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Lit Wallflowers is an official, unofficial Historical Romance book review podcast presented by Toni Rose and Wendy Woo. Every week they take themes from a Historical Romance and relate it back to how it can be applied to life in modern times! Then they Pot-Tail with a whiskey of the series and discuss all things Bookstagram and Romance! For more content, giveaways, and bonus material follow @litwallflowerspodcast on Instagram and Facebook, and @Lit_Wallflowers on Twitter!
 
The Three Musketeers follows the adventures of the young Gascon nobleman, D’Artagnan and his three trusted friends who served as musketeers in the king’s regiment – Athos, Porthos & Aramis. Written by Alexandre Dumas, the book was a bestseller during the time of its publication and it remains so even today. It follows the timeless theme of friendship and bravery. The main protagonist of the story is D’Artagnan who travels to Paris to realize his dreams of becoming one of the musketeers for t ...
 
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Special guest and author Evie Dunmore has graciously allowed us to fangirl over her and her new release Portrait of a Scotsman! Hattie Greenfield went to an invite-only art gallery without her bodyguard and without a chaperone. The gallery’s owner, Lucien Blackstone, did not know he was trying to be more charitable. When his art restorer told him a…
 
We finally find out how Tristan knows about Lucie’s cat in “A Rogue of One’s Own” by Evie Dunmore! Lord Tristan Ballentine was enchanted when he saw Lady Lucinda riding her horse towards him and his hiding place one summer. He just arrived at her home and did not expect to be slapped on the face for a misunderstanding with his undone breeches. Then…
 
Evie Dunmore’s 2-year anniversary of “Bringing Down the Duke” is being celebrated with a giveaway bundle! Follow her on Instagram for more details. Annabelle Archer got the opportunity of a lifetime! She was accepted as part of the first cohort of women to take courses at Oxford University with a scholarship from the National Society for Woman’s Su…
 
“Bombshell” by Sarah MacLean! What a great first book of her new series, Hell’s Belles! Caleb Calhoun finds Sesily Talbot hours after stepping onto dry land from Boston. What he did not expect and witness from the ballroom to the garden was a devious yet just plan. What he did not foresee was their first kiss after two years of meeting. We find out…
 
The kindreds look down memory lane in Sarah MacLean’s Daring and the Duke! Grace Condry rescued Ewan, Duke of Marwick, and helped him recover only to pummel him and tell him never to return to Covent Gardens. Ewan heeds her command only to return to town in one year determined to redeem himself and win over Grace. Grace swooned when she masked hers…
 
It is the Year of Hattie in Sarah MacLean’s Brazen and the Beast! Hattie wanted to begin her nine and twentieth year with her ruination, however Savior Whittington (aka Beast) had to be disposed of from her carriage first. From his first kiss with Hattie, Beast was ruined and, after a little tuck-and-roll, he interrupted the plans of the too perfec…
 
We are hanging out in Covent Garden this series with Sarah MacLean’s The Bareknuckle Bastards starting with Wicked and the Wallflower! Devil leaped back over a balcony when Felicity entered the dark room to laugh and speak to the ether. Devil intrigued, interrupts her benign harsh words about the mean girls and guys she wants to befriend again. Tho…
 
By monthly…weekly…daily demands, Laine and Meg of Plot Trysts are back for a Ravenels bonus! Were our earlier theories correct? Join us as we discuss the polarizing Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas! Plot Trysts - www.facebook.com/plottrysts www.instagram.com/plottrysts www.twitter.com/plottrysts Website https://linktr.ee/plottrysts Featuring – Lis…
 
Lisa Kleypas has done it again with Devil in Disguise. Sigh! What calms big, mean, whisky-soaked Scotsman Keir MacRae? Instant attraction with Lady Merritt Sterling and her table syrup ways. They both know it is not a good idea to even have dinner together, however they cannot seem to stay away from each other. Then an attempt to see Merry again, t…
 
This week, we’re reviewing (while Tom is) “Chasing Cassandra” by Lisa Kleypas! We love Tom! The man who said he had a total of five emotions, however every time he does something great for Cassandra, more emotions were shown. He’s even showing emotion to his youngest employee, but he doesn’t know it yet. From the moment Tom saw Cassandra, he was a …
 
How often do people’s lives cross paths without knowing it? In Lisa Kleypas’ Ravenels meet the Wallflowers story, the “Devil’s Daughter” met her hot farmer through her intended. The devil’s queen told their children that “kindness counts the most when it’s given to people who don’t deserve it.” It’s something Phoebe always remembered especially whe…
 
