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Once Upon a Wallflower

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Continue shopping. Item s unavailable for purchase. Please review your cart. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we'll automatically remove it at Checkout. Remove FREE. Unavailable for purchase. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Choose Store. A Gothic Villain… Expecting to scare the chit away within five minutes of meeting him, scarred and brooding Nicholas, the Viscount Ashfield, is intrigued by Mira's tenacious resolve to prove his innocence.

As the wedding approaches, Nicholas and Mira grow ever closer, yet so does the danger. Skip this list. Ratings and Book Reviews 6 45 star ratings 6 reviews. Overall rating 3. Yes No Thanks for your feedback! Report as inappropriate. What's not to love about a Gothic romance with a brooding hero and mystery of murders thought to be by his own hand? Not much and this one embodied it all around! An arranged engagement to a lord of the peerage, Mira hopes that he will call off the wedding.

Nicholas really does not want to marry, after all, why would she want to marry a man accused of murder? Surely she will call it off herself. But as fate would have it, they find they actually like spending time in each others company and start feeling attraction. So as the wedding draws near, neither call it off. Mira is determined to stop the rumors and innuendo that has been circulating the Ton and prove him innocent. But will she end up in the same manner? This was an enjoyable romance with the mystery underlying and I really like these two characters! This is the first book I have read by this author, but hope to read more!!

I read this through NetGallery … Show more Show less. I enjoyed watching the romance unfold between the two main characters as they worked to solve the mystery woven into the plot. Watson captures the historical time period nicely, and I look forward to reading more of her work. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book. What more could you ask from a Gothic Romance?

The best part of this story is the characters themselves and the sizzling, intense connection they forge. She did a great job creating a deeply emotional component to her brooding Hero's isolation making him sympathetic despite the dark accusations surrounding him. Oh and last but not least, our Heroine who is uncommonly capable and courageous which made for an absolute delightful foil to the Hero's dark past. A fabulous romance in the best "Gothic" style with chemistry between these two characters that swept me away and wanting more!

III be watching for more from this very talented author's historical romances. Highly recommend! View all 7 comments. If you like strong heroines, tortured heroes, sizzling romantic tension, and a well-written story, this might be the book for you. View 1 comment. Jun 25, Mei rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical. What I love here was the hero, Nicholas! He was a refreshing type of hero, even if he's tortured at the same time by his physical wound his bad leg , his childhood when his mother apprently commited suicide, his being suspected of murder of his fiancee and other young women I was expecting him to be brooding, angry, but instead he was gentle and understanding, with a nice touch of humor.

Mira was a nice heroine too. She's obviously a very low self esteem, since her whole life she was told that What I love here was the hero, Nicholas! She's obviously a very low self esteem, since her whole life she was told that she's ungly and clumsy. But still she's the first to accept and give Nicholas a chance.

They're perfect for each other and I loved how their love story was building and growing. The mystery Mira wanted to solve for Nicholas to be free of suspicion was nice, but nothing special. There was still an unecpected twist in the end that made it better. A very nice, satisfactory romantic story! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book I love a good romance where the so-called wallflower heroines turn out to be a force to reckon with! At the beginning of the story, we find our h Mirabelle qu My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book While reading, I did have my doubts on that regard though, hmmm Mira is smart, while Bella is Mira is even-tempered and logical, while Bella is spoiled and prone to throwing tantrum only child and all that.

Mira is down to earth, a good-natured girl while Belle is vain and petty. I damn sure was happy that Mira was Mira and Bella was And then, said uncle lost a bet and his own daughter to the Lord of a wealthy and venerable family, the Ellerbys. Lord Blackwell wants this girl for his son who is known to be a murderer.

Of course, the best solution was to foist Mira on them because, how can Bella, their golden girl, marry a murderer? Nah-ah, not happening! And you know why Mira has been desolate over this engagement, and the upcoming wedding, that will take place very soon. But Mira knows this will not work. Especially when they compare her to Bella, they take a detour. It was sad, and I felt for her. The man in question, Ashfield, lives in the wilds of Cornwall at the family estate called Blackwell. The murderer was never caught and Lord Blackwell, who is an Earl, has seen to it that Ashfield is never charged.

