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.
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It was torture, this. For the first time she yearned for a man’s touch, yet she was still terrified of finding herself in a vulnerable position. If only she could be a normal young lady, even in these abnormal circumstances. Prudence thought all these thoughts while Castleton was upstairs packing his bags and preparing to leave her. Perhaps they would reconnect in London, when he finally met the Duke about the engine. It was likely that they would; this, then, was not the end. She felt an undeniable happiness at the prospect, which told her all she needed to know about her feelings for him.
But…Would he be angry for not telling him about her connection? Possibly. But she couldn’t share that information without revealing herself as Miss Payton, not Miss Merryweather. Oh, did she sigh in frustration, a sad little exhalation. She just couldn’t win, could she? Prudence was just a bundle of secrets and lies. No man in his right mind would want her once he knew the truth. She ought to really give up all hope. She ought to just stay in this chair, in this parlor, for the rest of her days. The sound of gentlemen’s voices made her immediately reconsider her plans to stay before the fire bemoaning her fate. The voices came closer, accompanied by the sound of boots thudding down the stairs. Ba bump. Ba bump. Ba bump. Was that the sound of their steps, or was that the sound of her heart, pounding hard and loud? Because Prudence recognized that voice. When he stepped into the parlor and glanced her way, she recognized that face. That smile. The way it made her lungs constrict and ice pulse through her veins. The Beast. Lord Dudley. Here. Why was he here? She didn’t even know where she was, and yet he had found her. It must be some coincidence. Some sick twist of fate. Had she not suffered enough? To hell with you, God. Dudley’s cold, hard eyes fixated on her. This knot in her belly was cold, hard fear and its icy tentacles were stealing throughout her limbs. She was frozen.
Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence. She is now the author of numerous smart and sassy historical romance novels. A champion of the romance genre and it's readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a co-founder of Lady Jane's Salon, a national reading series devoted to romantic fiction.Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.
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