The Wicked Wallflower


Maya Rodale’s captivating new series introduces London’s Least Likely—three wallflowers who are about to become the toast of the ton…


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Lady Emma Avery has accidentally announced her engagement—to the most eligible man in England. As soon as it’s discovered that Emma has never actually met the infamously attractive Duke of Ashbrooke, she’ll no longer be a wallflower; she’ll be a laughingstock. And then Ashbrooke does something Emma never expected. He plays along with her charade.


A temporary betrothal to the irreproachable Lady Avery could be just the thing to repair Ashbrooke’s tattered reputation. Seducing her is simply a bonus. And then Emma does what he never expected: she refuses his advances. It’s unprecedented. Inconceivable. Quite damnably alluring.


London’s Least Likely to Misbehave has aroused the curiosity—among other things—of London’s most notorious rogue. Now nothing will suffice but to uncover Emma’s wanton side and prove there’s nothing so satisfying as two perfect strangers…being perfectly scandalous together.



Read the first line

As graduates of Lady Penelope’s Finishing School For Young Ladies, it was expected that Lady Emma Avery and her friends, Misses Olivia Archer and Prudence Payton, would make good matches on the marriage mart within a season or two of their debut. They had done no such thing.   

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In which the Duke of Ashbrooke and Lady Emma meet for the first time–after their engagement announcement has appeared in the newspaper. Start reading–>

Book stats

  • Book #1 in the Bad Boys & Wallflowers Series
  • Pub Date: 10/29/13
  • Publisher: Avon
  • ISBN: 9780062231147

The series

The Bad Boys & Wallflower series features connected historical and contemporary novels! Read more–>


The Reviews


“The latest from Rodale is a funny, heartfelt, and lovingly crafted romance that readers will savor. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal


“Fabulous historical romance that makes you believes even the two most unlikely characters can get together and make it work. What starts out as a simple little harmless mischief turns into something that is much bigger and more wonderful than anyone could have imagined.
Books of Love


This latest novel from rising star Rodale is just what every reader wants: witty repartee, intelligent characters, a fast pace and a joyous love story. Anyone who has ever felt out of place, awkward, or a bit “least likely” will cheer as the intrepid heroine wins everything she’s ever desired simply because she’s a wicked wallflower.
RT Book Reviews, 4 stars


Maya has a knack for creating believably smart, yet rebellious young heroines who manage to take the rogues on whom they set their sights by surprise every time.
Unwrapping Romance


I absolutely loved this book. She breathed life into these characters, gave them personality and voice to make them stand out, and really balanced out the humor, lightness, and some deeply romantic and tender moments.
Smexy Books


Check out the historical version of this story:

The Bad Boy Billionaire’s Wicked Arrangement


The Bad Boy Billionaire's Wicked Arrangement Maya Rodale The Wicked Wallflower

The first installment of a sexy, whirlwind romance about a modern day heroine writing historical romance novels based on her romantic misadventures with the bad boy billionaire.

Jane Sparks has accidentally announced her engagement on Facebook—to the infamous Bad Boy Billionaire, Duke Austen. As soon as it’s discovered that Jane and Duke barely know each other (One hot kiss at a party does not a relationship make), she’ll be humiliated. And then Duke does something Jane never expected. He plays along with her charade. Read more –> 


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