Sunday, February 15, 2015

Quote-tastic/Review-- So that's how it is, huh?-- Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuiston

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I'm still pretty new to McQuiston but man is she winning me over. I always have a little moment of oh no I am NOT going to like this character but whew she changes my mind and really wow's me in the end. The hero of this one is a poor struggling doctor/inventor and the heroine is part of Society Miss who has her eyes set on a Duke before she meets the hero one day after spraining her ankle.
"Praise Hippocrates," he breathed as the fabric obligingly parted to reveal the transparent chemise beneath. "You are not wearing a corset tonight."

She shuddered--though weather due to the air on her chilled skin or his irreverent observations, he couldn't tell. "You once mentioned they promoted an unhealthy posture."

"I thought you didn't listen to me," he said, lowering his head to press a kiss to the erotic curve of one clavicle, lingering a moment in the hollow of space it created. 

"I always listen," she sighed into his touch. "I just don't always agree."
And this I just thought was funny. This is the hero talking with the heroine's little brother. She's had to not parent her siblings exactly but kind of. Just made me smile.
"...I didn't tell you such a personal thing to make you feel uncomfortable, or to embarrass you. I told you so that you might realize how important it is to appreciate the family you have."

Geoffery threw his hands up in a universal gesture of adolescent frustration. "I know you're right. It's just when Clare's sniping at me, I get a devilish urge to vex her."

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Diary of an Accidental Wallflower (Seduction Diaries #1)
Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 2 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

McQuiston continues to surprise and challenge first impressions in the loveliest of ways. Diary of an Accidental Wallflower was a heart touching forbidden romance that grabbed hold of me and just left me utterly charmed as Clare's sprained ankle lands her in the care of a struggling doctor who captivates and outshines even the handsomest of Dukes. 

This was very much the story of Clare discovering herself and what's important in life. At first I really wasn't sure I'd be able to like her. She was one of 'those girls' that snubs others and is totally focused on class and status. Life for her is all about snagging her Duke. The journey she goes through was incredible and stunning and she really became a lovely woman compared to the naive and shallow girl she was when things began. I was so impressed with her in the end and really enjoyed her.

And then there was Daniel. A hunky hero and just an every day guy. He's not rich. He's not titled. Has no hope of ever being a part of Society. And he's okay with that. He's a doctor and an inventor and an incredibly caring and generous man who wants to improve the lives of others no matter who they are. A lonely Society widow or a woman of the night. He puts himself out there and is just an amazing man that's solid and definitely swoon-worthy. 

I really liked the two together. They struggle for sure. They're of different classes and have had vastly different life experience but together they were lovely. How hard to fall for someone society says isn't appropriate or allowed! There were uncomfortable moments as they dealt with their feelings and the expectations and rules of Society that felt so real and really hurt to see play out sometimes. They had nice chemistry but overall heat level was pretty minimal but it really didn't bother me.

Diary of an Accidental Wallflower was a wonderful read all the way around. From the romance and the struggles Clare and Daniel endured to the setting and their daily lives to Clare's family of unwieldy siblings and damaged parents who all went through journeys of their own. McQuisten definitely captivated and has me intrigued to see what will happen next. 

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