Tempting Mr. Weatherstone: A Wallflower Wedding Novella (Originally appeared in the e-book anthology FIVE GOLDEN RINGS)

Tempting Mr. Weatherstone: A Wallflower Wedding Novella (Originally appeared in the e-book anthology FIVE GOLDEN RINGS)

by Vivienne Lorret

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ISBN-13: 9780062387257
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/25/2014
Series: Wallflower Wedding Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 34,166
File size: 467 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author, VIVIENNE LORRET transforms copious amounts of tea into words. She is an Avon author of works including: The Wallflower Wedding Series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series, The Season’s Original Series, and the Misadventures in Matchmaking series. For more information on her books, sign up for her newsletter at www.vivlorret.net.

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Tempting Mr. Weatherstone: A Wallflower Wedding Novella (Originally appeared in the e-book anthology FIVE GOLDEN RINGS) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A delightfully sweet, absolutely adorable romance, Tempting Mr. Weatherstone was a wonderful historical romance novella. It was simply lovely and I really liked it. Penelope and Ethan were both likable. They were both creatures of habit and that predictability made them both happy. For Penelope, though, the stasis that her relationship with Ethan had fallen into made her restless and encouraged her to be more assertive in what she wanted. Ethan was very sweet. He obviously cared about Penelope more than anything, but was terrified that, in trying to change their relationship, he would lose her. I thought both characters were great. The romance was a delight. Penelope and Ethan clearly loved each other. It was just a matter of finding the courage to take the first step. I thought they were perfect together. The plot moved quickly and kept me engaged all the way through. For such a little novella, there was a surprising depth to the characters and the emotion. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. Tempting Mr. Weatherstone was a fantastic historical romance novella that I truly loved. Romance lovers, if you want a quick and lovely read, this you'll definitely want to pick this book up. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
Ethan likes order and no change in his life. So, when his closest friend, Penelope comes to him telling him she's going to run off he's determined to show her sameness is best. Penelope wants some sort of adventure. She's been in love with Ethan most of her life and she can't sit back and watch him anymore. Penelope is fun. I love that she's determined to show Ethan that change can be good. Ethan is portrayed as imperfect in his looks and I love that. It's different and doesn't happen often. Ethan and Penelope are so similar but yet different enough to keep you interested in the perfectly flowing story. For fear of giving too much of the novella away I will end my review saying, that if you enjoy historical romance of any kind I highly recommend reading Tempting Mr. Weatherstone.
CrisConquers More than 1 year ago
After spending some time with her younger, married sister and her nephew, Penelope Rutledge begins to question her decision to never marry, and maintain her regimented, adventure-free existence. The only spark in her day-to-day life comes from her interactions with her best friend and neighbor, Ethan Weatherstone, who knows her like the back of his hand. But the frustrating man refuses to deviate from his orderly, unchanging habits and acknowledge the deeper, steamier feelings between them. Terrified by the prospect of spending the rest of her life doing needlepoint by the fire and having weekly dinners with Ethan and his mother but never having more, Penelope gets the urge to hop on the next mail coach in search of adventure. After having lost his father at a very young age and meeting and connecting with Penelope who had shared a similar loss, Ethan has found a routine that he enjoys—dinners with the Ruthledges and morning chats with his best friend, Penelope. She knows him better than anyone else and he can always predict her response in turn. But her foolish talk of running off in search of a thrill and her questioning her decision to forgo having her own children leaves him worried that his orderly life is about to be turned upside down. Add to the mix his ever more frequent thoughts of kissing Pen and his fear that their friendship would be irrevocably damaged and Ethan's structured existence becomes a lot more complicated. When two long-time friends who fear risks finally take the plunge, you get a story that's sweet, amusing and entirely engrossing. I'm a huge fan of the Friends-to-Lovers trope in romance and think that Penelope and Ethan made a wonderful transition, filled with the perfect amount of frustrating push-and-pull and banter to keep things lively. I absolutely loved the main characters and felt a strong connection with them. I lost my own father when I was just 9 years old and have struggled with the same maddening combination of fear and restlessness as Clio for quite a while. It's hard to create such a strong bond between the reader and the characters in a short novella but Vivienne Lorret did a fantastic job of fleshing out the characters and really making you understand their quirky relationship. Even though I would have loved a longer, more drawn out story about Penelope and Ethan (because I genuinely enjoyed the characters), I think the novella was perfectly paced and a great addition to the Wallflower Wedding Series. If you're a fan of historical romances and wallflowers this short read is not to be missed. I can't wait to see what Ms. Lorret has in store for us in her next series!  Disclaimer: As an Avon Addict, I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*A very enjoyable romance.. Would have made a fine full-length novel...
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gaele More than 1 year ago
