Bad Boys and Wallflowers (3)
Published September 2014
Regency Historical Romance
Miss Prudence Payton, is on her fourth season, and has yet to get married. But with the graduation ceremony of the finishing school coming up, she doesn’t want to be the only one yet married. So she foolishly accepts a proposal of a man she doesn’t love or care for, and while being set up by highwaymen, her fiancee pushes her out of the carriage, and abandons her. When she arrives at a small inn, she meets a charming stranger, who steals her attention and makes her believe again. Prudence, is like a skittish mare, afraid of any man’s touch, because of something shameful in her past, and doesn’t trust anyone but her closest friends, but even they don’t know her dark secret that changed her life forever. But when she meets John, he shows how a gentle caress can make her feel alive again, and believe in a healthy desire and melt the ice around her heart that has shielded her for so long. A man that shows her strength, how to defend herself, and have confidence. A man that has stolen her heart….but he is hiding a secret one that could destroy them both…
What A Wallflower Wants is the third book in this latest series by Maya Rodale and we also see characters from the writing girls series as well as other characters from the other books in this series. It was fun seeing the connections. When I first started reading this, it seemed to be predictable at times, and so in the first half I really didn’t have much heart in this story, but then some twists develop in the plot and before long I am challenged and wondering what will happen next and I had no issue get into the rest of the story. This story is full romantic, and everything you need if you are looking for a slow and gentle romance that warms your heart. Then characters are both hiding secrets, but can’t seem to resist each other. The relationship starts slow, its not instant kissing and sharing a bedchamber….nope not this one. For one the heroine can barely stand a man’s touch, and John is intelligent and gentle man, and I loved the way he handles her. He sees the vulnerability within Prudence, and he is forms a bond with her, and soon she starts to discover hidden passions that she never knew existed. When you learn of her past and what she has done to survive, I really admired her character. John is one of those heroes, that would make the best husband material. Even though he gamble and has a big secret, he is smart and has dreams of his own. John is the honorable type, almost the knight in shining armor. He isn’t afraid of showing his true feelings, or his devotion to Prudence, and in the end fighting for his love for her…no matter the cost.
This story was phenomenal, and I loved the unique set of events that unravel, that surprise and keep you engaged. A spellbinding classic tale of turbulent pasts, a gentle passion, and a love that is worth fighting for!!! SENSATIONAL!!