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Previously appeared in the e-book anthology Five Golden Rings. USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret revisits her Wallflower Wedding series with a delightful tale of friends-to-lovers, just in time for Christmas. Penelope Rutledge longs for passion, but only with the man of her dreams: the brilliant, dashing Ethan Weatherstone. If only her longtime neighbor would open Previously appeared in the e-book anthology Five Golden Rings. USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret revisits her Wallflower Wedding series with a delightful tale of friends-to-lovers, just in time for Christmas. Penelope Rutledge longs for passion, but only with the man of her dreams: the brilliant, dashing Ethan Weatherstone. If only her longtime neighbor would open his eyes and realize how much she loves him. If only they weren’t best friends with so much at stake. Penelope knows her future—and their friendship—is in her hands, but is she willing to take the biggest risk of all on the man she loves? If it were up to Ethan, life and love would be as predictable as the figures in his ledgers—certainly nothing like the adventures Penelope longs for. Yet his childhood friend has grown into a beautiful, feisty woman blissfully unaware of the danger she causes when near. Ethan knows he must save Penelope and her reputation … but can he save himself from the temptation of her lips?


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Previously appeared in the e-book anthology Five Golden Rings. USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret revisits her Wallflower Wedding series with a delightful tale of friends-to-lovers, just in time for Christmas. Penelope Rutledge longs for passion, but only with the man of her dreams: the brilliant, dashing Ethan Weatherstone. If only her longtime neighbor would open Previously appeared in the e-book anthology Five Golden Rings. USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret revisits her Wallflower Wedding series with a delightful tale of friends-to-lovers, just in time for Christmas. Penelope Rutledge longs for passion, but only with the man of her dreams: the brilliant, dashing Ethan Weatherstone. If only her longtime neighbor would open his eyes and realize how much she loves him. If only they weren’t best friends with so much at stake. Penelope knows her future—and their friendship—is in her hands, but is she willing to take the biggest risk of all on the man she loves? If it were up to Ethan, life and love would be as predictable as the figures in his ledgers—certainly nothing like the adventures Penelope longs for. Yet his childhood friend has grown into a beautiful, feisty woman blissfully unaware of the danger she causes when near. Ethan knows he must save Penelope and her reputation … but can he save himself from the temptation of her lips?

30 review for Tempting Mr. Weatherstone

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life 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 hav This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dina

    3 1/2 stars (rounded down to 3 stars, because the spelling and editing errors were annoying and unacceptable considering this wasn't a self-pub book - see, dear Avon, I know the difference between accept and except!) 3 1/2 stars (rounded down to 3 stars, because the spelling and editing errors were annoying and unacceptable considering this wasn't a self-pub book - see, dear Avon, I know the difference between accept and except!)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)

    Penelope Rutledge has been in love with her long time neighbor and friend for a very long time. She wishes he would break free from his routine and sameness and give in to the passion she had been longing for. She wants something different in her life and is very tired of the fact that Ethan Weatherstone does not seem to return her feelings. Unable to marry anyone else when everyone else pales in comparison, Penelope wants to leave town and set out on her own adventure. Unless Ethan has a say in Penelope Rutledge has been in love with her long time neighbor and friend for a very long time. She wishes he would break free from his routine and sameness and give in to the passion she had been longing for. She wants something different in her life and is very tired of the fact that Ethan Weatherstone does not seem to return her feelings. Unable to marry anyone else when everyone else pales in comparison, Penelope wants to leave town and set out on her own adventure. Unless Ethan has a say in it first... Such a cute quick story. This was a great way for me to experiment with an author that is new to me. I stepped into this book gingerly testing the waters and boy was I happy with the results. Lorret's writing was interesting. I really liked following Penelope and Ethan as the two best friends stumbled their way through dealing with these feelings they have for each other. For Ethan, he doesn't want to lose Penelope, scared that his actions would only chase her away and why would he want that if he liked having her this close? Even if it means sacrificing his feelings. For Penelope, she wants nothing more than for Ethan to love her back and give her something different in her life. Best friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, so I was so excited about this short story and I did not come out of it disappointed. Short, but somehow it worked. Lorret did a great job in telling Penelope's and Ethan's story in this short novel. I got a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Izy

