Saturday, 12 July 2014

{Review} The Wicked Wallflower by Maya Rodale

The Wicked Wallflower by Maya Rodale
Bad Boys & Wallflowers #1

Published on 29 October 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Page Count: 384

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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I found out about this book through Caffeinated Book Reviewer and got the book immediately because it sounded like a fun read. I wasn't disappointed at all. In fact, I was kept entertained throughout the book because the plot was slightly different than most historical romance out there--daring, funny and unusual.

Imagine announcing your engagement publicly by accident to someone whom you've never actually met before, what would the other party's reaction be? You know from the blurb that the Duke of Ashbrooke actually played along with Emma's innocent game and this is what made the story interesting.

I like how unusual the plot was and it is really refreshing to read about the deceit and how the two of them teamed up together to win in Blake's Aunt Agatha's games for a grand inheritance, which both of them badly need for their own reasons. This Aunt Agatha is another fun and crazy character, totally unpredictable! You should read how she judged people in the games. Blake... The Ashbrooke Effect, where ladies' heart start to flutter whenever he was around, didn't quite affect Emma, or so both of them thought. The conversations the both of them have and their actions brought out the best of their characters. I was eager to find out how both of them will end up--win or lose the game? It's fun to read how Blake tease Emma. I find it hard not to like the book but still, it has its flaws... like how Emma is able to attend the games with Blake, alone. Well, I suppose I can overlook it... The ending, although it's a happy one, it still felt somewhat lacking to me. A bit too daring? Well, you'll have to read it yourself and give your own verdict on this.

A delightful read and I will continue with the series to find out about the remaining two wallflowers.

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  1. Kim is always pushing those historical romances. lol. This sounds like so much fun. I really need to read a HR soon.

  2. This was a fun one. I have book two and need to crack it open. Right now I am on a horror/suspense/mystery thriller binge..LOL

  3. That's right. You need to try some!