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Fans of Bridgerton will love this Regency romp in which a proper Society miss recruits a very improper lady grifter in a quest for vengeance, only to find love instead. As a master of disguise, Thomasina Wynchester can be a polite young lady—or a bawdy old man. Anything to solve the case. Her latest assignment unveils a top-secret military cipher covering up an enigma that Fans of Bridgerton will love this Regency romp in which a proper Society miss recruits a very improper lady grifter in a quest for vengeance, only to find love instead. As a master of disguise, Thomasina Wynchester can be a polite young lady—or a bawdy old man. Anything to solve the case. Her latest assignment unveils a top-secret military cipher covering up an enigma that goes back centuries. But when Tommy’s beautiful new client turns out to be the highborn lady she’s secretly smitten with, more than her mission is at stake... Bluestocking Miss Philippa York doesn’t believe in love. Her cold heart didn't pitter-patter when she was betrothed to a duke, nor did it break when he married someone else. All Philippa desires is to rescue her priceless manuscript and decode its clues to unmask a villain. She hates that she needs a man's help—so she’s delighted to discover the clever, charming baron at her side is in fact a woman. Her cold heart... did it just pitter-patter?


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Fans of Bridgerton will love this Regency romp in which a proper Society miss recruits a very improper lady grifter in a quest for vengeance, only to find love instead. As a master of disguise, Thomasina Wynchester can be a polite young lady—or a bawdy old man. Anything to solve the case. Her latest assignment unveils a top-secret military cipher covering up an enigma that Fans of Bridgerton will love this Regency romp in which a proper Society miss recruits a very improper lady grifter in a quest for vengeance, only to find love instead. As a master of disguise, Thomasina Wynchester can be a polite young lady—or a bawdy old man. Anything to solve the case. Her latest assignment unveils a top-secret military cipher covering up an enigma that goes back centuries. But when Tommy’s beautiful new client turns out to be the highborn lady she’s secretly smitten with, more than her mission is at stake... Bluestocking Miss Philippa York doesn’t believe in love. Her cold heart didn't pitter-patter when she was betrothed to a duke, nor did it break when he married someone else. All Philippa desires is to rescue her priceless manuscript and decode its clues to unmask a villain. She hates that she needs a man's help—so she’s delighted to discover the clever, charming baron at her side is in fact a woman. Her cold heart... did it just pitter-patter?

30 review for The Perks of Loving a Wallflower

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    4.25 Stars. This was a really cute, historical-fiction romance. I’m a big fan of queer Regency romances so I was happy that this was as fun as I hoped. It had a great cast of characters, a strong romance, and a fun side story that kept me turning the pages. While this is the second book in the series, I did not read the first book and I don’t feel like I missed anything. Ridley fills in the few holes that I needed to know so it really is fine if you start here. I really liked that this was a fema 4.25 Stars. This was a really cute, historical-fiction romance. I’m a big fan of queer Regency romances so I was happy that this was as fun as I hoped. It had a great cast of characters, a strong romance, and a fun side story that kept me turning the pages. While this is the second book in the series, I did not read the first book and I don’t feel like I missed anything. Ridley fills in the few holes that I needed to know so it really is fine if you start here. I really liked that this was a female/non-binary romance. Tommy, -pronoun her- is a master of disguise and enjoys playing the role or both men and women. The other main is Philippa, a highborn Lady, who would rather read her books than be shopped around for a husband. When Tommy and her family are asked to help one of Philippa’s friends, Philippa wants in on all the scheming too. The more her and Tommy are together the more feels start to develop, but everyone knows Philippa must marry a man with a title so how could they ever actually be together? The characters are very enjoyable and I liked Tommy’s whole family. Her sword swinging sister Elizabeth especially was a really fun secondary character. While I have a feeling that this book would be the only queer romance of the series, I would still consider reading Elizabeth’s story. The main characters were great, with the one exception that I thought Tommy got a little whinny near the end. While this is a HEA romance, I wasn’t completely crazy about how the actual ending happened, as it didn’t seem as in tune with the time period and I felt like everything fell on one characters shoulders instead of more compromise. But besides that one issue, I really thought all the characters were well done. The romance itself is very well written and enjoyable. I would not call it slow burn or insta love, instead it had a good medium pace. The chemistry really builds up nicely between the characters and the sex scenes themselves were well done and feel very passionate which is what one wants in a Regency romance. This book also has a bit of a heist feel as Tommy’s family are trying to take down a bad-guy so you had a good balance between the romance and the bit of heist fun. Lastly, I do have to mention, like Leah did in her review, that the cover does not fit the characters. Philippa, is described as having beautiful curves and Tommy is the most comfortable in trousers and a plain shirt. It just does not feel like a true representation of the characters to me –even though it is a nice cover. TLDR: This was a super cute, yet steamy, Regency romance. The whole cast of characters are great and the book is very fun to read. There is a small heist element to give the book a little excitement, and a chemistry filled romance to take up the rest of the pages. I would easily recommend this to historical-fiction romance fans and queer Regency romance fans. A copy was given to me for a review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Riley

    This was such an amazing f/f historical romance!! I loved Tommy and Philippa together

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    *4.25 stars* Erica Ridley outdid herself with this Sapphic historical romance. I couldn't get enough of Tommy and Phillipa, and I think that Erica Ridley should switch to writing *all* queer books (just saying... please....). If I had to classify this book, I'd say it was a F/NB romance as Tommy doesn't really identify as male or female, though uses she/her pronouns. I wish SO HARD that the cover models would have reflected these characters more closely. Phillipa is plumper and bustier, and Tomm *4.25 stars* Erica Ridley outdid herself with this Sapphic historical romance. I couldn't get enough of Tommy and Phillipa, and I think that Erica Ridley should switch to writing *all* queer books (just saying... please....). If I had to classify this book, I'd say it was a F/NB romance as Tommy doesn't really identify as male or female, though uses she/her pronouns. I wish SO HARD that the cover models would have reflected these characters more closely. Phillipa is plumper and bustier, and Tommy has shorter hair and prefers trousers and comfortable clothes. However, the cover is admittedly beautiful, even though it doesn't represent these lovely characters at all. I think it helps if you'd read the first book in The Wild Wynchesters series, though it isn't a requirement. It gives some background information on the Wynchester family, and I think it helps readers to understand the dynamics there. I appreciated my background knowledge of Tommy, and I think it helped me understand both MCs much better. Erica Ridley really wrote her pants off with this series. Sometimes, this author writes tame, less descriptive romances, but here we get complicated, multi-dimensional characters and some deliciously steamy love scenes, and I ATE IT UP. I really enjoyed how Tommy and Phillipa's relationship had no easy solutions, and that everything was hard-fought and more complex than it seemed. I enjoyed the slow-burn of them together, and I liked how Phillipa slowly realized her sexuality (which may fall on the asexual spectrum- like demi). Tommy's personality really shone for me. She was so confident and so bold, but really, underneath, she was a brave former orphan who was terrified to put her heart out there. I loved Tommy, and I was excited for her to have Phillipa return her feelings, even if it took a bit longer for Phillipa to get there. My one complaint about this book is that the plot gets a bit convoluted in the middle and towards the end (and the cover of the book, natch), but the rest of the book was so wonderful that I was able to overlook any minor plot and pacing issues. Erica Ridley, I'm so happy with this series, you don't even know. I hope we get more queer characters (more queer Wynchesters?!?!) from this author, and more of this same, high quality romances. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review* goodreads|instagram|twitter|tiktok