    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 h 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!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Sridhar

    3/5 Stars. I believe this is my first book by the author and I'll be reading the other's in the series as well. Overall this novella was sweet, moving and emotional enough for you to be truly involved. I've never read friends to lovers trope in HR yet, I think I find it a hard to believe concept in that setting. However, this was a story right up my alley. Penelope a twenty-five year old spinster has been in love with her neighbour Ethan for years. But on the surface it seems that he only looks 3/5 Stars. I believe this is my first book by the author and I'll be reading the other's in the series as well. Overall this novella was sweet, moving and emotional enough for you to be truly involved. I've never read friends to lovers trope in HR yet, I think I find it a hard to believe concept in that setting. However, this was a story right up my alley. Penelope a twenty-five year old spinster has been in love with her neighbour Ethan for years. But on the surface it seems that he only looks at her as his friend since childhood. Or does he? The story, romance and characters are written really well. My only complaints would be this; the word "sameness" is repeated so many times it got on my nerve. And second, it's too short. That's perhaps why the rating isn't a 4 star, because I need a better ending than the rushed one we get.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karishma

    Lovely story which could have done with some editing to cut out the repetitive parts. I think I'm as sick of the word same as the heroine is of sameness in her life. Lovely story which could have done with some editing to cut out the repetitive parts. I think I'm as sick of the word same as the heroine is of sameness in her life.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Els

    This was a very lovely short story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jujubee

    This is a reread for me. I first read this story in Dec. 2014 in the anthology Five Golden Rings. Always love period romances during my holidays! The author was new to me then and I remembered I quite enjoyed the anthology and this particular story. VL has a way with projecting that longing and unspoken desire in her characters perfectly fitting for the time and social customs of the era. Deliciously repressed? Yes please, with a side of quiet sighes and dollop of skipped heartbeats. I came back This is a reread for me. I first read this story in Dec. 2014 in the anthology Five Golden Rings. Always love period romances during my holidays! The author was new to me then and I remembered I quite enjoyed the anthology and this particular story. VL has a way with projecting that longing and unspoken desire in her characters perfectly fitting for the time and social customs of the era. Deliciously repressed? Yes please, with a side of quiet sighes and dollop of skipped heartbeats. I came back for the reread because I just finished another Christmas anthology, All I Want Is A Duke (5 stars IMHO), where VL offered the story, The Duke's Christmas Wish. Why did I wait soooo long to revisit this world? I am totally entranced by the character's verbal banter, inner dialog musings, and inevitable desperate actions that surprise even them to get to their HEA. Maybe I am just more "romantic" during the winter months? Tempting Mr. Weatherspoon still holds up for me two years later. My fav quote paraphrased is Penelope asking our hero over yet another long standing neighborly dinner, "...tell me, Ethan, after years and years of eating soup first aren't you curious to eat dessert first? He shudders...dessert first? He can't even consider it." Love how the MCs are brought to life through everyday moments...keeps me totally engaged ;) And when Ethan is pushed out of his comfort zone? Total swoonworthiness!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    I was really intrigued by the blurb to this book and even though I really didn't like the other Lorret story I read, I decided to still give this novella a go. I can't even remember the character's names now. It wasn't that the story or the writing were poor. In fact, the story flowed well and the writing was good. I just didn't like it. The characters were up tight and at odds with each other until they suddenly just changed. While I understood what Lorret was striving to do (long time friends I was really intrigued by the blurb to this book and even though I really didn't like the other Lorret story I read, I decided to still give this novella a go. I can't even remember the character's names now. It wasn't that the story or the writing were poor. In fact, the story flowed well and the writing was good. I just didn't like it. The characters were up tight and at odds with each other until they suddenly just changed. While I understood what Lorret was striving to do (long time friends finally turn into lovers), I just didn't buy it or become emotionally invested. A lot of people really like this new author, but for a reason I cannot quite put my finger on, I just cannot get into her writing. Others may like her though, just not for me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Juliana Philippa

