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.
©2013 Maya Rodale (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
Maya Rodale is now one of my favorite authors. The combination of the really good story and a excellent narrator made this a most enjoyable read and listen. Emma is a wallflower who put her trust into the first fellow (the wrong one) who noticed her and mistook what should have been friendship for "love". Due to some coincidences involving sherry, a letter, a marriage-minded mama and a duke in need of money she becomes fraudulently engaged to the Duke of Ashbrooke. And the fun begins.
Ms Rodale writes a very humorous story. Emma may be a wallflower but she is clever and very witty. Ashbrooke may be a charming rake, but he also thoughtful and considerate and very witty.The verbal duals between them are great fun. Aunt Agatha's Fortune Games were hilarious. What I thought was going to be the usual plot with maybe a twist was actually a fresh approach to the Regency Romance genre. I think she read some of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series. It is in the same vein.
The narrator, Carolyn Morris, added just the right pop! She really does voice characterization well, whether male or female. Her Ashbrooke was so smooth and charming. At times you couldn't tell a woman reading a man's lines.
I laughed all the way through the book. There were some sad moments (a couple of tears were shed, too), when Ashbrooke's past was revealed and another tragic lost, but on the whole ... very, very funny.
I do suggest Ms. Rodale read Lisa Kleypas or Stephanie Laurens to learn how to properly pen a love/sexual scene. The few scenes she added were a little lackluster and could have been more interesting and imaginative. It didn't detract much from the story, but, it would have made it stronger.
I totally enjoyed this.
It may not have been completely accurate in its historical aspects but this was a totally entertaining book. I laughed a lot. The main characters were great. Blake has become one of my favorites. The Wallflowers will provide some great stories. Emma's story starts the series off well in this book when The Letter gets sent. That gets her into a situation that's delightful to watch unfold.
Great narration. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
I have loved every Maya Rodale book I've listened to, and that is every one Audible has!
They are fun, heart-stoppingly romantic, and dramatic. Historical romance at its finest.
NARRATOR : Carolyn Morris is definitely not one of my favored narrators. She seems to have a limited range of voices..... you know who is speaking but sometimes a voice is over acted to be it's own. Her ability to subtlety differentiate between the characters is lacking. However I do listen to her .with.?
HEAT FACTOR. A 2. Very steamy moments oonly.
First of all, Carolyn Morris does an excellent job (as always). An engaging narrator who really captures the characters' personalities, Morris is #1 with me.The story is quite good fun. A wallflower with a plucky heart who comes to believe in herself, a handsome hero who finds out what love is really about, and a good supporting cast all come together to provide good entertainment.
I totally enjoyed this book. The hero and heroine were fantastic. Loved all the wonderful witty dialogue, there was so much of it! The Fortune Games theme was great. Loved Aunt Agatha!
Great chemistry between Blake and Emma, with a couple very nicely written sex scenes.
Loved the story line.
I really like this authors writing style. I have read\listened to all her books in The Writing Girls Series.
The narrator did a great job. I really like listening to Carolyn Morris, she is relaxing to listen too and she does give all the characters their own distinct voice and does the men's voices well.
Love historical and paranormal romances with smart, imperfect people who against the odds find love when they are not looking for it.
Not your typical wallflower story. This one is fun, never boring and has great characters worthy of sequels. Several twists along the way mean it is not predictable but makes a really fun journey. No waisted words here, remember the scenes because they build upon each other and come back as significant. The marks of a good author are in this one: funny dialogue with intelligent vocabulary, passionate love scenes, touching emotion, and of course an enemy or two. I have told you nothing of the specifics because you will want to listen to it. Enjoy!
It seemed to me that the Duke was more wicked than the heroine, but then ... I was especially fond of the proposal scene after the Duke of Ashbrooke discovers his betrothal posting in the gossip magazine. I liked this book and the only disappointing part was the bit of mind rambling by the author. Certain thoughts were repetitive and exhausting but overall the story was very interesting. Loved how a rake was transformed. Not a likely romance especially since the Duke had ruined a set of twins prior to this escapade but still an interesting read.
I need more ears!
I've been listening to a lot of HR's with a darker mystery component lately, and they're making me anxious when I want to relax! I've really enjoyed them, but lately I've been thinking about uploading my Lisa Kleypas collection for a change of pace. I still might, but Maya Rodale has given me exactly what I needed in this one.
The plot of Wicked Wallflower is clever, amusing and very well written, without the heavy drama or scary villains. The characters are original and the HEA is satisfying in a sweet and sexy way. I'm enjoying this respite from the tension of the darker books immensely, and plan to work my way through this fun series and anything else this author has to offer.
Carolyn Morris is awesome, as always.
FYI: for anyone who is interested, my rating system is based purely on whether or not I feel I've wasted my time and/or money. My Audible books are my Dragon Hoard, and I like to find the GOLD!
5 STAR: Happy dance!!! Goes in the vault so I can listen to it again and again. Love the author and the reader! (Highly recommended.)
4 STAR: Great read for it's genre, but no fireworks. Maybe the reader takes away from the enjoyment? Will re-listen and may enjoy it more the second time. (Recommended.)
3 STAR: OK read, but unlikely to re-listen unless plot inspires me or it's part of a good series. Or it could be a good book with a really bad reader. (Just OK Dog.)
2 STAR: Waste of my time. Usually a bad reader or silly plot. (You've Been Warned.)
1 STAR: This may as well be a 0 stars. Bad plot, silly TSTL Character(s) and/or a really bad reader. Usually returned for a refund, though I may keep just to review it, if it really inspires me to rant. (I'm disgusted.)
Loved this romance!-there was humlt,wit ,and intelligent characters. -not too much ballroom scenes.-just enough sensual scenes.I would enjoying
Knowing most of the people involved.
"Witty and charming - just like the heroine"
This was a witty, fluffy, fun story. It did not take itself too seriously but I was still rooting for the characters, even though Ashbrooke was not the most likeable at the beginning. of course, once you understand his background, you understand this delightful rogue. And Emma may be a wallflower but she has sharp thorns too.
I enjoyed everything about this novel.
I liked all of the girls equally.
I liked them all equally.
When Lord Dudley go his just desserts,, as he rightly should.
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