Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Edelweiss
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.
I have really enjoyed this series; the premise is entertaining, as three young women are poised to be the first in Lady Penelope’s Finishing School that end up unmarried. Emma’s and Olivia’s books are so engaging and fun and I like how their stories play out. This is the third in the series and has a different feel, less light with a darker back story, and although I liked it, it was not my favorite.
Miss Prudence Payton is the last of the graduates of Lady Penelope’s Finishing School to be unmarried; recently her best friends have found true love. She does not want the label yet could never bring herself to marry; she has shunned each Season since the first one when something horrific happened to her. She believes she can save face if she marries for convenience and agrees to Lord Nanson’s proposal. Unfortunately the carriage they are riding in is held up by a highwayman and she sees the true colors of the Lord, so she decides to make a break for it, walking several miles in the heat to a small town where she meets an intriguing man, Viscount Castleton.
John Roark, Viscount, has a plan and a short time while luck in on his side to see it through, but while he and Miss Prudence are waylaid by weather, he begins to think of another future that would include her. Circumstances are not always what they seem and luck rarely stays around for long, so when the truth comes out in London, Prudence does not know who to believe and John goes missing.
This series is very entertaining and I have enjoyed each book as we follow these young women to their HEA’s. What a Wallflower Wants is a bit darker and deals with a very disturbing situation and I like that the author has used this as part of Prudence’s back story. What I did not like about the story was the hero.
I have liked Prudence since the beginning and have looked forward to her story; she is the last of the wallflowers and I want her to be swept off her feet. No one knows what happened to her several years ago and as with Emma and Olivia I believed it would take someone special to capture Prudence, I just could not believe John is that man and I did not feel the chemistry between them. I love how the author portrays Prudence and what she has gone through, and I love in the end how she gets her revenge.
John Roark is very interested in the Difference Machine, a calculating machine that was featured in the first two books, both the Duke of Ashbrooke and The Mad Baron are involved. He tells Prudence that he wants to meet these men, and that it means his future, but that was the only thing he tells her that is the truth. Many times while reading, I know that a character needs to lie, or not tell everything about himself, and most of the time I am OK with it, probably because there is something endearing about that person that I inherently like, but something was just off for me with John, and I could not get around it. When I found out the truth, I did not want Prudence to forgive him.
The overall premise of the story is good, and I like how things are wrapped up for these three women. I also like how the author brings to focus this storyline which is all too prevalent in today’s news. I adore the author’s voice and have enjoyed other books by her, and will continue to look for future books.
I give What A Wallflower Wants by Maya Rodale 3.25 Stars!