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kazen

    I love this book with my entire heart. Three times over. The Perks of Loving a Wallflower is a f/nb sapphic Regency romance. Tommy is a master of disguise and wants to be loved for who she is, not the roles she plays. Phillipa has never been interested in guys but her parents are pressuring her to marry a titled man for political gain. When they meet to help a friend, with Tommy in character as Baron Vanderbean, sparks threaten to fly. The amazing: - We have a caper - one of Phillipa's friends came I love this book with my entire heart. Three times over. The Perks of Loving a Wallflower is a f/nb sapphic Regency romance. Tommy is a master of disguise and wants to be loved for who she is, not the roles she plays. Phillipa has never been interested in guys but her parents are pressuring her to marry a titled man for political gain. When they meet to help a friend, with Tommy in character as Baron Vanderbean, sparks threaten to fly. The amazing: - We have a caper - one of Phillipa's friends came up with a cypher that her uncle stole, claimed as his own, and is now receiving a viscountcy for. The Wynchesters won't let that stand and are ready to "borrow" whatever proof necessary to correct the record. - It's not instalove, and not a slow burn in the usual sense. The flame stays low due to the era and circumstance, but once a bed is introduced watch out! - The difficulties queer folx faced in the Regency are not overlooked. How did sapphics find each other? What were their options when women were rarely allowed to have legal property? All discussed, along with the idea that sapphics have been around for much longer than society likes to acknowledge. - The banter is laugh out loud funny, with many of the Wynchesters providing bon mots that made me cackle. - There are earnest sections, too, about being the protagonist of your own life, being loved unconditionally for who you are, and justice for those who are overlooked by history. - Tommy a nonbinary rake. We watch her cut a swath through a packed ballroom, leaving every woman - eligible, spoken-for, married - in a puddle at her feet. (I am also in that puddle.) - While there are secrets they aren't kept long because hey, these are adults who communicate! And who don't want to deceive the person they're interested in! Imagine that! I get annoyed when books base a plot on the keeping or outing of a single secret, so this respectful communication is just my thing. - We have a full exploration of how family is not an obligation. If you're an adult there's no rule that says you have to stay in contact with your parents because they're responsible for your birth. If someone isn't looking out for your well being, you have every right to cut them out of your life if you want. - Needless to say found family is the foundation of this series and the Wynchesters are a sterling example of the trope. - Phillipa and Tommy's relationship speaks to my heart and reminds me how important it is to be loved for who you are, that we deserve that respect, and we owe it to ourselves to ask for it. 4.5 stars rounded up because I fully expect The Perks of Loving a Wallflower to reach five on a reread. It's an easy rec for any fan of romance. Thanks to Forever and Netgalley for providing a review copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    4.5 Stars This was a completely delightful sapphic f/nb historical romance. Philippa York is a highborn, bluestocking lady who is happiest surrounded by her books and her weekly reading group. When a member of her group’s work is stolen, she gets help from the Wynchester family in righting the wrongs against her friend. Tommy Wynchester works with her adopted siblings against social injustices. They each have a job to do and Tommy’s talent is becoming whoever she needs to be to get the job done re 4.5 Stars This was a completely delightful sapphic f/nb historical romance. Philippa York is a highborn, bluestocking lady who is happiest surrounded by her books and her weekly reading group. When a member of her group’s work is stolen, she gets help from the Wynchester family in righting the wrongs against her friend. Tommy Wynchester works with her adopted siblings against social injustices. They each have a job to do and Tommy’s talent is becoming whoever she needs to be to get the job done regardless of age or gender. Philippa’s mother is trying to marry her off to a member of the ton to raise their ranking so they use Tommy’s disguise as Baron Vanderbean to pacify her mother and to pass along information on their quest. Tommy is non-binary and feels like both a man and woman or neither. She’s had a long-lasting crush on Philippa and uses her time as the baron to get closer to her in a way that’s allowed. It’s described as a romp and I have to agree with that description. It’s got some very light-hearted and over the top moments that had me laughing out loud. Philippa and Tommy are silly together and have ongoing conversations like what their horses read and the languages they speak. It was charming and their chemistry was off the charts. I loved how obvious it was that these two are meant to be, even if they don’t see a way for it to happen. This is filled with pining and yearning and is done so well that I wanted to read this in one sitting to get to the payoff as quickly as I could. This is the second in the ‘Wild Wynchesters’ series by Ridley but can be read as a standalone. There are mentions about the previous book that fills any holes so I never felt like I was missing anything. Tommy’s siblings all are fleshed out and they brought their own talents and personalities to the plot as they are all deeply involved in each other’s lives. I think I really only had two complaints. Philippa’s mother is awful and has a lot of space in their story. Her personality got tedious to me after a while. Luckily, Tommy and Philippa were worth it. The other complaint is the cover. While it is absolutely gorgeous and I love that the models are actually married in real life, the model for Tommy just doesn’t fit. She would never be comfortable in that type of dress and she is written with much shorter hair. All in all, I loved this and highly recommend it. I think Regency fans will also appreciate the details Ridley uses. Sadly, this looks to be her only sapphic romance but I would certainly read more of them from her. I received an ARC from Forever/Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Cook

    I ADORED this sweet, swoony, heartwarming Sapphic historical romance. Truly so good.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Miya

    Not a typical read for me (romance), but this was charming and so fresh. It was a quick read. Love the love in it. I mean...I love that love!! Two thumbs up!

