The Bad Boys and Wallflowers Series
The Bad Boys & Wallflowers Series features a modern-day heroine, Jane Sparks, who writes historical romance novels based on her romantic misadventures with Duke Austen, a tech entrepreneur better known as the Bad Boy Billionaire. The series include Jane & Duke’s love story (the Bad Boy Billionaire novellas) and the romance novels Jane “writes” about three Regency era Wallflowers. Imagine if Bridget Jones was writing Pride and Prejudice…
Who are the Wallflowers?
They are three best friends determined to find husbands before the one hundredth anniversary of their finishing school, which is very, very soon.
- Lady Emma Avery is better known as the Buxom Bluestocking and the one who shocks everyone by snaring the Duke of Ashbrooke in The Wicked Wallflower.
- Lady Olivia Archer is also known as Prissy Missy and will do anything to break her betrothal to the man known as The Mad Baron in Wallflower Gone Wild.
- Miss Prudence Merryweather Payton was nicknamed The Girl Least Likely To Be Caught In A Compromising Position. Turns out she is the girl most likely to land possibly the best hero I’ve ever written (Sorry, Ashbrooke) in What a Wallflower Wants.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need to read both the historical and contemporary books?
Nope! While the plots of the corresponding stories parallel each other, it’s not necessary to read both in order to “get” each story. I think it’ll be fun for readers to see the bigger picture, but I wrote knowing not everyone would read both.
- Do I have to read the books in order?
It will be a total disaster if you don’t read the Bad Boy Billionaire books in order, as they are really three installments of one larger story. The historical Wallflower romances are written to stand alone, but will be best appreciated in order. Probably.
- What order should I read them in?
For the Bad Boy Billionaire books:
The Bad Boy Billionaire’s Wicked Arrangement
The Bad Boy Billionaire’s Girl Gone Wild
The Bad Boy Billionaire: What a Girl Wants
For the Wallflower books:
The Wicked Wallflower
Wallflower Gone Wild
What a Wallflower Wants
- You’re a historical romance writer married to a tech guy writing a story about a historical romance writer dating a tech guy. Seriously?
Seriously. And I swear these books aren’t about me. Although you might be interested in the facts & fictions in the Bad Boy Billionaire books to discover what is drawn from my real life.
- How on earth can you write a book about the Difference Engine and not include an Ada Lovelace character?
Good question! The hero of The Wicked Wallflower the Duke of Ashbrooke, is loosely inspired on Charles Babbage, inventor of the Difference Engine, which is often regarded as the world’s first computer. Babbage worked closely with Ada Lovelace, who is widely regarded as the first computer programmer. But she, or a character based on her, is not in this series for no good reason, other than it didn’t really occur to me at the time I was writing. Having said that, I am inspired by the reader feedback and one of the heroines in the Cavendish Series will be a mathematical genius who works with Ashbrooke.
- Follow up question from The Wicked Wallflower: What ever happens to Benedict, Sophie’s meh suitor, and Lady Katherine, Sophie’s social nemesis?
SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you haven’t read the book! If you have read the book, you know they got married for all the wrong reasons. I had grand plans of writing a novella for them in which Benedict joins the army and develops a backbone while Lady Katherine learns to be nice. And then when he returns home, they actually fall in love. Awww. Perhaps I will still write this one day…
- How is your anthology At the Billionaire’s Wedding connected to this series?
Once upon a time, The Lady Authors—Caroline Linden, Miranda Neville, Katharine Ashe–and I were drinking wine and plotting stories that would become our first anthology, At the Duke’s Wedding. We had such fun with that book we decided to do another. As a joke, Miranda said it should be called At the Billionaire’s Wedding but then I just so happened to be writing a billionaire…You see where this is going. Jane and Duke get engaged at the end of the Bad Boy Billionaire novels and this anthology takes place at their wedding at an English country estate. One does not need to have read their romance novels to “get” the love stories in this delightful anthology.
Behind The Scenes Stories
- An introduction to the Bad Boys & Wallflowers series
- Make the acquaintance of the Wallflowers
- The history behind the story: the difference engine
- House party hell: how The Hunger Games inspired The Fortune Games
- Fabulous authors share their favorite wallflowers
- Ten Tiny Sneak Peeks at Wallflower Gone Wild
- Fact & Fiction in the Bad Boy Billionaire books