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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 romanticIn 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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What a Wallflower Wants Reviews

  • Caz
    2018-10-29 06:18

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B+ for content at AAR, so 4.5 stars.This is the final book in Maya Rodale’s Wallflower trilogy, and is the best of the lot. I enjoyed the first one (The Wicked Wallflower), which was full of humour and light-hearted banter, even though it did require rather a large suspension of disbelief at times; the second (Wallflower Gone Wild) was a bit of a disappointment, but Ms Rodale clearly saved the best till last, because What a Wallflower Wants is a much more deeply felt story, telling of a young woman’s path towards reclaiming her life following a horrific event.Prudence Merryweather Peyton, known throughout the ton as “London’s Least Likely to be Caught in a Compromising Position” has seen both her dearest friends find love with two handsome, charming men who are devoted to them. While she is delighted for them, Prudence can’t help but be just a little sad for herself, as she has no such happy prospect before her. Four years previously when in her very first season, she was violently assaulted, something she has revealed to no-one, not even her closest friends. Ashamed, scared and no longer desirous of attracting the attention of any man, Prudence retreated to the wallflower corner at balls and parties. Having learned never to expect help from any quarter, Prudence now has to save herself from the ridicule that will ensue if she is still unmarried by the time of the annual ball held by the graduates of the famous Lady Penelope’s Finishing School. In desperation, she accepts a proposal of marriage from a young man she knows will be satisfied with a marriage in name only, and elopes with him – only to discover that her intended has feet of clay when their coach is held up and robbed.Having managed to escape, Prudence encounters a young man driving a smart equipage who offers his assistance. Unable to conquer her fear of being alone with a man, she refuses his help and continues on foot, only to discover that the same man - who had introduced himself as John Roark, Viscount Castleton – has thoughtfully arranged a room, food and a hot bath for her at the nearest inn. A storm of almost Biblical proportions means that Roark and Prudence are stuck at the Coach and Horses for a few days, during which time they come to know and understand each other. Their relationship does develop a little quickly perhaps, but it’s very well written, and John is such a wonderful hero – kind, gentle and with a real sense of fun – that it’s easy to believe in the depth of his feelings for Prudence and his desire to protect and help her to overcome the horrible thing that happened to her. And the thing that really stands out is the way in which Ms Rodale doesn’t turn him into a miracle “cure”. Prudence is a great heroine – strong, clever and witty – but she just needs a little push to re-discover her true self, the one she buried after the rape, and that’s what John provides. He’s perceptive enough to realise that she is the only person who can change her life and he offers her the quiet, non-judgemental support that she needs in order to do it.But swoonworthy though John is, it’s clear fairly early on that he’s keeping secrets, too, although it isn’t until around the halfway point that the listener gets a real inkling of what those might be. I’ll admit that I found this part of the plot to be somewhat frustrating; the romance develops quite quickly in the first two-thirds of the book, and the last is taken up with dealing with John’s situation and Prudence’s sense of betrayal when she discovers his deception. I realise that there has to be some sort of conflict in a romantic novel, but I thought Prudence had enough to overcome without discovering that the man she’d fallen for had withheld important information from her.That said, John isn’t a terrible person and the deception he perpetrates is done because of his intense need to look after his mother and sister; and is one that could almost be said to be victimless, although it does open Prudence up to hurt and derision. But she holds her head up high and is no longer willing to be cowed by circumstance, taking back control of her life in one fabulous masterstroke.In spite of that and my reservations about the pacing, I have to say as well that Ms Rodale gets a lot right in this book. Prudence is often angry at herself for allowing her fear to dictate so many of her actions, and the way she recoils from the slightest touch is perfectly believable. The rape itself is described in flashback in the story, and is very difficult to hear – as it should be. But the author focuses on Prudence’s reactions and feelings, and her desperation when she realises that no-one is coming to her rescue is gut wrenching as are her thoughts later: “The Beast hadn’t just taken her innocence -he’d stolen her future.”And that brings me to Carolyn Morris’ performance, which in that particular scene is simply excellent and brought me close to tears. She hits exactly the right note with Prudence’s inner monologue, going from disbelief that something like this could happen to a young lady who has always done the right thing – to a desperation thinly laced with hope at the thought that surely someone will happen along to prevent what’s about to happen – to despair at the realisation that nobody is coming to save her.Ms Morris is someone to whom I always enjoy listening, and I’ve made much in past reviews of her affinity for light comedy and her ability to bring to life the sort of witty banter characteristic of authors like Ms Rodale and Tessa Dare. This being a slightly darker story than the others in the series, there is perhaps less of the banter, but she nonetheless brings a great deal of warmth and humour to the interchanges between John and Prudence as they become close and fall in love. She’s a narrator who differentiates between the sexes through the use of tone and timbre rather than by using pitch to a great degree, and while she is for the most part successful, there are times when it’s a little tricky to tell the difference between Prudence’s friends Emma and Olivia, or their husbands, Ashbrooke and Radcliffe. That’s not to say the differences aren’t there – they’re just quite subtle and aren’t always immediately apparent, which meant that I sometimes had to rely on the dialogue tags to remind me who was speaking. She is, however, very good when it comes to voicing Roark and his (possible) half-brother, because they sound similar enough to believably be related, but not so similar that they are difficult to distinguish from one another.There’s one thing that’s a little confusing in the audio which is nothing to do with Ms Morris’ performance; and that’s the fact that there are a number of flashbacks/flashforwards from John’s perspective that show how he comes to be where and when he is. In the print edition, these are placed at the ends of certain chapters and are printed in italics, but in the audio, there is nothing to distinguish them from the rest of the story, so they are somewhat jarring. The first one made me wonder if there was a production fault that had catapulted me a long way forward into the story – although once I realised what was going on, it wasn’t a problem.Ultimately, What a Wallflower Wants is an audiobook I’d certainly recommend to fans of historical romance. I did have some issues with the storytelling, although the story itself is satisfying, and Ms Rodale deals with a difficult subject in a very sensitive manner. Carolyn Morris’ performance is thoroughly enjoyable, and she proves once again that she’s a skilled performer with the ability to get to the heart of the stories she narrates and to pack a real emotional punch when required.

