Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Wicked Wallflower by Maya Rodale

Title: The Wicked Wallflower
Author: Maya Rodale
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Bad Boys & Wallflowers #1
Publisher: Avon
Number of Pages: 375
Source: My copy
Release date: October 29, 2013

Maya Rodale's captivating new series introduces London's Least Likely—three wallflowers who are about to become the toast of the ton… 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

This book started out so good. However when I got to the part where Emma, our heroine goes to a house party unchaperoned, I really should have stopped reading.
However, I liked the Duke & Emma, so I preserved.

When Emma and her friends refer to her finance's presence as the Ashbrooke Effect I really should've stopped reading. Did I? No.

When I got to the point when Emma arrives at the house party unchaperoned and no one comments on it, I really should have stopped reading. Did I? Nope.

The party itself-the fortune games where there is one sole survivor who inherits the Duke's Aunts fortune, was a cute concept-but when the author couldn't decide if it was the Hunger Games or Survivor, I should've known I was trouble. Did I stop reading? No, but I should have.

Then there was the moment when the hero uses the term God-awful in a sentence. However, I still really liked Emma and the Duke, so I kept reading. Even later, when he used the word ignoramus to describe himself, I didn't stop reading.

I kept on reading because the chemistry was wonderful, and I enjoyed the banter between the Duke and heroine. What stopped me reading when I got to the 52% mark was that even though he had yet to make appearance was that Emma kept going on and on about how in love she was with this other guy and that's why she couldn't have feelings for the Duke.  After a really romantic make out scene she kept going on and on about this other guy, and honestly at this point I felt it was stupid. Why should I, the reader care about that when at this point he's not really a part of the story?

The other thing that annoyed me by this point by the language used in the book. Now, I am not a picky reader. I love my historical romances, but I do am not a stickler for the language-however, when it reads like a contemporary romance with a few things thrown in to make it a historical romance, that bugs the crap out of me. Please do not insult me by using words that weren't invented yet etc. That's just lazy writing and how can editors let stuff like that through?

This was my first book by Maya Rodale, and I have to say I wasn't impressed by it at all, and I've discovered I like more historical in my historical romance then I thought I did!