Where can we get a summoning whistle like in Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas? Two years has passed since Dr. Garrett Gibson and Ethan Ransom met while she was fighting off attackers. They took the next step when Ransom gave Garrett a whistle to blow when she needed him. They both knew she can protect herself, but who wouldn’t want to see their prefe…
 
The season brought together the peculiar and the perfect for holy matrimony in Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Spring! We love Gabriel’s pursuit of Pandora. It was a settee that actually compromised her, however her quirks charmed him into forgetting his original plan of finding someone else for her to marry. We love Pandora and her pursuit to fulfill her b…
 
We would say “yes” to Marrying Winterborne! Who wouldn’t want to say “I do” to Lisa Kleypas’ Rhys? Rhys Winterborne is amazing, full stop! We met the restless department store owner in Cold-Hearted Rake and we met the ultimatum making man in this book. Our plant sister, Helen Ravenel didn’t want to let go of the Welshman and finally did something n…
 
We’re kicking off #HotEarlSummer and a new series with newly dubbed Earl of Trenear, Devon, from Lisa Kleypas’ Ravenels series! Devon and his brother didn’t have a nurtured upbringing and spent most of their adult days being libertines. The last thing Devon expected was to inherit an earldom with huge debts. Widowed through the previous earl, Kathl…
 
A fake marriage turned real, real quick in “Jewel” by Beverly Jenkins! Jewel Crowley made a promise to her mother to take care of her father and her brothers until they marry. That promise was broken when Eli Grayson needed a favor. In order for an investor to get Eli’s gazette back in business, he needed to be married yesterday. Jewel agreed after…
 
We’re off to Grayson Grove this series where Nate Grayson wants to play doctor with the new doctor, Viveca Lancaster, in “Vivid” by Beverly Jenkins! Strong, independent, and determined Viveca aka Vivid had a unique meet cute with mayor Nate Grayson involving a rifle. He believed that she didn’t belong in Michigan because of her city woman looks, le…
 
The amazing Sandra Kitt joins Jess to talk about getting over trying to write for anyone but yourself, not reading reviews, two steps forward and one step back in racism in publishing, having to prove more and work harder for respect, having a true sense of yourself, writing multiple genres, breaking out of the box through the indie revolution, the…
 
Our heart was ripped out in Maya Rodale’s “What a Wallflower Wants” and “The Bad Boy Billionaire’s What a Girl Wants” novella! Prude Prudence was not a prude so much as being protective of herself and her compromising secret! Another secret Pru kept was her intended marriage to someone who she knows she’ll be safe with and who won’t touch her. That…
 
It’s time to loosen up in Maya Rodale’s “Wallflower Gone Wild” and “The Bady Boy Billionaire’s Girl Gone Wild” novella! Lady Olivia Archer locked eyes with a handsome stranger, only to be who her parents chose as her betrothed. Phinn, the Mad Baron, was not a prospect she wanted because of the rumors attached to him. The Mad Baron apparently had a …
 
Jackie Lau joins Jess Michaels to discuss how indie publishing has allowed her to write the stories she wants to tell, coming to romance late and embracing the genre, her move to hybrid publishing and the journey to get there, her process (and I get very excited at her ultra-discipline) and accidental marketing genius.…
 
We’re looking through a historical and modern lens of the same story in Maya Rodale’s Bad Boys and Wallflowers series, starting with “ The Wicked Wallflower” and “The Bad Boy Billionaire’s Wicked Arrangement!" Emma and her besties need to find husbands before their finishing school reunion. While brainstorming, a fake engagement announcement was wr…
 
We’re searching for past memories in “An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler” by Vanessa Riley! We met Jemina St. Maur who has amnesia in the first book of the series “Rogues and Remarkable Women.” While Daniel was saving someone for the Widow’s Grace, he found Jemina and saved her too. For two years, Jemina had been trying to remember her past. With her…
 
Snooping and scheduling were in store for a baby’s well-being in “A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby” by Vanessa Riley! Patience needed to be patient in order to hold her baby forever, but a mother’s devotion has her breaking the Widow’s Grace rules. The new duke moves in to take care of his ward and to establish new household rules and regulations to as…
 
The dove got away, but returned a sparrow in “The Day of the Duchess” by Sarah MacLean! We read about Haven in the first book of the series. He was pushed into a fishpond and we found out the internal reason that led to him getting wet in this book. Seraphina flew into Parliament looking for a divorce, to be free, and so begins Haven’s groveling. T…
 
The kilted Duke of Warnick is in town in “A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean! Warnick was the 17th in line when he inherited a dukedom. It was five years later when he found out he had an adult ward. If he didn’t brush off his solicitor, pretending not to care about the title, then he would have known earlier. His ward, Lillian, made the scandal s…
 
We’re road tripping this week with author and bookstagrammer Angeleke Kaldis as we explore “The Rogue Not Taken” by Sarah MacLean, the first book of the Scandal & Scoundrel series! Sophie Talbot was one of the “Dangerous Daughters” aka “Spoiled S’s,” but she would always stand up for others, especially her family. She’d rather be in a library or ou…
 
Wendy and Toni are back with lots of groveling in “Once Upon a Tower” and in the “With this Kiss” novella by Eloisa James! Gowan fell in love at first sight with the quiet Edie at a ball. Edie was quiet because she had a fever. After corresponding, which mentioned pricks, they got married and journeyed home to Scotland. Both being novices at love a…
 
This week, Wendy and Toni reviewed transformations happening in “The Ugly Duchess” and the “Seduced by a Pirate” novella by Eloisa James! Theodora and James have been friends since childhood, since his father, the duke, was entrusted with her care since her father’s passing. Then his father’s embezzling of Theodora aka Daisy’s dowry due to his bad …
 
In this episode, educators Lauren and Sara hook Savanna up with the deets on the love life of Cleopatra. From marrying a few brothers to posing as a goddess on Earth to the ultimate relationship rebound, this episode will have you seriously re-evaluating your own sibling rivalries. Content Warnings: Swearing, murder, suicide, sex with minors, war T…
 
Wendy and Toni probably wouldn’t have been able to feel a pea under layers of mattresses hence they won’t pass the ultimate Princess/Duchess test. Hopefully, they would be able to feel a key for their freedom like in Eloisa James’s “The Duke is Mine.” Sometimes, we’re put in situations that we can’t control or can’t politely escape from. Long befor…
 
This week, Wendy and Toni are reviewing “When Beauty Tamed the Beast” and “Winning the Wallflower” by Eloisa James! We enjoy a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and it was great to have a surly doctor inspired by the TV series “House” for a beast! Linnet left the London life for the sea pool of Wales and for her betrothed, Piers, whose father claims …
 
Wendy and Toni are reviewing Eloisa James’s Fairy Tales series starting with “A Kiss at Midnight” and the novella “Storming the Castle!” We get pet dogs instead of cute rats in this re-telling of the classic fairy tale “Cinderella.” Instead of trying to get into a ball, Kate was trying to get out of one. Oh, we have a stepmother, but we only got th…
 
Wendy and Toni are back with a made-up Captain who is ready to marry the woman who drew him snails on her letters in “When a Scot Ties the Knot” by Tessa Dare! Clever and shy Miss Maddie Gracechurch had the best idea to make up a fake fiancé to escape having a season. Her awkwardness didn’t have to be present in the ballrooms, but can be read in he…
 
This week, Toni and Wendy each wish they had cake and a quizzing glass when reading “Say Yes to the Marquess” by Tessa Dare! Miss Clio Whitmore eventually turned into Miss Wait-more within her eight years of waiting for her betrothed to return from duty to crown and country. Tired of waiting, she visited the brother to her fiancé to sign dissolutio…
 
Toni and Wendy are officially back for Season 3 starting with Tessa Dare’s Castles Ever After series. “Doubt not” you’ll want pancakes during and after reading "Romancing the Duke!" Being England’s sweetheart since childhood, Izzy should have a charmed life. But a charmed life was only a façade especially to the fanbase she has acquired through the…
 
In this episode, educators Savanna and Sara hook Lauren up with the deets on the love life of Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott. From a race to the South Pole to throuples to a solid appreciation of flirting, this episode will make you wish you had a sweetie to not really see all that often. Content Warnings: Swearing, death Theme music by Tip…
 
First things first, we (Laine, Meg, Toni, and Wendy) were wrong about our Bridgerton season one theories! Overall, Chris van Dusen and Shondaland did a great job portraying a historical romance book onto film through a modern lens. We got a shocking reveal at the end of the series, but there were many questions only the next season can answer. We d…
 
Toni and Wendy are back with more Dukes with “How the Dukes Stole Christmas!” Our first duke was trying to get back to his country estate as fast as possible after taking care of some business like selling “unnecessary” real estate. The heroine made sure he got a taste of town before being offered some burnt shortbread in “Meet Me in Mayfair” by Te…
 
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