“Wallflower Most Wanted,” is a pleasant read that I found to be engaging as a historical fiction novel but certainly not as a romance. Sadly, I found the romance to be dull and somewhat borish without any exciting moments happening to keep me entertained as I read the book itself. I was disappointed by this fact because I love to swoon over a steamy romance hookup.
I think that both Sophia and Ben did have a worthy attraction. I savored both of the characters together but it just took so darn long for the couple to take the next step and announce their feelings for one another that I felt so frustrated with the entire book. The plot was also a little bit of a drag as was the writing pace. So very many of the scenes could have been written out the story entirely and I would have still possessed the knowledge to have known what was happening within the plot.
On a positive note, I thought the backdrop of the story was very well written. The scenery was beautifully detailed and is the sole reason as to why I liked this book. Despite this small positive, I don’t think this is a series that I would want to continue.
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?
Wallflower Most Wanted by Manda Collins is a page-turning Regency romance and part of the Studies in Scandal series.