  8. 4 out of 5

    PlotTrysts

    So this book is super fun!! Philippa is a bluestocking from a wealthy family (that's not from the ton) whose weekly book club is the highlight of her existence. Unfortunately her parents are really pushing for her to marry a nobleman, and they've told her she can't have her friends over until she starts really looking! Luckily for her, one of her friends' siblings, Tommy, is happy to enter into a fake relationship with Philippa to raise her (marriage) market value. If you know romance at all, th So this book is super fun!! Philippa is a bluestocking from a wealthy family (that's not from the ton) whose weekly book club is the highlight of her existence. Unfortunately her parents are really pushing for her to marry a nobleman, and they've told her she can't have her friends over until she starts really looking! Luckily for her, one of her friends' siblings, Tommy, is happy to enter into a fake relationship with Philippa to raise her (marriage) market value. If you know romance at all, then you know that fake relationships never stay fake. In fact, Tommy's been crushing on Philippa for about a year and is using this "fake" relationship to pursue more of a "real" courtship. So Philippa's got to deal with her real feelings for her completely ineligible suitor who's ALSO not faking any feelings for Philippa. Oh and did we mention? Tommy's not a boy, so there are more issues with "ineligibility" than the traditional Regency trifecta of fortune, family, and face. It can be really tough to get into a queer historical romance, in particular, because there's just no way for a traditional HEA. The Perks of Loving a Wallflower is hilarious, poignant, sexy, and very fun - and is a true pleasure to read. 29-Word Summaries: Meg: Like any other debutante, Philippa needs someone to pretend-court her to get men to notice her. Unlike other debutantes, she enlists her BFF’s sister to do the job.⁠ ⁠ Laine: What's a pining lady of the ton to do for her sweetheart but masquerade as a man to court her publicly while privately seducing by taking down the patriarchy?⁠ This objective review is based on a complimentary copy of the novel.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shruti

    October can't come soon enough! So many of my most anticipated books are set to release during that period. (Huffs) The wait is so unfair. (pouts) October can't come soon enough! So many of my most anticipated books are set to release during that period. (Huffs) The wait is so unfair. (pouts)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella

    I LOVE this book!! This sapphic regency rom-com is tender, fun, and hilarious in equal measures, with two lovable leads and a delightful cast of side characters. Ridley’s writing is smooth-flowing and entertaining, and while this is my first book of hers, it most definitely won’t be my last! I love how this book centers successes of women and queer people in history: not just in the 19th century, but in centuries past as well! Tommy Wynchester (26) is a charismatic, daring person who lives with I LOVE this book!! This sapphic regency rom-com is tender, fun, and hilarious in equal measures, with two lovable leads and a delightful cast of side characters. Ridley’s writing is smooth-flowing and entertaining, and while this is my first book of hers, it most definitely won’t be my last! I love how this book centers successes of women and queer people in history: not just in the 19th century, but in centuries past as well! Tommy Wynchester (26) is a charismatic, daring person who lives with her justice-seeking team of adopted siblings. Tommy’s role in missions is to don any disguise necessary — no age or gender is off-limits. Though Tommy excels at disguises, she desires to be seen and loved as just Tommy — a kindhearted, loyal person who’s “sometimes…more like a man, sometimes…more like a woman, but mostly [feels] like both [and] neither.” I love Tommy so much — while she exudes the necessary bravado when wearing disguises, underneath them is someone who’s so sweet and vulnerable it made my heart constrict! Her vulnerability is best shown while navigating her crush on Philippa York (23), whom she’s met with in various disguises. I love a good crush-to-lovers plot, and it’s executed so well here! Tommy is smitten with a capital S, and it’s just too adorable! Philippa is the quintessential bluestocking, living for her weekly reading circles and loving books and knowledge more than she could love any man. I love how she’s super smart and super feminine at the same time! Unfortunately, Philippa’s parents are hellbent on finding her a high-ranking husband, and Philippa intends to go through with it because of her dad’s reputation and a higher ranking could benefit her library charity endeavors. Philippa has been labeled a wallflower, but when doing things she loves, she’s quite outgoing and adventurous. When Philippa’s dear friend’s uncle steals his niece’s accomplishments, Philippa knows the Wynchester family can help her seek justice. What she doesn’t know is that she’ll end up falling for Tommy Wynchester. I love Tommy and Philippa so much together! They’re so adorable and even after a short while it’s clear they’re a great match. They’re both such weirdos: their ridiculous banter made me laugh out loud and they get into hilarious situations when working together! It’s clear what they admire in each other — Philippa, Tommy’s self-acceptance and free spirit; Tommy — Philippa’s cleverness. Their chemistry is also off-the-charts. The tender moments between them near the beginning, with hardly any touching, impressed me with how much chemistry and emotion they convey. And even as an ace person, I can say that their bedroom scenes are not boring whatsoever! I love how the relationship eschews stereotypes and I love how the two become such equals in every way. The justice-seeking sub-plot is so much fun, and I love when people work together to ruin a gross man’s undeserved reputation. The stunts the characters pull are as impressive as they are funny. As Philippa makes integral discoveries to aid the Winchesters, she realizes how much she loves being a part of something rather than being sequestered away by her parents. I adored how much this book shows Philippa coming into her own, and how Tommy is quick to reassure her of her worth. The Wynchester siblings are such a dynamic group, each using their talents to work together like a well-oiled machine. I’d love to read about each of them — I’ll go back and read Chloe’s story soon, and the end of the book seems to hint at who the next book will be about. Marjorie is a hard of hearing artist who often communicates using sign language, Graham is a research god who could also be a therapist, and Jacob trains a horde of wildly adorable animals (I’m obsessed with sweet kitty Tiglet and hungry bunny Lord Fluffinghop!). I’d be most excited to read about sword-wielding Elizabeth, though! Her thirst for violence and quippy one-liners are the best! In short, I loved this book so much and can’t wait to read more about the Wild Wynchesters! content warnings: controlling parents, graphic sex, misogyny I received an eARC from Forever via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    I listened to an early ALC and it was absolutely everything. Sheer perfection. Maybe my favorite historical romance of 2021??? I need to re-read so I can form more coherent thoughts.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elske

