Series: Bad Boys & Wallflowers #2
Published by Avon on 03/25/2014
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
In the second book of Maya Rodale s delightful Wallflower series, London s Least Likely to Cause a Scandal is taking society by storm
Being good has worked out very badly for Lady Olivia Archer. All she has to show for four seasons on the marriage mart is the nickname Prissy Missy. Her prospects are so bleak that her parents have betrothed her to a stranger with a dire reputation. If Phinneas Cole a.k.a. The Mad Baron wants a biddable bride, perhaps Olivia can frighten him off by breaking every ladylike rule.
Phinn has admired Olivia s poise and refinement from afar qualities that appear to have vanished now that they are officially engaged. "This" Olivia is flirtatious, provocative, and wickedly irresistible. She s not at all the woman he bargained for, yet she s the only one he wants.
He is determined to woo her. She is determined to resist. But Olivia is discovering there s nothing so appealing as a fiance who is mad, bad, and dangerously seductive "
Do you guys ever have these authors that you keep reading hoping to love, but never managing to? That is the way it is for me and Maya Rodale. I have read a number of her books, and while all of them have been enjoyable, none of them have really left an impression on me, and I always find them lacking that something that makes a novel extra special to me. But I keep trying more of her books, which is why I listened to Wallflower Gone Wild by Maya Rodale. While this was a perfectly acceptable story, I kept waiting for it to become something special.
Wallflower Gone Wild is about Olivia, a wallflower who has always done what is “right” but doesn’t have much to show for it. I must say that I could really relate to that aspect of Olivia’s life. I often feel like that. I have always done well in school, done well in college, gotten a fulltime job as soon as possible and have worked hard. I think I’m a nice person and I’ve never really done anything outrageous. And truthfully, I don’t think I could be any other way. But sometimes I just want to scream because I feel like I’ve done everything the “right” way, and still sometimes I feel like my life isn’t how I want it to be in some aspects.
So that said, I could so understand Olivia’s frustrations with how her life is turning out. And I can understand how she takes a certain opportunity to be a little wild, and behave not how a “proper lady” ought to. But what I couldn’t understand was Olivia’s fear of Phinn, a.k.a. The Mad Baron.
Phinn has quite the reputation. People believe that he killed his first wife, and this rumor is what terrifies Olivia, especially when her parents betroth her to him. Certainly I could understand Olivia’s initial fear. This fear is what sparks her to “go wild” as the title implies, and she stops behaving like the proper miss that everyone believes her to be.
However, it is quite obvious that Phinn is a nice and caring man, who would never deliberately hurt someone, let alone murder his first wife. Having suffered from unfair rumors herself, I thought Olivia should give Phinn the opportunity to explain these accusations to her. But she spends so much of the story being afraid of Phinn, that it really became frustrating.
So, while I could identify with parts of Olivia’s experiences so much, this fear of Phinn that lasted until at least 85% into the story really brought this book down. Wallflower Gone Wild was an enjoyable read, but it just wasn’t amazing. I wanted more romance, more connection between Olivia and Phinn.