How To Be a Wallflower

Morrow. (Would-Be Wallflowers, Bk. 1). Apr. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780063139534. pap. $9.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
To please her estranged grandfather, Cleopatra Lewis agrees to escort him during the London Season, but to avoid a marriage proposal, she is resolved to become a wallflower. While at a local shop for theater costumes, Cleo is offended by an overbearing American and impulsively decides to purchase the business, Quimby’s Emporium, out from under him. The wealthy American, Jake Astor Addison, tries to get Quimby’s back with a wager: each of them must design and order clothes for the other to wear during the Season. Jake dresses Cleo in gorgeous couture everyone will envy, making her stand out. Meanwhile, Cleo plans to turn Jake into the dandy of the Season, with outrageous frills and colors. Undeterred, the arrogant Jake moves into Cleo’s hotel and inserts himself into Cleo’s daily life, and it isn’t long before he makes up his mind to steal not only Cleo’s new business but her heart as well.
VERDICT James’s (“Desperate Duchesses” series) newest series won’t disappoint, with her signature abundance of banter, humorous situations, and strong-willed characters determined to have their way, creating sizzling sexual tension. The author’s fans will also enjoy seeing characters from My American Duchess in this series starter.
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