Wallflower Gone Wild

Wallflower Gone Wild

by Maya Rodale

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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 . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062231239
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Series: Wallflower , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 26,691
File size: 892 KB

About the Author

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence. She is now the bestselling and award-winning author of smart and sassy romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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Wallflower Gone Wild 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
WALLFLOWER GONE BAD by Maya Rodale is another exciting Regency Historical Romance by this author. #2 in her "Bad Boy & Wildflower" series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, "The Wicked Wallflower". "In the second, Wallflower series, London's Least Likely to Cause a Scandal is taking Society by storm . . ." This is Lady Olivia Archer,nicknamed "Prissy Missy" by society ton and Phinneas Cole—aka The Mad Baron's story and what a story! Once again, Ms Rodale has written a tale of love, passion, secrets and romance. Olivia is not prissy at all, she is sassy, smart, intelligent and a delightful heroine. Phin, hasn't a clue, for he is not only, not Mad, he is an inventor, and looking for a biddable wife, or so he thought. What he finds is the provocative, totally wicked Olivia. Faced paced from beginning to end. I love this series! If you want a tale that is sassy, witty, with silly interactions, and a passionate romance, than you need to pick up "WALLFLOWER GONE WILD", you will not regret your choice of reading material. Well done!! I can hardly wait for the third in this amazing, entertaining series. Received for an honest review. RATING: 4.5 HEAR RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
I totally loved book 1 in this series, so I was expecting a lot from this one. And it definitely didn't disappoint! Wallflower Gone Wild was a fantastic read. The romance was lovely, the story was fun, and it was a truly enjoyable read. Loved it! Olivia was a lovely heroine. She was a perfect lady who was sick of following the rules and decided to make her own. I have to say, it was entertaining watching her struggle to find those. She was really nice and sweet, but it would be a mistake to underestimate her willpower. My only problem with her was that she was quick to judge Phinn. She knew what it was like to face malicious gossip, which often had little base in truth, and she should have given him more of a chance to prove himself. It didn't match her otherwise forgiving and kind nature. Other than that, though, I really liked her. Phinn was a total sweetheart. He was a man more interested in science than society, but that led him to have...underdeveloped social skills. He had a knack for saying the wrong thing and didn't know the first thing about wooing a lady. It was so fun to see his floundering, yet adorable attempts to win Olivia. He was a truly good man and a nice guy, despite the gossip about him. He was so sweet and wonderful and I totally loved him. The romance was very sweet. Even with Olivia's wariness, their feelings for each other were always clear. They just didn't quite know what to do with them. I thought they were lovely together. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The secrets of what really happened to Phinn's first wife kept me drawn in and took me by surprise. Thought I do wish there had been a little more done with them. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was adorable. I can't wait to read book 3 and see what happens to the last London's Least Likely. Wallflower Gone Wild was a fantastic historical romance. I loved this book! It was a sweet, truly enjoyable read. Romance lovers, this is a book you definitely need to read. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
vannailon More than 1 year ago
Words like: flirtatious, provocative, wickedly irresistible, and dangerously seductive are greeting you as a quick description on the back cover. The front cover tricks you with a steamy, fleshy picture of lovers. This book appears to be spicy, wild, and hot! This is the most mild "romance" novel I've ever read. The Bible has more sex than this book! What a tease and disappointment over and over again. It's sad that I got excited when he finally touched her hand after taking off her glove button by button. Ewww.....SCANDALOUS!! Buy this book for your grandma. She'll love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a nice second book to the series. It does start off slow, is little too silly at times, but picks up speed and ends very well. The characters are nice and you want them to have their HEA, if they can just get out of each others way. As the book progresses you see them grow and learn to trust themselves and others.
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