Ashfield is very tall and broad-shouldered, with lean muscles and a head full of dark hair. After the introduction, she finds him studying her rather intensely, then requesting for a dance.

While dancing, they talk and Mira figures that underneath this brooding man lies a hidden gem that only needs a bit unearthing. I was cheering for Nicholas from the first moment we met him. He has a rather witty sense of humor which he uses frequently to cope with the unfair rumors swirling about him, marring his reputation over the years.

Nicholas is also haunted by the dreams of his suicidal mother, whom he saw jump off a cliff when he was young. The pain of not being able to save her has never left him. He hurt one of his legs rather badly after a fall I think it was the day his mother committed suicide, on an attempt to save her. Moreover, Nicholas is an artist, something no one thinks a man should be.

Because he loves keeping to himself and lives in the tower house, the people here marked him as a weirdo, hence the blame of these murders. And so, the poor guy has come to live with this and resigned to his fate Not once he thought that this time fate has planned on something entirely different for him.

He never cared for his family that much, except for that he had an heir. Then, after marrying a young debutante and foisting another son on her, he acquired the spare too. Not that he leaves his debauched lifestyle at London. He does his fair share of skirt-chasing in and around Blackwell too. Man, talk about disgusting stuff! Both Blackwell and Nicholas were given the impression that the bride-to-be was Bella Fitzhenry, so Nicholas was expecting a tepid young miss with blonde hair; qualities that only made him wanna run.

But what he finds is a fiery redhead with sparkly blue eyes and a figure to die for. Then there was the dance and the conversation with her, that he, after so many years of self-imposed seclusion, enjoyed very much. Nicholas finds himself very intrigued indeed. Until she runs from him The marriage is also supposed to take place at this time. But somewhere inside her, Mira feels that Nicholas is not the culprit. Mira and her family are very unsurprisingly not welcomed with open arms.

It was really fun to watch Mira and Nicholas together. It just felt so natural that he should call her something so lovable, cause there was no doubt of the appreciation that he held for her. There was also the fact that Mira accepted him. Yet with that, came the vulnerabilities too. You see, Nicholas is scared.


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After a long time, his life has taken a rather positively interesting turn that involves a woman. I really, truly felt for him. He was such a good guy, only superbly misunderstood and misrepresented by all the gossips. I was so glad that Mira saw through it and wanted to help him. Their relationship went deeper with each conversation, each walks together.

Mira was hurt but also comforted that Nicholas was there. He very reluctantly agrees when she notes some valid points including their future children and their fate that this should be done. Mira finds some valuable information on the dead girls. One of the girls was pregnant at the time of the murder. And the only wealthy family in this part of Cornwall is the Ellerbys. This leaves three men; Nicholas, Lord Blackwell and Jeremy.

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Each murder took place during the Midsummer festivities. Mira zooms in on Blackwell himself, his penchant for fresh young girls making him an instant suspect, also his presence at each Midsummer. She tells Nicholas of her suspicion, who tries hedging it by changing the subject. This gives Mira a pause. Is she wrong then? Is Nicholas trying to hide something from her? If so, what? Not the amount they want anyway. Mira, the voice of reason, tries her logic with Bella on her newest rash decision.

But Bella is angry when Mira refuses to help her and is so mean to her that I wanted to smack her really bad. I must mention that this story was not as steamy and little lacking on the romance because Mira spend the majority of it trying to solve the murders. The story itself is not that long. There were also heated kisses and caresses. One day, Mira is rather forced to go to the village alone to do some more investigation. Nicholas was to accompany her. Mira is followed by a mysterious rider bend on murdering her. This individual almost succeeds in doing so But Nicholas follows her trail and finds her.

After tending to them, Pawly returns to Blackwell. Things take a different turn and Mira and Nicholas become intimate. But the next day, when she wakes up to the sound of someone entering the cottage, Mira comes down to find some evidence left there for her to see. This instantly makes her doubt everything she thought about Nicholas, so much so that she runs from him that instant. Seriously, Mira? You so disappointed me here. Tell me why would a seasoned murderer, whom no one has been able to identify so far, would leave these evidences in the open for everyone to see? Would he be that clumsy, if Nicholas was indeed that person?

He could taste the pain and bitterness of losing another person he loves very soon. Indeed this time he can act and save himself from another lifetime of pain. Misunderstandings were bound to happen but Mira chooses to trust Nicholas and not run even when the means are offered to her. I had 3 in mind, who, I felt, had the motive.

