Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflower Series #1)

Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflower Series #1)

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Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing—and persistent—admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition…but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon—and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon’s passionate embrace and tempting kisses…and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501246944
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Series: Lisa Kleypas's Wallflowers Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Lisa Kleypas is the RITA Award-winning author of twenty-one novels. Her books have been published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.

Customer Reviews

Secrets of a Summer Night 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 312 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stayed up late finishing "Secrets of a Summer Night," and the moment I read the last page, I nearly wanted to cry because there was nothing more to read. Finally, a romance novel about love instead of lust! The novel was so engaging and so satisfying that I couldn't wait to read more from Kleypas, and the very next day, I went out and bought two more of her books. If you're looking for a more realistic development of a romantic relationship between two characters, this would definitely be a book to try. Where most books end with the happy marriage, the author takes it further. It's clear that when they marry, it's probably more out of lust and the beginnings of love. They barely know each other. Annabelle even acknowledges it to herself shortly after she and Simon marry--she hardly knows him, she doesn't have a clear idea what he does for work, and she didn't even have any idea where he lived! (Their romance blossomed at a week-long party at the estate of a mutual acquaintance.) The meat of the book, instead of being how they finally marry and everything's happy, is actually about how they get to really know and care for one another after they marry, and how these two very practical, guarded characters finally acknowledge their love for each other, and this is a process that changes them both. Lisa Kleypas is virtually unbeatable in the hero department. Her heroes are an incredibly potent mix of tender, loving, sexy, arrogant bad boys that I simply can't resist and Simon is no exception. I also have to commend the author for pushing the envelope with Annabelle. She is unapologetically selfish and mercenary and she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. She clearly wants to marry a peer not only for the well being of her mother and brother but also for her own well being. She makes no bones about wanting to be part of high society and having money and servants.     
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well I've been a sucker for a romantic chase between a devilishly handsome, charming, rake since Rhett Butler and Scarlett in 'Gone With The Wind', yet I didn't know it was possible to ever love 4 characters more than them. I was pleasantly suprised after I read Stranger in my Arms I didn't think any of Lisa's books would compare but it keeps getting better. I loved this story, the setting, the era and especially Mr. Simon Hunt. I became lost in this book, totally attached to the characters and saddend when it came close to the end. I have only 2 chapters left to go but I am so happy the story goes on after their wedding it leaves the reader feeling very connected to the couple. I am also happy that there are 3 more Wallflower books I have to look forward to. Even though I've read the other book reviews, It seems hard to believe that this book is the least of the best in the Wallflower series. I loved it so much so I can only wonder how fascinating the others are. I will be moving on to Part 2, 'It Happened One Autumn, but I really don't want to leave Simon and Annabelle behind. How can the other wallflowers top her, and how can any other heroin top Simon...he's so delicious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I read the back and expected a typical regency romance, but it was far from it. I found the whole story, from beginning to end, to be hugely romantic and very entertaining. All of the Wallflowers make for a really fun cast of characters and you really feel the friendship and fun between them. I thought the hero was a refreshing change. He wasn't the most sought after man with titles and class and all that typical stuff. He was just a man who worked hard and made a great life for himself and he just wanted the woman of his dreams to share it with. It was heartbreaking to read about her snubs towards him when he was clearly so in love with her. When she finally comes around you want to cheer. I just loved this book and I am going to make a point of tracking down more books by Lisa!! I am really looking forward to the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was fun and entertaining. I loved Anabelle's character and the wallflowers relationship and loyalty to eachother. I also loved Simon's determination not to let Anabelle push him away. He continued to pursue her after years of trying, I loved the fact that he was finally able to win her and spoil her, yet not loosing himself. I also liked that it consentrated mostly on the story, not on the sex scenes. It had alittle of everything! drama, laughter, excitement and I most of all friendship. I couln't wait to read about the other Wallflowers.