|In the third novel in Maya Rodale's charming Wallflower series, London's Least Likely to Be Caught in a Compromising Position finds temptation in a devilishly handsome stranger . . .
Miss Prudence Merryweather Payton has a secret.
Everyone knows that she's the only graduate from her finishing school to remain unwed on her fourth season—but no one knows why. With her romantic illusions shattered after being compromised against her will, Prudence accepts a proposal even though her betrothed is not exactly a knight in shining armor. When he cowardly pushes her out of their stagecoach to divert a highwayman, she vows never to trust another man again.
John Roark, Viscount Castleton, is nobody's hero.
He's a blue-eyed charmer with a mysterious past and ambitious plans for his future—that do not include a wife. When he finds himself stranded at a country inn with a captivating young woman, a delicate dance of seduction ensues. He knows he should keep his distance. And he definitely shouldn't start falling in love with her.
When Prudence's dark past comes back to haunt her, John must protect her—even though he risks revealing his own secrets that could destroy his future.
Prudence is the last wallflower standing, her two best friends and fellow wallflowers are now married and Prue has left London and is desperate to find a husband before the very important Lady Penelope’s Ball, the finishing school Prue and her friends attended and no one in the history of the school has come to the ball unmarried. Prue doesn’t want to be the first, so she’s agreed to a marriage of convenience with a man whose heart seems to be set on another man. Prue’s just fine with that, she doesn’t want anything to do with actually being married other than in name only, but on their way back to London, they’re intercepted by a robber. Only Prue manages to escape and makes her way to a small inn where she meets John Roark.
John Roark, Viscount Castleton, is hiding some pretty big secrets about who he really is, but one look at Prue and he’s smitten. But Prue’s past is dark and tragic and she wants nothing to do with men, period. She was raped a few years ago during her first year out in society and through flashbacks we get the details of that horrible night when she needed help and no one came. This story is definitely darker than the previous two books in the series and for me, the flashbacks scenes were hard to read. I don’t like having those details on page, frankly I got the impact of what happened to Prue just fine through her current thoughts and actions; I didn’t need to know exactly what happened. So just be warned that the details are there. Roark understands fairly quickly what happened to Prue and he’s the perfect man for her. His own sister went through something similar and John helps Prue reclaim herself and gain some confidence. He’s there for her in whatever capacity she needs and he helps her move past that ugly night and realize that not every man is a monster and that John is someone she can trust with her heart and her body. Too bad he keeps a huge truth from her for too long.
Yes, I didn’t like that John lies to Prue for as long as he did, but he more than pays for it and he came across as so genuine on page, it didn’t bother me as much as it might have in another story perhaps. My heart went out the Prudence throughout the whole book. I have such a soft spot for that woman who is put in an awkward, potentially embarrassing position, which Roark’s lie puts Prue in. But she grows in strength throughout the whole story and she makes it through, with her best friends by her side. I really enjoyed her story and seeing her move beyond this horrible thing that happened to her and become stronger and more confident.
I enjoyed getting to know the three Wallflowers in this Maya Rodale trilogy and Prue’s story was a nice ending to wrap it all up. Even with the darker tone of story, I liked Prue very much, she captured my attention right away and I just wanted her to find her hero, a man she’s convinced doesn’t exist. John makes some mistakes sure, but he ended up being the perfectly, imperfect man for Prue. He pays for not coming clean to Prue sooner, but he makes up for it and is her ultimate hero. I loved getting to see their relationship play out. The Wallflowers are all fun, sweet woman and I’d recommend this series for all historical romance fans.
Release Date: September 30, 2014
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