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Tempting Mr. Weatherstone: Wallflower Weddings #0.5 by Vivienne Lorret with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop for Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, a novella installment in Vivienne Lorret’s Wallflower Weddings historical romance series.  Please read on for my excerpt, don’t forget to check out the other tour posts, and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $35 gift card to Harry & David.

Book Review:

I love this series where ‘lingering on the shelf’ women are finally united with the love of their life, and this story brings all of the heart from other installments in a wonderfully created novella that works perfectly as a stand-alone, or gives more impetus to read the other titles in the series.

Lorret takes her time in developing this relationship: Penelope and Ethan have a solid friendship, their families are close, they know everything about each other in that ‘no secrets’ way.  What is astonishing is that neither had ventured into what if territory, even as both are scratching at the confines of their lives.

Penelope is tired of doing the ‘expected’ and wants an adventure, her best friend Ethan thinks it is a horrible and terrible idea, and he realizes that leaving his ordered and comfortable life to keep Pen safe may be his only choice.

Ethan is a wonderfully “dull” hero – he loves his ledgers and his Momma, and Pen, and is the solid stand-up sort of man who needs a touch of adventure and some ‘new’ in his life to keep him from being old before his time. Pen is just the opposite, she rails against doing what is expected, even though her sense of obligation has her following through.  She’s exuberant, loves life, Ethan and the excitement that comes from change and new.

Watching these two come to realize their own feelings for one another, with minimal conflict that is all because Ethan is so comfortable in his ‘place’ that he is near clueless as to what could be.  They are masters at getting in their own way, whether because the idea never occurred, or they fear losing one another.  A perfectly delightful friends to lovers story with a wonderful happy ending.

Tempting Mr. Weatherstone: Wallflower Weddings #0.5 by Vivienne Lorret with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone
Author: Vivienne Lorret
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon, Impulse
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 96
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret revisits her Wallflower Wedding series with a delightful tale of friends-to-lovers, just in time for Christmas.

Penelope Rutledge longs for passion, but only with the man of her dreams: the brilliant, dashing Ethan Weatherstone. If only her longtime neighbor would open his eyes and realize how much she loves him. If only they weren’t best friends with so much at stake. Penelope knows her future—and their friendship—is in her hands, but is she willing to take the biggest risk of all on the man she loves?

If it were up to Ethan, life and love would be as predictable as the figures in his ledgers—certainly nothing like the adventures Penelope longs for. Yet his childhood friend has grown into a beautiful, feisty woman blissfully unaware of the danger she causes when near. Ethan knows he must save Penelope and her reputation … but can he save himself from the temptation of her lips?

Previously appeared in the e-book anthology Five Golden Rings.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

 

Ethan Weatherstone was due for a piece of her mind. It was about time he understood that he had no right to interfere with her life.

Mind made up, she took one last look at the mail coach and shook her head. She reached down for her satchel and stormed over to Ethan’s carriage.

Penelope threw open the door and climbed inside, seething as she sat across from him. He didn’t even have the courtesy to look at her. Instead, he sat back against the squabs, his head turned to the window. The only reason she knew he was aware of her presence was from the way he clenched his jaw, a muscle twitching just beneath the surface of his skin.

“Were you waiting to humiliate me? Waiting until I was already seated before you dragged me away from the mail coach? Or perhaps you planned to follow me all the way to Portsmouth?”

He refused to respond or even so much as look at her. If she hadn’t been angry before she entered the carriage, then she certainly was fuming now.

“Truly, Ethan, for someone who cannot live outside the lines of your carefully crafted order, your sameness that covers you like a shroud, this is quite surprising behavior,” she hissed, baiting him. “I only wish your concern for my happiness were as great as your concern for my reputation.”

At that, he glared at her sharply. Ah, so she’d struck a chord.

Good. Yet still, he did not say anything.

There he sat, perfectly groomed, his cravat perfectly pleated, his temper perfectly managed. She wished just once he’d lose some of that control. Because here she sat, with her eyes, most likely puffy and red from having cried most of the night instead of sleeping. She was certainly not perfectly groomed, since she could feel a soggy tendril of hair plastered to her cheek. Her cloak was damp from rain. Her nose was cold and likely red as well.

“How can you be so . . . so unaffected all the time?” Her voice rose with her accusation. “Haven’t you ever dreamed for something outside the realm of possibility? Or are you content with each day so long as your cravat is perfectly pleated?”

She glared at the offending garment, struck by a ridiculous notion to crumple it. No sooner had the idea formed that she gave in to the impulse and moved forward on her seat, her arm reaching forward.

Ethan stopped her, taking hold of her wrist. His eyes flared. Before she could react, he yanked, propelling her forward to land clumsily on his lap.

“How dare—”

His mouth covered hers, silencing her outrage. Her head spun, reeling from the sudden scorching heat of his kiss.

This was a kiss, wasn’t it? Yet, it was nothing like her dreams, where his rehearsed request was followed by carefully controlled actions. No, this was no gentle dream. This was hard and demanding. His tongue didn’t request entrance but swept in and plundered.

His arms were not gentle either. In fact, he held her so tightly she couldn’t move, and grasped her wrist so she couldn’t touch him or push him away.

But she’d never push him away.

Instead, she wanted to cling to him. Her anger evaporated in a rush of steam. Her mind cried out for more of this glorious punishment. She wanted his kiss to burn her, through and through. This was the first time she’d been warm in months.

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About Vivienne Lorret

USA Today bestselling author, VIVIENNE LORRET loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order … but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is an Avon Impulse author of works including: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, The Wallflower Wedding Series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series, The Duke’s Christmas Wish, and the Season’s Original Series.

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