    Until recently, she’d looked to Ethan for her structure. He was so regimented that it was comforting for her to know that she could count on him always staying the same. Only now . . . she’d changed. It wasn’t his fault. It was hers. She didn’t want same any longer. She wanted more. 4.5 stars Very, very sweet novella. I absolutely loved Penelope and Ethan, their longstanding friendship, their struggle to deal with the romantic feelings they have for each other, their fear of taking any steps that Until recently, she’d looked to Ethan for her structure. He was so regimented that it was comforting for her to know that she could count on him always staying the same. Only now . . . she’d changed. It wasn’t his fault. It was hers. She didn’t want same any longer. She wanted more. 4.5 stars Very, very sweet novella. I absolutely loved Penelope and Ethan, their longstanding friendship, their struggle to deal with the romantic feelings they have for each other, their fear of taking any steps that could put that friendship in jeopardy—oh, just the whole damn thing! It was lovely. Certain parts could have been fleshed out more or more well-defined, but it's a novella, so there's only so much room for Lorret to work her magic. So so lovely, highly recommend!“Tell me, Ethan, after years and years of soup first, haven’t you ever wanted to start with dessert?” Start with dessert? His mouth went dry at the thought. Had he thought of it? Had he thought of abandoning his carefully crafted order? Had he thought of risking their friendship, which gave him the greatest happiness of his life? Had he imagined every possible scenario of what could happen if he lost control and gave in to his craving for one taste of her lips? Only a million times. He could prove it easily enough. The impulses were always directly beneath the surface, threatening to break through. Lately, more often than not. She vexed him to no end. She drove him mad with each of her smiles. She tempted him beyond the limits of his sanity, where he could easily forget how acting on his impulses could risk everything he held dear. Start with dessert? The words suggested that he would be able to stop once he started. But he knew there would be no going back if he did. There would be no way to regain what might be lost in the process. It was far too much of a risk to take. “No, of course not,” he lied. “Dessert first is too far out of the realm of possibility.”

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    One of my biggest peeves about most novellas is that usually the build to the HEA happens too fast for me to believe in it. But here Vivienne Lorret manages to sidestep that pitfall and give me a satisfying friends to lovers story in just about 60 pages. Penelope and Ethan have been the very best of friends for the past 10 years. Their families are close. They know everything about each other. Somehow, though, neither has truly realized that there could ever be more to their relationship. As the One of my biggest peeves about most novellas is that usually the build to the HEA happens too fast for me to believe in it. But here Vivienne Lorret manages to sidestep that pitfall and give me a satisfying friends to lovers story in just about 60 pages. Penelope and Ethan have been the very best of friends for the past 10 years. Their families are close. They know everything about each other. Somehow, though, neither has truly realized that there could ever be more to their relationship. As the story begins, Pen is restless. She is ready to break out of the monotony of her life with a new and exciting adventure. Ethan thinks that is a terrible idea. His life is ruled by order; he is comforted by the familiar. It becomes quickly apparent, however, that things are going to change with or without his blessing. The only question is, does he have the courage to change with Penelope or will she move forward with her life, without him in it? I really enjoyed watching these two realize the true nature of their feelings for one another. Ethan is a straight and narrow good guy and it was a refreshing change to have a hero who wasn’t a rake or a duke or something over the top. He loves his ledgers and his mother –and Penelope. Meanwhile, our heroine is exuberant and fun and she genuinely values Ethan. The conflict is minimal, just them getting in their own way. But I liked it. It was just the right combination of sweet and sexy with some believable emotions. It’s part of the Wallflower Weddings series, but works completely as a standalone. I would recommend. Rating: B+ *ARC Provided by Avon

