Author: Maya Rodale
Genre: Historical Romance
Ohhh, I wanted to love this book. I really did.
Being good has worked out very badly for Lady Olivia Archer. All she has to show for four seasons on the marriage mart is the nickname Prissy Missy. Her prospects are so bleak that her parents have betrothed her to a stranger with a dire reputation. If Phinneas Cole—aka The Mad Baron—wants a biddable bride, perhaps Olivia can frighten him off by breaking every ladylike rule.
Phinn has admired Olivia’s poise and refinement from afar…qualities that appear to have vanished now that they are officially engaged. This Olivia is flirtatious, provocative, and wickedly irresistible. She’s not at all the woman he bargained for, yet she’s the only one he wants.
He’s determined to woo her. She’s determined to resist. But Olivia is discovering there’s nothing so appealing as a fiancé who’s mad, bad, and dangerously seductive…
There were just too many misunderstandings and half-truths. It drove me crazy!
Olivia reminded me of a YA character. She's a bit too 'woe-is-me' and gullible. Phinn proves himself to her again and again but she constantly pushes him away because of outrageous gossip. You know the saying, 'Actions speak louder than words'? Well, Olivia obviously never came across that one because she was so stuck on Phinn being the 'Mad Barron' that if she had opened her eyes for one moment (BEFORE 3/4 of the way through the book!) she would have seen he was a great guy. I got so frustrated with Olivia I wanted to reach in the book and smack her!
For the relationship development between Olivia and Phinn I give Wallflower Gone Wild a 2. For me, the saving grace was the humor. Olivia's attempts at breaking the rules made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion, which pushed the overall rating to a solid 3 :)