If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. - B. F. Skinner
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. - Mary Wortley Montagu

Friday, December 5, 2014

Review: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone by Vivienne Lorret / @TastyBookTours @VivLorret

Title: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone
Series: Wallflower Weddings, Book 0.5
Author: Vivienne Lorret
Publisher: Avon Romance
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: Edelweiss
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

Penelope Rutledge longs for passion, but only with the man of her dreams: the brilliant, dashing Ethan Weatherstone. If only her longtime neighbor would open his eyes and realize how much she loves him. If only they weren’t best friends with so much at stake. Penelope knows her future - and their friendship - is in her hands, but is she willing to take the biggest risk of all on the man she loves?

If it were up to Ethan, life and love would be as predictable as the figures in his ledgers - certainly nothing like the adventures Penelope longs for. Yet his childhood friend has grown into a beautiful, feisty woman blissfully unaware of the danger she causes when near. Ethan knows he must save Penelope-and her reputation...but can he save himself from the temptation of her lips?

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I was pleasantly amused and intrigued throughout this entire story. Penelope's an amazing heroine, and Ethan... Well, he's Ethan.

Penelope wants change. She wants something more to do with her life than what she's currently doing, which is nothing. She has no suitors, no marriage proposals. What she does have is Ethan, her best friend and the man she's loved for years.

Ethan is, well, Ethan. Not to sound redundant (because who likes that, right?) but he is. He doesn't like change, whether to his schedule, his walk, his drive. Unfortunately for him, change is coming and it's coming in the form of his best friend Penelope.

This was a great story about doing whatever was necessary to make that one person see you as more than a part of their routine. It really drives home how change is a good thing, how it can bring the greatest pleasure imaginable, how change happens regardless of what you want as an individual. Laughter and frustration might happen on the journey from A to B, but Penelope's resolve to hang in there was commendable. In the end, she brought change to Ethan's life and it was good. He discovered love for his best friend while she got the man of her dreams.

I fell in love with fairy tales and the romance behind happily ever after at a very young age. Like a lot of you, I tweaked the fables bit by bit in my imagination until they suited me perfectly. By the time I was eleven, a teacher encouraged me to start writing.

Throughout the years that followed, my teachers remained my most fervent supporters, giving me the tools I needed to continue my journey as a writer.

My husband and I have two teenage boys, who are heroes in their own right. For now, we live in a small Midwestern town near Lake Michigan…until a time in the future when a new adventure calls us to other shores.