Excerpt & Giveaway ~ WHAT A WALLFLOWER WANTS by Maya Rodale

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What a Wallflower Wants
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.

Prue woke up to the sound of raindrops drumming on the roof. She lay in bed, allowing her eyes adjust to the soft grey morning light, remembering that she wasn’t in London or Bath or any fashionable place for young ladies. She was alone, in God only knew where. With Lord Castleton.  She wasn’t sure of him at all—like all London Lords, he scared her. Yet he wasn’t like the typical dissipated rake, and that intrigued her. She envied his ambition. And, dear God, she wanted to gaze into his blue eyes forever. She wanted to gently smooth his unruly brown hair, feeling the soft strands with her fingers. But that would never happen. When he smiled at her, she wanted to revel all the firework feelings. She wanted to have all the feelings a young woman did when a charming man bestowed her with kindness and attention. Those feelings had been dead to her for some time now.After waking, she quickly donned her dry dress, made of soft violet-colored muslin and edged in black ribbon. Emma and Olivia insisted that the colors suited Prue’s coloring. After pulling a brush through her auburn hair and tying it in bun, she dared a glance in the mirror. She still looked so young, so wide eyed. She still had those cursed freckles, though the sunburn on the bridge of her nose and cheeks disguised them somewhat. If she was pretty or a beauty, she didn’t know or care. She descended the stairs, planning to dash through the corridor and into the main room. Hopefully, she was early enough so that no one else was awake. By no one else, she meant Castleton. Until she fortified herself with a pot of tea and toast, she feared she didn’t have the nerves to battle her feelings for a handsome man who would seek her out for his “conversational needs.”
She wanted to delight in his company. But she couldn’t. What if he understood it as an invitation for more?
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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