FICTION

Wallflower Gone Wild

Avon. (Wallflower, Bk. 2). Apr. 2014. 357p. ISBN 9780062231260. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062231239. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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The construction of the mathematical device known as the Difference Engine is what brings Phinneas Cole, Baron Radcliffe, to London from Yorkshire. Yet when he spies a beautiful young woman at a ball, he sets in motion the other reason he's come to town: to find a bride. Lady Olivia Archer is not happy, though, when her parents present the offer as a fait accompli. Olivia might be on her fourth season and referred to as Prissy Missy by the ton, but shouldn't she be allowed to seek her own mate? Maybe the gossips have the right of it, and the Mad Baron did murder his first wife. Olivia is terrified she'll end up the same way, so she proceeds to demonstrate a passion for scandal in the hopes of altering his marriage plans. Adhering to society's, and her mother's, strictures has never been a comfortable fit for Olivia, but behaving with wild abandon doesn't seem quite right either. Can she and Phinn determine the perfect balance between his temper and her compliance in order to lose their hearts?
VERDICT This second book in Rodale's "Wallflower" series (after The Wicked Wallflower) brings together again the graduates of Lady Penelope's Finishing School for Young Ladies of Fine Families in an enchanting story of miscalculations that ultimately lead to love. For all romance collections.

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