  12. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    Originally posted @ Miranda's Book Blog (Will be published at the above link on 9/15/16) Kindly provided by the author and Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. One of my favorite tropes is friends to lovers. Inside this lovely novella you'll find exactly that. At 96 pages it's full of angst and romance, a combination I love in a Regency Romance! After Penelope loses her mother and Ethan lost his father they both find themselves bonded over their loss. After years of being best friends Originally posted @ Miranda's Book Blog (Will be published at the above link on 9/15/16) Kindly provided by the author and Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. One of my favorite tropes is friends to lovers. Inside this lovely novella you'll find exactly that. At 96 pages it's full of angst and romance, a combination I love in a Regency Romance! After Penelope loses her mother and Ethan lost his father they both find themselves bonded over their loss. After years of being best friends they both find themselves in love with one another without wanting to openly admit their feelings for one another. Ethan doesn't want to lose his best friend and Penelope doesn't know her feelings for Ethan are mutual. I really enjoyed Ethan's quirky habits. He has to have everything neat and orderly as well as a routine. Penelope is the exact opposite, she longs to escape the sameness of her life. This story is the perfect read if you are in the mood for a light historical romance. You really can't go wrong with picking up this cute, romantic novella!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    2.5 Prefacing this by saying that I do read novellas with the expectation that the pacing is rushed and some things won't be illuminated as well as they could be in a full length novel. At any rate, I enjoyed the childhood friends to lovers trope, but wasn't invested enough to feel like I wanted to know more about Penelope and Ethan. The chemistry was too bland for me to buy in to the idea that they've been pining for each other for a while now (her staring at his gifted embroidery threads, him s 2.5 Prefacing this by saying that I do read novellas with the expectation that the pacing is rushed and some things won't be illuminated as well as they could be in a full length novel. At any rate, I enjoyed the childhood friends to lovers trope, but wasn't invested enough to feel like I wanted to know more about Penelope and Ethan. The chemistry was too bland for me to buy in to the idea that they've been pining for each other for a while now (her staring at his gifted embroidery threads, him staring at his gifted embroidered handkerchiefs), and we're jumping in the middle of their story. Looking forward to trying out other books in this series, though!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    "I know you fear that a single action or alteration on your part will put everything you have with Penelope at risk. What you don’t see is that by doing nothing, you risk even more,” she said simply, then lifted her palms, weighing her words with one, then the other. “All you have to do is decide if what you have now is worth risking for the chance at greater happiness.” “I could lose her,” he said before he could stop the words from tumbling out. His mother blinked up at him, surprised by his a "I know you fear that a single action or alteration on your part will put everything you have with Penelope at risk. What you don’t see is that by doing nothing, you risk even more,” she said simply, then lifted her palms, weighing her words with one, then the other. “All you have to do is decide if what you have now is worth risking for the chance at greater happiness.” “I could lose her,” he said before he could stop the words from tumbling out. His mother blinked up at him, surprised by his admission, but pleased. She gave him a watery smile. “Or you could gain so much more.” I enjoy Vivienne Lorret's work, so I had good expectations for this novella. My expectations were met, and exceeded. This is a heartwarming friends-to-lovers story, one that left me misty-eyed and smiling.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I read this short story four years ago and it was the first time I read this author. This is actually the prequel to the Wallflower Weddings series, and a good one at that. Trope of childhood friends falling in love is one that I always liked and I thought this story was very well done. It packed a lot for a short story! I found the characters in this story to be sweet, fun and entertaining. The chemistry was good, the pace fast and the dialogue witty. This is a perfect story for any season, but C I read this short story four years ago and it was the first time I read this author. This is actually the prequel to the Wallflower Weddings series, and a good one at that. Trope of childhood friends falling in love is one that I always liked and I thought this story was very well done. It packed a lot for a short story! I found the characters in this story to be sweet, fun and entertaining. The chemistry was good, the pace fast and the dialogue witty. This is a perfect story for any season, but Christmas especially. Try it! It's only 99 cents and it really is worth it :) Melanie for b2b Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    A short and sweet romance between two long-time friends who were always happier with a routine life but this is about to change this winter. If you know me, you know that I'm not a novella fan and that I absolutely adore everything this author write and not even a novella can change that! And it made me realized that for all the friends-to-lovers contemporary that I read, I haven't read a lot in the historical genre. A short and sweet romance between two long-time friends who were always happier with a routine life but this is about to change this winter. If you know me, you know that I'm not a novella fan and that I absolutely adore everything this author write and not even a novella can change that! And it made me realized that for all the friends-to-lovers contemporary that I read, I haven't read a lot in the historical genre.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Codi Gary

