How to Woo a Wallflower by Christy Carlyle is Book Three in the "Romancing the Rules" series. This is the story of Clarissa 'Clary' Ruthven and Gabriel Adamson. I have read (and LOVED them!) the other books in this series but feel this can be a standalone book.
Gabriel grew up a poor boy in Whitechapel where he had to fight his way to get money for food for his family. So much so that they used to bet on him when fighting. His mother was nothing to speak up and would get beaten by men. But when Gabriel was 16 years old him and his sister left there leaving their mother. Now almost 10 years later Gabriel isn't that wild boy anymore. Gabriel is an Office Manger for Ruyhven Publishing Enterprise and been helping to run it for years. Gabriel wears suits and never has a hair out of place. Gabriel knows that when he marries is will be to a plan and boring lady so that he will have calmness in his life...nothing like the beautiful and unruly Clarissa.
Clary is the youngest daughter of Leopold Ruyhven and along with that is very independent with the new age thinking that women are more than what people except. Clary has met Gabriel before thinking he is a stiff, never smiles and always dress perfectly. Clary knows that he sees all her faults and doesn't think much of her. But on her 21 birthday she is to inherit part of the family Publishing Enterprise and plans to work there. Clary doesn't have an interest in getting married but does want to help the poor women and children she knows. When her brother puts Gabriel in charge of teaching her the ropes of the company they start butting heads more. Gabriel seems to want everything neat and play by the rules but Clary isn't that type of person.
Ms. Carlyle knows how to write some great romance stories and this was one you won't be able to put down! Loved seeing Clary and Gabriel come together.