    Engaging and quirky historical romance. Recommend

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karli

    Thank you to Netgalley and Forever/Grand Central Publishing for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review It's always harder to review something when you absolutely loved it beyond reason. This was absolutely amazing from start to finish. I read this book without reading the novel or novellas before and while they aren't necessary to understand this one, I will now be going back to read them. This is the first book by Erica Ridley I have read and even just after one book I can see that Thank you to Netgalley and Forever/Grand Central Publishing for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review It's always harder to review something when you absolutely loved it beyond reason. This was absolutely amazing from start to finish. I read this book without reading the novel or novellas before and while they aren't necessary to understand this one, I will now be going back to read them. This is the first book by Erica Ridley I have read and even just after one book I can see that she is my favorite historical romance author. This book was DELIGHTFUL. It was charming, it was sweet, it was unexpectedly hilarious. Philippa has trouble going after what she wants if she thinks it's going to negatively impact her status or the status of those close to her, to the point where she keeps herself from finding her own happiness. I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the story. I thought that her character arc was incredibly well-done and was rooting for her and Tommy the entire time. Now Tommy, I have so many things to say about her. I love that there is a nonbinary sapphic (likely nonbinary lesbian, but the word is only used when Philippa is speculating about her, and is not used by Tommy herself) character in this novel. I don't see that very often and I'm incredibly grateful for the representation. Tommy is a master of disguise who really just wants to be able to be herself, the disguises are fun, but at the end of the day she just wants to be Tommy. Her little quips, especially when she's in a certain disguise, add such great humor to this novel. I love the way this character was handled. The FAMILY. They are one of the sweetest, most hilarious, most loving group of siblings I have ever read about. The way that they care for each other and work together to help others is incredibly heartwarming. I am hoping that every single sibling is going to get their own book, that is the way this series seems to be set up, I want to learn more about every single one of them. Overall this was an amazing book, I read it in like a day and a half, it was a fast read and so fun and just made me so happy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    3.75 stars rounded up First of all, I think the title should be "The Perks of Loving a Bluestocking" rather than a wallflower, since that is who Phillippa is, and what Tommy adoringly loves her for. Second, I WISH the cover portrays the women better. Tommy has short hair, and I don't see Tommy wearing that kind of dress, not with how she can transform to be anyone she wants. But anyway, YAY for returning with the Whynchesters!! I adore this family so much and having Tommy in the second book is a d 3.75 stars rounded up First of all, I think the title should be "The Perks of Loving a Bluestocking" rather than a wallflower, since that is who Phillippa is, and what Tommy adoringly loves her for. Second, I WISH the cover portrays the women better. Tommy has short hair, and I don't see Tommy wearing that kind of dress, not with how she can transform to be anyone she wants. But anyway, YAY for returning with the Whynchesters!! I adore this family so much and having Tommy in the second book is a delight. Tommy has been having a crush for Phillipa but she is scared of talking to her. So, in the beginning Tommy pretends to be the new Baron Vanderbean to flirt and gets close to Phillipa - but of course, she plans to be more of that. Phillipa, the wonderfully smart Miss York, never really feel attracted towards men. She prefers to be with her circle of bluestocking friends. However, her parents needs Phillipa to marry well, so they can "elevate" their status in the Polite Society. Phillipa's mother thinks the foreign baron can be a great stepping stones. But after finding out Vanderbean is really Tommy, Phillipa can feel her heart flutters. I LOVED the progress of Tommy and Phillipa together. Tommy is charming and she's wonderful in playing all of those characters. But Tommy longs for someone who loves her for HER not the so many characters of her. She hopes Phillipa is the one, that they can be together forever at the House of Wynchesters. Phillipa's best attribute is her brain, and her dream to empower ladies with books and knowledge. Phillipa also longs to be herself since that attribute is not what her mother "allows" her to shine. I think they are good together! Oh, and there's also this adventure since Tommy (and the rest of the Wynchesters) is helping Phillipa to proof that one of her friend's uncle is up to no good. Tht was also fun to read... The only HUGE DOWNER for the story for me is PHILLIPA'S MOTHER. MY GOD I WANT TO SLAP THAT WOMAN! This kind of matron character is one I DESPISE in his-rom. Well, scratch that, this kind of PARENTS! I hate to read of parents who wants nothing from their daughter except MARRIAGE. Unfortunately, Phillipa's mother seem to have so many page-time, and every single time she chastises Phillipa and tells her what to do, so she can attract duke, viscount, lord, whatever, I felt my blood boils. Next book will be about the third sibling, GRAHAM the former circus performer. That will be awesome read too, I believe. The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tilly

    4 Stars The Wild Wynchesters are getting better and better! I loved the first book and as it really intrigued me so I was excited to read this sequel. The Perks of Loving a Wallflower exceeded my expectations and I loved it all! The story is about the Wynchester sibling (all orphans brought together under one roof) Tommy who is "neither male, nor female". She is a master of disguise and spends her days helping the less fortunate by going undercover in a variety of roles. I adored her character as 4 Stars The Wild Wynchesters are getting better and better! I loved the first book and as it really intrigued me so I was excited to read this sequel. The Perks of Loving a Wallflower exceeded my expectations and I loved it all! The story is about the Wynchester sibling (all orphans brought together under one roof) Tommy who is "neither male, nor female". She is a master of disguise and spends her days helping the less fortunate by going undercover in a variety of roles. I adored her character as she was bold, fun and completely unapologetic for who she is. Tommy is also secretly in love with our second lead female Philippa. A rich young 23 year old woman, Philippa is an incredibly clever bluestocking. She can speak multiple languages and talk about everything from science to literature. Despite her feminist ways and not finding men attractive, she is buckling under the pressure of her parents to marry a gentleman of high status. These two ladies made for an incredible story of deception, intrigue and most of all, love. It was obvious how the story would go but this did not detract from how wonderful it was to read. Like the first book, there is also fantastic humour and a side order of sapphic sexy times! The only aspect I thought was lacking was the ending as I felt it all was wrapped up too easily, especially where Philippa's parents were involved. Overall a wonderful historical romance sapphic love story that broke boundaries and showed that love is worth risks. I love this series and cannot wait for the next book! I HIGHLY recommend reading this series! Please note that I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ABookNook