    I originally read this story in the Five Golden Rings Anthology and LOVED IT! :-)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Penelope (Pen) has lived next door to Ethan for most of her life. Their families share a dinner about 3 or 4 nights a week. His mother and her father are loving and supportive parents. They have all become like members of an extended family. Penelope is ready to run away from home. The fact that she is 25 years old, single and in love with Ethan are all causes of her unhappiness. But, she believes that her life will never change and the sameness of everything is making her very sad. I liked Ethan. Penelope (Pen) has lived next door to Ethan for most of her life. Their families share a dinner about 3 or 4 nights a week. His mother and her father are loving and supportive parents. They have all become like members of an extended family. Penelope is ready to run away from home. The fact that she is 25 years old, single and in love with Ethan are all causes of her unhappiness. But, she believes that her life will never change and the sameness of everything is making her very sad. I liked Ethan. He is a good young man who has taken Pen for granted for years. He has also never recognized that he loves her very much. Routine is very important to his life. At least he believes that to be true. Penelope is a lovely young woman who feels sure that nothing in her life will ever change and she will never be able to live the life she desires. She does not understand what she must do to change things. So, she plans to run away. This is a quick read. The characters are lovely and kind people. There are more inner thoughts than actual actions. Being inside the hearts and heads of Penelope and Ethan is interesting and entertaining. Ms Lorret has created a sweet story for a reader who is looking for exactly that.

  19. 5 out of 5

    iread

    Tempting Mr. Weatherstone is a beautiful Wallflower Wedding novella by Vivienne Lorret. The hero and heroine are almost OCD in their desire to live by a schedule and never divert for adventure. But when Penelope Rutledge desires a change, her best friend Ethan Weatherstone realizes that he is losing her. This novella is only nine chapters long and easily read at one sitting. There is one masterfully written steamy scene. I thoroughly enjoyed this little historical romp. I can’t wait to read more Tempting Mr. Weatherstone is a beautiful Wallflower Wedding novella by Vivienne Lorret. The hero and heroine are almost OCD in their desire to live by a schedule and never divert for adventure. But when Penelope Rutledge desires a change, her best friend Ethan Weatherstone realizes that he is losing her. This novella is only nine chapters long and easily read at one sitting. There is one masterfully written steamy scene. I thoroughly enjoyed this little historical romp. I can’t wait to read more by Ms. Lorret.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kim Campbell

    A short and sweet novella of two friends taking their relationship to the next level. The Weatherstones and Rutledges had been friends for decades. Two of their properties adjoin each other and over the years they've settled into dining together several times a week, especially while in town. But Penelope wants more. Penelope is tired of being 'just friends' with Ethan. She's tired of waiting for the next stage of her life to begin. In fact, she's ready to live. She wants adventure! She wants to A short and sweet novella of two friends taking their relationship to the next level. The Weatherstones and Rutledges had been friends for decades. Two of their properties adjoin each other and over the years they've settled into dining together several times a week, especially while in town. But Penelope wants more. Penelope is tired of being 'just friends' with Ethan. She's tired of waiting for the next stage of her life to begin. In fact, she's ready to live. She wants adventure! She wants to see the world! And yes, she wants a romance of her own! Penelope is 'this close' to packing up, hopping onto a mail coach and taking off to see the world. Naturally Ethan dismisses all this and that causes more tension between their two families. Can Penelope change things? Will Ethan accept that he's fonder of Penelope than he realizes? In fact, he loves her. But is it too late? Truly a sweet novella. I remember reading the first Wallflower book a year or so ago, but hadn't picked up the novella until this fall. I've added the rest of the series to my TBR and I anticipate enjoying them!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Filipe

