Series: The Seduction Diaries #1
Published by Avon Books
Publication Date: February 24th 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
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Pretty and popular, Miss Clare Westmore knows exactly what (or rather, who) she wants: the next Duke of Harrington. But when she twists her ankle on the eve of the Season’s most touted event, Clare is left standing in the wallflower line watching her best friend dance away with her duke.
Dr. Daniel Merial is tempted to deliver more than a diagnosis to London’s most unlikely wallflower, but he doesn’t have time for distractions, even one so delectable. Besides, she’s clearly got her sights on more promising prey. So why can’t he stop thinking about her?
All Clare wants to do is return to the dance floor. But as her former friends try to knock her permanently out of place, she realizes with horror she is falling for her doctor instead her duke. When her ankle finally heals and she faces her old life again, will she throw herself back into the game?
Or will her time in the wallflower line have given her a glimpse of who she was really meant to be?
Daniel Merial is a physician from very humble beginnings in London to find patronage among the members of the aristocracy as he works on his invention. Through one of his patrons he meets Clare Westmore. Clare is the daughter of a viscount and on her second season, with her sights set on snaring a future duke. A foot injury has sidelined her and force her to seat out part of the season, putting a kink in her plans, but she gets to know Daniel as he makes house calls to attend to her.
Ms. Mcquiston delves into issues of class distinction, family secrets and friendship in this Victorian era romance. Clare initially starts out as a fickle and self-absorbed airhead, only intent on a good match as is expected of her. In actuality she is very intelligent and well-read, traits that have been hidden underneath the simpering miss façade. Daniel is charming, intelligent, good humored and hardworking.
Clare and Daniel are attracted to each other and develop a friendship, but are constrained by the disparity in their stations is life and society’s expectations. As secrets come to light and loyalties are tested, both Daniel and Clare embark on a journey of self-awareness and maturity and learn to live life on their own terms.
The story is well-written with rich and vivid descriptions and a very interesting cast of secondary characters. With DIARY OF AN ACCIDENTAL WALLFLOWER, Ms Mcquiston has solidified her position as a rising star in the historical romance genre.
*An Advance Reading Copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*