  • Aubrey
    2018-11-16 10:18

    I've looked forward to Prudence's story for months. I've also really enjoyed every book by Maya Rodale that I've ever read. What a Wallflower Wants ended up leaving me feeling a bit let down, though.SPOILERS AHEADI'd suspected that Prudence had been raped long before I read What a Girl Wants (the contemporary counterpart to What a Wallflower Wants), just from a few clues left here and there in the previous two Wallflower novels. Rape is something that isn't often handled in romance novels, so I was very curious to see how Rodale would write a heroine who had experienced something so horrific.Unfortunately, there were things about the book that kept me from enjoying it anywhere near as much as I wanted to. There was a lot of head-hopping, which kept drawing me out of the story (and isn't something Rodale's typically done in her previous novels, which threw me even more). There were also some weird formatting things (which could have just been my Kindle App acting up) and some very jumpy bits that made no sense. These things alone made it hard to truly immerse myself in the book.John was almost too good to be true. In a lot of ways he was perfect for Prudence--she needed someone who would be patient with her and who understood (as best as someone who's never been raped can understand) all of her hangups and trepidations and trust issues. That last part, though, really hung me up--Prue had all these trust issues (understandably so), but within a week has sex and falls in love with John. Every rape survivor's story is different, and some move faster than others, but for Prue this just did not feel "right." I had a very hard time believing that she'd fallen for him that quickly, and that she'd trusted him and her body with him that quickly. Which made John's big secret reveal even worse, IMO...Ends up John isn't who he says he is. Is he still a good guy at the core? Yes. Did he do whatever he had to in order to survive and achieve his goals? Yes. Did he hurt anybody by doing what he did? Eh, not really, but it's still morally shaky. He lied to Prue about something as important as his identity. She was understandably upset. I thought she forgave him far too quickly (if he'd been spying for the government under a different identity that's one thing--but masquerading as his probable half-brother who's out of the country is just...not cool, even if he was an empathetic character), especially considering her trust issues regarding men.The entire timeline just felt rushed, and I felt like Prue's story should have taken much more time, because to me her story wasn't just about falling in love, but about learning how to love herself again and healing from one of the most horrific things that can happen to a person. Healing is hard. It takes time. Things don't just magically fall into place.All of that being said, Rodale did some things with this story very well. Prue letting her figure get "rounder" is a very common reaction. Her aversion to being touched was completely believable. Telling the story of her rape in bits and pieces via flashback, and focusing more on Prudence's feelings than the act itself was done very well. I loved the fact that John taught her how to defend herself, and that she used what she'd been taught and took a lot of her power back over Dudley. I loved that she took even more power back by writing a letter for all of London to read. The story was told with a lot of sensitivity. I especially appreciated the fact that at the beginning of the book Rodale's very upfront about this being a book that deals with rape (I've read some that didn't, and that can be a very dangerous thing if it triggers a reader). And I'm glad that Dudley died, even though I feel like his demise was too nice for him (I also had a love/hate thing going for the scenes in his POV--on one hand I didn't want his POV, but on the other I'm glad we got it).Overall, it was a good book, but not the best of Rodale's that I've read.

  • Alyssa
    2018-11-03 03:19

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***What A Wallflower Wants by Maya RodaleBook Three of the Bad Boys & Wallflowers seriesPublisher: AvonPublication Date: September 30, 2014Rating: 4 starsSource: eARC from Edelweiss***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***Summary (from Goodreads):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.What I Liked:First things first: hate the cover? Me too. It's atrocious, in my opinion - very reminiscent of old-school historical romance novels' covers *shudders*. But don't let that deter you at all, because this book is probably one of my favorite historical romance novels of 2014.Second thing - it's been a while since I've read/reviewed a historical romance novel, hasn't it? July 27th was the last day that I reviewed one. I have this one and another one releasing in September, but I just got both of them, so I can't read/review them a month in advance, like I usually do (I'm in the middle of the October releases, if you hadn't noticed). But, I'm squeezing in this one because I love Rodale's books, and this one turned out to be quite awesome!Prudence is the last of the wallflowers to shirk her awful nickname and "title" of wallflower. Emma and Olivia are married to wonderful men, and the finishing school's ball is coming up. Prudence needs to marry, otherwise she will look like a fool and a failure. When she is stranded in an inn one night, a stranger decides to pay for her stay. John Roark is a handsome, titled stranger, and Prudence has caught his eye. But both of them have terrible secrets - are either of them ready for the other?I read book one of this series - Emma's story - and really enjoyed this one. For some reason, I totally missed out on book two, and skipped it. This one is my favorite though. Prudence is so different from your typical husband-hunting girl in season. Something awful happened to her, and while we know what it is that happened, the actual even itself is revealed slowly to readers.Prudence has a lot of spirit and backbone - I really liked her. She isn't a ninny at all, she isn't weak, she isn't stupid. She's really funny to read about, but she's also made of iron, because she is so incredibly strong and hard-willed. Something awful happened to her, but throughout the story, she learns to hold her head high and not let it define her.I thought John would be a total rogue, but he isn't! He's quite the gentleman... sort of. You'll have to read the book to know what I mean by that. John is seriously a good man, a nice person, clever and flirtatious, but also intuitive and understanding. Definitely a favorite historical romance hero.I loved learning about these two characters' pasts. Prudence's secret is more obvious but more painful. My heart broke for her on so many occasions, especially as John was discovering them for himself. John's secret kind of took me by surprise - I didn't really expect that at all. Good old John... although, he isn't that old. *winks*The romance starts as a attention-is-caught-quickly kind of thing, but the hero and heroine progressively fall in love. It's obvious that Rodale won't play any games with the romance in this book, which is a relief. We know that Prudence and John are meant for each other, but each of their secrets are like barriers. Nevertheless, I really liked the romance. It was sweet and well-developed, but also quite sizzling and steamy.Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I'm kind of sad to see this series end, but it ended with the best book! I can't ask for much more than that.What I Did Not Like:I think I would have wanted to see more steamy scenes between John and Prudence. I understand, given the nature of certain things, that this might have proven difficult, but I feel like it would have added to Prudence's character development. In general, I wanted more physical interactions from those two. We get plenty of emotional/sentimental interactions though!Would I Recommend It:As far as historical romances go, yes! Sure! This one was different from most of the ones I've read, since both of the protagonists don't really seem to act all high-society-bred... and both of them are hiding BIG secrets. I liked this book so much!Rating:4 stars. I hope Rodale has a new series coming out soon! I do enjoy her historical romance novels.

