Bad Boys & Wallflowers # 3
By: Maya Rodale
Releasing September 30th, 2014
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.
Once again, her smile did things to him. Castleton watched her glance around nervously with those brown eyes of hers, like the chocolate she drank in bed every morning. In these stables, she was worlds away from home. Why was she traveling alone, anyway? The question nagged at him. The more he knew about her, the more he was sure that something had sent her running from the world where she belonged. The more he wanted to know her story, to know her. What was he to do about it? A gentleman always honored a ladies wishes…There was nothing to do, really, but introduce her to the animals. “Would you like to say hello to the horses?” “Yes,” she said, with the sort of determined tip of her chin that revealed she was intent on overriding her hesitations. It was those little things that made him want to hold her, and to know her… to strip away layer after layer until he knew, intimately, the real woman beneath. But some creatures were more skittish than others. They needed patience and restraint and a gentle touch. But first, the horses and keeping Miss Merryweather so entertained that she forgot to be scared for just a moment. Castleton lead her to the first stall. “This is Penny,” he said. “Rutherford’s mare.” “She’s beautiful,” Miss Merryweather murmured. The mare was a dark, copper colored horse with a darker mane and tail. There was a white streak along the bridge of her nose that was her most defining mark. “What do I do?” Miss Merryweather asked, staring up into the large, dark eyes of the horse. “Hold out your hand as you would to a gentleman at a ball.” Miss Merryweather burst out laughing.
Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence and it wasn’t long before she was writing her own. Maya is now the author of multiple Regency historical romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.
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