Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Once Upon a Wallflower Book Tour: Review + Guest Post + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Once Upon a Wallflower book tour! I have a review of this lovely book coming up, as well as a guest post from the author and a giveaway for a $50 gift card. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: August 12, 2013
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: N/A

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?

My Rating: 5 Roses

Gothic mystery and sweet romance come together in this book and it was brilliant! Once Upon a Wallflower was a wonderful historical romance. The mystery was thrilling, the romance was off the charts and every other bit of it was lovely.

I really liked Mira. I thought she was a wonderful heroine. She very strong, very intelligent, and a very admirable character. Mira is the type of person to rely on logic, which helps her out in the case of this mystery. But, she also knew when intuition, even when it defied logic, is sometimes more valuable. She was a very likable character and I thought she was great.

Nicholas was a puzzle. Though I knew that he had to be innocent, this guy is a master at looking suspicious. It was immediately obvious that he knew more than he let on, but what is that information he keeps secret? That's a mystery. Despite his infamous reputation, Nicholas was a gentleman at heart. He as so sweet and I adored him.

The romance was wonderful. Mira and Nicholas were so sweet together. There was only a sprinkle of spice in this book, but the chemistry between these two was constant. They were more sensuous than hot, and I really liked that. They were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced and I was on the edge of my seat with the mystery. I began to suspect who the killer was about halfway through the book when some hints were dropped. But the scene where the killer was revealed still blew me away. Even as I suspected the killer, the author did a great job casting doubt on several other characters. I was completely caught up in the story and the ending was brilliant.

Once Upon a Wallflower was a brilliant historical romance with a thrilling murder mystery. I absolutely loved this book! Romance lovers, if you want something to keep you on the edge of your seat, then you have to read this book.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Guest Post:

Wendy Lyn Watson writes mysteries of all types: contemporary, historical, and cozy. Whatever the time or the tone, her mysteries always feature a dose of humor and a dollop of romance. Her first cozy series, the Mysteries a la Mode, feature the owner of an ice cream parlor in a small Texas town.

Once Upon a Wallflower, due to be released in August of 2013, is a Regency-set romantic mystery. While Wendy does not commit (or solve) mysteries in real life, she can kill a pint of ice cream in nothing flat. She also enjoys 80s music, Asian horror films, quilting, and vegetarian cooking.

While she was born in Ohio and has called half a dozen states home, she currently lives in a college town in North Texas along with her husband and their three cats (Iphy, Squeak-a-Doodle, and Todd Baryshnikov).

She loves to hear from readers, so find her on Facebook at @wendylynwatsonauthor.

History’s Mysteries

My writing repertoire includes a fair number of contemporary stories (cozy mysteries and chick lit mysteries), but historical romantic mysteries will always hold a special place in my heart. Specifically, I like to set my romances—with their elements of mystery—during the Regency or late Georgian period.

Why write historical romance? There are a number of reasons. First and foremost, I love the romantic patina the Regency period has developed over the years. When I write contemporary novels, I feel an obligation to present the world my characters inhabit the way it really is . . . hard edges, frank language, and gritty details included. Historical settings, especially Regency England, provide an author with more idealized surroundings in which to let romance bloom.

From my research, I know that the Regency period was every bit as hard and gritty as our time. Drinking to dissipation was common, many people lived in extreme poverty, the London was filthy, and sex was fraught with all the contemporary pitfalls (unexpected pregnancies, STDs, broken hearts). Like most authors, when I write historical romance I tend to gloss over all those hard realities. I can live in the roses and romance world of Jane Austen, and my readers can escape with me to a world made gentler by the passage of time.

For me, the historical setting provides an added benefit. I include elements of mystery in everything I write. Mysteries set in the Regency period are solved through interrogation and reasoning. There were no cell phone records, money trails, fingerprint and fiber analysis, or typing of blood. Indeed, in most communities there wasn’t any formal law enforcement institution at all. It’s freeing to write a mystery that is solved solely through logical deduction and intuition. In fact, in Once Upon a Wallflower, one source of internal conflict for the heroine is that logic points in one direction and intuition points in another, and she must choose between the two.

I love the blend of mystery and romance, and I strongly believe that the two together can create the most emotionally engaging and intellectually provocative stories. Historical settings (especially Regency England) make the romance more romantic and the mystery more mysterious. I enjoy writing contemporary romantic mysteries, too, but historical settings will always be my favorite.
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  1. Thanks for sharing your review and the giveaway. Sounds like a really good book. evamillien at gmail dot com

  2. This book looks great and the cover is gorgeous. Thanks for the sharing and the awesome giveaway.

  3. Good luck on the giveaway :)

  4. I love your ice cream mysteries and love regency novels, so I can't wait to read this!

  5. Woah, I'm in love with the cover! This looks amazing! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  6. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did when you get the chance to read it :)

  7. The cover is definitely gorgeous. And the book was just as amazing. Thanks for visiting and good luck on the giveaway :)

  8. I want to read this so bad! :D