Review: How to Win a Wallflower (Rebels with a Cause #3) by Samara Parish


Print Length: 254 pages
Publisher:  Forever (December 13, 2019)

From When John Barnesworth inherits unexpectedly, he abandons his solitude and returns to London to settle his brother's affairs, only to discover his estates are crumbling and he is now betrothed to his brother’s unpleasant fiancée. Her dowry might save him from ruin, but at what cost? His only hope lies with the vivacious, charming Lady Charlotte Stirling, whose audacious solution to John's troubles might actually work. If only he can keep his feelings for her out of the equation . . .

Lady Charlotte Stirling knows she can’t fall for John. He’s her brother’s best friend, he’s engaged to her mortal enemy, and he wants to return to America. Not to mention he’d never survive in her bustling social life. She can, however, try to solve his money problem. But the closer she gets to ensuring his freedom, the harder it is to let him go . . .


My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

I remember reading this author before and having a love/hate relationship with their books, but when I saw Charlotte was the lead, I decided I would give her another shot because I loved Charlotte in How to Deceive a Duke.

Sadly, all of the things I dislike about this author are still true. And I will be the first to admit that this is more of a "me' problem than it is with the author. You see, this author does a remarkable job when it comes to writing interesting characters with obvious chemistry. Charlotte manages to be headstrong but helpful. She loves her family and her friends, and there is (literally) nothing she wouldn't do for them. Likewise, while flawed and despite wanting nothing to do with the title that has been passed to him, John puts aside his own life to set things to rights on his estates. When the two are together, sparks fly, even when they both know nothing can come of it. 

Eventually, as with all romance novels, the couple faces a hurdle that seems insurmountable. So they devise a plan to overcome it. And then something else happens, and something else happens, and something else happens, and then ..... well, you get the idea. It was as though just as soon as the couple solves one problem facing them, another one pops up (and a couple of them were ridiculous and far-fetched, in my opinion). It got to the point where I stopped caring if they ever got their happily ever after because I just wanted the book to be finished so the endless reams of trouble would stop. 

Again, I recognize that this is more of an issue with myself as a reader and the things I expect from an author/story, and I do believe others will get more enjoyment from this book than I did. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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