Once Upon a Wallflower
Author: Wendy Lyn Watson
Publisher: Entangled Publishing/Scandalous
Date of Publication: August 12, 2013
A Perennial Wallflower… When Mira Fitzhenry’s guardian arranges her engagement to one of the most scandalous lords to ever grace the peerage, all of society is abuzz. After all, the man has left a trio of dead young women in his wake, including his first fiancée. But Mira doesn’t see a killer in Nicholas’s moonlight eyes, and she resolves to find the real murderer before the wedding.
A Gothic Villain… Expecting to scare the chit away within five minutes of meeting him, scarred and brooding Nicholas, the Viscount Ashfield, is intrigued by Mira’s tenacious resolve to prove his innocence. She’s not put off by his imposing appearance, but his family’s dark secrets mean he cannot let her get close. As the wedding approaches, Nicholas and Mira grow ever closer, yet so does the danger.Will the truth bring Nicholas and Mira together or tear their love apart?
First, can I say that once again, Entangled has come up with a gorgeous cover? Now, granted, I can’t see this really fitting with the book, buuuut it’s still gorgeous with all those shades of gray in it.
Now, on to the story. I have to say I was very pleased with this story overall. It was nice that I couldn’t immediately identify the villain, nor did I even really consider who it was, so YAY for that, Ms. Watson!
Mira has a sucky life, being the poor relation and, in most of the town’s opinion, less attractive Mirabelle Fitzhenry. Yes, there are two Mirabelle Fitzhenrys, and an amusingly believable story as to how the cousins have the same first name. Mira goes by, well, Mira, and her cousin (quite a little witch with a b) is known as Bella by most. Her uncle seizes on a chance to avoid marrying his precious Bella to a man suspected of murdering his last fiance by promising to marry Mirabelle Fitzhenry to Nicholas in exchange for paying off some of Uncle’s debts.
Nicholas is pleasantly surprised and not inclined to cry off as everyone expects him to. Mira of course doesn’t believe Nick is capable of murdering anyone, much less his former fiancee, despite what the town (especially Nick’s brother) think. So she sets herself the task of tracking down the real murderer.
There are some twists and turns, a few dark moments in which Mira’s belief in Nicholas is understandably shaken, but overall, this was a great story with some suspense and significant mystery as to who really did the deed.
The relationship with Nick and MIra progressed steadily with both having moments of doubt, but an undeniable attraction to one another. I was very happy when they finally found their way to each other.
Glad to give this book a 4-star rating and I look forward to reading more by Ms. Watson soon. Thank you Entangled!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.