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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I totally loved book 1 in this series, so I was expecting a lot

I totally loved book 1 in this series, so I was expecting a lot from this one. And it definitely didn't disappoint! Wallflower Gone Wild was a fantastic read. The romance was lovely, the story was fun, and it was a truly enjoyable read. Loved it!

Olivia was a lovely he...
I totally loved book 1 in this series, so I was expecting a lot from this one. And it definitely didn't disappoint! Wallflower Gone Wild was a fantastic read. The romance was lovely, the story was fun, and it was a truly enjoyable read. Loved it!

Olivia was a lovely heroine. She was a perfect lady who was sick of following the rules and decided to make her own. I have to say, it was entertaining watching her struggle to find those. She was really nice and sweet, but it would be a mistake to underestimate her willpower. My only problem with her was that she was quick to judge Phinn. She knew what it was like to face malicious gossip, which often had little base in truth, and she should have given him more of a chance to prove himself. It didn't match her otherwise forgiving and kind nature. Other than that, though, I really liked her.

Phinn was a total sweetheart. He was a man more interested in science than society, but that led him to have...underdeveloped social skills. He had a knack for saying the wrong thing and didn't know the first thing about wooing a lady. It was so fun to see his floundering, yet adorable attempts to win Olivia. He was a truly good man and a nice guy, despite the gossip about him. He was so sweet and wonderful and I totally loved him.

The romance was very sweet. Even with Olivia's wariness, their feelings for each other were always clear. They just didn't quite know what to do with them. I thought they were lovely together.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The secrets of what really happened to Phinn's first wife kept me drawn in and took me by surprise. Thought I do wish there had been a little more done with them. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was adorable. I can't wait to read book 3 and see what happens to the last London's Least Likely.

Wallflower Gone Wild was a fantastic historical romance. I loved this book! It was a sweet, truly enjoyable read. Romance lovers, this is a book you definitely need to read.

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

posted by WorldsCollide on March 25, 2014

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Words like: flirtatious, provocative, wickedly irresistible, and

Words like: flirtatious, provocative, wickedly irresistible, and dangerously seductive are greeting you as a quick description on the back cover. The front cover tricks you with a steamy, fleshy picture of lovers. This book appears to be spicy, wild, and hot! This is th...
Words like: flirtatious, provocative, wickedly irresistible, and dangerously seductive are greeting you as a quick description on the back cover. The front cover tricks you with a steamy, fleshy picture of lovers. This book appears to be spicy, wild, and hot! This is the most mild "romance" novel I've ever read. The Bible has more sex than this book! What a tease and disappointment over and over again. It's sad that I got excited when he finally touched her hand after taking off her glove button by button. Ewww.....SCANDALOUS!! Buy this book for your grandma. She'll love it!

posted by vannailon on April 24, 2014

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  • Posted April 24, 2014

    Words like: flirtatious, provocative, wickedly irresistible, and

    Words like: flirtatious, provocative, wickedly irresistible, and dangerously seductive are greeting you as a quick description on the back cover. The front cover tricks you with a steamy, fleshy picture of lovers. This book appears to be spicy, wild, and hot! This is the most mild "romance" novel I've ever read. The Bible has more sex than this book! What a tease and disappointment over and over again. It's sad that I got excited when he finally touched her hand after taking off her glove button by button. Ewww.....SCANDALOUS!! Buy this book for your grandma. She'll love it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2014

    An opening quote sets the stage and a humorous tone for the enti

    An opening quote sets the stage and a humorous tone for the entire novel, though I didn’t find this story quite as funny as the first book in Maya Rodale’s Wallflowers series, The Wicked Wallflower. Rodale often uses quotes from various broadsheets such as the “Fashionable Intelligence” column by “A Lady of Distinction” from The London Weekly, popular sayings from Lady Penelope’s Finishing School for Young Ladies of Fine Families, and other quotes from conduct books of the period.
    Lady Olivia Archer has had no luck in snagging a husband, despite playing by the rules and being the epitome of a good girl and a lady. After four unsuccessful seasons, she tries to be bad and that doesn’t quite work out either. 
    “She was a girl who liked to sing and dance, who wished to flirt with rakes and be kissed improperly.” (p5)
    Her well-meaning but misguided parents—her mother is positively oppressive—desperately push her into the arms of the notorious “Mad Baron,” Phinneas Cole, around whom rumors swirl that he murdered his first wife.
    Phinneas is a scientist, like the Duke of Ashbrooke from The Wicked Wallflower. He’s a machinist temporarily in London to help build Ashbrooke’s Difference Engine.
    When they first meet—across a crowded ballroom—Olivia and Phinneas feel a profound connection and attraction, until she discovers he is the Mad Baron. So she tries to turn him off by trying to be unappealing.  She tries wearing excessive face paint, flirting with rogues and rakes, and even asking a gentleman to dance, which all make for some laugh-out-loud moments. But that doesn’t turn Phinneas away. He feels bad that she has a poor image of him and determines to change her mind with the help of his dissolute friend, Rogan. 
    Phinneas has become a recluse ever since the scandal surrounding the death of his first wife. He decides he now wants a biddable, docile wife so that he can work in peace, after his fiery first marriage. To him, this is merely another business arrangement, much like Cyrus Ravensmore believes (at first) in Winning the Wallflowerby Eloisa James.
    But Phinneas doesn’t change Olivia’s mind all that much, until the masquerade ball when he comes to her rescue and she doesn’t even know who he is. She finds out later and that, finally, endears him to her.
    The trademark Capital Letters—a device which Rodale often uses in her works, to great effect—create humorous emphasis on Dramatic Situations.
    Prudence, another wallflower whose happy ending will be in book three, What a Wallflower Wants, thoughtfully expounds on the lies that Lady Penelope’s school preaches.
    “‘We were led to believe that ladylike behavior would be rewarded with good husbands and happily-ever-after. We were gravely misled.” (p29)
    If you think that typos, misspelled and incorrect words, and missing articles are only to be found in self-published works, think again, because I found a lot in this book published by Harper Collins. In fact, I think there are more here than in Rodale’s self-published Seducing the Single Lady. There’s also an odd floating annotation on page 147—an asterisk that merely says The Wicked Wallflower without any explanation of what it refers to. ‘Though’ instead of ‘through,’ ‘here’ instead ‘her,’ ‘jealously’ instead ‘jealousy,’ etc. 
    You do not need to read the first book in the series to appreciate this lovely story, and I eagerly look forward to reading the next installment as well as much more by Maya Rodale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Eh, just okay

    I have really enjoyed reading this series by Maya Rodale and looked forward to reading this installment, but sadly it did not live up to my expectations. If you are committed to reading the series as I am I recommend you read this, but don't expect much. I have alread pre- order the other in the series and hope they more enjoyable than this one. ENJOY!

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