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1841, Annabelle Peyton and her brother Jeremy cannot afford the price of a show so wealthy Simon Hunt, son of a butcher, lends them the money. During the show, the entrepreneur kisses the aristocrat, who to her chagrin enjoyed the moment. However, her upbringing insures she puts a halt to Simon¿s intentions............................ Two years later, Annabelle and three other young females (Evangeline Jenner, Lillian Bowman, and her younger sister Daisy Bowman) form the Wallflowers squad, whose vision is to have each member happily married in the near future. Though she would prefer marrying for love, Annabelle hopes her teammates will help her find a wealthy spouse. Of course, Simon is still enticing and has loot, but can she really wed someone from the working class even if he is willing, which he insists he is not?............................ This early Victorian romance is fun to follow because the support cast, predominantly the other Wallflowers provide depth with their all 'four' one and one for all philosophy of assisting each other in spousal hunting. This teaming freshens up the typical class warfare tale that serves as the prime issue between the lead couple. Fans of husband hunting on an Olympic level will appreciate SECRETS OF A SUMMER NIGHT and look forward to the tales starring Annabelle¿s band of sisters................ Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her stories! I can get lost in them every time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one! Very romantic and great chemistry between the protagonists. Action with suspence and swooning also involved! I recommend this book. S.A.K.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** I would probably give this book 4.5 stars, but there's no place to do that. This was a refreshingly wonderful read! It was the first time I ever really read a romance novel. It was certainly a good choice.  I was instantly drawn to the story since it took place in the 1800's in England. I love historical novels, so this fit right in.  I fell in love with the main male character--Simon Hunt. He was a charming man--rugged, yet gentle. Annabelle, the object of affection, was has-been aristocrat. The majority of the novel deals with her hunt for a titled, wealthy man. She decides that she needs to marry a titled man and not marry for love. She keeps the company of three other women who are "wallflowers." No aristocrat wants to marry them. As the novel goes along, Annabelle struggles to keep her resolve as Simon pursues her. I won't give away the storyline, but it takes a predictable turn three quarters of the way through the book.  Towards the end of the book, Lisa Kleypas inserts an incident that takes the reader by surprise. And finally, Annabelle and Simon come face to face with their true feelings. The final scene between them is certainly worth the read. Since the story is the first in a series, she inserts an epilogue that sets things in motion for the next books in the series. I think she accomplishes her purpose of giving a teaser for future books. I was very pleased with Lisa Kleypas's writing style. She was very descriptive in the way she told the story. It was a predictable romance novel, I but I felt that she held my interest quite well. One side note--yes, it had a few bedroom scenes, but how refreshing it was that they only occurred after the two got married. (Yes, I guess that is a spoiler.) It may offend some readers, but I felt that it was handled in a delicate manner, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them. I was not embarrassed in the least. And thankfully, the language used in the book was not what I would call true profanity. That was nice, too!! I would recommend this romance novel to women in their 20's and beyond.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find it difficult with writers of this time period to balance a good story with a good sexual aspect. I find that Lisa does this very well. I have read all of this series and the following group of siblings. You will not be disappointed reading any of them. She keeps you caring about the characters.....thats the most important thing. I have reread all of the books i own of hers at least three times. They are all good investments of my money. Thank you Lisa for doing your readers proud.
LisaKleypasFan More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this novel because the female protagonist didn't marry the usual peer. Instead she fell in love with a "commoner". It was refreshing, and very intriguing seeing these two come together. Although, it is your typical "she hates him, then loves him" story, nonetheles, it has its quirks.
