With a name like, THE WICKED WALLFLOWER and with an author like Maya Rodale wielding the pen, the chances that you are in for one vastly entertaining story are 101%!

“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.”

Lady Emma enters her first season on the infamous London Marriage Mart with all the usual hopes and dreams of finding romance until an old rival steps in to muck up the works for her and her friends. A few seasons and quite a few glasses of sherry’s later the trio dubbed “The Least Likely to…” come up with a plot to force Emma’s heel-dragging beaux Benedict to the altar.

Things go awry and the next thing she knows Emma is “engaged” not to her beloved Benedict, but to the devastatingly handsome and unrepentantly scandalous Duke of Ashbrooke.

A truly, wonderful and witty story…

Blake is a bit of a 19th Century computer nerd—when he’s not busy debauching other men’s mistresses and drinking until dawn. Unfortunately, his scandalous reputation is making it impossible for investors to take him and his invention seriously so when an opportunity falls into his lap to change things, the Duke of Ashbrooke surprises everyone by allowing everyone to believe the rumors of his engagement to Emma are true.

Emma needs a fortune in order to be with Benedict and Blake needs a respectable fiancée to make himself look respectable. They can kill two birds with one stone if they work together to win his great aunt’s annual “Fortune Games” and in the process they begin to realize that the real prize may be something neither one of them ever expected—love.

As a reader I admit that I too fell victim to the “Ashbrooke Effect” and fell head over heels for Blake and his “Lloyd Dobler” style efforts to prove to Emma that his love is real.

A truly, wonderful and witty story to launch Ms. Rodale’s new The Bad Boys and Wallflowers series and if you visit the author’s website you will find that this series comes with a very interesting new twist on storytelling.

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.