    ✨ Bitter heroines who don’t believe in love falling head over heels in love and getting loved in return are my JAM ✨ I don’t think I can sing enough praises for this book. Ridley seamlessly incorporates tropes and a story we love while pushing the boundaries of traditionally published historical romance with this sapphic romance. How did Erica Ridley write such a great book that it left my heart squeezing in joy? Tropes: - F/NB romance - non-binary MC - fake relationship - bluestocking heroine - ✨ Bitter heroines who don’t believe in love falling head over heels in love and getting loved in return are my JAM ✨ I don’t think I can sing enough praises for this book. Ridley seamlessly incorporates tropes and a story we love while pushing the boundaries of traditionally published historical romance with this sapphic romance. How did Erica Ridley write such a great book that it left my heart squeezing in joy? Tropes: - F/NB romance - non-binary MC - fake relationship - bluestocking heroine - rake MC - communication - found family - slow burn - hilarious banter Phillipa and Tommy are so perfect for each other, it makes my heart hurt. Tommy is a rake. A full fledged rake that could steal your woman from right under you, a Ms. Steal-yo-girl. I loved reading about Tommy. As we have come to expect from the Wynchesters, this book is full of found family that made me audibly go “awww” and not-so-legal adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat. The discussion of familial responsibilities and obligations really struck a cord with me. The message of being loved unconditionally for who you are was absolutely beautiful. It definitely got me close to tearing up. I am fascinated by queer and diverse books in the historical romance genre because of just how wonderfully revolutionary they are. I like to think some victorian, gay couple is smiling in heaven when they watch authors like Ridley and publishers like ReadForever publish books like this. I will never stop supporting the push to diversify HR. Society had snubbed their voices for too long. Overall, this was a wonderful read that kept me on my toes and in my feels in the best way. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/ 5 stars | 🌶/ 5 steam Thank you to ReadForever Pub and Erica Ridley for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion ❤️

  17. 4 out of 5

    AC

    This book two in a series - something not on the cover. As is becoming a regular occurrence for me, I have not read the first. Based on the ending of this one, there's likely a third brewing somewhere. This does serve as a standalone, however, and there aren't many issues with knowing what came before except a few passages that are explained/thought about by the characters. Philippa York, the daughter of a well off but untitled family, is an intellectual and rapidly reaching her sell by date. He This book two in a series - something not on the cover. As is becoming a regular occurrence for me, I have not read the first. Based on the ending of this one, there's likely a third brewing somewhere. This does serve as a standalone, however, and there aren't many issues with knowing what came before except a few passages that are explained/thought about by the characters. Philippa York, the daughter of a well off but untitled family, is an intellectual and rapidly reaching her sell by date. Her mother is furious that she failed to marry a duke - this occurred in the last book, and there is enough context given here to understand at least that it didn't go through. What's a mother in Regency England to do? Work on finding her someone else to marry, who has a title and money, of course. For her part, Philippa despairs of finding a man who stirs anything within her. Tommy (Thomasina) Wynchester is a master of disguises and has been pining for Philippa for at least a year. They apparently met during the previous book, but Tommy didn't have the guts to talk to her. These days, Tommy disguises herself as Aunt Wynchester, a regular attendee at Philippa's salons. Tommy is much braver when dressing up as someone else, and decides to dress up as Lord Vanderbean. While riding in the park, she speaks to Philippa and her mother, charming Philippa and at least not causing her mother to go ballistic. Successful in the enterprise, Tommy continues to act as Tommy, and enters into a bargain with Philippa: Tommy will help Philippa find a suitable, titled man to marry by pretending that Tommy is wooing Philippa - after all, many people want most what it seems they can't have. This works about as well as one might think, and eventually the charade breaks down, with Philippa rightfully accusing Tommy of deceiving her and Tommy not able to offer up much of a defense other than she wanted to be close to Philippa because she loved her. There's a subplot that exists only to scuttle Philippa's engagement to a man with a title her mother approves of, involving the breaking of a cipher, done by one of the members of Philippa's salon and the credit for which is claimed by her cousin, the man to whom Philippa is now engaged. The entire Wynchester family gets involved to help gather the evidence to prove it is not his prize to claim. I'd have liked more on this, but it's a romance primarily, not a mystery. Readers of Regencies in particular and romances in general will probably like this quite a bit. Ridley is a well-known historical romance author and knows how to weave a tale. My only real quibble is that the Wynchester clan doesn't seem to have a dud among the bunch, and Tommy herself doesn't seem to have many, if any, flaws beyond a crippling sort of stage fright as it relates to speaking to Philippa as herself and not Lord Vanderbean. Other than that, she's confident in everything that she does. For those who worry about such things, there are several sex scenes in the book; they are not terribly explicit, but if you like your sex scenes to be off the page, you may want to skip those pages. Overall, a solid four out of five stars. Thanks to Forever/Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for the reading copy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    Thank you to NetGalley and Forever of Grand Central Publishing for allowing me to read this ARC! Content Warning: homophobia, misogyny, death. Philippa York is a certified bluestocking. She spends her time running her book circle, chatting with other ladies of a similar disposition, something she'd like to spend her whole life doing -- but her parents are forcing her to marry a man with a title. The Yorks are well-off, and Philippa's father is in the House of Commons, but without a title, they're Thank you to NetGalley and Forever of Grand Central Publishing for allowing me to read this ARC! Content Warning: homophobia, misogyny, death. Philippa York is a certified bluestocking. She spends her time running her book circle, chatting with other ladies of a similar disposition, something she'd like to spend her whole life doing -- but her parents are forcing her to marry a man with a title. The Yorks are well-off, and Philippa's father is in the House of Commons, but without a title, they're limited in their status. On the other hand, there's Tommy Wynchester, who spends her time going on capers with her adopted siblings and disguising herself in various costumes. The Wynchesters are a family who have a passion for righting wrongs, and so when one of the women in Philippa's reading circle is the victim of plagiarism by a man who is not only a fraud but outright villain, it's up to Tommy and Philippa to save the day. There's just one problem: Tommy is hopelessly, desperately in love with Philippa, and hoping to win her heart... I was so excited to read this Regency romance between two women, and I can tell you in no uncertain words that I was not disappointed. Full of wonderful, captivating historical detail, a fun and clever mystery, and two main characters who will win your heart effortlessly, I cannot believe I'd never even heard of Erica Ridley before! Although I didn't read the first book (which is about Tommy's sister, Chloe), I think I will be reading the rest of the series, as well as probably going back to read Chloe's installment, too! The romance that flourishes between Tommy and Philippa was enough to make me sigh and smile. Although there's many difficulties on their journey, and countless obstacles, this book is both contagiously fun and moving in its depth of emotion. Although the main pull of this book is the main romance, there's also plenty of other intrigues to be found, and that's something I personally like in my romances -- it makes it feel more fleshed out, and also serves in helping the characters to seem more real. I loved all of Tommy's siblings; the dynamics were well-written, and I loved the fact that they felt so authentic to my own relationship with my sister! Like all books in this genre, there's a few misunderstandings between Philippa and Tommy, but they were realistic (given the attitudes of the time) and I found myself able to sympathize with both sides when they fought. They don't go on for an excessively long amount of time, either, which was such a huge relief. Instead of raging at one another, they tried their best to communicate and put themselves in the other's shoes. Not only does that make for good reading, but it made it especially easy to root for their happy ending! I was a tiny bit surprised, as often romances don't make it into the five-star range for me, but this was truly special. Every aspect of it felt sweet, heartwarming, populated by characters who leapt off the page. There's steam, too, and the tension between Philippa and Tommy will definitely have your heart racing. Tommy in particular was insanely dreamy: pure-hearted, flirtatious, sensitive and brave, all rolled into one. You'll definitely be looking for you own Tommy after this! This lovely novel comes out on October 26th, and I urge you to give it a go. It's everything you can possibly dream of in a historical lesbian romance, and if you're like me, the addition of a small mystery and taking down arrogant misogynists will definitely make this a five star for you, too!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tia

