Friday, May 25, 2012

[BOOK REVIEW] Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Title:  Scandal in Spring

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Genre: Historical Romance

Year Published: 2006

Number of Pages: 435 pages

Date Read: 5/5/2011

Series: Wallflowers #4

Publisher:  Avon

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 18+ (Sex Scenes)

I have been reading Lisa Kleypas’ “Wallflowers” series for a long time and now, I have finally read the fourth book in the “Wallflowers” series, “Scandal in Spring!”  This time, the fans are introduced to Daisy Bowman, the last of the Wallflowers, who seems to have a love/hate relationship with ruthless yet gentle Matthew Swift!  “Scandal in Spring” is one romance novel that is so full of drama, exciting and pure sizzling romance that will have every romance fan boiling with pure pleasure!

Daisy Bowman, younger sister of Lillian Bowman and the last of the Wallflowers to not be married, has yet to find a suitable suitor and her father demanded that if she does not find a suitor by the end of the season, she will have to marry the man that her father has chosen for her…Matthew Swift!  Daisy apparently cannot stand Matthew Swift, but at the same time, she finds Matthew totally irresistible!  When Matthew and Daisy start to develop feelings for each other, Daisy will soon discover a dark secret about Matthew that might destroy her relationship with him!

Oh my goodness!  This novel was fantastic! Spectacular! Amazing! Uplifting! Excellent! I could go on and on about how brilliant this novel was, but I would be here all day listing how wonderful this novel really was to me!  Lisa Kleypas has definitely done an excellent job at writing this wonderful love story about lies and trust and it has all come perfectly in place!  What I loved the most about this novel were the characters as I practically loved all the characters in this novel, but the characters that truly stood out for me were Daisy Bowman and Matthew Swift! 

I loved Daisy in the previous “Wallflower” novels, but I loved her even more in this novel!  Daisy Bowman was clearly shown as an innocent and kindhearted heroine of this novel as she was clearly so accepting of Matthew’s faults and she also stood by Matthew through all kinds of tough situations he gets himself into, which truly shows how dependent and trusting Daisy really is and it was that aspect of her character that I really enjoyed seeing!  Now, Matthew Swift is really something else entirely! You can say that Matthew Swift is somewhat like the previous hero Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent as he seems like a difficult person to approach at first, but as the novel goes on, Matthew Swift has become one of my most favorite heroes in the “Wallflowers” series next to Marcus, Lord Westcliff and Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent!  I loved the way that Matthew Swift seems to have two different personalities when he approached Daisy many times throughout this book as he seems to be a snobby follower of Mr. Bowman at one point and then another point, he seems to be an extremely gentle and trustworthy person and the gentle personality was the one that win me over his character!  But what I really loved about Matthew Swift was the description of his muscular body! Lisa Kleypas did an awesome job putting so much detail at how huge and strong Matthew is, which really made me love his character even more! I always loved reading about muscular and lean men in my romance novels!  I also loved Daisy’s close relationship with her friends, the Wallflowers Annabelle, Evie, and Lillian as she is clearly close to all of them, especially her older sister, Lillian. Even though Lillian seemed a bit overprotective of Daisy in this novel, I always thought that she did it out of love for Daisy and that made me admire Lillian’s loyalty to Daisy.  I just loved Matthew and Daisy’s love/hate relationship with each other as it was really cute and when the two of them started their “lovemaking” oh man, things started to get really hot and sizzling and I was literally reading with anticipation every time I read the lovemaking scenes between Matthew and Daisy!

There was one thing that I have often wondered about when I read this book and that was Daisy’s relationship with Cam Rohan from "Devil in Winter." I will not go into much detail about their relationship since I do not want to spoil much for those who have not read “Devil in Winter,” but it felt like not much was discussed about Daisy and Cam’s relationship with each other in this book and it seemed like they just forgot about Daisy and Cam altogether in this novel.

For those of you who have problems with sex scenes, this book is littered with sex scenes, so it might be better to read over those scenes if it makes people who do not like reading sex scenes feel uncomfortable.

Overall, “Scandal in Spring” is a truly brilliant and one of a kind romance novel that every romance and Lisa Kleypas fan should read! Now, I will go on and read the final book in the “Wallflowers” series, "A Wallflower Christmas."