  • Sarah Elizabeth
    2018-11-01 04:06

    Devoured this book in a day. I absolutely adored this story and how it has a message behind it. Beautiful and tastefully done.

  • Lindsey Riley
    2018-10-31 01:50

    I ended up not being able to finish this last book in the Wallflower series.Don't get me wrong, some things were done super well! I felt the way the author handled Prudence's attack was both tasteful and realistic. Prudence's inner monologue and behavior in light of her past trauma felt real and authentic.What fell way, way short for me was John/Castleton. This guy was ridiculous. Too much insta-love, not enough substence to his character. He didn't feel real. Despite the chivalrous rescuing of a damsel in distress, he felt like a pansy to me. I did not care for him at all, despite his hunky physique and mysterious past.There were awkward flashbacks/flashforwards (I couldn't figure out what was going on) that disrupted the flow of the story. Plus, Prudence's entire predicament would never have happened in "real life." I never could get behind the entire premise that allowed her and Castleton to meet in the first place.I'm very disappointed. The first two books in this series were a delightful surprise, but this conclusion story was a complete let down.

  • Michelle
    2018-10-26 04:00

    This installment of the Wallflower series has a depth that eclipses the last two. It doesn't shy away from what happens to Prudence and how it affects her life. But it also shines a light on how a person heals and finds love despite those terrible things. I loved the scene where she finally reclaims herself and her body and I fell in love with John for his loving patience and thoughtfulness. I liked his twist, and that his secret, when revealed, shows his bravery and loyalty. I hope that in the printed Author's Note Ms. Rodale adds the RAINN info ( for those who had gone and might be going through similar issues, just in case that would help just one person.

  • Tin
    2018-11-03 08:02

    ***Note: The author's introduction contains this warning: This novel includes a graphic depiction of sexual violence.***Like a true wallflower, Prudence was always in the background, quietly supporting her fellow wallflowers on their quest to make good marriages. Prudence never seemed to voice out her own dreams and wishes -- only her fears: what if, in the 100-years of existence of Lady Penelope's Finishing School for Young Ladies of Fine Families, she would be the only graduate of their school not to get married after her fourth season? It is not hopeful enthusiasm or youthful optimism that drives Prudence to seek out a marriage: it is fear. And, now we understand why. Prude Prudence is London's Least Likely to be Caught in a Compromising Position. There are two ways to read this statement:1. No one would ever think to put Prude Prudence in a compromising position.2. If Prudence was in a compromising position, no one would be able to catch her. It is the second statement that is, sadly, sad, but true. There was a moment in Prudence's past when she desperately needed someone to walk in and interrupt something, when she hoped Society would do its job -- but God and Society failed her and it left her ruined."Are you there, God? 'Tis I, Prudence."- PrologueThe first line of her story shattered my heart and set the tone for What a Wallflower Wants: Prudence has been let down time and time again by the people and forces that she depended on. No one was there that night she she was ruined. No one stepped in to say no. Even now as she faces another failure, another social disgrace (being a spinster and the only unmarried graduate of Lady Penelope's Finishing School for Young Ladies of Fine Families), she is by herself. By her standards, she's doing fine: she has successfully rebuffed unwanted attention and she has kept her demons at bay. But, when her planned arranged marriage goes awry (and she is left alone once again), Prudence is forced to reevaluate her situation. But, this time, when she expected no one to come to her rescue, someone did:John Roark is a man on a winning streak who is on his way to London to cement his future and further increase his wealth. Prudence and John have both been on the receiving end of life's misfortunes and both have survived it. John recognizes Prudence's wariness -- it's a feeling he knows only too well. He also recognizes that Prudence has been hurt. While he doesn't know how, why, or by whom, it's also a feeling he knows very well. Our hero doesn't really talk about his past, but the few glimpses of it that we see, show us the slow and steady climb of a man from darkness to light. On that road to London, John had a choice: he could've respected Prudence's decision and left her be, so that he could concentrate on his plans -- or he could stay and help her. The former would help him and his family, the latter would help ... Prudence. On the surface, it seems like a no-brainer: the needs of the one versus the needs of the many, but John saw things differently, and chose to stay with Prudence. I really loved John. I loved how gentle and understanding and kind her was to Prudence and to the people around him. His goodheartedness isn't an act to impress Prudence or gain her favours. It's really something that is innate to John: he deeply cares for everything around him: be it horse or human. He hadn't planned on being attracted to Prudence, but, as the days passed, John saw how incredibly brave and wonderful Prudence was -- and falling in love with her became inevitable.He wasn't done with Miss Merryweather. Not that he had plans or designs, just that there was more there to explore; he knew it with a bone-deep certainty. he could not go, not yet, and that is why he was vexed. he was tugged in two directions.Those eyes. That rare smile that made him forget everything else. The hint of what she would feel like in his arms. He wanted to lose himself in her curves, taste her, know her, soothe her, protect her. In more ways than she would ever, ever know, he wanted to be the man for her.- p. 117In her author's introduction, Rodale promises a happy ending. A strange thing to say, because all romance stories end happily anyway, but I realized as I read on that the reminder is necessary: as the story progresses and we discover what truly happened to Prudence, as your heart breaks when you read about John's past, as things don't seem to go our hero and heroine's way, the promise of the happy ending is a comfort, because no two people deserve it more than them. No two people have worked and struggled harder at living than John and Prudence."It's hard, isn't it," she mused, "when the world doesn't allow much room for a person to live the life they want."She thought of all the strict rules imposed on a woman, defining her innocence, her marriageability -- or ruination. She thought of the strict social barriers separating the aristocrats from everyone else, and she thought of servants who were just supposed to fade into the background. She wanted to be more than her qualifications as a wife, more than the status of her virginity.He wanted more, too. Was that so wrong?- p. 308Royale does a wonderful job of balancing the events in the story: there are negative things, but there are also positive things. Like the crests and troughs of a wave, Prudence and John's story is a wonderful testament that: yes, one's winning streak won't last forever, but neither would one's losing streak. The story will break your heart to pieces, but it will also mend it and make it whole in the end.Saving the best for last. It's why coffee and dessert come after a meal and it's why Maya Rodale's What a Wallflower Wants is the letter-perfect ending to her Bad Boys and Wallflowers series.

