The Wicked Wallflower

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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 Ashbrooke, she'll no longer be a wallflower; she'll be a laughingstock. And then Ashbrooke does something Emma never ...

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Overview

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
09/23/2013
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062231147
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 110,726
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence. She is now the author of numerous "dazzlingly sexy and witty" romantic novels. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

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    Sweet, steamy, and a brilliant historical romance! The Wicked Wa

    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

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    great book!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Very passionate and tense

    Loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    :)

    I bought this book one night when it was dead at work. I never dreamed that I would become so wrapped up in it. I absolutely loved every second of it and stayed up all night just to finish it. I would completely recommend this book to any one who loves historical romance.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    I loved this book!

    The story grabbed me from the first sentence.....this is now my very favorite book by this author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Wonderful Beginning for a New Series! Emma and Blake come tog

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Great Book

    I loved this book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    TO CHRISTINE FROM DICE PLEASE READ

    "Will you tell everyone at 'dsf' that I am locked out of most of those books and to go to 'sgo' all res?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Elphaba

    She paces in her attic " why did i get him involved

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Boring

    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.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    now this is what i call taking a chance on love....a lot of effo

    now this is what i call taking a chance on love....a lot of effort went into the romance between lady emma and the duke of ashbrooke...in, out, up, down...just a charming story....lots of love and lust....read it!

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    Enjoyable read

    I read so many historical romances that I had to go back and read the overview to refresh my memory about this one. The plot in this read was a little different than most and kept my attention through the end. There were just enough characters to keep it interesting. This was a cute story and did was not filled with a lot of "fluff" as I call it. I would read more by this author.

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  • Posted March 6, 2014

    Loved this book and the characters!

    Loved this book and the characters!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Very good read!

    I enjoyed this quite a lot. It is the story of Emma, a wallflower, and the Duke of Ashbrooke, a very handsome rogue. A false engagement announcement is sent to the newspaper, but instead of denouncing it, they both have reasons for going along with the charade. As the deception continues, they both wonder what is real and what is false. Could they be falling in love with each other, despite the obstacles in their way? Of course, they eventually realize their mutual love, this is a romance novel after all! 3+ steam.
    PSP

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Excellent read

    Worth the miney

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    A MUST read

    Such a great fun, exciting book. Loved the characters! Maya is like a breath of fresh air after reading hundreds of my favorite genre. Her writing keeps with the time period, but also has such a believable appearance that we can still relate to these characters. I would def recommend this book, as well as her billionaire bad boy series which ties together with this series in a really awesome way. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

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    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Great read!

    This was a great read!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Nice Read

    This was a very nice read. Both main characters are easy to like, the story is fun and serious. You see them fall in love while trying not to the entire time. A great start to the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Loved it!!

    This book was fantastic! It was funny, sweet & sexy! Can't wait for the next book in this awesome series!

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