THE PICTURE OF ROMANCE
A dedicated painter, Miss Sophia Hastings is far more concerned with finding the right slant of light than in finding Mr. Right. But when an overheard conversation hints at danger for another local artist, Sophia is determined to get involved. Even if it means accepting help from an impossibly good-looking vicar who insists on joining her investigation—and threatens to capture her heart…
Reverend Lord Benedick Lisle knows that Sophia is no damsel in distress. But he won’t allow her to venture into peril alone, either. . .especially since he finds Sophia’s curious, free-spirited nature so alluring. But protecting her from harm is becoming more difficult than the vicar could have expected as he and Sophia confront their fiery mutual passion. Who could have known that the art of love would prove so irresistible?
Wallflower Most Wanted by Manda Collins is a page-turning Regency romance and part of the Studies in Scandal series.
“Plenty of pleasure.”—RT Book Reviews
In Collins's third Studies in Scandal Regency (after Duke with Benefits), mystery and romance intertwine when an artist and a vicar search for a forger. Miss Sophia Hastings, a talented and forward-thinking painter, is one of the four bluestocking heiresses of Beauchamp House, an isolated estate in early-19th-century England. While painting outdoors, Sophia falls and sprains her ankle; she's rescued by the very handsome vicar of Little Seaford, Rev. Lord Benedick Lisle. Though there's plenty of mutual attraction, Sophia lacks the demure nature that she believes would be required of a proper vicar's wife, so she doesn't pursue it, but Ben is forthright in his admiration of her art. Sophia and Ben believe that someone nearby is forging art, and their investigation leads them to discover a murdered man, putting them both in danger. The magnetic appeal between Ben and Sophia is powerful and believable, based not only upon their mutual physical attraction but on similar philosophies and admiration of each other's talents and pursuits. As the romance blossoms, the mystery takes a very unexpected twist, making for a magnetic, fast-paced story.
I voluntarily read an Advance Review Copy of this book through Netgalley. This is a sweet romance story that has another storyline within that involves murder, forgery and deceit. Sophia and Ben come together when trying to figure out who the art forgets are and how to stop them. Along the way, they fall in love while trying to solve the mystery. The book is well written and the storyline is well written. I would highly recommend this book.