THE WICKED WALLFLOWER
As an offshoot from her Writing Girls series, 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.
Lady Emma Avery has been dubbed London’s Least Likely to Misbehave, but being a wallflower is not fun. So when she and her friends make a joke of writing an announcement declaring her betrothal to the Duke of Ashbrooke — the most eligible and least likely to wed — and the letter is accidentally published, Emma fears the worst. But Ashbrooke needs to marry (or at least appear eager to), so he plays along, offering Emma a temporary arrangement. Emma can “cry off” once all is settled, and if there’s some kissing and so on, that’s all the better for Ashbrooke. But Emma spurns all of the notorious rogue’s advances. Now, he’s out to woo and win the lady. What he discovers is a delightful, smart, sassy, passionate woman who is most likely to be his bride. (AVON, Nov., 384 pp., $5.99)