A review by emilinkaa
The Wicked Wallflower by Tracy Sumner

adventurous lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Pippa Darlington is out in Society, but she's busy doing her best to be a wallflower so no one realizes that she's up to no good. She's going places no good society miss should, and refusing to follow the rules, all why trying not to fall in love with a certain man. Xander Macauley has no illusions about who he is. Born from the streets, he's clawed his way up to a comfortable perch in society. He's also close friend's with Pippa's brother, who just so happens to be a duke. And while the duke and everyone else is busy buying Pippa's wallflower routine, Xander is rescuing her from scrape after scrape. All while they do their best not to fall in love with each other.

This is, I think, my first Tracy Sumner, book and I don't think it'll be my last! These two characters had so much sizzle and I could not put this book down. Macauley is all the things you want a historical hero to be. He's kind and smart and takes no shit. He's honorable to a fault, although he just can't resist his best friend's little sister. And Pippa? She's doing her best to push all of his buttons, to find her own place in society after her brother inherits a title and she suddenly becomes the sister of a Duke. 

The Wicked Wallflower was a bit spicy, a bit sassy, and a lovely read. I'd happily grab another book by this author, not just because her characters have good chemistry, but because she doesn't shy away from including a lot of historical issues that affected them, like social classes and toxic family relationships. 4.5 stars!

I was provided an ARC copy of this book through Netgalley. My thanks to the publisher and the author for providing it to me.