Monday, October 28, 2013

The Wicked Wallflower by Maya Rodale

The Wicked Wallflower (Bad Boys & Wallflowers, #1)
Release date: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Bad Boys and Wallflowers #1

Maya Rodale's captivating new series introduces London's Least Likely—three wallflowers who are about to become the toast of the ton…

Lady Emma Avery has accidentally announced her engagement—to the most eligible man in England. As soon as it's discovered that Emma has never actually met the infamously attractive Duke of Ashbrooke, she'll no longer be a wallflower; she'll be a laughingstock. And then Ashbrooke does something Emma never expected. He plays along with her charade.

A temporary betrothal to the irreproachable Lady Avery could be just the thing to repair Ashbrooke's tattered reputation. Seducing her is simply a bonus. And then Emma does what he never expected: she refuses his advances. It's unprecedented. Inconceivable. Quite damnably alluring.

London's Least Likely to Misbehave has aroused the curiosity—among other things—of London's most notorious rogue. Now nothing will suffice but to uncover Emma's wanton side and prove there's nothing so satisfying as two perfect strangers…being perfectly scandalous together.

My Rating: 5 Roses

Sweet, steamy, and a brilliant historical romance! The Wicked Wallflower was absolutely fantastic. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book. Loved it, just loved it!

Emma was a great heroine, one that was very likable. She goes from being an infamous wallflower to a famous toast of the ton. But, she wasn't going to be forced into anything or force another person into anything. I only had one issue with her. She begins the book in love with a man who has courted her for three seasons and still hasn't proposed. She is adamant that he is the one she wants to marry and won't be forced into marrying anyone else, even a duke. I understood that, but, later on, when it was clear that Emma was in love with Blake and Blake was in love with her, she kept holding onto that. Even though it was obvious that he wasn't going to fight for her and she had a much better option (AKA, a DUKE!). It annoyed me, but she did redeem herself by fighting for Blake when it really mattered. So, it ended up being a minor issue and I finished up the book really liking her.

Blake, the Duke of Ashbrooke...what can I say? He was perfect. He was so sweet and wonderful and I just adored him. And, he's not just a pretty face. He was very clever. The entire fake betrothal continued because Blake needed investors for a new invention (the Difference Engine) and he needed to repair his reputation if he wanted the money. He was super charming and his wit made the book so much fun to read. I loved how, once he knew he was in love with Emma, he wasted no time in wooing her and he was a pro at grand gestures. I thought he was perfect and I adored him.

The romance was lovely. Emma and Blake were really sweet together. Neither of them wasted any time being in denial and their feelings for each other were obvious. And, there was certainly some chemistry between them. They weren't the kind of couple to be constantly jumping each other but, when they did, it was steamy. I thought they were a wonderful couple.

I loved the whole story line of the Fortune Games. It was so fun and definitely a new idea. Seeing a dozen people compete for the favor of an old woman in the hopes that she would leave her enormous fortune to one of them was very entertaining. And I loved Blake's aunt, the host of the Fortune Games. She was a fun character, with her endless sass and her disregard for society's rules. I thought that whole idea was awesome.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way though. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was perfect.

The Wicked Wallflower was a lovely historical romance. I absolutely loved it! It was sweet, steamy, and a truly enjoyable read. Lovers of romance, you have to read this book.

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*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  1. Oh Farrah this sounds delightful..I must read it ..

  2. It's definitely a must read for historical romance lovers :) So amazing...