Flat broke and sick of being looked down on, he meets young socialite Lilly Rose at a wild party. The connection is like a strike of lightning. From a wealthy New York family, this debutante is everything he’s been told he can never have—and the only thing he wants. Determined to win her, he knows the only way to get her parents approval is with cold hard cash. So when a shot at the biggest score of his life comes around, he just can’t refuse…


Perfect for fans of Beatriz Williams’ A Certain Age or Libba Bray’s The Diviners, The Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin will entice Historical Romance fans of all ages. This Gatsby-era tale filled with dazzling speakeasies, vicious shoot-outs, gritty gangsters, and iridescent ingenues has also been compared to the television series Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING and BOARDWALK EMPIRE.


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