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Wallflower Gone Wild (Wallflower Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Maya Rodale
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the second in 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—aka 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's determined to woo her. She's determined to resist. But Olivia is discovering there's nothing so appealing as a fiancé who's mad, bad, and dangerously seductive . . .

Editorial Reviews Review

Maya Rodale
Julie Anne Long
Maya Rodale Interviews Julie Anne Long

Julie Anne Long and Maya Rodale: Welcome! And SHHHH!! You've just stumbled into a surprise party in honor of Between the Devil and Ian Eversea and Wallflower Gone Wild. Our heroes and heroines are about to get the shock of their lives. But it's for their own good, of course.

Julie: You know, things just seem to happen to Everseas (and if we're being honest, because of Everseas). After all, in The Perils of Pleasure, Ian watched his brother Colin disappear from the gallows in a puff of smoke; in What I Did for a Duke, Ian was ushered naked out an upper-story window by the pistol-wielding Duke of Falconbridge. And just ask the Redmond family what they think of Ian's sister Olivia—she allegedly broke golden boy and heir Lyon Redmond's heart, which is why he disappeared. But Ian is a war hero and he has the scars to prove it. He can handle just about anything with equanimity, whether it's taking a bayonet in the gut or walking home at midnight through the Sussex countryside naked, in just one boot, but there are two things he knows with unshakeable certainty: he can seduce any woman he chooses, and there isn't a woman alive who can convince him to become leg-shackled in marriage. Oh, Ian. If you only knew what was in store for you...

Maya: The hero of Wallflower Gone Wild, Phinneas Cole—formally known as Baron Radcliff, and popularly known as The Mad Baron, though he preferred to be called Phinn—actually wants to be leg-shackled, caught in the parson’s mousetrap, become a tenant for life, etc, etc. But he has an unfortunate talent for attracting women prone to outrageous behavior. For example, his late wife was a veritable she-devil whose untimely demise was unfairly blamed on him. Or, more to the point, consider his betrothed, Lady Olivia Archer, known as London’s Least Likely To Cause A Scandal, who is determined to deter The Mad Baron from his plans to marry her by breaking every rule governing the behavior of proper young ladies. Which she does. Which results in all kinds of trouble. Which he nobly and gallantly rescues her from. Which only leads to some very romantic complications.

Julie: Poor Phinneas. Or should I say, lucky Phinneas? He goes out of the way to avoid surprises, and he's about to get the biggest surprise of his life! And so is Ian Eversea, for very similar reasons. Being naked with a woman is one thing (and Ian might be a little too comfortable with that), but being stripped emotionally naked by a woman—for the first time ever— is another thing altogether. As far as he's concerned, the Duke of Falconbridge's ward, Titania "Tansy" Danforth as too young, too innocent, too American, too all of the things a renowned jade like Ian finds dull. But when this "innocent" cuts a swath through Sussex, stealing hearts and beaux, he calls her on her game—only to have the tables turned on him. It takes a rogue to know one, and Tansy sees right through him.

Maya: "It takes a rogue to know one." Brilliant! Neither Phinn or Olivia are by nature very rogue-ish and I found it absolutely hysterical to write two characters acting so very out of character. Olivia takes her well-worn etiquette book and endeavors to do the opposite of what it says. Phinn takes The Worst Romantic Advice Ever from his friend, the ridiculously rakish Lord Rogan. But breaking all the rules they end up revealing their true selves and falling madly, improperly and eternally in love.

Julie and Maya: Ah, love—the best surprise of all. We hope you'll all stay for the party.


