on 27 November 2013
The Wicked Wallflower is a lot of fun. It's unashamed fluff that pokes fun at a number of current trends in popular culture and Ms Rodale certainly displays a talent for writing sparkling dialogue that flows effortlessly. The story is well written, there's plenty of wit, the chemistry between the hero and heroine is wonderful, the love scenes are steamy and there's a subtle undercurrent of deeper emotion that comes to the surface in the later part of the book.
If you like a bit of historical accuracy in your historical romance, this may not be the book for you. The dialogue is frequently anachronistic (for example, the hero consistently refers to his great aunt as "the old broad", or calls the heroine's previous suitor "lover-boy") and there are certain conventions of the time that are notable by their absence, such as the fact that the heroine - a young, unmarried lady - never seems to be accompanied by a chaperone.
Well-done romantic fluff is difficult to pull off , and Ms Rodale is certainly one of those who is talented enough to be able to write it well. This is a book for one of those days when you don't want to overtax your brain and can leave your desire for historical accuracy at the door.
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