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5++ stars for A Wallflower’s Midsummer Night’s Caper by Alina K. Field #regency #regencyromance #historicalromance #mustread



Title: A Wallflower’s Midsummer Night’s Caper

Author: Alina K. Field

Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Romance

 

Book Blurb:

 

A Midsummer Night’s masquerade at her family’s country home presents the Honorable Nancy Lovelace with the perfect opportunity for revenge against the man who ruined her first London season—a man she’s known since childhood, a man she’d once thought she loved. With the help of her crew of younger relatives, she’ll give him his comeuppance.

 

Thanks to his bad behavior, Simon Crayding is now known to society as the Swilling Duke. Then an old school chum invites him for a Midsummer Night’s party, and he jumps at the chance to lick his wounds among friends and apologize to his friend’s sister, Nancy, because apparently, he’s done something to hurt her, he just doesn’t remember what.

 

It soon becomes clear that Nancy will not easily forgive. Never one to resist a challenge—or a beautiful lady—Simon vows to persevere. As the night unfolds and passions rise, will Simon be well and truly punished, or will Nancy be caught in her own game?

 

My Review:

 

Simon made Nancy a laughingstock amongst the gentry during her first season, but now it’s her opportunity for revenge. When the tables are turned, will Nancy see the love in Simon’s eyes? A Wallflower’s Midsummer Night’s Caper is a Regency romance even Shakespeare would applaud. The romance may be a mixture of tropes (brother’s best friend, age gap, friends to enemies to lovers, etc.) but it flows flawlessly. The dialogue is quick witted with comedic timing. The descriptive narration is immersive. It’s the characters, though, that make A Wallflower’s Midsummer Night’s Caper impossible to put down.

 

Let’s start with the characters. Nancy is our brave heroine. She’s got immense strength to deal with such a horrid experience. I admire her as a woman. If I was her, I would’ve told my brothers and there would’ve been a duel at daybreak. She’s written in a compassionate way that readers will love.

 

Simon is our fallible hero. He doesn’t remember what he did to poor Nancy, but he tries to make amends. It doesn’t work so he takes up the challenge. When confronted with the truth, his reaction redeems him. Alina K. Field writes a fallen hero who works hard to show the woman he’s come to love how much she means to him.

 

The rest of the characters are historically accurate, colorful, and fun. I especially enjoyed Nancy’s family, particularly her mother.

 

The scenes for the Midsummer party are the high point of the whole book. It has a Shakespearean feel but set in Regency times. Emotions are high and revenge is the star.

 

If you’re looking for a delightful Regency romance featuring a wallflower heroine exacting revenge on the one man she’s loved/hated with a fiery passion, pick up A Wallflower’s Midsummer Night’s Caper. It’s the finest written book of Alina K. Field’s prolific catalog.

 

My Rating: 5++ stars

 

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Author Biography:

 

USA Today bestselling author Alina K. Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature but prefers the happier world of romance fiction. Her roots are in the Midwestern U.S., but after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California where she shares a midcentury home with a golden-eyed terrier and a feisty chihuahua and only occasionally misses snow.

 

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Reviewed by: Nancy

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