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The Wicked Wallflower

The Wicked Wallflower

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by Maya Rodale

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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


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.

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Publishers Weekly
The year is 1824. Lady Emma Avery, a “buxom bluestocking” voted London’s Least Likely to Misbehave, is in her fourth season without a proposal. Blake Auden, Duke of Ashbrooke, is a notorious rake. They are both surprised when their engagement is announced, as they have never met. Blake quickly persuades Emma to join him at his Aunt Agatha’s Fortune Games, an annual contest to name her heir. If they win, Blake will gain the respectability he needs, and Emma will gain a marriage-attracting fortune. Rodale (Seducing the Single Lady) has created two strong characters with a realistic and not anachronistic outlook on life. While some deception is necessary to maintain their fiction, they never cross the line into betrayal. The book works best when Emma and Blake’s relationship is allowed to support the plot: there are some hints at abandoned subplots, and a false attempt to create external tension, but these weaker moments pass quickly. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (Nov.)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Meet the Author

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence. She is now the bestselling and award-winning author of smart and sassy romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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The Wicked Wallflower 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
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. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have passed over this book numerous times while looking for a new book to read. I don't really know why, but I'm glad I finally purchased it! It was witty, and made me laugh. It was also a well developed romance, not forced. Very entertaining! I'm off to buy more books by Maya Rodale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story grabbed me from the first sentence.....this is now my very favorite book by this author!
aRomancelover More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Beginning for a New Series! Emma and Blake come together to protect reputations, build new ones, and compete for a fortune so that each may have their own happily-ever-after. Neither expected to discover that the happily-ever-after that each sought was with each other. A few reviewers have complained about historical inaccuracies, yes, there are some but this is fiction. If you wish to read a historically accurate biography of a young woman too long on the shelf, look elsewhere but if you wish to experience a delightful, fun-filled, romantic adventure that will leave you with a happy ending, THE WICKED WALLFLOWER might be the one for you. THE WICKED WALLFLOWER by Maya Rodale is a wickedly good time. Mischief and mayhem result when three, too smart for their own good, wallflowers indulge in an evening of drinking sherry and cause one of them to embark on a journey that will make her blossom into something far more appealing than a wallflower. Maya has a knack for creating believably smart, yet rebellious young heroines who manage to take the rogues on whom they set their sights by surprise every time. Emma is no exception. She allows Blake to chase her until he's finally caught in her web of love. Secondary characters, among them Blake's Aunt Agatha, drive this story will delightful banter and create an environment that forces two personalities to recognize that they have more in common with each other than their peers. The Fortune Games are intriguing, imaginative, and for our couple, love inspiring. I highly recommend THE WICKED WALLFLOWER by Maya Rodale to anyone who loves a story that intrigues, that manages to keep the reader a little off kilter as to what might happen, and to anyone who loves a wonderful, wickedly passionate, and romantically satisfying tale with a smiling happily-ever-after. I mean anyone - I recommend this one to those of you who aren't partial to historical romances as well, for Maya has something splendid planned for contemporary readers and it all begins with THE WICKED WALLFLOWER. ***eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it
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I was disappointed with this book. Only made it to chapter 5 so maybe it got better. I found most of what I read not very believable.
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Sandigger More than 1 year ago
This is the story of young debutantes known as wallflowers. The story centers around Emma one of the wallflowers also known as the buxom bluestocking. One night after a ball, the ladies are at Emma's house commiserating on the futility of husband hunting (this is their fourth season) when they are essentially invisible. They are drinking Sherry and were quite inebriated when Pudence & Olivia decide to write a notice for the paper announcing Emma's betrothal to the Duke of Ashbrooke. Emma refuses to allow it and while they are debating the merits of sending it to the newspaper they are told to leave the house as the kitchen is on fire. They go to spend the night at Olivia's house forgetting about the announcement they had written. When a gaggle of uppity debutantes descends on Emma for a visit, Emma remembers the announcement and is afraid it is somehow the reason for their visit. She cannot admit that it is all a farce so she is trying to field questions when the very Duke she is supposedly engaged to arrives. Since they have never met he is unsure which of the females is his "betrothed" what a quandary. Emma realizes his problem and stands and greets him so he knows which one is her. The story really takes off from there when the Duke takes Emma to the garden and in front of the gaping females proposes to Emma. They are out of earshot so they can talk privately. He makes a big show of proposing to which Emma declines. But he's handsome, charming and used to having women fall at his feet. He refuses to take no for an answer and kisses her all the while feigning that she has accepted. Emma refuses but he points out that he has just proposed in full view of quite a few gossips and she has no choice. OMG. What can she do? She has to go along with his scheme. The story has so many unexpected twists that the reader is kept guessing as to how this farce is going to turn out.This book was so entertaining, not your average historical romance! I couldn't put it down.
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I really loved all the characters in this story! The journey from their youth to adulthood let me, the reader, find a depth & connection with the characters. It was a messy love story with ups & downs, but very emotional. I hope others reading this will enjoy the story of Faith & Levi as much as I did. I sincerely hope their are more stories to come of all the characters in this small wine country town.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down I read it less then 2 day.....I was hooked by the end of the first chapter
JustReadItCLK More than 1 year ago
Oh, this book was so...so...delightful and funny and yummy and...scandalous. Yes, all of those things and more. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will immediately start reading the second book, Wallflower Gone Wild, as soon as I finish this review. I sooo can't wait! 
Shortstride More than 1 year ago
First time I have read Maya Rodale. Good book but the second one in the series the best
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Fun story. ..............................................................................................................................  Wallflower gets Duke is not exactly a new concept but it's done well.  Enjoyable read.  Nice banter between the couple.  Nice HEA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!!!
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I have not been able to finish this book as of yet. I'am currently on page 48. I will try 2 resume but so far I'am stuck.