    4.5 Steam 5 Characters 5 Plot 5 Setting 4 Ridley doesn’t disappoint. I was hesitant, but trusted Ridley to execute a great story. RTC

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Thank you @hachetteaudio and @readforeverpub for the audiobook I simply adored this sapphic historical fiction novel set in 1817 London with strong female characters who find love in the midst of mystery, adventure, and drama. Philippa and Tommy’s passion filled romance was heartwarming and sweet! I really enjoyed this book as narrated by Moira Quirk! Absolutely amazing narration that brought the story to life.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Addie Yoder

    I love the Wild Wynchesters. With a very distinct Umbrella Academy vibe, the Wynchester series is filled with wonderful characters, lots of adventure and so much swoony romance. This F/F love story between master of disguise, Tommy, and bluestocking, Philippa, is just fun from beginning to end. There is a ton of character development that slows the story down a smidge in the first half,. When the plot thickens and the story heats up, it's definitely worth the wait. I love the Wild Wynchesters. With a very distinct Umbrella Academy vibe, the Wynchester series is filled with wonderful characters, lots of adventure and so much swoony romance. This F/F love story between master of disguise, Tommy, and bluestocking, Philippa, is just fun from beginning to end. There is a ton of character development that slows the story down a smidge in the first half,. When the plot thickens and the story heats up, it's definitely worth the wait.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth ✨

    “I am done trying to be someone I am not for people I can never please. You and I can be exactly who we are, and please each other.” THE PERKS OF LOVING A WALLFLOWER is a queer historical romance about Philippa, a bookish woman pressured by her parents to marry well, and Tommy, the gender-fluid master-of-disguise rebel she falls for. The plot is centered around a cipher with misattributed authorship and a curious manuscript with a secret message. It’s the second in a series following a found fami “I am done trying to be someone I am not for people I can never please. You and I can be exactly who we are, and please each other.” THE PERKS OF LOVING A WALLFLOWER is a queer historical romance about Philippa, a bookish woman pressured by her parents to marry well, and Tommy, the gender-fluid master-of-disguise rebel she falls for. The plot is centered around a cipher with misattributed authorship and a curious manuscript with a secret message. It’s the second in a series following a found family of misfits and rebels, but you don’t need to read the first book to enjoy this one. I picked this up because (1) it sounded extremely gay, (2) I’m vibing with romance lately, and (3) I don’t think I’ve ever read a romance novel with actual people on the cover which seems like some weird internalized shit I have against this kind of branding, and I wanna get over it. I’m so glad I did, because this book turned out to be way more than I expected! What to know & things to love: - Regency-era setting - Philippa York: book lover, aspiring librarian, intellectual, charitable, disinterested in marriage - or is it men? - Tommy Wynchester: roguish, excellent with acting & disguises, confident, daring, utterly weak for a certain Miss York - Fake courting - Deeply feminist - Swoony romance & some steam - Book club! - Libraries! - HEISTS! (For a good cause!) - Just the BEST little found family of quirky, talented humans who embark on illegal yet philanthropic escapades - Mysterious messages painted on book edges - Queer ancestors! - Secret sword sticks! - Homing kittens! - Giving the patriarchy a good hard slap across the face - Defying social norms for the sake of love and to live fully as yourself - Side character disability rep (physical & hard of hearing), some POC side characters - Generally charming & hilarious I have two issues with the cover: (1) Philippa is supposed to be very curvy and (2) Tommy doesn’t like dressing femme, even to play a part, and defaults to a more androgynous or masc-of-center style. Also, I want to note that there’s some interesting discussion regarding Philippa figuring out her sexuality and Tommy’s feelings about her gender presentation that may have benefited from a more nuanced touch. Overall this was such a fun and romantic read! I’m definitely interested in the rest of the series since I loved the Wynchesters so much. Thanks to Forever Books for the review copy! Content warnings: death of a loved one, period-typical homophobia/patriarchy/etc., possibly gender dysphoria

