Monday, October 30

Book Review: The Perks of Loving a Wallflower by Erica Ridley

Author: Erica Ridley
Title: The Perks of Loving a Wallflower
Series: The Wild Wynchesters #2
Genre: Historical Romance, LGBT
Format: Ebook
Pages: 352
Published: October 26, 2021
Where I Got It: Borrowed from library

As a master of disguise, Thomasina Wynchester can be a polite young lady—or a bawdy old man. Anything to solve the case. Her latest assignment unveils a top-secret military cipher covering up an enigma that goes back centuries. But when Tommy’s beautiful new client turns out to be the highborn lady she’s secretly smitten with, more than her mission is at stake . . .

Bluestocking Miss Philippa York doesn’t believe in love. Her cold heart didn't pitter-patter when she was betrothed to a duke, nor did it break when he married someone else. All Philippa desires is to rescue her priceless manuscript and decode its clues to unmask a villain. She hates that she needs a man's help—so she’s delighted to discover the clever, charming baron at her side is in fact a woman. Her cold heart . . . did it just pitter-patter?

Been meaning to get to book 2! I liked Tommy and Philippa from book 1!

Here we follow Tommy/Thomasina and Philippa. Tommy is the master of disguise. She can be a polite young lady or a bawdy old man. She can be anything for any case the Wynchesters take on. Enter her latest assignment....there is a top-secret military cipher covering up an enigma that goes back centuries. The client turns out to be Philippa whom Tommy has been smitten with for a long time. Philippa doesn't believe in love and she believes she will never feel lust or love, so what does it matter who she marries? All Philippa wants to do is unmask a villain for her friend. She hates that she needs a man's help to uncover this, but she is delighted that the charming baron is none other than Tommy. 

Note - def read book 1 first. Lots of backstory and etc. 

Now, I liked Philippa and Tommy in the last book. Not sure why, but while reading this it took me a long time to warm up to Philippa again. I can't really pinpoint WHY I struggled, but I'm glad after a certain scene I remembered why I liked her again. But yeah, I guess you can call it a slow burn for me. 

They were an adorable couple and I loved watching them take down that sonofabitch. I love all the Wynchesters and all of Philippa's friends. It was fun. The ending once all was revealed with the baddie....was realistic. I hope to see more in the next one and hopefully, he is gone for good, but I have a feeling. I do feel the drama with the parents was too easily solved. And Philippa forgave them too quickly. Her mother in particular was horrid to her. 

Speaking of the pre-ending/big drama...................I get what Philippa was asking for and I get why Tommy took it to heart and was hurt. Honestly, though, it wouldn't be a bad plan because of the way the world is. I won't say too much, but I go back and forth on how I feel about that whole scene. I feel like it needed more exploration. This was a chance to get deep into the complexities of these characters and their situation. 

All-in-all, I really did enjoy this even though I had some issues. I loved watching these two fall into friendship and then love. I loved watching their adventure. I'll give this 3 stars because of the couple of issues I had with some plot points. 


Jen Twimom said...

Hmmm... I like the premise of this one - secrets and such. But not sure since you had a couple issues. I'll probably skip it then.

Carole Rae said...

Jen, you may not mind the issues. But I don't blame you lol

Sophia Rose said...

I've been gradually working my way through some of her older stuff that I got as freebies, but this newer series with the intrigue and proper villain sounds good, too.

Carole Rae said...

It's pretty good. This one had some issues, but I still liked it overall.

Blodeuedd said...

Asking Tommy to be a man all times perhaps? Tough one

Carole Rae said...

Won't say bc of spoilers.