Review: The Wicked Wallflower by Maya Rodale

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About the book:

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.

I loved this book! Emma and Ashbrook are wonderful together. I loved how their accidental betrothal comes about and they each plan to use it to their advantage. Emma is such a fun character. She doesn’t simper or fall to “the Ashbrooke effect” (even though she kind of wants too) and Ashbrooke can’t help but be drawn to the one woman who doesn’t seem to want him. I loved their bantering and all the motions they go through for their faux engagement. There is a wonderful ease to their relationship…until they realize that the feelings they have been pretending to have just may be true. I really liked that the hero is the one who is turned upside down the most and has the more emotional story line. Emma falls just as hard, but Blake seems to be on more of a roller-coaster. I can’t wait to read the contemporary series that mirrors this historical (THE BAD BOY BILLIONAIRE’S WICKED ARRANGEMENT) and the next historical in this series (WALLFLOWER GONE WILD).

the book girl gives THE WICKED WALLFLOWER a 5/5

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Review: Once A Rake by Eileen Dreyer

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About the book:

All he wants is her help . . .

Colonel Ian Ferguson may be a rake, but he’s no traitor. Accused of trying to kill the Duke of Wellington, the disgraced Scotsman is now a fugitive-from the law, the army, and the cunning assassin who hunts him. Wounded and miles from his allies, Ian finds himself at the mercy of an impoverished country wife. The spirited woman is achingly beautiful . . . and hiding some dangerous secrets of her own.

All she needs is his heart . . .

She was a child nobody wanted. Now for Lady Sarah Clarke, holding on to her vanished husband’s crumbling estate is her final chance to earn respectability. She knows that hiding the devastatingly handsome Ferguson will jeopardize her home. Common sense demands that she turn him in. But a single, delirious kiss shatters her resolve . . . and awakens a passion that neither of them can escape.

Ian Ferguson is a fantastic hero, but what made this book so wonderful was Sarah. She has had a less than wonderful life (born on the wrong side of the blanket, married to a man she didn’t love), but she still pushes forward and tries to find contentment. When faced with Ian she isn’t sure what to do with him, but she does know that she can’t turn him in to the authorities. I loved how strong she is and how willing she is to do what’s needed to get Ian to the right people. Ian is just as strong. He knows that he has to get away from Sarah’s home so that she can be safe, but as his feelings for her start to change he struggles between leaving Sarah’s to save the Duke of Wellington or staying with her to protect her from her cousin-in-law. I love the connection between Sarah and Ian. There are some serious sparks despite his injury and the threat of discovery. I really enjoyed the tension between Ian and Sarah, but also the tension in the plot. Ian has to clear his name, but there are many different forces trying to stop him. The story moves quickly and there isn’t a boring moment. There are appearances by characters from past books and a great set-up for the upcoming book. I cannot wait for the next book in the series – I have to find out what happens to Ian’s sisters.

the book girl gives ONCE A RAKE a 4/5

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