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Series: Bad Boys & Wallflowers #2
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-03-25
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Regency, Romance
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…
First, let me say that I absolutely loved the first book, The Wicked Wallflower. I am a sucker for shy wallflowers and the irresistible rakes that fall for them. I don’t know why I really really liked Wallflower Gone Wild, but I didn’t love it.
This book is about Oliva, the least likely to misbehave. All her life Oliva has been told that is she stands up straighter, goes to all the right parties, makes polite conversation, and pretty much follows all the rules her overbearing mother sets, then the men will line up to marry such a well behaved young woman. Four seasons on the marriage mart pass and Olivia finds that men actually run from her, not towards her. Of course, her parents are not pleased and arrange her marriage to a perfectly respectable, and an all together not bad looking, gentleman. The problem is that this gentleman is also the notorious Mad Barron. Olivia is scared for the Mad Barron allegedly murdered his first wife. Olivia misbehaves in hopes of scaring the Mad Barron away.
Things I liked about the book: it was cute, funny in parts, quite romantic, and of course the Mad Barron, aka Phinn, is a very swoony leading man. To elaborate, I liked the mischief Olivia finds herself in as she sets out to prove that she actually not the least likely to misbehave, but the most likely. There were parts that had me cracking up. I especially liked when Oliva paints her face up like a clown. I liked that Phinn is actually a socially awkward engineer and he relies on the advice of friends for how to woo a lady. I loved the advice of “never refer to lady as a feat of strength”. The pickup lines had me rolling around in stitched.
The thing I didn’t like the most that brought this book down to four stars? The actual relationship between Olivia and Phinn. I felt that Olivia was too fixated on the murderer thing. All through the book it was just an excuse, because she was actually afraid to find out who she could truly be. The book is more than half way over before she starts to think maybe the rumors are false. One would think since society has made up false nicknames for her that Olivia might be more understanding. No, it takes the book being almost over before she has an epiphany. Now I will move on from this because despite Olivia and her stubbornness, Wallflower Gone Wild is actually quite an enjoyable read. I can’t wait to read the third book in this series. Wallflower Gone Wild left me on a nice cloud of happy.