Series: Sinful Wallflowers

BOOK REVIEW: A Scoundrel of Her Own (Sinful Wallflowers #3) by Stacy Reid

BOOK REVIEW: A Scoundrel of Her Own (Sinful Wallflowers #3) by Stacy ReidA Scoundrel of Her Own (Sinful Wallflowers #3)
by Stacy Reid
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Synopsis:

Lady Ophelia Darby exists in two worlds. In one, she is the impudent, willful daughter of a powerful marquess and darling of the ton. In the other, she moves through the underworld’s shadows as songstress Lady Starlight, protected only by the notoriously wealthy scoundrel Devlin Byrne. But when she stumbles upon her beloved father’s darkest secrets, the line between her two worlds quickly blurs. Now she needs the help of the one man a lady should never trust.

Devlin Byrne stands on the edge of London society, knowing he will never be accepted. No one else knows that his obscene wealth and ruthlessness aren’t without purpose. Or that his purpose has golden-brown eyes that shimmer with mischief, the palest of skin, and a lush mouth that beckons to be kissed, and deeply. But having Ophelia is only the beginning of Devlin’s plans.

It’s undeniable that Devlin Byrne is a dangerous temptation―but just as Ophelia begins to trust him, maybe even fall for him, she discovers she’s not the only one with secrets. And his would lead her down more than just the path of scandal…

Review:

A Scoundrel of Her Own swept me away and was impossible to put down.  The prologue quickly captured my attention and from there I was lost in a beautiful story.  One filled with hope, love, loss, friendship and risks.  This story can easily be read as a standalone and I can’t recommend it enough!

Whether he was the devil in disguise luring her to ruin or an ordinary man, Devlin Byrne held her interest as no one ever had.

Ophelia learned her mother wasn’t who she thought she was.  In her quest to discover her mother, and while moonlighting as Lady Starlight, it set her on a path towards Devlin Blyne.  He was notoriously wealthy but was feared at the same time.  And he offered her protection and safety as she traversed the underworld searching for clues of who her birth mother was.  The more time they spent together, the more impossible it seemed they could ever be apart.

“Why did you learn?”
He wasn’t the typical gentleman about town who was invested in knowing the dance styles for when they ventured into wooing a lady on the marriage mart.
“For this moment.”

I loved Ophelia!  She was headstrong, brave and had the hugest heart!  There were expectations that she was to act in a certain manner, and be around others of her high standing.  But Ophelia didn’t always go along with norms.  Or the standards she should follow.  I loved that she followed her heart instead.  So when Devlin requested a meeting with her and she obliged, my heart beat faster.  And then from there, oh goodness, their star-crossed tale completely enraptured my heart!

“Who would I be if I didn’t meet you, Fifi?” he murmured harshly.  Yet the touch against her cheek was impossibly tender.  “Who am I without you?”

Devlin was someone who was easy to become obsessed with.  He was thoughtful and caring, but he was also dangerous and extremely protective.  No matter how much of the darkness of his world surrounded him, he still felt deeply.  So Devlin definitely didn’t fit into Ophelia’s world.  Yes he was powerful and wealthy, but the ton didn’t respect him since he was a made man.  So I loved how he didn’t follow society’s rules.  But I loved most of all that he only had eyes for Ophelia.

He made her feel safe…cherished, and Ophelia inexplicably knew he would stand before any storm that came her way.  His loyalty was unwavering, and she felt undeserving.
“Hold me tighter, Niall,” Ophelia whispered.  And do not ever let me go.

What slowly started out as acquaintances, led to friendship and then so much more. Together they were sensually seductive. I loved their dance back and forth, you could feel the passion and longing between them. The what ifs. And as they toed and pushed the line that should be between them, because of who they each were in society, they turned scorching hot.  But underneath all of that passion, was a deep and beautiful emotion for one another that was breathtaking.

He broke their embrace and brushed his lips over her nose, then turned and walked toward the exit.  Ophelia stood there watching him, a smile on her face and something entirely unknown wreaking havoc within her heart.

A Scoundrel of Her Own is a must read for all romance lovers.  This story of star-crossed lovers was passionate, emotional and impossible to put down.  This book had the most wonderful HEA and was another huge hit and instant favorite by Stacy Reid!

Conan bounded over to them, surprisingly prowling by her side.  His massive dog reached her waist, and without any showing of fear, she ruffled his head.  Conan purred, and Devlin smiled.
I like her, too, boy.  I like her, too.

PS I loved Devlin’s dog Conan!


*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

INTERVIEW & BOOK REVIEW: Her Wicked Marquess (Sinful Wallflowers #2) by Stacy Reid

I absolutely loved Her Wicked Marquess! My 5 Star Review is below along with an interview I got to have with Stacy Reid! Enjoy ♥

INTERVIEW & BOOK REVIEW: Her Wicked Marquess (Sinful Wallflowers #2) by Stacy ReidHer Wicked Marquess (Sinful Wallflowers #2)
by Stacy Reid
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Synopsis:

Miss Maryann Fitzwilliam is too witty and bookish for her own good. No gentleman of the ton will marry her, so her parents arrange for her to wed a man old enough to be her father. But Maryann is ready to use those wits to turn herself into a sinful wallflower.