I was relieved to find that it was one of them. That must count for something! A solid 4 stars, recommended. View 2 comments. Well, this was more or less terrible. I mean, I knew I was in trouble when the heroine was introduced with a terminal case of "essentially evil family," that extended to every member. Seriously, her aunt and uncle essentially force her to marry someone everyone assumes is a multi-murderer, to cover her uncle's gambling debt, when the deal was for their daughter to marry said multi-murderer.

No one shows any remorse at this for the first three quarters of the book. At one point the daughter claim Well, this was more or less terrible. At one point the daughter claims to not want to be terrible and snotty all the time, but then in the next breath basically threatens to have the multi-murderer and heir to an earldom convicted so his younger brother whom the daughter is in love with can elope, and the main character will still be the poor relation under their control.

I mean, literally everyone in this is just nasty, except the main couple, their valet and ladies maid. Also, the mystery is clunky and predictable. The heroine is relatively consistent, but the hero is all over the place a case of tortured artist done poorly. The relationship development is Really, just about everything about it is Well, except for the fact that it was free. I was lured in by my love of mysteries in Gothic manor houses. I should have seriously cut my losses. Gothic manor houses, brooding heroes, and wallflower heroines have been done better in other many other books.

I would recommend reading those. Aug 27, Tin rated it really liked it Shelves: Disclosure: I received this book from the tour organizer as part of the book tour. Yes, this is an honest review. What isn't clear is which Mirabelle Fitzhenry Nicholas is engaged to? There is Mira, George's Disclosure: I received this book from the tour organizer as part of the book tour. There is Mira, George's niece, only daughter of his late brother, who is penniless and plain. And there is Bella, George's beautiful golden daughter, who had a successful season and is her family's golden ticket to a better life.

This is the type of confusion George Fitzhenry wants to capitalize on as he fobs off his niece to Nicholas and his father. Mira has no choice but to go along with her uncle's scheme to trick the Ellerbys in order to save Bella from having to marry a man rumored to have murdered his first fiancee. Mira is hoping her plainness and lack of wealth will push Nicholas to cry off and end their engagement. And Nicholas is hoping his reputation scares off Miss Fitzhenry and ends their unwanted engagement.

What neither one expected was to like each other -- but, after their first meeting, Mira and Nicholas slowly change their mindset: this engagement might not best bad, after all. But the specter of past accusations shadows over Nicholas and Mira races to prove her fiance's innocence as the date of their wedding draws closer and closer. This is Wendy Lyn Watson's first foray into writing a historical romance, but her experience writing contemporary mystery shines through as she mixes in a very intriguing mystery into Nicholas and Mira's story: three girls dead, all found near Blackwell Hall, with the third girl being engaged to Nicholas and found dead on the steps going up to his rooms.

Nicholas has never bothered to defend himself and no charges were ever made. In the beginning, Mira's motive for investigating was selfish: she wanted to make sure she wasn't marrying a murderer or, if proven true, it would give Mira an excuse to end the engagement. But, as she gets to know Nicholas, and appreciate his kindness and gentleness, Mira is convinced he is innocent and wants to find the true killer to save Nicholas's reputation.

The bulk of the mystery is set at Nicholas's family's country estate in Cornwall -- and this is the most interesting part of Watson's story. When she convinces Nicholas to help her, they gain more ground and discover more clues on the deaths of Tegen Quick and Bridget Collins. But what about Olivia Linworth's death? I love murder mysteries. I enjoy following the clues and making my own guess.

That the murders happened in a small town and there is only a short list of suspects makes this even more exciting. Who murdered those girls? The author presents her suspects well and hints that each one has a motive. There was a point when I thought I knew who the real killer was -- but Watson is very good at keeping it a secret until the very end.

My guess was wrong, by the way. Romance readers who love a bit of mystery will enjoy Watson's Once Upon a Wallflower. The twist on the two Mirabelle's, the twist on the murder mystery coupled with likable protagonists makes for a very entertaining read. I have one small question: How should we address Jeremy, who is the son of the Earl of Blackwell with his second wife? Nicholas assumed the title of Viscount as his father's heir so is Jeremy "Mr.

