Author: Eloisa James
Series: Would-Be Wallflowers
Release Date: March 29th, 2022
From New York Times bestseller Eloisa James, a new Regency-set novel in which a heiress with the goal of being a wallflower engages a rugged American in a scorchingly sensual, witty wager that tests whether clothing does indeed make the man—or the wallflower! A perfect companion story to Eloisa's My American Duchess.
Miss Cleopatra Lewis is about to be launched in society by her aristocratic grandfather. But since she has no intention of marrying, she visits a costume emporium specifically to order unflattering dresses guaranteed to put off any prospective suitors. Powerful and charismatic Jacob Astor Addison is in London, acquiring businesses to add to his theatrical holdings in America—as well as buying an emerald for a young lady back in Boston. He’s furious when a she-devil masquerading as an English lady steals Quimby’s Costume Emporium from under his nose.
Jake strikes a devil’s bargain, offering to design her “wallflower wardrobe” and giving Cleo the chance to design his. Cleo can’t resist the fun of clothing the rough-hewn American in feathers and flowers. And somehow in the middle of their lively competition, Jake becomes her closest friend.
It isn’t until Cleo becomes the toast of all society that Jake realizes she’s stolen his fiercely guarded heart. But unlike the noblemen at her feet, he doesn’t belong in her refined and cultured world.
Caught between the demands of honor and desire, Jake would give up everything to be with the woman he loves—if she’ll have him!
If the stunningly beautiful cover art with Eloisa James' name emblazoned across the front doesn't automatically make you want to snatch this book quicker than a freshly baked piece of chocolate cake, then you seriously don't know what you are missing!
Miss Cleopatra Lewis is a force of nature. Trying to hide her light under a bushel--or a ghastly turban--in order to fulfill her promise to participate in a London season, while getting to know her grandfather, will be nearly impossible. But determined to succeed, WITHOUT being pestered by erstwhile suitors, Cleopatra enlists the aid of her trusted maid to find a modiste willing to drab down her wardrobe.
Enter American tycoon, Jacob Addison, who is just as determined to steal said modiste away and send her to America to head up the costuming department for his various theatre companies. It's suddenly a Clash of the Titans, up in here!
This enemies-to-friends-to lovers, story was a page-turner from word one!
I simply adored the wry and intelligent banter between these two and I found the whole idea of Cleopatra running a commode (that's toilets, btw) company and brawny, Jacob jaunting about London in garishly loud suits, utterly hilarious. Eloisa, YOU are Brilliant!
If the rest of the series is as uniquely original and entertaining as this one--and come on, it's Eloisa James, so you know it will be--then just sign me up now, because I'm all-in!