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Friday, October 17, 2014

"What a Wallflower Wants" (Maya Rodale) ★★★★★ with GIVEAWAY!!!

What a Wallflower Wants
Bad Boys & Wallflowers # 3
By: Maya Rodale
Releasing September 30th, 2014



In the third novel in Maya Rodale’s charming Wallflower series, London’s Least Likely to Be Caught in a Compromising Position finds temptation in a devilishly handsome stranger . . .

Miss Prudence Merryweather Payton has a secret.

Everyone knows that she’s the only graduate from her finishing school to remain unwed on her fourth season-but no one knows why. With her romantic illusions shattered after being compromised against her will, Prudence accepts a proposal even though her betrothed is not exactly a knight in shining armor. When he cowardly pushes her out of their stagecoach to divert a highwayman, she vows never to trust another man again.

John Roark, Viscount Castleton, is nobody’s hero.

He’s a blue-eyed charmer with a mysterious past and ambitious plans for his future-that do not include a wife. When he finds himself stranded at a country inn with a captivating young woman, a delicate dance of seduction ensues. He knows he should keep his distance. And he definitely shouldn’t start falling in love with her.

When Prudence’s dark past comes back to haunt her, John must protect her-even though he risks revealing his own secrets that could destroy his future.

Rutherford entered then, bearing a tray loaded with food—lamb stew, peas, roasted carrots slathered in butter and thick crusty wheat bread. He served them. They began to eat. “What brings you to Westbury?” John didn’t know the town name, but odds were that it wasn’t Westbury, which he’d just made up. After a moment’s hesitation she told him, “I’m on my way to London.” John was more interested in the fact that she didn’t correct him, which suggested she didn’t know the name of the town either. What was she doing alone in a town that she didn’t know the name of? His sipped his wine and gazed at her curiously. Things did not add up with Miss Merryweather. “I am also traveling to London,” he told her. That he did not make up. Great things awaited him in London. Everything he’d ever dreamt of was in London. Come hell or high water, he was going to London and he was going to get there by Sunday, even if he had to swim, which seemed like an actual possibility given this relentless rain. “Imagine that,” she replied, treating him to another slight smile. It was pretty ridiculous what those slight smiles of hers did to him. But like many a man before him, a pretty girl was his undoing. “All roads lead to London,” he quipped. “I’m curious. What awaits you there?”As John watched her thinking of what to say, he had the distinct impression that she was hiding something. Of course that only made him more curious.
Prudence didn’t answer with any of the immediate things that sprang to mind: Mortification. Failure. Complete ruination if word of this encounter ever gets out. Nothing.


  Ms. Rodale has done an outstanding job!  This story is more than just two souls falling in love.  It's the story of darkness and rebirth, of living a lie to believing in the truth.   Prudence suffered a horrific event during her first season - a young 18 year old girl believes she is ruined and worthless.   John, a Hero that anyone would love, is trying to make life better for those he loves and cares about, by almost any means necessary.  It's a beautiful story of love, patience, justice and courage.  Ms. Rodale has described the events in a tasteful manner, yet the full affects of all that has happened to both of these characters is understood clearly.  I found my heart breaking for the hurts they both endured yet cheering on for the happiness that is within their grasp, if they are brave enough to reach for it.   I have not read the first two books of the series, and, although events from those stories are briefly touched upon, in no way did it take away from this story - this can certainly be read as a stand alone.  On that note, I am now looking forward to reading Emma and Olivia's stories too.  (Received copy from Edelweiss for honest review)



Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence and it wasn’t long before she was writing her own. Maya is now the author of multiple Regency historical romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.


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