Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Review: What a Wallflower Wants by Maya Rodale


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.

Publication Date: September 30, 2014
The books in the Bad Boys & Wallflowers series have been very enjoyable historical romances to read. Although What a Wallflower Wants wasn’t my favorites of the series, I still liked Prue’s story. The book was much darker than the previous novels and some of the plotlines were tough to stomach.

Prue has been through a lot, but she still has a lot of fight in her. She has a tough side to her, but also a very fragile side. She is trying her best to figure out the ideal circumstances for a woman in her situation while being stranded at an inn with John—a viscount with his own secrets.

John was great. He was very sweet and gentle with Prue. After what Prue has gone through, I think an alpha type of male lead would’ve had her running for the hills. Their relationship moves very slowly to give Prue time to realize that not all men are like the man she refers to as The Beast.

The pace would’ve been better without so many flashbacks. Some of the flashbacks were purposeful to the story while others not so much. My only other complaint was after the severe trauma of Prue’s past, I would’ve hoped for more emotional resonance to come through.

Overall, a good book that explores how difficult it was for women to handle sexual assault in the regency era.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!

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