I read Maya Rondale before and I think she is really a fantastic and creative writer. She writes scenes with such precision that they are easily believable. I also like that her characters are always different, unique and almost a little bit of outcasts. I really like her as an author. Wallflower Gone Wild was a historical romance/comedy. There were so many scenes and so many conversations that are laugh-out-loud. These characters really do and say the craziest things. The hero and the heroine are not the only ones that make this story funny, the supporting characters have their own mischievous acts. Combine that with a very stuffy English society and it becomes very comical. Lady Olivia Archer has always followed the rules. She does what is expected of her. Says what is expected of her and by all accounts is a perfect English Lady. But she has had it. She is in her fourth season and no marriage proposals in sight. One night she meets a handsome a very alluring stranger. Her dreams are completely destroyed when that same gentleman is none other than Phinneas Cole—aka The Mad Baron. Olivia becomes desperate to cause a scandal when he offers for her and her parents accept! Lady Olivia and her other wallflower friends devise schemes to dissuade “The Mad Baron” from wanting to marry Olivia. They really try everything possible. Phinn picked Olivia because she was (or so he thought) everything his late wife was not. He believed Olivia to be sweet, gentle, kind and a proper English lady. When Olivia goes out of her way to prove otherwise he realizes that his reputation is shadowing any chance he might have with her. I really thought this was a great and funny romance. Phinn is such an excellent guy. He is more into mathematics and building machines then into chasing woman around English society. He prefers to spend his time working in the country or his machines and is socially awkward at times. The problem is that Olivia doesn’t believe that. It is impossible not to ache for Phinn, especially when all his secrets are revealed. Although I liked Olivia she was overly silly. Granted she thought she was marrying a murder. But she was just too much. Phinn really carried this story for me and the friendship between the wallflowers was also very sweet and endearing. I recommend this story if you’re looking for a funny story about two very unpopular people in English society looking for a chance at love.
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Shortstride More than 1 year ago
Of the three wildflower books LOVED this one the most. Just the way Maya Rodale paired Olivia with Phinn was delicious
photokrissy126 More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down, love the back ground for the store and the man charters
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Don't Bother..................................................... Olivia the most scatterbrained woman in the world and Phinn the most boring man find true love.   ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.   Really silly and sophomoric book.  I liked The Wicked Wallflower so was looking forward to this one.  Big disappointment.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Allow me a moment to fangirl here: I love Maya, I love Maya, I love Maya! I loved her before and I love her even more after reading this! This is the second instalment of the Wallflowers series, and it’s even better than the first book! How does she do it?! It took me a while to review it because this is like one’s favourite dessert: one does not rush: it has to be savoured, and you know how sometimes life gets in the way of reading. What a delight! This time, it’s poor Lady Olivia’s turn. She is pathetic, really, and to have to marry the Mad Baron to boot or else be doomed to remain a spinster for ever! That horrid man, although quite handsome, who “allegedly” murdered his first wife! Shocking, absolutely shocking! So our next to last Wallflower endeavours to make Phinneas, the Mad Baron reject her, so she will everything he doesn’t want in a bride. It is hilarious and ever so romantic; a triumph! Wallflowers Gone Wild is a must read! Maya Rodale has topped herself and to think there’s a third book coming, I might as well swoon right now! It will definitely be on my year’s best books. Do not miss this book, do not, do not!
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AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
An opening quote sets the stage and a humorous tone for the entire novel, though I didn’t find this story quite as funny as the first book in Maya Rodale’s Wallflowers series, The Wicked Wallflower. Rodale often uses quotes from various broadsheets such as the “Fashionable Intelligence” column by “A Lady of Distinction” from The London Weekly, popular sayings from Lady Penelope’s Finishing School for Young Ladies of Fine Families, and other quotes from conduct books of the period. Lady Olivia Archer has had no luck in snagging a husband, despite playing by the rules and being the epitome of a good girl and a lady. After four unsuccessful seasons, she tries to be bad and that doesn’t quite work out either.  “She was a girl who liked to sing and dance, who wished to flirt with rakes and be kissed improperly.” (p5) Her well-meaning but misguided parents—her mother is positively oppressive—desperately push her into the arms of the notorious “Mad Baron,” Phinneas Cole, around whom rumors swirl that he murdered his first wife. Phinneas is a scientist, like the Duke of Ashbrooke from The Wicked Wallflower. He’s a machinist temporarily in London to help build Ashbrooke’s Difference Engine. When they first meet—across a crowded ballroom—Olivia and Phinneas feel a profound connection and attraction, until she discovers he is the Mad Baron. So she tries to turn him off by trying to be unappealing.  She tries wearing excessive face paint, flirting with rogues and rakes, and even asking a gentleman to dance, which all make for some laugh-out-loud moments. But that doesn’t turn Phinneas away. He feels bad that she has a poor image of him and determines to change her mind with the help of his dissolute friend, Rogan.  Phinneas has become a recluse ever since the scandal surrounding the death of his first wife. He decides he now wants a biddable, docile wife so that he can work in peace, after his fiery first marriage. To him, this is merely another business arrangement, much like Cyrus Ravensmore believes (at first) in Winning the Wallflowerby Eloisa James. But Phinneas doesn’t change Olivia’s mind all that much, until the masquerade ball when he comes to her rescue and she doesn’t even know who he is. She finds out later and that, finally, endears him to her. The trademark Capital Letters—a device which Rodale often uses in her works, to great effect—create humorous emphasis on Dramatic Situations. Prudence, another wallflower whose happy ending will be in book three, What a Wallflower Wants, thoughtfully expounds on the lies that Lady Penelope’s school preaches. “‘We were led to believe that ladylike behavior would be rewarded with good husbands and happily-ever-after. We were gravely misled.” (p29) If you think that typos, misspelled and incorrect words, and missing articles are only to be found in self-published works, think again, because I found a lot in this book published by Harper Collins. In fact, I think there are more here than in Rodale’s self-published Seducing the Single Lady. There’s also an odd floating annotation on page 147—an asterisk that merely says The Wicked Wallflower without any explanation of what it refers to. ‘Though’ instead of ‘through,’ ‘here’ instead ‘her,’ ‘jealously’ instead ‘jealousy,’ etc.  You do not need to read the first book in the series to appreciate this lovely story, and I eagerly look forward to reading the next installment as well as much more by Maya Rodale.
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I have really enjoyed reading this series by Maya Rodale and looked forward to reading this installment, but sadly it did not live up to my expectations. If you are committed to reading the series as I am I recommend you read this, but don't expect much. I have alread pre- order the other in the series and hope they more enjoyable than this one. ENJOY!
regencyromantic1 More than 1 year ago
This is really a good read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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zeeba More than 1 year ago
Wallflower Gone Wild is the second book in wallflower series. The name of this book is perfect for Olivia behavior , she was behaving wild and scandalous with the help of her two friends in order to get out of her betrothal to Mad Baron.Phinn is a sweet and wonderful scientist whom people call mad baron because of his first marriage scandal. It is fun and cute story with so many mischievous characters, Olivia's friends and Phinn's friend.I love Olivia and Phinn's story and can't wait to read the third wallflower's book.Thank you Maya Rodale
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lady Olivia is London's Most Unlikely to cause a scandal and she at another ballroom not dancing like the other 3 seasons. She looks across the ballroom and locks her eyes with "THE ONE" and Olivia wants to break a RULE and kiss him in the middle of the ballroom. The next day her parents tell her they found her a husband, The Mad Baron!! What's Olivia to do when her parents betroth her to an alleged murderer? Break ever lady-like rule her mom has shoved down to throat and make The Mad Baron not want her. The alleged murderer, Phinn, just wants to come to London and build his Difference Engine and find a nice, quiet and biddable wife. At the first ball he goes to, he sees Olivia and he is hooked!! Olivia has the help of Emma and Prudence (her wallflower gang) to break rules left and right. Phinn wants to know what happen to the sweet and quiet Olivia that he meet at the ball.. Phinn has a friend, Lord Rogan, that DOES NOT HELP and makes Olivia's terror worse. This book was a little slower than THE WICKED WALLFLOWER but the story picked up with Ms. Rodale's signature hilarious humor. Olivia broke more RULES than any other heroine that I have read and I read a lot. There is drunkenness, a tear away gown, spiked punch at Almack's (I would of love to see pics of that), more drunkenness, an understanding stranger to Olivia, a scandalous demimonde ball and a sweet and cry worthy love story. I give this awesome book 4 fingers up and 10 toes!!¿