  • Jess
    2018-11-09 07:13

    Review posted: Happily Ever After - ReadsBlog rating: BPrudence is the last wallflower standing, her two best friends and fellow wallflowers are now married and Prue has left London and is desperate to find a husband before the very important Lady Penelope’s Ball, the finishing school Prue and her friends attended and no one in the history of the school has come to the ball unmarried. Prue doesn’t want to be the first, so she’s agreed to a marriage of convenience with a man whose heart seems to be set on another man. Prue’s just fine with that, she doesn’t want anything to do with actually being married other than in name only, but on their way back to London, they’re intercepted by a robber. Only Prue manages to escape and makes her way to a small inn where she meets John Roark.John Roark, Viscount Castleton, is hiding some pretty big secrets about who he really is, but one look at Prue and he’s smitten. But Prue’s past is dark and tragic and she wants nothing to do with men, period. She was raped a few years ago during her first year out in society and through flashbacks we get the details of that horrible night when she needed help and no one came. This story is definitely darker than the previous two books in the series and for me, the flashbacks scenes were hard to read. I don’t like having those details on page, frankly I got the impact of what happened to Prue just fine through her current thoughts and actions; I didn’t need to know exactly what happened. So just be warned that the details are there. Roark understands fairly quickly what happened to Prue and he’s the perfect man for her. His own sister went through something similar and John helps Prue reclaim herself and gain some confidence. He’s there for her in whatever capacity she needs and he helps her move past that ugly night and realize that not every man is a monster and that John is someone she can trust with her heart and her body. Too bad he keeps a huge truth from her for too long.Yes, I didn’t like that John lies to Prue for as long as he did, but he more than pays for it and he came across as so genuine on page, it didn’t bother me as much as it might have in another story perhaps. My heart went out the Prudence throughout the whole book. I have such a soft spot for that woman who is put in an awkward, potentially embarrassing position, which Roark’s lie puts Prue in. But she grows in strength throughout the whole story and she makes it through, with her best friends by her side. I really enjoyed her story and seeing her move beyond this horrible thing that happened to her and become stronger and more confident.I enjoyed getting to know the three Wallflowers in this Maya Rodale trilogy and Prue’s story was a nice ending to wrap it all up. Even with the darker tone of story, I liked Prue very much, she captured my attention right away and I just wanted her to find her hero, a man she’s convinced doesn’t exist. John makes some mistakes sure, but he ended up being the perfectly, imperfect man for Prue. He pays for not coming clean to Prue sooner, but he makes up for it and is her ultimate hero. I loved getting to see their relationship play out. The Wallflowers are all fun, sweet woman and I’d recommend this series for all historical romance fans.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-08 09:05

    I thought this was a decent conclusion to a series I have really come to enjoy. In the first two books of the series, readers have seen Prudence Payton sit by quietly as her best friends find true love and happiness. It soon became obvious that something was keeping Prudence from hunting for a husband like most young ladies in this time period. What a Wallflower Wants provides readers with an explanation for her discomfort with society and gives her the opportunity to show how strong of a character she is.I have had a soft spot for Prudence from the beginning so I was excited to read her story. I love how Maya Rodale portrayed her character. She did not back away from the ugliness of the past, but also made sure that it didn't define Prudence. There was so much to admire about Prudence with her kindness, her intelligence, and her strength which wasn't obvious to most people including her. John Roark was the perfect person to help Prudence regain her confidence. He is a charming lord who comes upon Prudence while she is walking towards an inn in a downpour. I loved how he was able to tell that she had to complete this journey on her own, but was willing to do anything to help her once she arrived. John just had a gentle and fun-loving personality that helped bring Prudence out of her shell without having any expectations beyond friendship. There were definitely some unexpected elements to his character that I enjoyed reading about as the book moved along.My main issue with What a Wallflower Wants was the fact that I thought the romance developed too fast. It is a "cabin romance" which is a theme that I enjoy so I understood the reasoning behind the quick turnaround. I guess I just wanted the aftermath of being stranded at the inn to give Prudence and John more time to develop as a couple. I thought they were a cute couple, but insta-love just isn't something that I enjoy reading about so I had to lower the rating of the book overall.I have been a fan of Maya Rodale's writing since her debut back in 2007 so I was super happy to see cameos of characters from her Writing Girls and Negligent Chaperone books. Seeing Lord Huntley return and show how much he has changed since The Rogue and the Rival was a true delight. I also liked that the appearances did not seem cliched or unreasonable for the situation at hand.While there were definitely parts that disappointed me, I am pretty happy with the way the Bad Boys and Wallflowers series ended. The three heroines were easy to relate to and I wanted them to be happy. I definitely look forward to what Maya Rodale comes up with next.I received a free e-galley of this book from Avon via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  • Tracy Emro
    2018-10-22 06:55

    I really tried to love this book. I just found it to be hard to get through. It is a very dark book, and given the subject material that is totally understandable and acceptable. You cannot have sunshine and rainbows all the time, I get that. And bad things happen to good people, I get that too. But this book was just depressing to me. Then there is the whole flashback thing. I am not a fan of flashbacks. Sometimes it is necessary and in this book it was needed. But the insertion of these flashbacks just ruined the flow of the story for me. And if that wasn't enough to there are totally random flash forwards that are totally out of the blue. The first one I read, I was like WTH was that. I actually thought the book might have a formatting issue. It was that random and out of context. Prudence is a tortured soul. And I tried to empathize with her. Never having had been through the horror she had, I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt. But for the first half of the book she is rigid and then when she has an encounter with her tormentor and what happens after that was totally unbelievable to me. But, I still tried to give her a pass. The final nail in the coffin for me was her reaction when the truth about John finally came out. She was such a snob! After everything this man did for her and that was her reaction?!? I actually hated her at that moment. She did not deserve John! I loved John and he is the only reason this book is getting three stars instead of one. He had secrets and he did lie about who he was (but so did she!) but he wasn't a bad man and he didn't really hurt anyone with his deception. So for Prudence to treat him the way she did, pissed me off. She does redeem herself, but her initial reaction just turned me off. So between the darkness, flashbacks, flash forwards and her reaction. I just didn't care for this book.

  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    2018-11-02 09:02

    Unlike her friends Miss Prudence Payton hasn't wanted to find a husband...not until now; now that her friends have found husbands, she doesn't want to be the sole graduate of her finishing school not to have been married. However, her carefully selected husband proves to be a coward when he shoves her out of a carriage to save himself from highwayman. Abandoned in the middle of nowhere, Prudence find something she had lost all hope of ever finding...a knight is shining armour. But her knight may have his own secrets, secrets that may destroy her new found faith in love. This is the final full length novella in the Bad Boys & Wallflower series by Maya Rodale and it starts with a much darker tone than the previous books as we discover the reason that Prudence has never married. However, although there was a dark subject within the book and it had a heart breaking start, the tone of the book was fairly light. The Bad Boys & Wallflowers series has been great, it was funny and romantic with heroines that I have liked and some sexy heroes. John Roark, although he hasn't stood out as much as the other heroes in the series...he was just so damn nice, definitely not the bad boy I was expecting. Prudence, however, I really liked she was brave and funny and I couldn't help but admire her. This was a good series and I like the idea of the accompanying novellas telling the story from a modern day perspective. I would recommend this if you want something light hearted but with great writing and polish.

  • Lisa Filipe
    2018-11-12 10:11

    So, I don't usually read too many historical romances...why...I don't know...I LOVE Lisa Kleypas' Historicals and Judith McNaught, but haven't ventured out of my comfort zone, but I am SOOOOOO glad that I did with Maya Rodale's Newest Release, and the final in the Bad Boys & Wallflowers Trilogy, WHAT A WALLFLOWER WANTS.John Roark...Just says it all...John Roark...If he isn't one of the best heroes I have EVER read, well then I just don't know romance. He couldn't have been more perfect for our heroine Prudence, who I have to say, has become one of my favorite heroines in romance, and for those of my readers who read most of my reviews...well..let's just say I want all the heroes for myself...not too keen on sharing with the heroine!Maya Rodale couldn't have done a more perfect job at writing such a delicate plot and weaving in a budding romance, while keeping the importance, and strength of the underlying message there at all times. The beauty of healing is written at it's BEST in WHAT A WALLFLOWER WANTS. John doesn't "save" her, well...not in the mental sense, Prudence herself is strong, he just gives her a push in the direction to start the real healing, and to feel empowered instead of afraid. I swear, I couldn't have LOVED him more. Such a great romance, and an even better message to those who have been hurt by a similar tragedy...and God Does Answer, a Hero Does Come...You are NEVER alone!! Thank you Maya for a TRULY amazing book!! (and on a side note...Now I have to go and read the OTHER two in the series AND the three Modern Day Companion Novellas...So much for sleep these days!)

  • Cyndi
    2018-11-05 07:06

    I really liked this book. Not only was it a lovely romance with strong characters, but it tackled a subject that rarely comes up in historical romances.

  • Becca
    2018-11-15 07:51

    While I felt that the plot of this story was insane, Maya Rodale hit all the right notes in the emotion department and gave me new insight and a feeling of compassion for women who have been assaulted.I don't remember much of the plot except that things were a bit contrived to set-up how the hero and heroine met, then the coincidence of the villain returning pushed things along, and then the hero did some serious theatrics at the end. So..not my cup of tea there.What was amazing was how Rodale described Prudence's private pain. The opening line slayed me. Prudence's constant battle to put one foot in front of the other in a time when she could tell no one what had happened kept me turning pages. And how the hero, for all his flaws, had the humanity and good soul to recognize her pain, fall for her, and doing everything in his power to build up trust between them when Prudence had no trust or hope to begin with. It was angsty and raw and beautiful. I can't give this a full five stars due to the crazy plot. However, in the character department, Rodale really did justice to Prudence's character and ultimate triumph, not on the marriage mart, but in conquering her own demons and reclaiming her mind, body, and soul for herself.

  • Ang
    2018-11-22 01:54

    "What a Wallflower Wants", the final book in the Bad Boys & Wallflowers series by Maya Rodale, is a surprise. The series revolves around three women who are London's "Least Likely" and find themselves in desperation mode to get married before the One Hundred Year Anniversary of Lady Penelope's Finishing School for Young Ladies of Fine Families. The humiliation of attending unwed or not betrothed is too great so the ladies have been on a quest to get hitched. The first two books in the series focused on Emma and Olivia and now this book focuses on the remaining wallflower, Prudence.SPOILERS:The surprise comes in why Prudence is still unwed. Evidentially, Prudence was attacked her first season by a peer and since then has largely avoided men altogether while keeping this a secret from her closest friends. It is a huge source of anxiety for her as she constantly evaluates where to stand, sit, look, and even eat it would seem so as not to be in close physical contact with a male. She doesn't even take her footmen's hand to get in and out of her carriage because the touch bothers her. This proves problematic as she calculates a way to get married in time for the ball with a peer who has a penchant for men so she guesses she'll be safe with him. But horrible circumstances occur and she ends up in an Inn in some out of the way town to wait out heavy rain before she can go back to London.It is here that she meets Castleton. He is such a thoughtful, caring, sweet hero that I found myself warming to him in the same way that Prudence tries to. It is so hard for her to get close to him and each time he gets too close, she ditches him and runs. It is such a let down! But I was sympathetic to her character and due to Rodale's character development, I "got it" and didn't judge Prudence like she thought everyone would.I have to say the way Rodale handled Prudence's traumatic experience was nicely done. I am sensitive to stories regarding rape and many readers are. It would be easy to be turned off and avoid the book if it were told more graphically. But Rodale describes it in bits and pieces. She offers a little, then holds back for awhile, then a little more, then holds back again. I thought it was a good easing in so the reader could accept Prudence's account with little aversion to the entire book. It was a good call to have Castleton be familiar with peers and their attitude toward women, namely his sister, so that he had some credibility with Prudence and they fit better as a result.The interaction between them is cute and enjoyable. Then the unthinkable villan enters the picture and messes a lot of things up for them and the story takes a few turns. It was quite shocking what comes out about Castleton and I found myself surprised. I started to suspect but then wasn't sure, so I thought Rodale foreshadowed well without giving too much away.All in all, this is an enjoyable read. I like my books a little steamier though, and unfortunately, or really fortunately, there was more substance to this story. I was engrossed and happy with how everything was laid out. The wrap of up these girls and their stories was nice and tidy. A good series to read.Thanks to Edelweiss who provided a review copy for my review.

