Maya Rodale’s Wildflower Gone Wild is both a delightful romp and a tender, heartfelt romance that satisfies on every level. The heroine, Lady Olivia, is silly enough to be relatable, yet her need to be her true self and appreciated for more than the biddable, docile woman society expects her to be make her a heroine it’s hard not to fall in love with. Though her antics to deflect Phinn’s attention made me laugh, I eventually just wanted her to stop and see him—to see the man beyond the labels, just as she wishes to be seen.
While Olivia is charming and relatable, the hero, Phinn, is absolutely irresistible. Like Olivia, he has become the object of society ridicule. He’s become known as the Mad Baron and is followed by rumors that he murdered his first wife. The whole story of his first wife’s death is much more complicated than guilt or innocence, but his desire to win Olivia, to show her the kind of man he truly is, beautifully mirrors her desire to be loved for the woman she truly is.
As these two struggle past society’s prejudices and their own misconceptions, they move closer and closer to a love, a bond, that exceeds either of their expectations. With humor, dynamic characters, and heartfelt passion, Rodale provides one of my favorite historical romances so far this year.
Lady Olivia Archer has always been good, always behaved properly, with decorum and grace. She’s the epitome of what young women should be and do, even winning Society’s moniker of Least Likely to Cause a Scandal. And all of that propriety has gained her absolutely nothing. After four seasons she still hasn’t found a husband.
But when one man does offer for her, he’s exactly the wrong man. Phinneas, known as the Mad Baron, reputedly murdered his first wife, and Olivia is determined to avoid the same fate. Still, she cannot deny her attraction to the tall, dark aristocrat any more than he can deny his desire for her.
To thwart his interest, Olivia begins breaking the rules of decorum and sets out to prove she’s not the perfect lady after all, but Phinn becomes more determined than ever to make her his own.
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 . . .