Wallflower

Wallflower

by Catherine Gayle

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Wallflower by Catherine Gayle

The choice between adhering to a long-held pact and finally accepting love could prove Lady Tabitha Shelton's unhinging. She is plump, plain, pleasant . . . and thoroughly unappealing to any of the men of the ton-apart from fortune hunters. A self-appointed wallflower, she has every intention of remaining one. Tabitha made a vow of spinsterhood with her cousins when they were girls, and she refuses to go back on her word. So far, she's proven herself quite adept at warding off the blasted fortune hunters' pursuits.

Noah deLancie, Marquess of Devonport, would prefer to marry for love and companionship-he's a gentleman through and through-but circumstances have forced his hand: he needs money as badly as he needs a bride. When Noah's brother-in-law suggests pursuit of his sister, Tabitha, a woman with a dowry large enough to cause even Croesus to blush and who is tantalizingly good company to boot, Noah stumbles into the future he hopes to secure. He'll stop at nothing to convince Tabitha to marry him.

Nothing, that is, except perhaps the barrel of a dueling pistol, held to his face by his ladylove.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495247743
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/18/2014
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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Wallflower 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tabitha is a very real woman, full of insecurities. She's also extremely loyal, even when that loyalty might not be the best thing for her. A great heroine. But the hero is what truly sets this book apart. Noah is one of the best beta heroes I've ever read. Such a sweetheart, and he truly goes above and beyond in trying to convince Tabitha his love is real. The ending of this one is not to be missed.
DarbyJ More than 1 year ago
I loved Wallflower. This is a fun, regency romp that leaves up to every expectation I set for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many "By Jove!", "Blast and damn", and my personal favorite, " When she crossed her arms, her chest rose in a seductive way. The author over used these phrases. She also took 6 pages to convey one paragraph of information. The story could have been good. It needed a lot of editing. The book was way too long, however it was free, by Jove!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading Tabitha and Noah's story. At almost 700 pages, the characters are well developed and the story has a nice flow. While Tabitha's figure may be a bit curvier than others, she still has feelings, and over the years, she has been hurt. While Noah may need money, he loves Tabitha, all of her. Noah's character is sweet and kind. It just takes a while for Tabitha to realize his love is true. Fantastic read and well worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story! Really enjoyed this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems like some of the reviews were written by friends of the author because they could not have actually read this annoying book. The girl is so idiotic. The man chases after her like a love sick teenager. I had to skip over a lot of it just to get through the book. The whole story could have been told in half as many pages. I will not purchase any more books from this author.
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
4.5 STARS!! I love the writings of Ms. Gayle. They are full of plot twists, love that builds slowly, the love making is full of passion, not very descriptive, but you understand what is happening. I don't like stories when sex is about every third page. This is all story, which will make you laugh, your heart will ache at times too. I am not going into the story, as the author has explained it. But just know, this is not your normal story set in the 1800's. I like how it starts when she is a pre-teen and to age 29. The next book in the story is about the youngest cousin. The book on Jo, was to be out 2 years ago and according to the author's web site, is still on the back burner. I hope she finishes it soon, because I can't wait for Jo's story, it will be called Shelved. It is slow at times, but I highly recommend this story. All the character's are so interesting especially our H. (ljb)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Draggy in places. Predictable outcome. Some preposterous situations. Some snappy dialogue, some funny parts.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line and characters were fairly typical and predictable but inconsistent. There is a lot of repetition that is tedious and makes the story drag at points. The whole thing needs to be tightened up. I would prefer my historical romances to be in keeping with the times in which they were set. It seems to me that the characters should be more restrained and straight-laced when it comes to morals and sex. The author couldn't seem to decide what she wanted from her heroine. Somehow a progressive feminist wanabe/indulged upper class daughter/damaged self-esteem wallflower isn't a really good or believable mix. We are constantly reminded that the heroine is overweight and plain looking but it really is tedious to have this point beat into your head with every chapter. Apparently this is the cause of her lack of self-esteem in social situations. She bounces back and forth between being a feminist and being needy. Very late in the story she drops a shocking revelation that seemed unlikely for the character and unecessary to the story. All along she behaves as an innocent upper class daughter and suddenly she becomes very forward and demanding - basically sexually assaulting her fiance. Just incongruent for the times and the character. The hero was weak. Yes, he was nice and loving to the heroine (despite her plumpness) but really he would have been better if he had more self control and strength in dealing with his fiancee. Oh and in case you miss the many references in the reading, Lord Devenport is a breast man.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Wallflower by Catherine Gayle is a fabulous historical romance. Ms. Gayle has given us a well-written book. The characters are phenomenal. Noah didn't think he wanted to marry, until he wanted to marry Tabitha. Tabitha made a pact with her two cousins to form the Old Maids Club and has no intention of being wed. Noah and Tabitha's story is packed with drama, humor, steamy bits and a little action. I enjoyed reading Wallflower and look forward to reading more from Catherine Gayle in the future. Wallflower is book 1 of The Old Maids Club Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Suzanne and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Lady Tabitha Shelton made a pact with her two cousins; that they would become old maids together, they wouldn’t let society’s expectation that they should all marry trap them. Not that Tabitha is inundated with offers, no matter that her dowry is embarrassingly large, she is far to plain and plump for that, and has been a wallflower since her debut. That is, until Noah, Marquess of Devonport one of her brothers best friends and of the few men she is comfortable enough to have a conversation with, suddenly starts flirting with her. At least she thinks he’s flirting. But is Noah like all the other men who has tried to pursue her; a fortune hunter or does he want Tabitha for herself? I wanted a romance where the Wallflower was unexpectedly swept off her feet by the handsome and charming, or maybe dark and brooding, hero to shock and awe of all the ton. A Cinderellaesque type of story that I could happily float along with and enjoy. Wallflower kind of reached these expectations, the heroine was definitely a wallflower and hero was handsome, however, the only sweeping being done was by the servants. Maybe I am too used to the heroes being commanding and alpha, so when a beta hero like Noah comes a long, I feel a little underwhelmed. However, I refuse to believe that a beta hero has to be bland, which unfortunately is how I felt about Noah. However, I did like Tabitha and Noah together, they had a very sweet, although at times sedate romance. I looked forward to the times when passion would flare between them as that’s when they seemed to have the most chemistry. I did like this book, it was an enjoyable read and I am intrigued enough about the cast of supporting characters in Wallflower to want to read the next in this series. But, I just wish the romance between Noah and Tabitha was a little bit more exciting.spacer
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Great start to a series.  Wonderful fun.
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This story took hold of my attention and kept it. I loved it and look forward to reading the next one Shelved.
atzbech More than 1 year ago
Dull.  Uninteresting.  Boring.  Blah.....this book might be free, but the old adage applies "you get what you pay for"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago