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Eloisa & Lisa Kleypas in Conversation: Why We Love Wallflowers in Romance

Eloisa and Lisa Kleypas talk about wallflowers in historical romance, including why they write wallflowers and why we love them!

This was originally part of a Bookbub interview — a quick 2m read. Here’s the article’s intro:

The saying “opposites attract” applies quite nicely to romance books about wallflowers who infatuate swashbuckling dukes. But what is the wallflower trope in romance, and why is it so loved by readers and authors alike? USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors Lisa Kleypas and Eloisa James join in conversation to discuss the draw of the wallflower trope, what makes it so relatable, and the inspiration behind their latest novels.

If you loved Viola, you’ll enjoy these wallflower love stories as well:
Winning the Wallflower
Fool for Love
Duchess by Night

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