It’s Romantic Thursday with Bookmunchies! So why is Thursday romantic? Because I like Thursday and I like romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.
Publisher: Avon (October 29th 2013)
Paperback: 384 pages
Series: Bad Boys and Wallflowers #1
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 3.5-4 of 5 stars
*Warning: this book is intended for mature readers.
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.
So despite the ridiculously intense and dramatic cover, this book is actually more in the cute and fluffy line of work.
As the series name already tells us, this book is about a bad boy (and since it’s an historical romance, we be talking rakes, and not just the kind that can clean up the leaves, these ones can clean up the ladies too) … ( I’m sorry, I don’t what that was…), and a wallflower. After a girls night and some drink, a notice of betrothal is somehow announced between Emma & Ashbrooke. Never-mind that they’ve never met and Ashbrooke doesn’t even know how she looks. But Ashbrooke has a plan! And it’s going to be mutually beneficial for the both of them.
Okay, so I love these kind of trope, the wallflower and the rake and the “marriage” of convenience, and The Wicked Wallflower doesn’t disappoint. With their made-up love story, Ashbrooke whisks Emma to participate in his aunt’s annual Fortune Games (think Hungry Games, but more regency and less people dying) in attempt to win the grand prize of getting the inheritance! There’s plenty of funny shenanigans and cute moments throughout the games, and I love seeing Emma and Ashbrooke fall for each other. Plus, we get to see a pretty cute side of Ashbrooke with his “batty old” aunt Agatha. It was a bit crazy and a lot endearing.
He dashed across the foyer and bound up the steps two at a time, meeting Agatha at the top. He pulled the frail old woman into his bearish embrace.
“Last ditch attempt to win the games,” he said, stepping back. When of course it wasn’t that at all. It was Thank you and I love you and I will never forget you.
“I’m undone by your sentimentality,” she said dryly. Of course, she meant Thank you and I love you and I will never forget you. He knew because he knew her.
I loved the ending and the over-the-top way Ashbrooke tries to win Emma over (he goes for roguish suave rake to love-struck fool pretty well, it’s cute.), but also the fact that Emma in turn as to try to win back Ashbrooke.
Overall, The Wicked Wallflower was a delightfully fun romance and a great start to the series. It had its ridiculous moments, its sweet moments, its heartfelt moment and its romantic moments. It’s perfect for when you need a sweet romance filled with good humour. I’ll definitely be checking out the rest of this series.
(Ps. There’s also a contemporary (novellas) take in this series too, for those who want some contemporary love.
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