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New Release Review and Giveaway! HOW TO WOO A WALLFLOWER by Christy Carlyle (Romancing the Rules #3)


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An Unconventional Wallflower…

Clarissa Ruthven was born to be a proper lady, but she’s never wanted to live up to the expectations her late father set. Determined to use her inheritance to help the less fortunate women of London, she’s devastated to learn that she won’t be inheriting anything until she marries, a fate she has no interest in. Unwilling to let go of her plans, Clary works at Ruthven Publishing for Gabriel Adamson, a man who’s always hated her. She’s always returned the feeling, but as she begins to turn her family’s publishing company upside down, she finds herself unable to forget her handsome boss.
Never Follows the Rules…
Gabriel Adamson believes in order. He certainly doesn’t believe Clary should be sticking her nose in the publishing company, and she definitely has no business invading his every thought. But Gabe soon finds he can’t resist Clary’s sense of freedom or her passionate kisses and he starts to crave everything she’s willing to give him.
Especially When It Comes to Love…
When Gabe’s dark past comes back to haunt him, he’ll do anything to make sure that Clary isn’t hurt…even if it means giving up the only woman he’s ever loved.

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loved Clary and Gabe’s story–she’s probably my favorite of all three of the Ruthven siblings now 🙂

Clarissa Ruthven’s just turned twenty-one is fresh out of school, and she’s got plans. Lots of plans. She has a charity school she’s dedicated to, a plan to use her share of the family publishing business to help both her charity and women in general, and many, many other grand ideas. Finding out that other than her share of the business, she gets nothing from her father’s inheritance until she marries just doesn’t work for her. Determined to get at least some of her plans into motion, she agrees to a mentorship at the publishing house, even though she can’t stand the manager her father hired.

Gabe Adamson only takes on mentoring Clary because he needs the extra money her brother offers for the job because his sister needs a dowry. He’s devoted his life to bringing himself and his sister up from the gutter they grew up in, and is determined that nothing will drag them back down into the muck…until circumstances almost do.

Gabe and Clary together are absolutely wonderful–their enemies-to-lovers story is just so much fun to read. She finds his proper stuffiness is annoying and is convinced he hates her; he’s fascinated by her but is sure he’ll never deserve her–the push and pull between them is amazing. I had so much fun watching them fall in love, and their grand gesture moment? So, so good. I closed the book with a happy, dreamy smile on my face.

Are we sure there’s no more Ruthven siblings hiding in the wings? No? I guess I’ll just have to wait for Ms. Carlyle to start a new series, then…

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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Meet the Author:

Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.




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