Eternal--Love78 More than 1 year ago
Annabelle Peyton is a beauty beyond compare. Any pure lineage peer would be well compensated for she is resourceful, kind-hearted, confident, and a head-strong woman. Never giving up on her family's misfortunes at any cost, especially since her father died. As her mother Philippa, younger brother Jeremy, and she have been living without. Constantly wearing out of date clothes, using paste to replace the jewels that were sold in their rings, necklaces, and etc., and any funds they do receive is put forth to Jeremey's school, debts, and bare essentials. Annabelle is determined to marry a peer with an exclusively well accomplished fortune. However, the only man she manages to attract is someone she absolutely has no desires for what so ever, Simon Hunt. Even if his stolen kiss has been playing over & over again in her mind for the past two years; and occasionally running into him in London, she spews his insufferable actions towards her to Philippa. Annabelle is undoubtedly curtain she can overwhelmingly do better than Mr. Hunt. A man who has an infinite repurtation for seducing women, as his mistresses, than cast them aside when he tires of them. It's not until she attends another ball, sitting in her usual section, against the wall amongst the other wallflowers. As Annabelle has seen the same faces at all the other balls she has attended, she forms a long-lasting friendship with these women. The undisciplined Bowman sisters, Lillian and Daisy from America, and a lonely stuttering girl, Evangeline "Evie" Jenner. Both the Bowman's and Miss Jenner possess a prestige wealth. Since Annabelle is the eldest and this being her last season, they have devised a plan to endow her with all the funds necessary, (dresses, information, & etc.) to attract a peer at Stony Cross Park, Lord Westcliff's estate. The location where a fair amount of peearge will venture towards the end of the season. Once becoming full aware of Mr. Hunt's presence at Stony Cross Park, Annabelle is determined to put as much distance between them as possible. Simon has also developed his own diverse plan to entrap Annabelle. Knowing full well of her money circumstances, and the fact she will eventually circum to his advances, and be a willing participant as his mistress. Of course, with no intentions of ever marrying her, just humiliating her honor. The more Annabelle despires him, the more they are drawn to each other. Simon always appears at the exact moments Annabelle is in dire need of his or any assistance. Especially from the many various scenarios hurtling in her direction. However, when a peer with an immense amount of wealth attracts Annabelle's interest, and the involvement of the wallflowers at her disposal, will she be able to turn her back on the hidden passion she's developing for Mr. Hunt? Will Simon be able to stand aside for Annabelle's happiness or fight to obtain what he desires most? This book has quickly became one of my favorites. Due to the fact, it possesses many intriguingly aspects of the "Cat & Mouse" game often played amongst future lovers. The buildup of the unforeseen passionate emotions, that becomes explosive once fully discovered; and indulging in my own chess game or escapades in the linen closet with my lover, is much to be desired for as well. A galvanizing, mind-blowing introduction to the Wallflower Series. Once again another SIZZLING, ENTCINGLY written novel, well done Lisa Kleypas.
Loves2ReadKR More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to read this book. I have recently "discovered" Lisa KLeypas and her books and have been collecting as many of them as I can get my hands on (I'm doing really well, being as I have almost almost all of her books now). I had extremely high hopes for this book. It was good, but perhaps my expectations were just a bit too high. I thought the plot was really intriguing (come on, the idea of four wallflowers bading together to find husbands :) ). I thought that Simon Hunt was a great hero. He is quite charming. Annabelle is headstrong and knows what she wants. However, there were definitely points where I found myself frustrated with her and the other Wallflowers' scheming. I laughed and found myself unable to put the book down at times, while at others I was a bit frustrated. In the end, I found the story extremely moving and charming. You can understand both characters and where they are coming from emotionally. While this book is clearly meant to set readers up for Lillian's book, I found myself a bit frustrated by her. I am actually really looking forward to Daisy's story, as she is quite different from the other three headstrong ladies. This is a strong book to launch the series, but not my favorite book by Kleypas so far. I do recommend it though, for there are some truly brilliant moments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
another winner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
chrissywest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have had all four books from this Wallflower series for a while now. I thought it was time I discover the writing talents of Lisa Kleypas. To me, Secrets of a Summer Night was just a typical historical romance. What I enjoyed most was the characters. I got a kick out of Annabelle and her friends. I¿m actually looking forward to reading Lillian¿s story; which is the next book in the series, It Happened One Autumn.
aapike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first in a well-written series by Kleypas. A look into the women who were wallflowers, not popular debutatnes, and the men who fell in love with them.
DreamingInFiction on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a little more interesting then other historical romance I've read because the leading lady, Annabelle (love that name by the way), was a little more strong willed then most. And our hero of the story, Simon, actually needed her as much as she needed him at times.. It was a rather nice change from the usual "Night in Shining Armor come to rescue his Damsel in Distress".So all in all I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next book in the series.