    Don't think less of me but...I CRIED...from the first page my chest started to squeeze, and it just built and built, and then...yep...the tears just came and came...I don't think a novella length romance had ever made me cry before, but Vivienne did it with TEMPTING MR. WEATHERSTONE, which is the Prequel Romance to the Wallflower Weddings Series, which is actually one of my favorite Historical Series, has that same magic that I found with Kleypas' Wallflowers Series. Lorrett captured my attentio Don't think less of me but...I CRIED...from the first page my chest started to squeeze, and it just built and built, and then...yep...the tears just came and came...I don't think a novella length romance had ever made me cry before, but Vivienne did it with TEMPTING MR. WEATHERSTONE, which is the Prequel Romance to the Wallflower Weddings Series, which is actually one of my favorite Historical Series, has that same magic that I found with Kleypas' Wallflowers Series. Lorrett captured my attention from page one with her emotional friends-to-lovers romance and I just adored every word. The novella was the perfect amount of feisty heroine, stubborn hero (he was too stinkin cute), and adorable secondary cast that were all just waiting for these two to figure it all out! Loved it...as I have the rest of the series! A Holiday MUST READ!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    The Book Junkie Reads . . .

    This wallflower had the eye and the heart of the one of the most eligible bachelors the ton could ever have. Penelope had loved Ethan for a long time but the friendship they had was more to her the deepest desire of her heart. But sometimes you have to take a chance to have that grand adventure. For Ethan Weatherstone life was predictable and orderly, with the exception of his dear friends Penelope. She was feisty, headstrong, and adventurous. In his attempts to keep her out of trouble/danger/ba This wallflower had the eye and the heart of the one of the most eligible bachelors the ton could ever have. Penelope had loved Ethan for a long time but the friendship they had was more to her the deepest desire of her heart. But sometimes you have to take a chance to have that grand adventure. For Ethan Weatherstone life was predictable and orderly, with the exception of his dear friends Penelope. She was feisty, headstrong, and adventurous. In his attempts to keep her out of trouble/danger/bad reputation, Mr. Weatherstone stepped beyond his neat and orderly life and found more than he could have expected. This was a short read and I found to be a good introduction to the Wallflower Weddings series. I love spinsters and I love it even more when they get their own happily ever after.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Limecello

