“Lisa Kleypas is almost always an auto-buy for me and so I snatched up this book soon as it came out all those years ago. I've had all of the Wallflowers books in my collection, but I started with Book 2 in the series and not this book, which is the first installment that introduced us to the four "wallflowers." I've thoroughly enjoyed the other Wallflowers' stories and so I had high expectations when I started reading this book.
Sadly, I can't say I was impressed. The plot is straightforward, enough, and mostly revolves around the lead characters, Annabelle Peyton and Simon Hunt . However, these are not likeable or relatable characters. Annabelle comes off as a scheming, self-centered snob that looks down on Simon and the values he stands for: Entrepreneurship, honesty, .etc.. Not that Simon, even with all these qualities, is that likeable of a character, either, but he did fall hopelessly in love with Annabelle during their first encounter, and his subsequent tolerance and patience for Annabelle's haughty attitude and silly action redeemed him in my eye.
Annabelle's repulsion toward Simon at the beginning of the book was such that I found myself skeptical of her later change of heart. I had to force myself to keep reading, and this usually does not happen with Kleypas's other far more enjoyable novels. All in all, this books does a descent job of paving the way for the other Wallflowers' stories, but that is it.