theshadowknows on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was an enjoyable read, its most appealing aspect being the positive portrayal of genuine, female friendship, a scarcity, in my admittedly rather limited experience, among romance novels. Of course I've come across other romances that provide a cursory attempt at friendship among women, but it's never been so well done as I think it is here. Secrets of a Summer Night introduces "the Wallflowers," four girls who give themselves this title (not without appreciable irony) in their decision to join forces and help each other find husbands. It sounded kind of silly to me at first, but Kleypas managed to avoid most of the clichés I was worried about by showing that the Wallflowers were friends with or without the incentive of their professed mission. Added to which, the presence of friends in the story allows a broadening of perspective, wherein the heroine's life doesn't shrink to encompass solely a life-altering obsession with the hero. (Ideally, at least. Here, that's not so much the case because the friends mostly talk about husbands and how to catch them - but the theory is nice anyway.) Of course, Secrets of a Summer Night is mostly about Annabelle and Simon, but the Wallflowers added something different to the story, a little bit of dimension, that made me care more about the characters than I would have otherwise. As for the romance itself, Secrets of a Summer Night doesn't quite offer all that I would have hoped. Kleypas is mostly concerned with the hierarchies of class and wealth in this book - some might think she's heavy handed with a moral to the story, punishing Annabelle for her initial prejudices against the working class. (Simon is a businessman with everything but a title to recommend him). However this didn't bother me too much, even if it was a bit transparent. I think Kleypas dealt pretty honestly with Annabelle, who was unapologetic and honest in turn about her attraction to wealth and luxury. She didn't have to compromise herself in this regard, for which I was grateful. Other than the melodrama of a final climactic scene, which seemed an external plot contrivance to me and detracted from the romance, I liked this book enough to continue with the series.
ut.tecum.loquerer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like this series, and I think the attraction between Annabelle and Simon is believable. However, I wish the author had spent more time on Annabelle's views of her financial predicament. Yes, she needs money: in the beginning of the book, she intends to marry rich, but says she would rather 'marry a beet farmer' than become someone's mistress. And yet 200 pages later, there she is considering becoming someone's mistress! We're given no insight to her thought process, and that's what would have made this book a winner for me.
onyx95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
London 1841 - Stony Cross, Hampshire 1843The search for a husband is tough enough without having to be the one that has no dowry to help. Annabelle Peyton had family problems and the only asset they had left was her beauty. She needed a good match that could bring her family out of the hole that the death of her father had left. The scheming of four friends (the wallflowers) finally found what they thought would make Annabelle a good match, and the plan was in motion. The rich and powerful businessman Simon Hunt had always been interested in Annabelle, but she wanted a peer, not the son of a butcher. His hope was to take what he wanted, but as he watched and waited, he found he may not ever be happy with just that little bit of her. Another great story by Lisa Kleypas. The introduction of the Wallflowers and their personalities was wonderful, I have heard so much about this series and enjoyed finally getting to know them all. The strength of Annabelle and Lillian are wonderfully contrasted with the comedy of Daisy and the shy timid girl of Evangeline. ¿Somehow I¿ve never thought of husband-hunting as a team sport¿ has to be what sums up the idea of the Wallflower series. The strength and patience of Simon draws you in, but his passion is the stuff dreams are made of, that is why (I believe) that we read romance novels, to see this kind of passion, to dream of this kind of devotion. Excellent characters and a good story, I found myself laughing and tearing a bit with them. On to the next of the series, (It Happened One Autumn), which I believe is Lillian and Lord Westcliff¿s story based on the ending of this one.