  23. 5 out of 5

    Darci

    Thank you to Netgalley & Grand Central Publishing for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Rating: ★★★★ stars "Be careful. Disguises are useful when used strategically, but if you wear them for too long... you can lose who you really are." ✍️ One Sentence Synopsis: Self-declared investigator & expert of disguise Thomasina Wynchester stumbles upon a case involving her long-time crush Miss Philippa York, who is being pushed by her mother to find a husband, and together the Thank you to Netgalley & Grand Central Publishing for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Rating: ★★★★ stars "Be careful. Disguises are useful when used strategically, but if you wear them for too long... you can lose who you really are." ✍️ One Sentence Synopsis: Self-declared investigator & expert of disguise Thomasina Wynchester stumbles upon a case involving her long-time crush Miss Philippa York, who is being pushed by her mother to find a husband, and together they expose the imposter at the center of their case while also discovering their feelings for one another. 💭 Overall Thoughts: This book had so many aspects I loved, and I was thoroughly amused at the dialogue while reading. I found Philippa and Tommy's dynamic to be positively adorable. The romance was very prominent in this story, and the mystery more of a side plot, which I appreciated because the romance carried the story. This book put a silly grin on my face! What I Liked: 👍 The Romance: Philippa and Tommy had the hilarious "refined woman/rugged man" dynamic, with a lovely f/nb sapphic spin on it. I felt the pacing of their romance was so well done, with Tommy reveling herself as a woman in one of their first official meetings, and the romance taking a slow and steamy pace after that. It saved us from a boring "you've betrayed me" plot, and instead we could focus more on the scandal of their relationship. This romance had STEAM, ranging from uber-tense hand brushes to explicit sex scenes. I loved the range! 👍 Characters: Tommy stole the show for me. Their smart-mouth and smooth talking had my mouth drop open several times. If I were Philippa... I would not have lasted as long as she did before falling in love. PHEW. Philippa herself, while at times a bit clueless and independent on her mother, was very relatable. I resonated with her desire to please her parents, while also seeking what her heart wanted most. The Wynchester family was hilarious and full of banter, and they have my interest piqued to read more of them! 👍 The LGBT+ Representation: I felt the sapphic relationship was very well-done! Tommy and Philippa's relationship felt so real, especially the moments where they felt stifled by societal expectations. Within this unwelcoming setting, Tommy and Philippa found a safe place to be themselves and live without judgement. I loved the happiness they found! While I can't speak from a first-hand perspective to the quality of the non-binary representation, I also felt is was very respectful. Tommy explaining how she sometimes felt masculine and feminine and then carefully correcting others who misconstrued her preference for appearance, were aspects that were so refreshing to hear from a main character. What I Didn’t Like: 👎 Ease of Reading: There were times that this book felt a bit dry to me, and I had to stop myself from getting distracted and go back to reading. I wish it had been a bit more gripping in certain areas (the start, parts in the middle/middle-end)! 💞 Read this if you liked: The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite ⚠️ Content Warnings: Nothing notable I can think of! Now that she'd experienced passion, she wanted it. And the world wasn't built to let her have it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    4.5 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin A master of disguise who wants to be loved for their true self finds love with a bluestocking society miss who years for more in The Perks of Loving a Wallflower . I’ve been waiting for Tommy Wynchester to get the happily ever after they yearn for ever since they first gazed longingly at Philippa York in The Duke Heist and Erica Ridley delivered. Philippa is a bluestocking who has never felt love or desire, so she is less than thrilled her mother is abso 4.5 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin A master of disguise who wants to be loved for their true self finds love with a bluestocking society miss who years for more in The Perks of Loving a Wallflower . I’ve been waiting for Tommy Wynchester to get the happily ever after they yearn for ever since they first gazed longingly at Philippa York in The Duke Heist and Erica Ridley delivered. Philippa is a bluestocking who has never felt love or desire, so she is less than thrilled her mother is absolutely determined to see her married off. Her mother is so overbearing she takes up more page time than I would like but it definitely highlights what Philippa is up against. After turning down a duke her mother is threatening to disallow Philippa’s bluestocking club which is the only thing that brings her joy. Then a mystery falls into her lap and she and her friends need the help of the scandalous Wynchester family. Philippa has long envied the Wynchesters their freedom and adventures and I wanted her to have that for herself. Philippa is smart and determined but she has blind spots that cause her to not see the damage she can do. I liked that she was imperfect and I liked even more that she eventually learned from her mistakes. Tommy can don any guise and enjoys getting lost in a character, but what they really long for is to be loved for their true self. Tommy is a rake who gave up their flirtatious ways the minute they first saw Philippa. Tommy is so head-over-heels for Phillipa they’ll do anything for her, but even so it broke my heart to think that Tommy would give up what they want for someone else. There is so much to love about Tommy, whose heart is as big as the ocean and who is clever, funny, and incredibly interesting. Tommy didn’t have as big a personal journey as Philippa but I liked that they learned to not accept less than they deserve. The romance between Tommy and Philippa is slow burn but it worked exceptionally well. Philippa is demisexual and I liked how her passions slowly awakened as she fell for Tommy. And Tommy, who so easily flirts with women, struggles due to being so far gone over Philippa, eventually finds their footing. It’s not an easy road for the two of them between Mrs. York’s interference and Philippa being unwilling to see outside the roadmap of her life that was laid for her. Every obstacle in their path was worth fighting to overcome and I was rooting for Philippa and Tommy every step of the way. The Perks of Loving a Wallflower is the second book in the Wild Wynchesters series but it can easily be read as a standalone. I adore the close-knit, wildly unique Wynchester family and how much they love one another. I also really enjoyed Philippa’s bluestocking friends and hope to see more of them. All in all, I greatly enjoyed Tommy and Philippa’s story and I cannot wait to see what Ridley has planned for Graham Wynchester! FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Peter DeWolf

    I loved this. A Regency romance: Philippa is being steered to find a titled husband, since her father is an MP in the House of Commons, and having actual nobility in the family will make everything easier. Philippa hasn't yet met a man who caused literally any stirrings within her. Her heart is dead and cold. She is a "bluestocking" - an educated and literary woman, who doesn't need shallow pursuits - or men, regardless of the social benefits of making the "socially climbing" marriage her mother I loved this. A Regency romance: Philippa is being steered to find a titled husband, since her father is an MP in the House of Commons, and having actual nobility in the family will make everything easier. Philippa hasn't yet met a man who caused literally any stirrings within her. Her heart is dead and cold. She is a "bluestocking" - an educated and literary woman, who doesn't need shallow pursuits - or men, regardless of the social benefits of making the "socially climbing" marriage her mother desires and insist upon. Tommy is a member of the Wynchesters - a marginally acceptable (at best) found-family of adventurers. Adopted by Baron Vanderbean of Balcovia, they are roguish folk just out to Do What's Right in the world. The Baron - Bean - died 15 months ago, and the loss is permanent. Tommy has been been smitten with Philippa for over a year. And now is the the time, it seems, to masquerade as the Baron's heir, Horace Wynchester, the new Baron Vanderbean, and seemingly woo Philippa? What could go wrong? I loved this. I loved the entire found-family of the Wynchesters - who apparently all work together on heists, or what have you. I loved that Tommy is non-binary (she) and that this is, therefore, a sapphic female/nonbinary romance. All of the secondary characters were so much fun. And the whole Wynchester clan working together, each bringing in their skills and fortés to accomplish a task, was wonderful. It made me really want to read all of the stories that led up to this, book #2 in series. Fun, adventurous, satisfying, sapphic Regency romance. Not a huge fan of historical fiction, but I loved this. Thank you, Lex, for pointing me to this. Previous books: The Governess Gambit (Wild Wynchesters 0.5) - available for 0.00. The Duke Heist (Wild Wynchesters 1) The Rake Mistake (Wild Wynchesters 1.5) - available for 0.99 I obviously have to read (for free) the book which sets up this whole outrageous family. And why not the prequel to this particular story? Heck, why not the story which introduces/connects Chloe to the Duke - who sure seems like a member/accomplice in this story? Stay tuned.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    Captivating, mysterious, and seductive! The Perks of Loving a Wallflower is an enticing, passionate tale that takes you back to London during 1817 and into the life of Thomasina Wynchester, a young lady with many faces who is bound and determined while helping her family solve the mystery involving the wartime cipher to finally introduce her true self to the bluestocking she yearns for, the lovely Miss Philippa York. The prose is witty and sweet. The characters are strong-willed, determined, and r Captivating, mysterious, and seductive! The Perks of Loving a Wallflower is an enticing, passionate tale that takes you back to London during 1817 and into the life of Thomasina Wynchester, a young lady with many faces who is bound and determined while helping her family solve the mystery involving the wartime cipher to finally introduce her true self to the bluestocking she yearns for, the lovely Miss Philippa York. The prose is witty and sweet. The characters are strong-willed, determined, and resourceful. And the plot is an arousing combination of friendship, family, secrets, determination, action, adventure, societal expectations, desire, acceptance, tender moments, and unconditional love. Overall, The Perks of Loving a Wallflower is a charming, seductive, heartwarming romp by Ridley that does a fabulous job of taking the historical romance genre and spicing it up with a little gender-bending, some sapphic love, a touch of mystery, and such a unique and intriguing cast you can’t help but cheer them on. I was once again lucky enough to not only read this novel but also listen to the audio, and I have to say if you get a chance, give this one a listen as Moira Quirk, the narrator, does an incredible job of bringing not only this story but these characters to life. Thank you to Forever, Grand Central Publishing, and Hachette Audio for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Goodfella79

