Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Blog Tour: Once Upon a Wallflower by Wendy Watson; Review + Giveaway

Once Upon a Wallflower
Author: Wendy Lyn Watson
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Scandalous
Publication Date: 12 August 2013

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 fiancĂ©e. 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?

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“You talk too much,” he said, his husky growl sending shivers down her spine. “I think we could put that luscious mouth of yours to better use.”
And with that, he drew her into a crushing embrace, his mouth coming down to consume hers. This kiss was unlike any they had shared before, more intense, more passionate, and with a subtle edge of desperation to it.
She melted beneath his onslaught, her body leaning into his of its own accord. As his hands twisted in her still-damp curls, she raised her own to his head, her fingers searching through the soft waves of hair and pulling them free of their queue.
When one of his hands drifted down the side of her face, the curve of her neck, to rest on the swell of her breast, Mira uttered a moaning little cry and surged forward, seeking more of his heat. More of his touch. More, more, more.
And when his hand on her breast moved, brushing over the sharp bud of her nipple, with only the fine wet fabric of her dress between his skin and hers, Mira thought she might die. A whirling dizziness overcame her, and she had to fight for breath.
Emboldened by the fire tearing through her, she let her own hands fall to Nicholas’s chest, and she explored the hard contours of the muscles beneath his shirt. She had never felt anything like his body, so hard yet gently yielding beneath her fingers. So warm and so alive. With a sudden flash of daring, Mira echoed Nicholas’s own caress, brushing her hand across the bulge of his chest, feeling the tight male nipple there.
He sucked air through his teeth and drew back with a sharp laugh. “Oh, Mira-mine,” he groaned, “such a clever, clever girl.”
He rested his forehead against hers, breathing deeply as his racing heart began to slow beneath her hand.
Mira struggled for composure. She had come here to discuss the murders, not to kiss Nicholas…no matter how delightful the kissing was. But he seemed determined to distract her from her mission. Did he not grasp the gravity of this situation?
Of course he did.

My Review

Mira Fitzhenry has been overlooked by her family for most of her life, and is used to being unfavourably compared to her beautiful cousin, Bella. Mira is then promised to Lord Ashfield, a reputed murderer. She starts to believe that Nicholas couldn't possibly be the killer and is determined to find the real killer before they marry.

Mira's a great heroine, she grows through the story and is very likable. Mira may be considered rather plain and her looks unfashionable by her family and society, but I loved how she comes to see herself differently through Nicholas' eyes. She's intelligent, strong and logical- she follows her head and not her heart, but she listens to her heart when she needs to.
Nicholas had a fab tortured artist's soul, he has a passionate side and his paintings express that. He also hides away a bit, and doesn't counter the accusations against him. Despite his reputation, Nicholas is a gentleman and is determined to keep Mira from being hurt, even if it means pushing her away.
Their romance was very sweet and sensual. They had a great connection and some of the scenes between them were very swoony. I loved that Mira was so determined to prove Nicholas' innocence, and her belief in him was wonderful.

The murderer mystery plot kept me intrigued throughout the whole story and I had no idea who the real murderer would turn out to be. There were plenty of red herrings, so even though I had some suspicions, I was never sure.

This is a sweet romance surrounded by a murder mystery, set in the rugged landscape of Cornwall. It'll keep you guessing, and have you hoping for Nicholas' innocence to be proven. I am partial to a romance with a wallflower heroine, and Wendy Lyn Watson's Once Upon a Wallflower doesn't disappoint.

*I received a review copy from Bewitching Book Tours and the author, for my honest review. Thank you!

About the Author

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.
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