What a Wallflower Wants: Bad Boys & Wallflowers #3 by Maya Rodale with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop for What a Wallflower Wants, book 3 in the Bad Boys & Wallflowers series by Maya Rodale.  Please be sure to check out the other tour stops and don’t forget to read the excerpt, and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could be the winner of a Print Set of the Bad Boys & Wallflowers Series.

Book Review:

The second title in this series I have read, the three ladies in this trilogy are scrambling to find husbands before the 100th anniversary of their finishing school, an event they are all expected to attend and glitter through. In this story, Prudence has been through 4 seasons without a proposal. Her attitude toward men is conflicted at best, and when we learn of her first season’s trauma and the reason for her withdrawing from all things male. Unfortunately, she has kept her experience a secret, as is all too common, and it has managed to affect every aspect of her life as she is constantly on guard, struggling to always appear ‘just so’ and the anxiety that this produces is characterized by a withdrawal. Finding a husband may just prove more difficult than expected for this young woman.

Enter Castleton, a Viscount with a bit of tarnish all having to do with a penchant for men, and a decided unwillingness to marry. John also has a major secret in his past, but his determination to move forward despite difficulties and obstacles give him the necessary ability to understand and not condemn Prudence for her past experience. And his innate charm and wit, combine in his rather alpha protectiveness toward all that need defending, and his all in this story is Pru.

Patience and gentling are the watchwords for Pru and John. Coaxing her feelings forward, showing her that not all men are beasts, encouraging her anger and not allowing her thoughts of vengeance to the one who attacked her to rule her life, but to be a step to move forward and heal, John’s approach with Pru, for the most part, is surprisingly appropriate and enlightened for a man of his era. And his willingness to let Pru escape when her feelings overwhelm her only to chase her back down and push her to face her fears, without anger or accusation but a simple sense of “I am here, again, I am not leaving”, is a clear and repeated demonstration of his feelings and intentions.

Then the shocker comes, and we start to see what John has been hiding: I was suspicious but Rodale managed to give hints that suggested, yet didn’t come close to the full reveal of the secret, and his determination to rise above and move forward, despite the several twists was admirable.

Rodale manages to bring in some truly unsavory moments to the story, but in flashbacks and retelling, feelings and learning to heal, the impact of Pru’s experience remains even as the horror of the act itself is never detailed. John’s position in society and his understanding of the inequities in the peer’s treatment of women the way his regard for the accepted way of doing things when contrasted against his own relationship with his sister does add to his relating to Prudence and her skittishness. Although there is an insta-love here, I appreciated his willingness to let Pru express her own feelings and desires on her own terms: while at first I think he saw a broken yet beautiful woman who he could help and save, the truth is, as Prudence finds her own footing on new ground, and is able to start to heal, the two seem to become stronger together and apart.

There are a few niggles with pacing and some undefined insertions that are never quite fully explained that seem to jump from little interior voices of warning, memory or feeling, but on the whole the story did wrap up nicely with two characters who find, deservedly so, a happy ending.

What a Wallflower Wants: Bad Boys & Wallflowers #3 by Maya Rodale with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: What a Wallflower Wants
Author: Maya Rodale
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 13 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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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.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

John Roark, formally known as Jonathan James William Roark Hathaway, Viscount Castleton was on a winning streak of epic proportions.

His winning streak had begun a few months earlier during a storm like this, in a place like this. Just when he hit the bitter end, his luck had turned and rocketed skyward, providing him with riches he’d never expected and opportunities he’d only dreamt of.

He seized each and every opportunity, like a drowning man reached for a breath of air.

But the thing with winning streaks is that they inevitably came to an end. What goes up, must come down. Eventually the other shoe would drop—a fact of which was never far from his mind.

John accepted the inevitable—but not yet. He still had plans.

In the meantime, he waited by the window in the parlor of the Coach & Horses Inn, the first lodgings he found in whatever the hell town this was. Brandy in hand, he kept watch for Miss Merryweather, who did not seem to be on a lucky winning streak.

Ladies in agreeable circumstances did not walk along desolate country roads in inclement weather without a chaperone. As soon as he saw her, he was curious as to the whys and hows of her situation.

She was too pretty and presumably too well born to be out there on her own, carrying her own bag. He took one look in her brown eyes and saw trouble.

He suspected she was in trouble and on the run. He suspected that she was the kind of trouble he never could resist: a woman in need of protection, a woman he could care for, a woman he give his heart to.

The kind of trouble that was the downfall of many men.


About Maya Rodale

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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