Secrets of A Summer Night

Secrets of A Summer Night

eBook - 2004
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Desperate to save her family from ruin, Annabelle Peyton plans to use her beauty and wit to marry a wealthy aristocrat, but her plans are undermined by the intriguing Simon Hunt, who offers seduction but not marriage.


Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband.So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle's most intriguing—and persistent—admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition . . . but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon—and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon's passionate embrace and tempting kisses . . . and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all.

The Wallflowers

Four young ladies at the side of the ballroom make a pact to help each other find husbands . . . no matter what it takes

Proud and beautiful Annabelle Peyton could have her pick of suitors—if only she had a dowry. Her family is on the brink of disaster, and the only way Annabelle can save them is to marry a wealthy man. Unfortunately her most persistent admirer is the brash Simon Hunt, a handsome and ambitious entrepreneur who wants her as his mistress.

Annabelle is determined to resist Simon's wicked propositions, but she can't deny her attraction to the boldly seductive rogue, any more than he can resist the challenge she presents. As they try to outmaneuver each other, they find themselves surrendering to a love more powerful than they could have ever imagined. But fate may have other plans—and it will take all of Annabelle's courage to face a peril that could destroy everything she holds dear.

& Taylor

Desperate to save her family from ruin, beautiful Annabelle Peyton plans to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable--and wealthy--aristocrat into marriage, but her plans are quickly undermined by the attentions of the intriguing Simon Hunt, who offers seduction but not marriage, in the first volume of a new romance series. Original.

Publisher: New York : PerfectBound, 2004
ISBN: 9780060791926
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult


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Oct 27, 2017

Simon's goal to wait until Annabelle was desperate and then make her his mistress was so despicable that I didn't want to read any more about him. Usually her characters are essentially good people. Not this time.

Oct 21, 2017

I dont know... maybe when they got married at abut 50% the hunt was over for me and I lost interest. I was expecting more after that, but nope. Someone did get stabbed but was never followed up on. Someone tried to hit on whats her face, then there was a disaster and then love. The end.

I'm interested enough in the side characters to continue reading the series, but this book did not do a lot for me.

AL_MARCIA Oct 13, 2017

An enjoyable romance involving a group of "wallflower" debutantes who are having difficulty snatching husbands. As they group together to solve their problem, they stir up all kinds of trouble.

bwortman Dec 07, 2016

I enjoyed this historical romance thoroughly. Kleypas sets up a lovely premise with the four wallflowers working together to snag a husband in the difficult market of the early Victorian era. Watching Annabelle and Simon's relationship develop is a thorough delight and the denouement was actually a surprise for me as the final conflict was not what I had anticipated. I'll be picking up the other books in this series and Kleypas has made my list of authors to pick up when I'm in the mood for a historical romance.

Nov 24, 2015

This is an excellent series-opening romance, focusing on four wallflowers who make a pact to help each other attract husbands. Annabelle Peyton is the heroine of this first installment, and the story of her romance with a wealthy man of common birth is unusually astute when it comes to social issues and the ways that the world of the aristocracy was changing in the face of industrialism in the mid-19th century. But beyond that, it's also just a really fun book! There's lots of witty banter and humor, and the hero and heroine are exceedingly well-matched. Highly recommended for fans of Julia Quinn and Eloisa James, though this setting of this one is a bit later than theirs.

booklady1 Jan 12, 2013

Superbly written and well paced,this book thoroughly entertains as It follows the escapades of the wallflowers young ladys...has they make way In upper-crust london society...funny! with a bit of mayhem, humor, and enough sensuality to please all of us readers, I love It!!!

May 13, 2012

Really enjoyed this first in a four-part series. I liked the tension and fun between Annabelle and Simon and I also liked the personalities of the other girls, especially the American debutantes Lilian and Daisy, who seem fiery and good heroines for future books in the series.

mark445 Dec 13, 2011

Great series

Dec 08, 2011

I just read this, book one in the wallflowers series. Loved it! It is the first romance novel I've ever read and now i'm hooked! Just about to begin book 2, Autumn.

Jul 15, 2011

The wallflower series is amazing!

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