This was the first meeting of the newly launched Romance Book Club. The first book was "The Devil in Winter" by Lisa Kleypas. This is the third book in the Wallflower Series. It is proceed by "Secrets of a Summer Night" and " It Happened One Autumn." The fourth book is "Scandal in Spring."
Seeing as I read all four books back to back I can't quite say if I favored one over the other, the series as a whole was a wonderful read and I might consider reading the related books that tie in with this series. I don't think I ask for a lot when I read a romance novel, I just want a well written and/or believable story and likable characters.
- A story -
The BIG thing I look for is that there is a story beyond the "romance" to keep in entertained. It's not enough to just follow the format for this genre. These books had that story and while it wasn't a big mystery or a murder on the lose it wasn't a forced story to keep the book moving. I wanted to keep reading to find out how these four wallflowers would stick to their pact to find husbands and no longer be wallflowers.
- The Characters -
An author can have a great story concept and write it very well but if they can't write likable, real characters there's no point in writing your story. These characters were likable and together they have great chemistry. The four main girls in the series work nicely together. In this book the main characters are Evangeline “Evie” Jenner and Sebastian, Viscount St. Vincent. Not to make a big spoiler here but by the end of book two you aren't liking Sebastian all that much and to find out he's the hero of book three was shocking. It's the interactions between the two characters that really makes the story, they have a rocky relationship at first but I feel it's because of that they make a strong impression on each other throughout the story.
- Discussion -
The group overall liked the book. Seeing as it was the first meeting a lot of discussion was on romance books in general and talking about general likes and dislikes. One member had the original printing a lengthy discussion on book covers followed.