Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on January 30th 2018
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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 overhead conversation hints at danger for another local artist, Sophia is determined to get involved. Even 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?
~~Reviewed by Bonnie~~
Sophia Hastings is one of four bluestockings who has been invited to reside at Beauchamp House to pursue her vocation and to possibly inherit the house itself. The deceased owner, Lady Beauchamp, selected the four talented ladies, each with an outstanding ability. Sophia is an artist. As she’s painting near the shore, she is so engrossed in her work, that the sudden voices she hears startle her enough to send her tumbling over the cliff to the beach below. Thankfully, her injury isn’t serious, but she lands right at the feet of the vicar.
Lord Benedick Lisle is the son of a duke, though he’s not the heir. Rather than his father forcing him into a vocation, Benedick is actually quite well off and became a vicar by his own choice. Ben is a very handsome, single man, and has become used to the young ladies pursuing him. However, Sophia is the first one to literally fall at his feet. As he begins to aid her, they hear the voices up on the cliff that so startled Sophia, and it appears that they are planning something very dastardly.
Ben and Sophia both have a strong sense of right and wrong, and they are both determined to find out who those mysterious voices belonged to before they can proceed with their criminal intent. As they spend more time together, they find a camaraderie and closeness that they couldn’t have imagined. Though they were casually acquainted, they had previously dismissed each other as someone so totally opposite of themselves, that they couldn’t imagine a romance. Yet, a romance does develop, and it’s sweet and passionate and real.
I fell in love with both of these characters and with the story. Ben, in particular, has a distinct sense of honor, a genuine desire to help and serve others, yet he’s a handsome and sexy man who feels all the emotions and desires any man does. Sophia is a beautiful young woman who doesn’t truly recognize or care that all the young men in town seem to flock around her. She’s kind, serious about her work, sometimes hasty with a remark, but always ready to apologize and forgive.
WALLFLOWER MOST WANTED contains murder, forgery, and mystery, but the focus is on the wonderful love developing between an unlikely couple. The other bluestockings and Ben’s family add some humor as they can’t help meddling. I loved watching Ben and Sophia decide that their love was more important than any differences or obstacles they would have to overcome. The passion between this couple is steamy, yet portrayed in such a way that Ben is not untrue to his beliefs. I love and recommend WALLFLOWER MOST WANTED, which I happily devoured in one sitting.