  • Phoenix77
    2018-11-22 06:07

    3.75 StarsOf the three books, this one was the best from a romance point of view. I appreciate the author creating a real reason for Prudence to be a wallflower rather than just the typical historical excuses (like chronic Bluestocking-itis). All of her internal struggles and breakthroughs had real significance to show how this character grew from page one through to the epilogue. I absolutely adored John and for whatever reason never saw the twist coming about his identity. He was such a wonderful Hero for Prudence! His care and patience with her truly was romantic as it allowed her to be herself and believe that the man she opened up to wouldn't abuse that trust. Even when things had fallen apart I loved how these two held tight to all of the emotions they felt for one another and used that to keep fighting for a happy ending. For all of the reviewers complaining about a lack of historical accuracy in this series, I would have to just say to go with it. Sure, there was insta-lust and a completely improbable reason for these two to be together alone for so long; however the story itself was entertaining and it hit all the right marks, making it a joy to read.

  • Maria
    2018-11-01 02:56

    Maya Rodale is one of my favorite writers of historical romance and she pens a romantic and gracefully told story. Like the last book in her fun and flirty concurrent Bad Boys series, What a Girl Wants, this romance has a darker tone than other books in the series. In that story, the heroine was attacked but not raped; the heroine here, unfortunately, is not as lucky. It’s a poignant and tender love story that warmed my heart and made me smile and laugh on its journey to a happy ending.Prudence Merryweather Payton, raised to be a good girl during her education at Lady Penelope’s Finishing School for Young Ladies of Fine Families, along with her best friends, Emma (The Wicked Wallflower) and Olivia (Wallflower Gone Wild), was raped by a peer during her very first London season. Ashamed and fearing she might be forced to marry her attacker if she told—an unfortunately real and probable outcome—she keeps it a secret, avoiding dancing with eligible gentleman, hiding in the wallflower corner, and generally resigning herself to a life without a husband or family.For my full review on my historical romance & history blog:

  • Melanie
    2018-10-24 06:09

    This is the third book in this series and in my opinion the best book so far in this series. The reason for it are the two leads and their collective heartbreaking and heartwarming backstories. The author did an outstanding job handling really heavy subject, while adding some humor throughout the story.If you love complex characters, these two are it. Both have a need to get rid of some past baggage in order to surrender to the love they both feel and deserve.The plot "thickened" as the story progressed and kept me in constant state of anticipation of the end result. Great story with some angst and suspense. Well worth the read!Melanie for b2bComplimentary copy provided by the publisher

  • Linda
    2018-10-31 04:00

    Prudence is the last of her friends and classmates to be without a husband, and as a wallflower at her wits end, she elopes with a man she hopes can be what she needs. Until the coach is hold up by a highwayman and the intended husband shows his real colours. Now, alone by the road, she has nothing to lose, when John comes along. John is on a mission he can´t tell a soul about, but when Prudence needs his help he can´t resist helping. Even if she´s endangering everything he´s trying to accomplish.. Historical romance, feelings and fluffy smut in a great combo. Listened to the audio version and the narrator was great too =)

  • Jena
    2018-11-22 03:03

    4.5 happy-ending stars.Many romances take the approach that the hero swoops in and solves everything with his sexual prowess.In this book, the heroine experienced a rape before she met the hero, and he uses gentleness, self-restraint, and respect to put Prudence on the path to happiness.This difficult subject matter is treated beautifully, as is the character of Prudence, and I love this book for it!

  • Malin
    2018-10-26 06:10

    Miss Prudence Merriweather Payton has been dubbed "London's Least Likely to Be Caught in a Compromising Position" and after four seasons, she may be the only woman to go unmarried for so long after graduation her finishing school. No one, not even the loving aunt who raised her or her two best friends, knows that Prudence was raped at a ball early in her first season and has made very sure she's never alone with a man or considered marriage material. After all, her entire worth on the marriage market has been forcibly stripped from her. Yet now, with the upcoming anniversary ball of her finishing school, where even her two former wallflower friends have found happy marriages, she can't bear to be the only graduate left unmarried. Taking matters into her own hands, Prudence travels to Bath and arranges a marriage of convenience to a gentleman who she knows will never expect or demand conjugal rights, as he's rather more interested in his best friend. However, on the way to his estate, where they are to be married by special licence, their stagecoach is attacked by a highwayman, and her intended pushes her out of the carriage to distract their attacker. She manages to escape, no thanks to her fiancee, without attracting the robber's attention and is left to make her way to civilisation alone.Trudging through uncomfortable heat at first and later pouring rain, Prudence vows never to trust another man again. When she's offered a ride by a dashing and handsome man who introduces himself as John Roark, Viscount Castleton, she refuses even though she's cold, wet and tired. They nevertheless meet again at the country inn where she seeks refuge. As the torrential downpour continues for days on end, the two are trapped, along with a number of other guests, until the weather settles down. John and Prudence spend quite a lot of time in each other's company, and it doesn't take long for John to realise that someone badly hurt Prudence at some point in the past. Roark is on his way to London with a grand business proposition which will secure not only his own future, but that of his mother and sister. He has secrets he cannot divulge and certainly isn't looking for or able to support a wife in his current situation. Yet he gets more and more smitten with the wary Miss Merriweather (she doesn't give him her full name) and when her dark past shows up unexpectedly at the inn, and she nearly suffers a repeat performance of her former attack, he doesn't even think before jumping in to defend her and pummelling her attacker.After John beats up her rapist, saving Prudence from another nightmare scenario, she breaks down and finally tells someone about the (to her) deeply shameful secret about what happened years ago, and he comforts her, confessing that his sister once suffered the same fate as her. He is therefore fully aware of how scared and distrustful of men she must be. Even knowing that she may be scared, he proposes that they travel to London together, leaving the inn in case her attacker returns. They pose as man and wife on the road, and John's gentle treatment, understanding and patience gives Prudence hope that she may in time be able to trust another man again and possibly not recoil at being touched. But John's past is about to catch up with him too, and what will happen when Prudence discovers the secrets he's been hiding and the reasons he's in such a hurry to make it to London?This romance deals with the aftermath of rape, and it doesn't in any way gloss over what happened to Prudence. The scene where she is attacked is graphically described, in a horrible inversion of the usual love scenes in such a book and there is no doubt that something terrible and irrevocable is done to a helpless young woman, whose life is never the same afterwards. Even now, rape is a horrible crime, but in a time when a woman's chief commodity was her virtue and she was seen as tainted goods and worthless if she lost it, rape took away any chance a woman had to make a good marriage. Prudence spends four years carefully making herself as unattractive and unobtrusive as possible, happily embracing her wallflower role, simply so she won't ever have to confess the truth about her tragic fate. When she meets a kind man who not only treats her gently but understands her pain, that is just as attractive to her as his physical beauty. Having kept her secret for so long, she's desperate to confide in someone.John, absolutely furious about the trauma she's been through, not only beats her attacker within an inch of his life and drives him and his friend out of the inn, but insists on being allowed to show Prudence how to defend herself, as it's not fair that she go through life seeing herself only as a victim. She needs to reclaim her self worth, and his self defence lessons and the way he refuses to see her or treat her as ruined is a great help in making her start to blossom again. The third and final of Maya Rodale's Bad Boys and Wallflowers, even with some rather melodramatic turns in the last third of the book and some pretty huge coincidences furthering the plot, this is by far the best in the series. Prudence is a lovely heroine, so strong and admirable for refusing to let her ordeal break her. John is a sensitive and understanding hero, who because of his unusual background is able to accept Prue's disgrace in a way most men in her peer group would not. I'm also not entirely sure if the ways in which the villain gets his comeuppance is historically accurate, but it felt very satisfying.I read romances as a means of entertainment and escapism. In historical romances, I like being diverted by historical locations, pretty dresses, fancy titles and couples finding love, often across societal boundaries that are somewhat anachronistic. This book made me cry, more than once, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't just because I was pumped full of fertility hormones. Reading about a young woman having her entire future stolen from her in a savage attack is upsetting, and as Rodale points out in the afterword, many women of the past were driven to depression or suicide by such events. While other aspects of the book weren't perfect, I thought the main issue of the story and the love story between Prudence and John was very effective. Well worth checking out, as long as you're not sensitive about the darker side of the plot.

