So imagine her surprise when Deveril gallantly comes to her defense—and offers to teach her to dance! Juliet can hardly believe the most handsome bachelor in London would notice her, until he takes her in his arms and sets her heart ablaze…. Lord Alec Deveril has never felt such a spark of attraction for an unmarried lady before. Deep in the London underworld, a dear friend has vanished, and Juliet fears the worst.
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I love reading historical romances with wallflowers, so of course I was excited to read this book. Unfortunately I was left…. For the most part I liked Juliet. I can totally relate to that. I hated the way her mother treated her and the pain she endured because of the injury she sustained when she was younger.
It was interesting to read about the difficulties she had faced because of this injury and. It was interesting to read about the difficulties she had faced because of this injury and how her life changed because of it. And I liked how brave she was, how she kept her good spirit despite the awful things her mother said and did to her. Then there was Alec who was just so perfect. From his perfectly coiffed hair, to his perfectly tailored clothes, to his perfect reputation that he worked so hard on.
He was just too perfect for me. There were moments of sweetness and you could tell that they liked each other, but there was no real passion, no intense chemistry, only lukewarm affection and attraction. And the way the people of the ton looked down on Juliet and her friends, and the truly horrible things they said to her when they found out how severe her injury really was, just appalled me.
People can be horrible creatures Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. So imagine her surprise when Deveril gallantly comes to her defense—and offers to teach her to dance!
Juliet can hardly believe the most handsome bachelor in London would notice her, until he takes her in his arms and sets her heart ablaze… Lord Alec Deveril has never felt such a spark of attraction for an unmarried lady before. Deep in the London underworld, a dear friend has vanished, and Juliet fears the worst.
Deveril insists on helping, escorting her through the darkest alleys in town. But he too is hiding a shocking secret—and the only way he can defeat the devil in his past is to seduce the angel in his arms… Get A Copy.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. It was interesting to read about the difficulties she had faced because of this injury and I love reading historical romances with wallflowers, so of course I was excited to read this book.
View all 10 comments. May 21, Laura rated it really liked it. But on the other hand, it will also let you know what happened to Juliet before the characters in the book know. Just an FYI for you guys. No one knows what happened, or why she limps, but they have no problem speculating and making rude comments.
At one particularly trying ball, Juliet tries to find a peaceful place to sit down and avoid everyone else, but the Mean Girls Ladies Amelia and Felicia are in there gossiping about her. She overhears all, is completely humiliated, and then Lord Deveril comes to her defense!
She was amazed and awed that he, the perfect Lord Deveril, would come to her aid. Then he asks the unthinkable- might he teach her to dance? One of the things Alec figures he should do is find a bride. She plays the piano beautifully and even composes her own music secretly of course. So when she finds out her friend and music teacher Ana has gone missing, Juliet must find out what happened.
Alec is surprisingly protective and supportive of Juliet, and one thing I really enjoyed was their romance. It was sweet, and sexy, and so wonderful. The bad guy was bad all right, but man, her mom was just as bad. And her father?! But the ending and action were fantastic. Martin's Press View all 3 comments. Shelves: owned-copy , yearly-reading-challenge , regency , parent-issues , fop-dandy , historical-romance , arc , sky-s-the-limit-club , traditional-regency , redhead.
A pleasant enjoyable read for fans who enjoy the traditional Regency atmosphere teamed with nice sensual elements. I knew when I read her debut novel, How to Dance with a Duke , that Ms Collins was definitely a rising star in the world of Historical Romance and this book has only served to confirm that opinion.
I really admire her courage in writing a unique heroine with such a severe disability. Juliet has a quiet inner strength which she calls on whenever she needs to cope with the mockery inflicted by her peers and the constant tirade from her own mother. I love how, over the course of the story, she gains in confidence and Alex sums it up perfectly.
He's just the sweetest, kindest, man. Rather than the rake of the title, he's just a perfect gentleman. I love how he champions Juliet and is so protective towards her. I enjoyed the set-down he gives those two harpies, Miss Amelia Snowe and Lady Felicia, when he finds them in the music room and hears their cruel remarks about Juliet, who happens to be hiding behind a screen. Juliet bit back a cheer. Of course she would not wish to insult an eligible like Deveril, Juliet thought cynically. Juliet bit her lip to keep from laughing at the insincerity.
One would hate to see the two of you make a spectacle of yourselves. This isn't a circus, you know. Each in their own way has had the strength to become a better person. Juliet is compassionate with a caring heart and Alec has striven to rebuild his reputation which was sullied by his father's notorious drinking and whoring. The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Juliet's music teacher is the ideal way of bringing these two together. I like how their relationship develops slowly, allowing them to really get to know and understand one another.
This makes their falling in love seem natural and inevitable. The scene where they consummate their marriage is both intimate and sensual but laced with lovely touches of humour. This little discussion about making love made me smile. In very room of the house. View all 7 comments. Sorry for being so difficult with the rating, but I can't decide if I simply enjoyed this book or loved the book. I picked up this book simply because I love, love shy, wallflower heroine's paired with those dashing, handsome, lopsided-grin wearing heroes.
I was in the mood for a book just like that, and this just floated up in my updates feed somehow. Imagine my surprise when I start reading to find out that it's quite different from other books of the same trope. Juliet S 3. Juliet Shelby was terribly injured in a carraige accident when she was younger, and while the rest of the world believes she has a mangled foot that causes her to limp, and the deem the use of a cane.
The truth is her injuries were much more grave, to the point where her leg had to be amputated to save her life. No one knows this, because Juliet's mother the absolute viper of a woman doesn't want anyone to know she has a infirm, mangled progeny. Put this mother in some list of women with effed up parenting skills somewhere.
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You can lead a wallflower to the ball, but you can't make her bloom—unless one daring young bachelor turns up the heat With her shy demeanor, she's a total stranger to the dance floor and a source of mockery for the ton. So imagine her surprise when Deveril gallantly comes to her defense—and offers to teach her to dance! Juliet can hardly believe the most handsome bachelor in London would notice her, until he takes her in his arms and sets her heart ablaze
Added by 7 of our members. You can lead a wallflower to the ball, but you can't make her bloom - unless one daring young bachelor turns up the heat. With her shy demeanor, she's a total stranger to the dance floor and a source of mockery for the ton. So imagine her surprise when Deveril gallantly comes to her defense - and offers to teach her to dance! Juliet can hardly believe the most handsome bachelor in London would notice her, until he takes her in his arms and sets her heart ablaze. Lord Alec Deveril has never felt such a spark of attraction for an unmarried lady before. Unlike the 'fashionable' ladies he's accustomed to, Juliet possesses a generous spirit, a fiery intelligence - and an explosive secret.
Manda also writes contemporary erotic romance. How did you settle on the idea to make the Ugly Ducklings cousins rather than friends or sisters? I modeled the mothers of the Ducklings The Fabulous Featherstone Sisters after the famous Gunning sisters who were actual Regency figures. They came to London from questionable backgrounds but took the ton by storm with their beauty. The Ducklings were their not so glamorous daughters—who were, of course, cousins. Just that by comparison they were found lacking by the ton. I suppose I was thinking of daughters of famous beautiful women who are scrutinized within an inch of their lives and always feel pressure to measure up.