    I don't know if it was my mood but ... this was a kind of a drag for me. It ends really nicely - but for most of it... I knew it was a novella so I figured I could/should/ought to just read it. And so I did - because yes also I NEED to know HOW they get to the HEA. but it was ... kinda so boring. And a heroine ... I respect the "I need my life to change" but I couldn't help but think kinda the way she was going about it was TSTL and when she's all mad at the hero and ... And then the hero is ... incr I don't know if it was my mood but ... this was a kind of a drag for me. It ends really nicely - but for most of it... I knew it was a novella so I figured I could/should/ought to just read it. And so I did - because yes also I NEED to know HOW they get to the HEA. but it was ... kinda so boring. And a heroine ... I respect the "I need my life to change" but I couldn't help but think kinda the way she was going about it was TSTL and when she's all mad at the hero and ... And then the hero is ... incredibly just ... STUCK. He's determined to "keep status quo" even if it's detrimental to himself. Until thankfully his mom actually prods him to change... Lorret did get me with how the carriage thing was NOT the change (but also I was so bored/not into them I just scrolled through their ...sexytimes - I know there was kissing and groping - not even sure if they actually had sex or not...) BUT - anyway, things do get resolved nicely and our hero has a lightbulb moment and there's a lovely proposal. So the ending really saves this story. D maybe D+ ... [perhaps if I'd read all the books in this series I'd have cared more? Who knows. I know each is supposed to stand alone though so I'm not going to let it bother me/feel guilty - I'm going to say this is what it is and what my view is => we all know I don't care about reading in order and such.] And there were no real other characters - I mean there's the hero and his mom, the heroine and her dad... technically her sister and her kids but ... they're leaving in the opening. So. Not really anything to catch up on or be lost about.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is a super short novella at 96 pages. For a short story or novella to work for me, I think I need the characters to have a pre-existing relationship. Anything where the characters meet for the first time and need to get to know each other within the novella that spans a few days or weeks would be too drastic, too short without time for development. This novella was kind of perfect. Penelope and Ethan have been friends since they were 10 and 13, respectively. They met shortly after her mothe This is a super short novella at 96 pages. For a short story or novella to work for me, I think I need the characters to have a pre-existing relationship. Anything where the characters meet for the first time and need to get to know each other within the novella that spans a few days or weeks would be too drastic, too short without time for development. This novella was kind of perfect. Penelope and Ethan have been friends since they were 10 and 13, respectively. They met shortly after her mother and his father died, and their family's have been fast friends ever since. Now that Ethan's brother and Penelope's sister have married (to different people), its just them and her father and his mother who live near each other both in the country and in town, and they dine together nearly every night. Penelope is 25, and is realizing that her life has passed her by after her younger sister (married and with children) leaves after visiting. She wants more from life. Love, or an adventure. But Ethan is quite content to keep things the way they are... he's afraid of change, especially something that could ruin their friendship. Had he thought of it? Had he thought of abandoning his carefully crafted order? Had he thought of risking their friendship, which gave him the greatest happiness of his life? Had he imagined every possible scenario of what could happen if he lost control and gave in to his craving for one taste of her lips? Only a million times.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth A

    This was a really tight novella about two neighbors who have been close friends their whole lives, but who are coming up to that point where they need to decide if they're going to risk their comfortable, safe routine to reach for even greater happiness. I particularly liked that the heroine has been low-key pining for years and is fed up and ready to do what she has to do to not waste away because her beau can't get his shit together. Thankfully, he does, & it is SO satisfying. This was a really tight novella about two neighbors who have been close friends their whole lives, but who are coming up to that point where they need to decide if they're going to risk their comfortable, safe routine to reach for even greater happiness. I particularly liked that the heroine has been low-key pining for years and is fed up and ready to do what she has to do to not waste away because her beau can't get his shit together. Thankfully, he does, & it is SO satisfying.

  26. 5 out of 5

    K

    What did I just read? This short story is a convoluted mess. Penelope wants adventure and she’s angry at her best friend Ethan because he enjoys order in his life. But she also loves him so what to do? Oh, get pissed because he laughs (I guess?), ruin his marmalade and run away from home. And you get to hear about handkerchiefs quite a lot in the process. This is a random nonsensical story and not her best effort.

  27. 4 out of 5

    KAREN MARTIN

    A wonderful love story, Pen and Ethan have been best friends for 10 years and at twenty five she needed to make more of her life. She has been in love with Ethan for too long and realized nothing would change and their friendship would be all she had. This is a short story but well worth your time. I enjoy this author and loved the characters and story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janet Denise Ross

    5 STARS, LOVE, HISTORICAL REGENCY What a wonderful Novella that I simply devoured turning page by page. Ah, laughing at the facial looks, comments & the crazy antics of the characters it is now a loved read. RECOMMEND

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda dalon

    Quick easy feel good story. If you want a quick read this is for you. It's a similar plot used but short and sweet. Beach read or lunch break lol Quick easy feel good story. If you want a quick read this is for you. It's a similar plot used but short and sweet. Beach read or lunch break lol

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen Darling

    Cute short story.

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