  • Jeanette
    2018-11-04 09:14

    While this story involves a rape and the damage it does to a girl's emotional and social standing, I was very happy with the way it was handled. The author managed to make me feel that things were dealt with and that she was able to move on. We didn't see as much of her humor in this story as the first two but with the more serious topic that isn't a surprise. That isn't to say there was no humor. There were moments that giggles escaped me and my children frowned at me like I was mad. I really do enjoy her writing style and look forward to her other books.

  • Bree
    2018-11-15 08:20

    "Prince Charming never comes. God doesn't answer. A girl is on her own."...It was Castleton's turn to blink in surprise. There wasn't any malice in her voice, just the sort of impatience reserved for those in the throes of excessive emotion over trivial things. This girl was strong. This girl was something else. And she didn't even seem to know it.Ask any reader why they read historical romance novels and no doubt you will get a plethora of answers, but for me its always been the promise of a happy ending which has entralled me the most. Now I'm not saying that the ending has to be something out of a fairytale, I actually prefer that it isn't, but the knowledge that in the end these two protagonists are going to have a happy ending beffiting their story is the sort of novelty I readily buy into. Like all novels, however, not all stories are created equal and whilst a in some you may get your happy ending, the actual content of the story can sometimes be lacking. This isn't one of those novels. The content is rich and emotional. It tackles issues of sexual assault and shame, power, social difference and historical conceptions of gender. As the author mentions in the afterword, these issues are as contemporary as they are historical, they matter as much now, even more, as they ever have. I'm not saying this is the perfect story, that the ending wasn't just that little bit too neat or that even the characters are the perfect characters, but as far as historical romance is concerned this is one of the better stories I have ever read. Its brave and its honest and for that it gets 4 stars from me.

  • Erica Chilson
    2018-10-25 07:01

    I received an ARC of What a Wallflower Wants to read and review for Wicked Reads Review TeamI will preface this review by stating that What a Wallflower Wants is darker than most Historical Romance, yet still encompasses the feel-good, puts a smile on your face, level of romanticism. Rodale gave a 5 Star effort in regards to the emotions behind those assaulted. Book after book, where the heroine's past is violent, the author will write the character 'out of character', actions and reactions belying their inner monologues. Meaning, more often than not, the wounded heroine will be too trusting, too quick to forgive, and a starry-eyed innocent who instantly falls in love. Maya Rodale shined with the slow, patient trust that was built over time through interaction between the Hero and Heroine of this tale. Prue was skittish, afraid, slow to trust, and this was true to real human behavior of those who have survived a traumatic experience, making the book feel true-to-life.Prudence was a real heroine: strong, just, intelligent- not putting her needs beneath or above those around her, but as equally important. Prue was courageous and inspiring- a great role model- yet equally flawed. John was patience personified in a genre of stories where more often than not, the Hero's strength is through domination or status of position, not through the strength of intelligence, integrity, and physicality. Both the Hero and the Heroine expressed how we should view people through their actions and reactions, instead of by their title or position. It was a refreshing change. While the trust and love was built slowly, over time, and with great patience, this slowed the book's pacing down considerably. A reader who loves a fast-paced, thrilling read will be slightly bored at times, waiting for the action to start. What a Wallflower Wants is more character-driven, story-driven, than by exciting conflict. Not that there weren't exciting bursts of action scenes, steamy scenes, and moments of great conflict. But it was interspersed with a slowly evolving storyline. While above is my glowing review, I only have one gripe. I'm not a fan of 3rd person narration. I'm not lessening the story because it was in 3rd person. However, there were times where I was confused by the multiple POV changed ups on a single page. In the beginning of the story, it was cut and dried, who's mind we were getting a glimpse inside. Nearing the end, it could be a sentence, or a paragraph later, and we would be thrust inside another character while still in 3rd person. (I versus She/He versus Character names) I would have to reread passages to get a handle on who's inner voice I was reading. This was easier when it was just Prue & John (She & He). But when the other Wallflowers, their husbands, Lady Dare, and the villain were all thrust together within pages of one another, it became chaotic and difficult for me to read. Ejecting me from the story itself, forcing me to interpret or decipher who was whom. Especially during the final two pages of the final chapter before the epilogue. It was a just a mangled mess of YESes, intermingling single sentences of what others around town were doing. I was thrown by this, and I hope since this was a un-edited review copy, that this will be changed in the final published edition. Burning question to the author: What happened to the fiance? I would have loved to know what happened to him after the highwaymen. While we hear of gossip used against Prue because of his letter to his mother, we never actually find out if he is still alive, where he is, or what happened to him. Why wasn't his mother confused at the appearance of her son's affianced, yet not concerned about her son's whereabouts? This was a storythread left hanging; one I'd like to read its conclusion.Overall, I enjoyed What a Wallflower Wants. I'd recommend it to Historical Romance fans, especially those who need a bit of darkness, the raw reality of life, to combat the oft sickening sweetness that accompanies the genre. I will gladly read more by Maya Rodale. Thank you for allowing me to read and review your work.

