Title: A Wallflower Christmas
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Genre: Historical Romance
Year Published: 2008
Number of Pages: 264 pages
Date Read: 5/16/2011
Series: Wallflowers #5
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Content Rating: Ages 18+ (Sex Scenes)
Rafe Bowman, oldest son of Thomas and Mercedes Bowman and older brother of Lillian and Daisy Bowman, is well-known for being America's number one rake! However, when Rafe arrives in London to meet up with the beautiful Natalie Blandford to discuss terms of marriage, he will soon realize that love might not be so easy to obtain, especially if he has to try to act like a true gentlemen and is interested in another woman: Natalie's cousin Hannah Appleton!
Oh my goodness! When I have been reading the “Wallflower” series, I had expected the final book in the series to be excellent, amazing, beautiful, wonderful and hot just like the rest of the series! Well, that is exactly what I got out of this book and it was worth it spending the rest of my day reading this book! Lisa Kleypas has definitely done an excellent job at writing this spectacular tale and what I really loved about this book is that we are once again introduced to the Wallflowers again and we are finally introduced to Lillian and Daisy's older brother Rafe Bowman! First of all, before I get into the juicy bits between Rafe and Hannah, I would like to mention everyone's favorite Wallflower women featured again! I really loved the way that Lisa Kleypas made the Wallflowers (Evie, Lillian, Daisy and Annabelle) even closer towards each other than ever before and what was the most memorable scene with the Wallflowers was when they were comforting Hannah when she was upset. That scene was truly powerful for me because it truly showed how much the Wallflowers are caring women who would treat anyone like their own family. Now, onto the juicy bits with Rafe and Hannah! I just loved Rafe Bowman to death in this book, even if it is his first book! Rafe Bowman is like the pure embodiment of a muscular bad boy hero that really set my senses on fire! I loved the fact that Rafe may have an obnoxious attitude, but when it came to Hannah, he is a true sweetheart and he would do anything to please Hannah! What I really loved about Rafe is the fact that he is described as being handsome and muscular, which are two things I love to see in my romance heroes! Now the heroine, Hannah Appleton, has now made it on my top heroines list! I just loved the fact that Hannah is so sweet and her belief in true love is just truly mesmerizing to listen to! What I really loved about Hannah's character was when she found out about Rafe's dark past with his father and she was truly sympathetic towards Rafe, which really made my heart melt for Rafe. Oh boy, the lovemaking scenes between Rafe and Hannah are something else entirely! They're so hot and steamy that any romance fan will literally fan themselves with anticipation at reading them!
This book has two main sex scenes, so for anyone who does not like reading about sex scenes, you might want to skim over these parts. Also, a slight problem I had with this book was that the beginning was a bit slow for me and the action of the story did not seem to come until the middle of the book. But, I am still giving this book a five star rating anyway because I love it so much!
Overall, “A Wallflower Christmas” is truly a memorable conclusion to the awesome “Wallflower” series and it will definitely stand the test of time for romance fans everywhere! Now that I have read the first book of the Hathaway series, I will begin reading the second book of the “Hathaway” series, “Seduce Me at Sunrise.”