Title: Wallflower (Bk 1, The Old Maids Club)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Catherine Gayle
Publisher: Night Shift Publishing
Source: Kindle Free
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
The choice between adhering to a long-held pact and finally accepting love could prove Lady Tabitha Shelton’s unhinging. She is plump, plain, pleasant . . . and thoroughly unappealing to any of the men of the ton—apart from fortune hunters. A self-appointed wallflower, she has every intention of remaining one. Tabitha made a vow of spinsterhood with her cousins when they were girls, and she refuses to go back on her word. So far, she’s proven herself quite adept at warding off the blasted fortune hunters’ pursuits.
Noah deLancie, Marquess of Devonport, would prefer to marry for love and companionship—he’s a gentleman through and through—but circumstances have forced his hand: he needs money as badly as he needs a bride. When Noah’s brother-in-law suggests pursuit of his sister, Tabitha, a woman with a dowry large enough to cause even Croesus to blush and who is tantalizingly good company to boot, Noah stumbles into the future he hopes to secure. He’ll stop at nothing to convince Tabitha to marry him.
Nothing, that is, except perhaps the barrel of a dueling pistol, held to his face by his ladylove.
I loved this book. It was filled with a feisty heroine (often misguided but certainly sympathetic), a hero to die for and a scrappy, loving family. It reminded me of the delightful Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn. The villain was smarmy and evil and we longed for his comeuppance. Ms Gayle created these delightful characters that engaged me from the first page. I highly recommend this well written historical regency novel.