  • Lover of Romance
    2018-11-11 07:20

    I received a ARC through Avon Books and Edelweiss in return for a honest review. 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 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!!

  • Lexie
    2018-11-22 08:04

    **This will serve as a trigger warning for sexual violence. While its never explicitly shown and Prue is careful in her own explanation and memories of the incident, its still a very real plot point**This is one of the few times that the historical novel outdid its contemporary counterpart in this unusual companion set-up Rodale had. Prue, who I did not always connect with and who I often felt at odds with from a personality stand point, was given a story that trumped the previous two novels. Not just in execution, but also Prue herself. WHAT A WALLFLOWER WANTS is not by any means a "light" novel. Rodale's historicals trend more towards the fluffy and entertaining, with even the dark corners being rather dimly lit. However despite the wit and playful banter that occurs this book handles heavy themes. Which I found suited things just fine. From Prue's lacklustre fiancee basically handing her over to the highwaymen as spoils to save himself to John's murky past preventing him from achieving the only two goals he cared about, its a rocky road.Prue's anxiety because of the Incident is understandable and I don't blame her for feeling trapped. Options were few and its a sad fact that the law may have been on her side, but in her world the law was not what was important. Society was and they were harshly condemning no matter the reason (often because of--she was right to fear that if she had come forward many would have decried her as a tease and tart for hadn't they seen her pleasantly socializing with him? Wasn't she looking for a husband and wouldn't he have made a good one?).Quite frankly that jackass deserved far worse.John meanwhile had his own demons to excise. The twist to his story is rather well foreshadowed once you know what you were reading. Unlike Ashbrooke or Phinn, who despite their reputations wielded enough social and financial power to basically swat aside most people, all John had was his brain. He proved several times to not only put that to good use, but also to be the Knight in Shining Armor he claimed he wasn't. And while the entire courtship strained credulity quite a lot (especially the scene at the Ball) I found I didn't care because I wanted to see how they shared each other's burdens and came together. Truthfully that was far more interesting whatever was going on otherwise because you never knew what Prue or John would say next.

  • Jacki
    2018-11-07 05:03

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Wicked Reads. Prue and John come from very different places in the world. They have both been struggling to get by and hanging on to a glimmer of hope that they may find happiness. A twist of fate lands them together and as they grow closer, they wonder if their relationship can survive the secrets each keeps buried inside. Can they move forward and leave their past lives behind in order to have a bright future, or will the past destroy everything? I was surprised by this book. Not only did it keep me interested, it stood out. It was darker and deeper than I had expected it to be and really showed the struggle of the victim and how easily memories can be triggered and cause panic. The depth of emotion from both main characters as they work through the struggles was wonderful. This felt like more of a build up of a love story rather than a "Hello, I love you." type of scenario. I found this to be a nice change and an quick flowing and entertaining read for me. I will definitely be looking into more books by Maya Rodale. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a genuine romance including hardship and conflict.

  • Farrah
    2018-11-06 07:13

    A fantastic historical romance that I absolutely loved, What a Wallflower Wants was a delight of a read. It was sweet, romantic, and managed to surprise me and I really enjoyed it.Prudence was a great heroine. She was resilient and stronger than she gave herself credit for. She was definitely likable and I thought she was lovely.John was wonderful as well. Sweet and protective over his loved ones. He was definitely chivalrous, determined to not only protect the women in his life, but also teach them to protect themselves. He definitely had some secrets that I didn't expect. He was just great and I really liked him as well.The romance was delightful. Prudence and John were perfect together. I loved how John help Prudence be more confident in herself and move past what happened to her during her first Season. Their romance was both sweet and spicy and I thought they were great together. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were definitely a few surprises along the way that I never saw coming. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.What a Wallflowers Wants was a wonderful historical romance that I really loved. It was sweet, romantic, and held a few surprises along the way. Romance lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss.*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  • L.A. Miller
    2018-10-23 02:55

    I have loved the characters from the first book in the series, however in this book I believe Ms. Rodale has taken them to a new level. Her delicate, yet truthful dealings with such a taboo subject, was amazing. As with the previous books, we are once again united with all of the characters we have come to love. But, in this book, we get to finally understand Prudence and her reluctance for love. John is also an amazing man, sensitive, strong and his patience with Prudence sets him above all others. Ms. Rodale has skillfully woven this story around the previous two books, filling in the gaps that had been missing in Prudence’s life. Her friends Emma and Olivia stay true to form, supportive and loving of their dearest friend, while showing true compassion when Prudence finally reveals her deepest, darkest secret. Radcliff and Ashbrook are not only protective of Emma and Olivia, but of Prudence their wives childhood friend. In this book, ones position in life is clearly defined, yet our characters move beyond that to defy the ton in support of true love. In addition we once again get a glimpse of our favorite editor Mr. Knightly and his support for not only a woman’s right but that of a man’s ability to rise above his station. In the end, you will be sad to say farewell to these characters, but you will be able to reread this book as the others over and over again.

  • Sharyn
    2018-10-25 04:02

    This book was more serious than the other two since it dealt with the aftermath of being sexually assaulted and how an innocent girl moves on from that. Prue and John made a great couple and I liked seeing how gentle and loving John was with her. There is a huge twist at the end regarding John, although there are little hints along the way that something might not be as it seems. My only issue is that the ending was a bit anachronistic - I don't think society would react as it did to John and Prue in the real 1824. But this is a fairytale, after all, like all romances.