Wallflower Most Wanted by Manda Collins Review

Wallflower Most Wanted
Studies in Scandal #3
By Manda Collins
Release Date: January 30th, 2018
St. Martin's Press
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

A dedicated painter, Miss Sophia Hastings is far more concerned with finding the right slant of light than in finding Mr. Right. But when an overhead conversation hints at danger for another local artist, Sophia is determined to get involved. Even it means accepting help from an impossibly good-looking vicar who insists on joining her investigation—and threatens to capture her heart…

Reverend Lord Benedick Lisle knows that Sophia is no damsel in distress. But he won’t allow her to venture into peril alone, either. . .especially since he finds Sophia’s curious, free-spirited nature so alluring. But protecting her from harm is becoming more difficult than the vicar could have expected as he and Sophia confront their fiery mutual passion. Who could have known that the art of love would prove so irresistible?

*ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

I will 100% admit, I totally picked this book based on  the title! Yes, I know that’s a little goofy, but I kept picturing a young women in a ball gown, holding up a stage-coach!  Yes, I totally have an over active imagination! But to tell you the truth, the book is even better than I imagined!

We find our heroine eavesdropping on a deadly conversation! Well it wasn't intentional! Miss Sophia Hastings in a master artist in her own right, albeit a little controversial. Anyway, Sophia was paint, absorbed in her work, when newcomers started their sinister conversation, and while trying to act normal, Sophie managed to throw herself over a cliff! Well, that wasn't intentional at all! But Sophia being a resourceful women, managed to land on her feet, instead of her head, and while it would have all gone swimmingly, she, unfortunately landed on a large rock, and twisted her ankle.

But as luck would have it, our hero was also at hand, in the unlikely person of local vicar, Lord Benedick Lisle, not only is he the second son to a Duke, but his brother who works at the Home Office, has asked him to investigate a series forgeries coming out of Little Seaford. But what Ben wasn't expecting was Sophie Hastings falling off a cliff in front of him! But knowing that she won't give up trying to find out who the nefarious men were, Ben and Sophie team up to flush out the taint of Little Seaford. Together they manage to find more than just the forgers, if only they can both stay in one piece.

I truly enjoyed Wallflower Most Wanted, from the characters to the plot, nothing was as it seemed, and even the predictable who done it, quickly turned unpredictable! Now, if you are looking for a super deep, rock your soul, make you cry ugly tears sort of book, this is not it. Wallflower Most Wanted light hearted break that transports you into a story, and leaves you with that warm and fuzzy feeling in your heart, and I truly thank the author for that.

I give Wallflower Most Wanted 4 stars.



Manda Collins is the author of several books, including Ready Set Rogue and The Lords of Anarchy series. She spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. When she’s not writing, she’s helping other people use books, as an academic librarian.


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