When the scandal sheet reports a sighting of Nicolas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury, climbing out the chamber windows of a house party, Maryann does the unthinkable. She anonymously claims that the bedchamber belonged to none other than Miss Fitzwilliam, tarnishing her own reputation―and chances of the dastardly union her family secured for her. Now she just needs to convince the marquess to keep his silence.

Turns out Nicolas allows for the scandal to perpetuate for his own reasons… But when Maryann’s parents hold fast to their arranged marriage plan, it’ll take a scandal of epic proportions for these two to get out of this together.

Each book in the Sinful Wallflowers series is STANDALONE:
* My Darling Duke
* Her Wicked Marquess

Review:

Her Wicked Marquess was an intricate tale filled with seduction and so much more than meets the eye.  By that first chapter, I was already obsessed and knew that this book was going to be an instant favorite.  The story brimmed with irresistible banter, charm, humor, romance and was so easy to devour.  If you love historical romance, then you definitely need to add this one to your tbr!

She stepped back, and his finger slipped from her chin. Thank heavens. His touch felt… like strokes of flames over her skin, yet it also felt right. It might take her the rest of her life to figure out why she would ever think such a silly thing.

It was the most fabulous of meet cutes.  And from there, the games they played with one another was beyond addicting. Maryann needed to use Nicolas’ name to get out of an engagement. But what she didn’t realize was that by doing so, she linked their fates together.  And once Nicolas truly saw Maryann, there was no walking away from her.  With a woman wanting the freedom to love who she desired and a man set on a path of revenge and redemption, I couldn’t put this book down!

“I thought you were a blazing star that no gentleman has any notion what to do with.”
“Yes, the buffoons,” she murmured, startled at how provocative she sounded.
That finger gently trailed from her nose down to rest against her lips. “I know what to do with every inch of you, Lady Maryann.”

I loved Lady Maryann Eleanor Fitzwilliam!  She was smart, witty and had no problem using her voice.  I loved how she was diplomatic but also willing to take risks, I was mesmerized with how her mind worked!  She was to be married to a man who was her father’s age, and I felt her suffocation for not having control over her own life. So when she came up with the most fabulous of plans, I was clapping my hands!   I loved that she wanted to ruin her name, so her intended wouldn’t want her anymore.  And that’s where Nicolas Charles St. Ives, Marquess of Rothbury, came into the picture.

His kiss destroyed her.
It was unexpected, it was so soft, it was unbelievably tender, and scandalously perfect, for it was just a mere meeting of their mouths, but it felt like everything.

I was obsessed with Nicolas, he was protective, defended others honor and laid his cards on the table for those he cared about.  There was a complexity and darkness to him that enamored me.  So as we were given clues to his past, and witnessed how it affected his present, he easily captivated me.  But in the beginning, I loved seeing his reaction to Maryann spinning her lies about the two of them. It was all so hilarious! He couldn’t help but be intrigued by her and I loved how he saw the truths of what was going on around him. The man was wickedly smart as he was seductive. And when he set his sights on something, he went for it.

Kiss me, she silently implored.
When he made no move, it was her turn to lean in and bite his lower lip. The raindrops on his mouth settled onto her tongue, and with it a taste of dark fire and whiskey.

When Nicolas and Maryann were together, their antics were entertaining, and the sexual tension between them was scorching hot.  It was impossible not to be giddy when they were near each other. Especially since neither of them was what the other expected.  And it added to the depth of them getting to know each other.  As we got further into the story, the descriptive scenes were sinfully seductive *fans face*.

He wanted her, more than he’d ever wanted another soul.

Her Wicked Marquees was exquisitely seductive and laugh out loud hilarious.  From the main characters that I loved with all my heart, to the story that was rich and vivid, to the well-crafted side characters, I loved this book!  And even that ending, it was absolutely perfect!  The epilogue had such a beautiful HEA, and even included two other characters which made my heart so happy!  I probably highlighted over half of this book, that’s how obsessed I was lol.  Now I can’t wait to read more from Stacy Reid!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

Interview:

What’s one thing you hope readers will take away from Her Wicked Marquess? 

I really want my readers to get lost in my stories and the journey of each character, and in the end, I want them to have a smile on their face and pure satisfaction in their hearts. 

 

What is something that we might not know about Maryann or Nicolas?

He does not like snakes either, but he willingly poured out her bucket of critters because he was so captivated by her. Maryann is a huge foodie! Yep, she just loves to eat, especially cake. 

 

What was your favorite quality about Nicolas?

The protective streak he has toward Maryann, the one that pushes him to go to any length to keep her safe and cherished. 

 

Without spoilers, what was your favorite scene to write?

Wow, I have so many. I loved writing this book. I really loved writing that scene when Nicolas sneaked into Maryann’s room for the first time. It really allowed me to show her spunk, her zest for living, and also to delve deeper into the attraction she felt for him. 

 

Can you tell us what book(s) we can look forward to from you in the future?

I am working on Sinful Wallflowers 3, A Rogue of Her Own, Ophelia’s story. I really love it! It might surpass Her Wicked Marquess as being my fave. I also recently finished a single title novel featuring a duke who had been lost in the wilds for over a decade. Man, I cannot wait for it to be in reader’s hands. It is called The Wolf and the Wildflower. 

 

What was the last book you recommended to a friend?

Dark King (Sea Fae book 1) by C.N. Crawford.

 

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