  • "Maya Rodale hits all the right notes with the second installment of the Wallflower series. Saturated with silly and sexy scenes, WALLFLOWER GONE WILD thoroughly entertains and has become one of my favorite Historical Romance reads this year." --Fresh Fiction
  • "There's just the right bits of mirth and poignancy as this good girl finds the way to win her bad boy--or maybe it's the other way around. Rodale gives readers a slow-building romance as the characters learn to fulfill each other's emotional needs." --RT BookReviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 1095 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (March 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DB3690I
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,407 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying May 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There may be some spoilers ahead, just a warning!!!!
Ok, so this is a fairly new author for me. I dont really have much to go on about the talent of the author since these is my second book by her. However, The Wicked Wallflower was an entertaining read, and I truly enjoyed it. Then I decided to continue with the series and bought this train wreck. There are not that many nice words to describe this book. The h was boring, exasperating and annoying, she was not true to her character. A spinster (or getting there), who actually wants love, children and a home of her own (as described in the several inner monologues we as readers are exposed to in the book), a girl who (according to her, once more) has little to no marital prospects thanks to her overbearing mother who makes her recite her "talents" and follow etiquete at all times, and rejects the first guy whom she actually feels attracted to, who wants to marry her, out of certain rumors?????..... she was not worthy of this book, of the H's interest in her. She went on and on as to why she was scared of him, when he never did anything to her to show her he was actually dangerous. She based her opinions on a long ago rumor and she went from there and made both their lives miserable. This were not the actions of a smart heroine, these were not the actions of an appealing heroine. I kept on questioning his interest in her, she was an annoying brat, certainly not worth the trouble and she deserved staying alone, living the rest of her days with her overbearing parents. A less unlikely heroine I have yet to read about. She kept twisting things according to what she thought was the truth and it became exasperating. Another thing, who ever thought that a drunk heroine was attractive or cute????
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Whine, whine, whine April 10, 2014
By DTM125
Format:Kindle Edition
This was terrible. I couldn't even finish it. All Olivia did was whine like she was 5-years-old. It was incredibly off-putting. She was an extremely hypocritical character who spent the entire section that I read being an unattractively annoying, hypocritical character. I couldn't stand it. Every single page the author went into how terrified Olivia was of Phinn. It was ridiculous, repetitive and so very irritating. Their "connection" was just stupid; there was no reason for Phinn to even put up with Olivia. I mean this book just came apart at the seams. The reason he was still interested in Olivia was laughably weak, and Olivia should never have been a character to begin with.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty bad book April 7, 2014
By rebecca
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I think I've read everything by this author and was looking forward to this book -- what a let down. Most of the book is about how scared she is of him and why he puts up with her and her nonsense, I don't get it. Plus, he's not very interesting either! I didn't find any of it romantic or cute and didn't feel an ounce of attraction between the characters. The author just can't 'tell' you there is attraction and compatibility, she has to build it and Ms. Rodale just didn't do that here. I found myself skimming much of the book, I was just plain bored and distinctly remember rolling my eyes many times. It felt as if the characters kept saying and doing the same thing over and over and none of it was interesting or compelling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a favorite. Not even close. December 21, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of those books that suffers greatly by comparison, but even if it was a stand alone book, I would hate it.

I enjoyed the first and third books so much, that this one doesn't really feel like it belongs in the line-up. The only thing I enjoyed was the opportunity to keep the secondary storyline going as it concerns the other wallflowers. This is a very, very small compensation though.

Olivia, the second wallflower, has been raised to be the perfect lady, something her mother never fails to trumpet at every opportunity. Lady Archer is so vocal and obnoxious that she manages to make a mockery of her daughter, destroying any chance she has of attracting a marriage.

Tired of Olivia's failure, her parents decide to settle the matter themselves and betroth her to a Baron. Unfortunately, gossip has saddled him with a very bad reputation. In fact, the ton believes he murdered his first wife, and there is a salacious book that dramatizes all the unsavory details, so of course it must be true.

When Olivia discovers what her parents have done, she feels betrayed. She regrets all the years of obeying her parents wishes only to be given in marriage to a man she doesn't love, and one who could possibly murder her. Believing he only wants her because she is a perfect lady, Olivia sets out to destroy her own reputation to get out of the marriage. This is when the fun is supposed to start, but it never gets off the ground.

This book is written as a farce, but the repetitious dialogue and the over-the-top paper-thin hijinks really ruined it for me. I didn't find it charming or even amusing. About halfway through I realized that this was the HR equivalent of an episode of Lucy. Yes, it's that bad.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather less.... April 8, 2014
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The first book in this series was a bit better than this one but not much. Wanted to see if the story of the wallflowers got better. No such luck. Loose ends, random conversational remarks, out of character actions (parents suddenly being concerned!) etc. There are historical romance authors out there who are much better at creating a story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Addiction
I loved this series. It was fun to read and I couldn't stop with just one. These historicals and their matching contemporaries are delightful and addictive.
Published 3 days ago by Sherri Lupton Hollister
5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper!
This story had a lesson to be learned in it to not always believe tales about someone and the cruelty such tales can create for the person they are written or told about. Read more
Published 24 days ago by J. Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it. Maya one of my fav authors
Published 1 month ago by Linda Marques-Vining
2.0 out of 5 stars I think it was like the last 10 pages
I started flipping through the book to see how far into the story before the two main characters come together. I think it was like the last 10 pages. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Palmer
3.0 out of 5 stars Hero Awesome! Heroine Idiot!
The hero is great. He is funny and likeable. The heroine has way too much imagination and no sense. She imagines elaborate scenarios of danger where none exist. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mel L.L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
good book and good characters etc.
Published 3 months ago by Molly B. Laird
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I enjoyed the story it was well written and the story line was easy to follow. The author drew the reader in and allowed us to experience her characters many emotions during the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Janie_tx
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it More than the First Book
"Perhaps happily-ever-after was not for her."

THE STORY: Lady Olivia Archer, aka Prissy Missy, aka London's Least Likely to Cause a Scandal is determined to cause a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. Melo
1.0 out of 5 stars RUBBISH!!
This book was so bad, I can't believe it was published. It was repetitive, the heroine was not like able. No character development, no plot and I could go on and on. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Janice E. Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Read
This is the second Wallflower story. Olivia is in her fourth season when she meets Phinn, the Mad Baron. He immediately pursues her for marriage. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bennie Lowe
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Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence and she is now the bestselling and award winning author of smart and sassy historical and contemporary romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own. Please visit her at

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