Wallflower Most Wanted (Studies in Scandal #3)
by Manda Collins
Publ. Date: January 30th, 2018
A dedicated painter, Miss Sophia Hastings is far more concerned with finding the right slant of light than in finding Mr. Right. But when an overheard conversation hints at danger for another local artist, Sophia is determined to get involved. Even if it means accepting help from an impossibly good-looking vicar who insists on joining her investigation—and threatens to capture her heart…
Reverend Lord Benedick Lisle knows that Sophia is no damsel in distress. But he won’t allow her to venture into peril alone, either . . . especially since he finds Sophia’s curious, free-spirited nature so alluring. But protecting her from harm is becoming more difficult than the vicar could have expected as he and Sophia confront their fiery mutual passion. Who could have known that the art of love would prove so irresistible?
Wallflower Most Wanted is set to publish tomorrow and I would usually publish the review on the day, but this time I figured I would write and publish my review a day early.
If you have been following my blog for a while, then you will remember that I posted the review for Duke with Benefits back in June and that was book 2 of the series. Yes, I know I still have not read book 1, as I have noticed with Manda’s books (and I have read quite a few of them and I LOVE the Ugly Ducklings series) I never do read them in order…
So here we follow Sophia’s story, and as much as I liked Daphne from the previous book, I liked Sophia better. I think it makes it easier once you are really digging deeper into the characters. The books have all the ladies in them but each focuses on one and each time, I like them more as I get to know them. I expect I will be the same until the last one standing.
Then I could tell you which one I like best and I know, I still need to read book 1 cause this is bad!
Back to Sophia and Benedick, well… what can I say?
They are truly lovely both of them, well Benedick is a reverend and he is not a rogue by any stretch of the imagination. Do not get me wrong there is nothing more entertaining than a bad boy lord, but they cannot possibly be all reformed bad boys in the end. It is nice to see a nice guy from the get go. Mind, him being nice does not mean that he is without faults or usual male arrogance.
I do like the different perspective!
Plus, the whole settings of those girls being put together is really something else, for that I can but only commend Manda for the outstanding main plot line running through the whole series. I realize that this is not the first time that I am enjoying a lovely Regency romance with a mystery in it. I do believe those are becoming a new favorite of mine!
Quick reminder, though you can read and enjoy the books as a stand alone if you have not read the previous ones, I will recommend starting with the first one in the series. It is not going to lessen the enjoyment you will get from reading Wallflower Most Wanted but you will have more background info and enjoy it more!
I skipped over the plot so that I do not hand out too many spoilers, it would be easy to do as something is afoot from the get go… I can only tell you that it is good! really good!
I am going to very highly recommend Wallflower Most Wanted and I hope you LOVE it as much as I did! Now I have to read book 1 and pray for book 4… let us hope there is not too long to wait!
Manda Collins is the author of several books, including Ready Set Rogue and The Lords of Anarchy series. She spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. When she’s not writing, she’s helping other people use books, as an academic librarian.