I love this series where ‘lingering on the shelf’ women are finally united with the love of their life, and this story brings all of the heart from other installments in a wonderfully created novella that works perfectly as a stand-alone, or gives more impetus to read the other titles in the series.  Lorret takes her time in developing this relationship: Penelope and Ethan have a solid friendship, their families are close, they know everything about each other in that ‘no secrets’ way.  What is astonishing is that neither had ventured into what if territory, even as both are scratching at the confines of their lives.   Penelope is tired of doing the ‘expected’ and wants an adventure, her best friend Ethan thinks it is a horrible and terrible idea, and he realizes that leaving his ordered and comfortable life to keep Pen safe may be his only choice.  Ethan is a wonderfully “dull” hero – he loves his ledgers and his Momma, and Pen, and is the solid stand-up sort of man who needs a touch of adventure and some ‘new’ in his life to keep him from being old before his time. Pen is just the opposite, she rails against doing what is expected, even though her sense of obligation has her following through.  She’s exuberant, loves life, Ethan and the excitement that comes from change and new.   Watching these two come to realize their own feelings for one another, with minimal conflict that is all because Ethan is so comfortable in his ‘place’ that he is near clueless as to what could be.  They are masters at getting in their own way, whether because the idea never occurred, or they fear losing one another.  A perfectly delightful friends to lovers story with a wonderful happy ending.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Fantastic short historical romance!  Friends since childhood, Penelope has been in love with Ethan for years, but he is clueless.  When she decides that she can no longer continue to live the same way, Ethan finally figures out that he cannot live without her.  Sweet and romantic, a great quick read! eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Enchanting story! I received an advanced reader edition of the book from Avon via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review. 4 Stars! This was a wonderful little story that can easily be read in a single evening. I found this story to be quite enchanting and loved the fact that so much story was packed into just a few pages. Penelope and Ethan have known each other since they were children. Having both lost a parent during their childhood, they have been very close friends for a very long time. They live next to each other, see each other all the time, and have dinner together several times every week. Penelope is twenty five years old and has reached the point in her life where she is ready for something more. Ethan would like for things to stay just as they are - he is not a fan of change. I really enjoyed the characters in this story. Their bond with each other was so amazingly strong that I did wonder how Ethan was unable to see what was right in front of him. I love that Penelope decides that she is tired of waiting and decides to take action even if it is not the direction that she really wants to go. The parents obviously knew that they should be a couple but let the pair figure things out for themselves instead of pushing them together. I had a great time watching Ethan figure out that something had to change or he would lose Penelope. I think this novella is the perfect story to grab for any romance reading looking for a nice sweet read. I would recommend this story to all fans of historical romance. This is the first work by Vivienne Lorret that I have had a chance to read plan to look for her books in the future.
Fortressofbooks More than 1 year ago
ARC generously provided by the publisher via Edelwesis in exchange for an honest review  Rating: 4 stars Penelope Rutledge is restless, she wants more with her life than she has and now at the age of twenty-five she has decided to finally do something about it. She has been in love with her best friend and her neighbor Ethan Weatherstone for years and the man doesn’t seem inclined to be anything more than friend, she decides she has had enough! Ethan Weatherstone does not like change, in fact he hates it. Everything in his life has order and is based on logic. This is why he likes Pen, his best friend because they both dislike change or so he thinks… When his best friend starts to talk about going on a adventure, he becomes unnerved. He doesn’t what has gotten into her but does not want Pen to go away. This book is quite short but it works for this book especially since both the hero Ethan and heroine Penelope have known each other since they were children. A tragedy resulted in them changing their personalities and forming a bond between them when the were both children. I really liked Pen and wanted to bash something on Ethan’s head when couldn’t see what was right in front of his eyes, but I was very happy that he came to his senses and made Pen happy. Quibbles: The reason I did not give it 5 stars was because it was very short and I would have like an epilogue. What a sweet and lovely book this was! I really liked how Ethan and Pen were together, their behavior with each other was so much like an old married couple; bricking yet completely affectionate. They had been friends for such a long time that both know everything there is to know about each other apart from the obvious that have feelings for each other. Overall I really enjoyed the novella and I would definitely read more from the author and recommend this for a quick evening read. Happy Reading! 
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly amused and intrigued throughout this entire story. Penelope's an amazing heroine, and Ethan... Well, he's Ethan. Penelope wants change. She wants something more to do with her life than what she's currently doing, which is nothing. She has no suitors, no marriage proposals. What she does have is Ethan, her best friend and the man she's loved for years. Ethan is, well, Ethan. Not to sound redundant (because who likes that, right?) but he is. He doesn't like change, whether to his schedule, his walk, his drive. Unfortunately for him, change is coming and it's coming in the form of his best friend Penelope. This was a great story about doing whatever was necessary to make that one person see you as more than a part of their routine. It really drives home how change is a good thing, how it can bring the greatest pleasure imaginable, how change happens regardless of what you want as an individual. Laughter and frustration might happen on the journey from A to B, but Penelope's resolve to hang in there was commendable. In the end, she brought change to Ethan's life and it was good. He discovered love for his best friend while she got the man of her dreams. 3.5* ***Received from Edelweiss via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review***