[THROWBACK REVIEW] Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

Hello, lovelies! 🍁 Back with another 4 years old review. Wallflowers by Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite series of her, the characters in this series are to die for [plus, it introduces Cam, one of my favorite male characters in this entire world].

This will be a short, fangirling moment because back then, I used to write short reviews 😅

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.

Meet the heroine, who is gorgeous, strong and . . . poor.

  • I have a severe weakness for this type of romance, set in other places and other times where the peer was everything in England and yet people were starting to be influenced by the world-changing around them.
  • We meet Annabelle, who is on the verge of desperation, three seasons in and she’s still single, painfully single, without a penny to her name and a house where everything is just appearances.
  • Annabelle needs a husband ASAP and she doesn’t have any qualms about who she marries, as long as he’s part of the peer and not Simon Hunt (introduce a sigh full of feelings from this blogger)

The moment lengthened uncomfortably, until Simon Hunt finally spoke.

“A pretty sound, that,” he said softly. Annabelle struggled to find her voice.

“What is?” she asked.

“Your laughter.”

  • What can I say, the chemistry between these two was addictive, entertaining, and fascinating.
  • Throughout the book, we see Annabelle, funny, caring, independent, and loving. She hates her situation, will do anything to change it but there are things she’s not willing to do. She doesn’t want to be anyone’s mistress, even if that would be her last option. She wants freedom and goes to back to when life was better.
  • With Annabelle comes her Wallflower friends. I loved the relationship between the Wallflowers, Lillian is feisty and very much American, Evie is adorable and very much shy and Daisy is just a pixie who has magic and charm. Their friendship was all, it made the book even more enjoyable.
  • Annabelle and her friends were some of the best scenes in the book. They form an amazing friendship where they support each other and form an alliance in order to find rich husbands.

Meet the hero, or I mean, the villain (cough, Annabelle!).

  • Simon is everything I want (cough, everything Annabelle wants but doesn’t know it yet). He’s honest, painfully straightforward, and doesn’t care what people think when it comes to his upbringing and his ‘dirty’ money.
  • He’s the son of a butcher but with more money than most of the people in the peer. He’s above them all, he’s charming, independent, and sexy. But Simon also remembers where he came from and how his family always comes first.
  • He’s a perfect gentleman, and poor Annabelle tries, she seriously tries to avoid him, he’s bad new and he doesn’t belong to her class.
  • Simon is so right for Annabelle, he’s also so amazing. Patient, serious, gloomy in some scenes but so strong and good – so noble.


“Have you noticed that Mr. Hunt is here?” Annabelle asked her friends in a low voice, and saw their eyes widen.

Your Mr. Hunt?” Lillian sputtered, while Daisy whipped her head around to catch a glimpse of him.

  • The romance, oh boy get ready for this steamy, lovable and addictive love.
  • The scenes between them are just my god, they are funny, witty, the banter is so good I just want to jump into the book to watch from the first row.
  • Annabelle and Simon fitted so well together, so perfect it was impossible for them to NOT end together. These two were ALL ladies and gentlemen!
  • Their relationship at the beginning is like cats and dogs. Annabelle is prideful and will never accept someone such as Simon even when he is in love with her since forever.
  • Simon’s family also plays a role in Simon’s life and in Annabelle’s too. Same with Annabelle’s family – her brother and mother. There are some disturbing situations about Annabelle’s family which also showcase a different part of this romantic scene where things go a bit dark but it fits the story overall.

“Annabelle…” His mouth drifted along her throat. “I’ve wanted you since the first moment I saw you standing outside that panorama, digging for coins in your purse. I couldn’t take my eyes from you. I could hardly believe you were real.”

This book has it all, romance, friendship, a great plot and real villains, and above all, Simon and Annabelle. He’s the Beast and she’s the Beauty.

I mean, come on, holy mother this man kills me. This series introduces so many wonderful characters that come to life in one of my favorite books in this world Mine Till Midnight.

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