Ellerby" or Lord Jeremy? Both are used in the book. Based on the blurb for Once Upon a Wallflower , I was expecting something a little on the dark side, but really, this book is so much fun! I love the combination of historical romance and murder mystery. It was light, fun, steamy, and quite funny at times. It all starts with Mira's uncle owing a debt to Lord Blackwell. As payment he gives away her hand in marriage to the lord's oldest son, Nicholas. Now why does a wealth viscount need a bartered bride? Well, the whole town believes him a murdered who killed his last three fiancees. Luckily, Mira doesn't believe the town gossip and after meeting Nicholas and actually quite liking him, she sets out to find the real murderer!

I immediately thought Once Upon a Wallflower was a lot of fun, because Mira is just a great character. She's essentially been sold off against her will, but she takes it in great stride. She knows she's not what Society considers beautiful--she's a plump redhead with attitude--so her marriage prospects aren't many. Plus she's taking her cousin's place! It turns out Lord Blackwell is expecting the gorgeous blonde and proper Mirabelle Fitzhenry for his son. Yes, there are two Mirabelle Fitzhenrys! Mira our feisty heroine and Bella, her less feisty cousin.

However, Nicholas is quite glad to have gotten Mira instead, since she actually treats him like a person unlike most women. I adored Nicholas, too! He's funny and witty, and doesn't really conform to Society's standards. He's an artist and a bit of a loner, which only fuels the gossip about him. Rumor has it, he practices black magic and sacrifices young women! Once Upon a Wallflower focuses on he and Mira attempting to prove his innocence and flush out the real culprit. Nicholas and Mira are a great team, working through the incidents logically. However, Nicholas has a secret that may put a damper on Mira's investigations.

The mystery was great, and totally held my attention. There's plenty of scandals revealed along the way! I also solved this one before Mira did! I felt so smart! Once Upon a Wallflower was just a good time! Even though I was expecting something dark and sexy, I became completely smitten with this adorable mystery. There are some steamy scenes, but I don't think the romance was the focus at all, and that was fine. I enjoyed clue hunting with Mira, and I loved how no matter what happened, she was not deterred from her goal!

Oct 30, Katrina Passick Lumsden rated it liked it. This wasn't too terrible. I always begin these books with a little trepidation, but I was, I suppose, pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Mira is an interesting character, practical and thoughtful, self conscious without being a total ninny about it. Nicholas is swoon worthy in that devil-may-care, windswept, Cornish artist way. He's reminiscent of Heathcliff If Heathcliff hadn't been a total asshole. The few physical scenes were tastefully done. I thought the petting that occurred after Well. I thought the petting that occurred after Nicholas showed Mira his sketch of her was quite original. The only problem I really had was with the general vagueness of the character's personalities.

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Mira deems herself a "logical" person, but she doesn't always employ common sense, and there's a serious logic fail toward the end of the book when she starts to doubt Nicholas. Her internal rationalization was anything but logical and it made me dislike her a bit. Her speech is also a little Almost as if the author had a really hard time with dialogue. This isn't unusual, I've noticed, but the interactions between characters seemed more wooden and superficial than I'm used to. Usually people screw up dialogue by overdoing the sentimentality and platitudes, but the opposite seemed to rule here.

The villain became sort of blindingly obvious about halfway through, so when Mira and Nicholas finally figured it out and were shocked Well, you can guess how much eye rolling I was doing. Still, despite its issues, it was an engaging read, and I found myself rooting for Mira and Nicholas and wondering how everything would turn out.

A pleasant way to pass the time if you're into historical romance with a mystery twist.

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Jan 25, Fizza rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-romance , mystery. I really enjoyed this story. It's well-written and quite interesting. I loved all the characters and the mystery part of the story had me intrigued since the very beginning, all in all, it's an amazing read. It's definitely a must read for historical fiction fans. Miss Mira is engaged to a man who is accused of, not one but three, murders. She has no choice but to marry him or else her reputation will not survive the blow. Still, she plans to convince him to cry off the engagement.

She never thou I really enjoyed this story. She never thought about getting married anyway. It won't be a big deal for her even if this ruins her reputation. It's not like she has any prospects to speak of. Lord Nicholas has no interest in marriage. He is a loner who likes to keep to himself.

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