    This is one of the most creative new series! I have been waiting for this book, and was not disappointed. It was so easy to see the easy way out of the situation, so I was glad that both of the women really found their truth and stuck with them. Loved the parallel story regarding the manuscript. It got me thinking a lot abou the challenges that women who loved other women must have faced given that the primary role of women at the time was marriage. Looking forward to the next book. I wish Ms. Ri This is one of the most creative new series! I have been waiting for this book, and was not disappointed. It was so easy to see the easy way out of the situation, so I was glad that both of the women really found their truth and stuck with them. Loved the parallel story regarding the manuscript. It got me thinking a lot abou the challenges that women who loved other women must have faced given that the primary role of women at the time was marriage. Looking forward to the next book. I wish Ms. Ridley could write them faster!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shae

    This historical is charming, feminist, and adorably queer. I loved this couple so much! They each brought amazing things to the table of their relationship, and I had a great time with this one!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Pelcher

    I voluntarily received a copy of "The Perks to Loving a Wallflower" via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This was so unbelievably romantic. Tommy is a master of disguise. She can become almost anyone and changes identities as the need arrives. However - there is nothing better then becoming herself again. Too bad as herself she is too anxious to talk to the girl shes been admiring from afar. Phillipa. The gorgeous blue stocking/wallflower that takes her breath a I voluntarily received a copy of "The Perks to Loving a Wallflower" via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This was so unbelievably romantic. Tommy is a master of disguise. She can become almost anyone and changes identities as the need arrives. However - there is nothing better then becoming herself again. Too bad as herself she is too anxious to talk to the girl shes been admiring from afar. Phillipa. The gorgeous blue stocking/wallflower that takes her breath away. Too bad her parents are intent on her making an advantageous match for their daughter that definitely does not include the notion of love. Tommy is amazing. I love her. She plays the role of a gentleman rake quite a few times throughout the story and I was fully in love with her. There is no doubt why Phillipa could not help being drawn to her! Even when she thought Tommy was another boring male suitor. Phillipa thinks there is something wrong with her. That her heart must be cold and dead because she doesn't want to marry a man and shes also never been attracted to one! After a whole lot of flirting though she comes to realise its the men not her thats not right in the situation and the one she wants is Tommy, a charming woman. This was so great. And I think what I loved the most is that Tommy's family accepts her for who she is and by extension the women she loves. There is awkward scene telling her family or anything. They see that she loves this woman and thats that. My rating is 4.5 but rounding up to 5!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christi (christireadsalot)

    I had a smile on my face throughout this whole read! The Perks of Loving a Wallflower is the sweetest ff historical romance filled with heists, schemes, thieving, disguises, bluestocking wallflowers, rakish eyebrow winks, codes, secret manuscripts, a homing kitten (like a homing pigeon, but an adorable kitten ☺️), and the greatest found family there ever was! It made me laugh so many times and just filled my heart with such joy and fun. While you can read this as a stand-alone, you’ll get more o I had a smile on my face throughout this whole read! The Perks of Loving a Wallflower is the sweetest ff historical romance filled with heists, schemes, thieving, disguises, bluestocking wallflowers, rakish eyebrow winks, codes, secret manuscripts, a homing kitten (like a homing pigeon, but an adorable kitten ☺️), and the greatest found family there ever was! It made me laugh so many times and just filled my heart with such joy and fun. While you can read this as a stand-alone, you’ll get more of the family history and characters by reading The Duke Heist first (and I’d even say to read the 2 prequel ebook novellas as well 😉). Each of the adopted Wynchester siblings possess unique talents that help them to aid the downtrodden and the desperate; disguises, mapmaking, artistic talent, forgery, training animals to assist them, sword fighting…whatever they need for a case, they have the person to fill that role. Thomasina Wynchester (Tommy) is the master of disguises of her family. Their latest case arrives from Philippa and unveils a top secret military cipher that has been stolen from the original creator and is being passed off/credited to someone else. Philippa is there for vengeance, and to get out of a possible betrothal, but finds love along the way in the arms of Tommy…who has been pining over Miss Philippa York for over a year (you get more of their backstory in the previous book/novellas). I adored Tommy so much in this book, she is such a delight and has fun with her disguises, I was laughing so much with her antics as Great Aunt Wynchester! But at the end of the day when the disguises come off, Tommy wants to just be loved and seen for who she is. Philippa’s character growth was really lovely to see, her parents have been pushing her into a society marriage and she definitely has to overcome her fear of going against society and disappointing her parents. Her connection with Tommy and the rest of the Wynchesters made her see she has to live for herself. I loved Philippa’s reading circle group of fellow bluestocking friends and how she is an avid book lover, her idea to put in small reading libraries in different neighborhoods was so fun. This book was just a delight from start to finish and I cannot recommend it enough! Thank you to the publisher (Forever) for an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. The Perks of Loving a Wallflower has a publish date of October 26, 2021.

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