Maya Rodale's captivating new series introduces London's Least Likely - three wallflowers who are about to become the toast of the ton....
Lady Emma Avery has accidentally announced her engagement - to the most eligible man in England. As soon as it's discovered that Emma has never actually met the infamously attractive Duke of Ashbrooke, she'll no longer be a wallflower; she'll be a laughingstock. And then Ashbrooke does something Emma never expected. He plays along with her charade.
A temporary betrothal to the irreproachable Lady Avery could be just the thing to repair Ashbrooke's tattered reputation. Seducing her is simply a bonus. And then Emma does what he never expected: she refuses his advances. It's unprecedented. Inconceivable. Quite damnably alluring.
London's Least Likely to Misbehave has aroused the curiosity - among other things - of London's most notorious rogue. Now nothing will suffice but to uncover Emma's wanton side and prove there's nothing so satisfying as two perfect strangers...being perfectly scandalous together.
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Maya Rodale is now one of my favorite authors. The combination of the really good story and a excellent narrator made this a most enjoyable read and listen. Emma is a wallflower who put her trust into the first fellow (the wrong one) who noticed her and mistook what should have been friendship for "love". Due to some coincidences involving sherry, a letter, a marriage-minded mama and a duke in need of money she becomes fraudulently engaged to the Duke of Ashbrooke. And the fun begins.
Ms Rodale writes a very humorous story. Emma may be a wallflower but she is clever and very witty. Ashbrooke may be a charming rake, but he also thoughtful and considerate and very witty.The verbal duals between them are great fun. Aunt Agatha's Fortune Games were hilarious. What I thought was going to be the usual plot with maybe a twist was actually a fresh approach to the Regency Romance genre. I think she read some of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series. It is in the same vein.
The narrator, Carolyn Morris, added just the right pop! She really does voice characterization well, whether male or female. Her Ashbrooke was so smooth and charming. At times you couldn't tell a woman reading a man's lines.
I laughed all the way through the book. There were some sad moments (a couple of tears were shed, too), when Ashbrooke's past was revealed and another tragic lost, but on the whole ... very, very funny.
I do suggest Ms. Rodale read Lisa Kleypas or Stephanie Laurens to learn how to properly pen a love/sexual scene. The few scenes she added were a little lackluster and could have been more interesting and imaginative. It didn't detract much from the story, but, it would have made it stronger.
Laugh out loud funny romance
- Maine Knitter