Title: Diary of an Accidental Wallflower
The first irresistible installment in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston's Seduction Diaries series proves that some secrets are too delicious to hide.
Pretty and popular, Miss Clare Westmore knows exactly what (or rather, who) she wants: the next Duke of Harrington. But when she twists her ankle on the eve of the Season’s most touted event, Clare is left standing in the wallflower line watching her best friend dance away with her duke.
Dr. Daniel Merial is tempted to deliver more than a diagnosis to London's most unlikely wallflower, but he doesn’t have time for distractions, even one so delectable. Besides, she's clearly got her sights on more promising prey. So why can’t he stop thinking about her?
All Clare wants to do is return to the dance floor. But as her former friends try to knock her permanently out of place, she realizes with horror she is falling for her doctor instead of her duke. When her ankle finally heals and she faces her old life again, will she throw herself back into the game?
Or will her time in the wallflower line have given her a glimpse of who she was really meant to be?
Author: Jennifer McQuiston
Published by Avon Source: Publisher
Published: 24 February, 2015
Genres: Historical Romace
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A new series from my favorite Historical romance author, Jennifer McQuiston, and she loaded this story with twists, tension and characters that grow and evolve into a couple as the story progresses.
Clare is the eldest child of a viscount, and in her second season. She was a bit of a conundrum: desperate to make her mark on society, she has carefully cultivated the “right” girls as friends, and has her eyes set on the heir to a dukedom. At home, however, her life is far from the more familiar and traditional titled family: her parents are actively avoiding one another, her younger sister is a year from her debut in society and is more tomboy than polish, and her youngest brother was just expelled from Eton with a penchant for saying outrageous things.
Daniel is a physician, dedicated to his practice and patients, with a favored dowager countess as a patron. He’s not particularly interested in society beyond the acquisition of clients, and is immersed in creating an anesthesia machine. I loved his wit and humor, and the obvious enjoyment he took in tweaking Clare, seeing the hidden depths that she hides carefully when in society.
McQuiston has taken the ‘imbalance of position’ in society and turned it on its ear: usually the titled man with the working class woman, Daniel really doesn’t fit in Clare’s world, not as it is or as she dreams of it being. But he is everything she needs: kind, appreciative, accepting of her family and, most importantly, willing to consider her ideas and thoughts as valid. While Clare starts as a bit of a snob, the quick comeuppance/betrayal by her ‘ball friend’ Sophie that relegated her to wallflower row gave her a taste of some hard truths and introduced her to Daniel: the far better prize.
Enough questions and circles as these two overcome their own preconceptions and learn that their connection is one that is rare, and far superior to the choices that were heretofore possible if one considered just their positions in society. With a deft hand and characters that are wonderfully complex, flaws and all, and Clare’s siblings providing moments of laughter for their sheer outrageous behaviors, this is a wonderful start to a new series. I can’t wait for the next book!
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A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal. Jennifer can be reached via her website at www.jenmcquiston.com or followed on Twitter @jenmcqwrites
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“Pity to let him go by without saying anything. You could have shown him your overhanded throw, the one you use for Cook’s oldest biscuits.” Geoffrey pantomimed a great, arching throw out into the lake. “That would impress him, I’m sure.”
The horror of such a scene—and such a brother—made Clare’s heart thump in her chest. To be fair, feeding the ducks was something of a family tradition, a ritual born during a time when she hadn’t cared whether she was wearing least year’s frock. These days, with their house locked in a cold, stilted silence and their parents nearly estranged, they retreated here almost every day. And she could throw Cook’s biscuits farther than either Lucy or Geoffrey, who took after their father in both coloring and clumsiness. It was almost as if they had been cut from a different bolt of cloth, coarse wool to Clare’s smooth velvet.
But these were not facts one ought to share with a future duke—particularly when that future duke was the gentleman you hoped would offer a proposal tonight. No, better to wait and greet Mr. Alban properly this evening at Lady Austerley’s annual ball, when Lucy and Geoffrey were stashed safely at home and she would be dressed in tulle and diamonds.
“I don’t understand.” Lucy stretched out her hand, and this time Clare took it. “Why wouldn’t you wish to greet him? He came to call yesterday, after all, and I was given the impression you liked him very much.”
Clare pulled herself to standing and winced as a fresh bolt of pain snatched the breath from her lungs. “How do you know about that?” she panted. “I didn’t tell anyone.” In fact, she’d cajoled their butler, Wilson, to silence. It was imperative word of the visit be kept from their mother, who—if last Season’s experience with potential suitors was any indication—would have immediately launched a campaign to put Waterloo to shame.
“I know because I spied on you from the tree outside the picture window.” Lucy shrugged. “And didn’t you say that he asked you to dance last week?”
“Yes,” Clare agreed between gritted teeth. Mr. Alban had asked her to dance last week, a breathless waltz that had sent the room spinning and held all eyes upon them. It was the third waltz they had shared since the start of the Season—though not all on the same night, more’s the pity. But the glory of that dance paled in comparison to the dread exacted by Lucy’s confession.
Had her sister really hung ape-like from a limb and leered at the man through the window? Except…hadn’t Alban sat with his back to the window?
She breathed a sigh of relief. Yes, she was almost sure of it.
He’d spent the entire quarter hour with his gaze firmly anchored on her face, their conversation easy. But despite the levity of their exchange, he’d seemed cautious, as though he were hovering on the edge of some question that never materialized but that she fervently wished he’d just hurry up and ask.
Given his unswerving focus, there was no way he would have seen her clumsy heathen of a sister swinging through the branches, though she shuddered to think that Lucy could have easily lost her balance and come crashing through the window in a shower of broken glass and curse words. But thankfully, nothing of the sort had happened. No awkward siblings had intruded on the flushed pleasure of the moment. Her mother had remained oblivious, distracted by her increasing irritation with their father and her shopping on Bond Street.
And to Clare’s mind, Mr. Alban had all but declared his intentions out loud.
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