The Earl Not Taken (The Wallflowers of West Lane #1) by A.S. Fenichel

The Earl Not Taken (The Wallflowers of West Lane, #1)

Published: March 17th 2020 

Publisher: Kensington Publishing

Length: 220 pages

My Rating:


Finishing school failed to make a proper lady of Penelope Arrington. But as a Wallflower of West Lane, Poppy has a far more vital role—she and her three best friends have made a pact to protect each other from the clutches of dangerous, disreputable men. So when one of them is about to be married off to a duke sight unseen, Poppy makes it her mission to divine the prospective husband’s true character. If only she didn’t require the aid of London’s most unsuitable rake.

Rhys Draper, Earl of Marsden, has known the headstrong Poppy since she was a young girl naïve to the ways of men. To her eternal chagrin—and to his vague amusement—they have been at odds over the memory of their embarrassing first encounter all these years. Now, with his services in need, Rhys sees a chance to finally clear the air between them. Instead, he is surprised by the heat of their feelings. If the two do not tread carefully, they may end up in a most agreeably compromising position…

My Review:

This book was lacklustre. There was nothing that set it apart from all the other wallflower romances. The plot was weak, and the characters felt two-dimensional. Poppy was very unlikeable, and she showed very little growth. The female characters felt too modern for their setting. I am all for independent women but there are limits an author needs to set in a historical setting. There are some sex scenes in the book but its not excessive. While it was an okay read, it wasn’t entertaining enough for me to recommend it.

I did find the cover to be beautiful. I am a fan of illustrated covers, and I hope more authors follow suit.

I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads. 


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