mom2lnb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading numerous rave reviews, I have been quite anxious to start Lisa Kleypas' Wallflowers series. However, when I first began Secrets of a Summer Night, I found myself wondering if I was going to like it as much as some of Ms. Kleypas' other works. Initially, the story had a much lighter feel than the author's other books I had read to date, with the relationship between the Wallflowers seeming a little like chick-lit (not exactly my favorite genre) in a historical setting. Also, the first third or so of the book is primarily devoted to introducing each of the Wallflowers and their individual situations that have caused them to be passed over by potential suitors, as well as detailing the pact between them to help find husbands for each other and building their collective friendship. During this time, there wasn't much interaction between Simon and Annabelle and in fact, Simon only had two short point-of-view scenes which made it difficult to get to know him or to believe that these two were going to fall madly in love. I shouldn't have worried though, because this is Lisa Kleypas we're talking about, an author who has rarely disappointed me. About 150 page into the story, things really took off, and from there Simon and Annabelle's romance built slowly and believably into a beautiful tender relationship and a dramatic conclusion that really solidified their love for me.During the early parts of the book, I found myself having mixed feelings about Annabelle. I was sympathetic to her plight of being penniless and desperately needing to marry a wealthy suitor to take care of her family, but her lack of a dowry preventing any nobleman from asking for her hand. Not only was she stuck in this endless loop, but she was also rapidly approaching spinsterhood and the prospect of having no other choice but to become the mistress of a peer in order to survive. My only problem with Annabelle was that she had Simon, a man who was wealthier than most aristocrats, doggedly pursuing her for two years after a brief stolen kiss, but she rejected his offers to dance and openly disdained him that whole time, mainly, it seemed, because she didn't view him as a worthy match due to his low birth. I thought this made her appear rather snobbish, a decidedly un-endearing quality. Annabelle also seemed to have the idea that Simon only wanted her as his mistress, but contrary to what the cover blurb stated, I never really got that feeling from him at all and felt that if she had taken the time to get to know him, he might have surprised her with what he had to offer. Annabelle also was prepared to do literally anything it took to win a marriage proposal from a titled gentleman even if he was a poor match for her. Due to these character flaws, I ended up staying on the fence about Anabelle for more than half the story until she finally came to her senses and realized that her actions would be hurting someone else. When she did the honorable thing, I developed a more definite liking for her which only grew as she herself grew and changed throughout the rest of the novel. I loved how she went though some soul-searching and struggled a bit with not quite fitting in her own privileged world anymore, but neither did she fit in Simon's more provincial one. In the end though, her act of heroism and the changes in her attitude convinced me that she would no longer be looking down her nose at anyone else merely because of the circumstances of their birth.As I mentioned earlier, I didn't really feel like I even began to know Simon until over a third of the way into the book. At this point, Simon and Annabelle's first major interaction occurs when she is in the throes of a medical crisis, and his cool head saves the day. Also Annabelle (and the reader) begin to see his kindness and concern show through in his gentle ministrations. From there, the author does the very best thing she could have done for her hero by showing in every word and deed
LadyIsis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great beginning to a new series. I really loved the concept and the execution of the girls coming together to help each other find someone to love. This story is also a great look into the changes that the industrial revolution wrought on the upper class in England. I quite enjoyed the characters both secondary and primary. There were a number of funny parts and a few hang onto the edge of your seat parts. Overall a pretty good books from a wonderful writer.
Jen7waters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
And with this little book I became one of Miss Kleypas biggest fans.I LOVED IT! LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT!And to think I disliked Annabelle so much in the beginning -she was driving me mad being such a snob- but I learned to love her just as she slowly allowed Simon to enter her heart.This is a quite addictive book, and I literally reached a point where I was completely obsessed with the couple's relationship. I already knew Enemies to Lovers type of love stories were my thing, but this book almost gave it a whole new meaning. I want more Lisa Kleypas, more, more, MORE!
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Annabelle is desperate to find a way out of financial straights for her family and marry properly to a gentleman of peerage. But, after four years of being a wallflower Annabelle's prospects are dim. No suitable man would propose marriage to a woman with no dowry. Then suddenly Annabelle strikes up a fortuitous friendship with three of her fellow wallflowers and together they plan a way to help Annabelle hunt down and snare an appropriate suitor. This plan firmly excludes the improper entrepreneur Simon Hunt whose interest in Annabelle disconcerts her almost as much as his stolen kiss and smoldering looks. Will Annabelle be able to bag herself a man of station and money before she gives in to the heat blossoming between her and the insufferable Mr. Hunt?I greatly enjoyed reading Secrets of a Summer Night. With each of Lisa Kleypas' stories that I read I understand more and more why she is such an esteemed writer of historical romance. This is the first of her Wallflower Quartet and definitely kicked off the series well. The romance between Simon and Annabelle was built up very well and didn't become stale as the story went on as romances sometimes do. I am very much looking forward to the last book of this series that I haven't read (although it is actually the second book of the set) and plan to continue to seek out other historicals by this gifted writer.
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas (Audio Edition) Narrated by Rosalyn Landor Series: Wallflowers, Book 1 4 stars - I think I enjoyed this more this time than I did the first time I read it. I love when the girls play rounders. I enjoyed how Simon already knew what he wanted and set out about getting it. I think Annabelle was a strong woman and a good match for Simon. Rosalyn Landor did a fantastic job on narration. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series. ~Paragraphs and Petticoats~