The Bad Boy Billionaire’s Wicked Arrangement
by Maya Rodale
Series: Bad Boys & Wallflowers #1.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication date: December 31, 2013
(This is the contemporary version of The Wicked Wallflower.) The first installment of a sexy, whirlwind romance about a modern day heroine writing historical romance novels based on her romantic misadventures with the bad boy billionaire. Jane Sparks has accidentally announced her engagement on Facebook—to the infamous Bad Boy Billionaire, Duke Austen. As soon as it’s discovered that Jane and Duke barely know each other (One hot kiss at a party does not a relationship make), she’ll be humiliated. And then Duke does something Jane never expected. He plays along with her charade. With his hard partying, playboy reputation jeopardizing a fifty million dollar investment deal, Duke realizes an engagement with the hot but oh-so-proper librarian could be just the thing to repair his reputation. This good girl tempts him to be very wicked…but just with her. It’s unprecedented. Inconceivable. Totally alluring. As the unlikely match of librarian and tech entrepreneur set out to convince the world—and the internet—that their love is real, something unexpected happens: they start falling for each other. But Jane is secretly writing a historical romance novel that could expose their carefully constructed romance…unless two perfect strangers are content to be perfectly scandalous together.
The Bad Boy Billionaire’s Girl Gone Wild
by Maya Rodale
Series: Bad Boys & Wallflowers #2.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication date: February 4, 2014
The second installment of a sexy, whirlwind romance about a modern-day heroine writing historical novels based on her romantic misadventures with the Bad Boy Billionaire. Being good hasn’t exactly worked out well for Jane Sparks. Her ex-boyfriend dumped her for being too predictable, and her fake fiancé, Duke Austen, is counting on her good-girl image to repair his bad-boy reputation. But everything changes with the publication of the historical romance novel she wrote based on her fauxmance with the Bad Boy Billionaire. Suddenly she’s notorious, scandalous, and causing lots of trouble. Duke Austen always admired Jane’s poise and perfectly demure behavior … qualities that seemed to have vanished once she helped him land a big investment deal. But now that his company is on the verge of a 20-billion-dollar IPO, the stakes have never been higher—and Jane has never been more shocking, provocative, or wickedly irresistible. She’s not at all the woman he bargained for, yet she’s the only one he wants. Duke is determined to woo his girl gone wild. She’s determined to keep him guessing. But Jane is discovering that there’s nothing so appealing as a billionaire who’s mad, bad, and dangerously seductive …
The Bad Boy Billionaire’s Wicked Arrangement & Girl Gone Wild are part of the Bad Boys & Wallflowers series by Maya Rodale. The Bad Boy Billionaire’s are a contemporary romance companion series to May Rodale’s historical romances series The Wicked Wallflowers. It is actually quite clever.
This modern-day romance features Jane Sparks, a librarian and would be a novelist. Jane has a brief encounter with Bad Boy Billionaire Duke Austen at an event held at the library. Thanks to the shenanigans of her friend, she accidentally announces her engagement to the Duke on Facebook. Imagine her surprise when Duke asks her to continue the charade. The tale that unfolds is delightful as Jane uses her real-life experiences to write historical romances called The Wicked Wallflower and Wallflower Gone Wild. The tale that unfolds is sweet, romantic and steamy as the lines between fact and fiction blur.
I really enjoyed the way this present day tale compliments the historical fiction series. It made me giggle as the tale created quite a stir for Duke and Jane. Jane is a planner; as her ten years high school anniversary approaches it has caused her to reassess. I found her inner struggles interesting and loved how her writing revealed her own hidden emotions. Duke is a bit of a mystery and I would have enjoyed getting his pov. He needs Jane to help ease investors’ concerns about his partying rogue image. I found Jane to be smart, naïve at times and a hopeless romantic. I enjoyed watching her find herself.
The arrangement trope is one of my favorites and while Rodale follows a familiar storyline, her twist of incorporating her historical fiction into a modern-day tale was brilliant. The Bad Boy Billionaire’s Wicked Arrangement & Girl Gone Wild was predictable but utterly charming. I am anxious to see how it all works out for Duke and Jane. The final novella What A Girl Wants will release in May, 2014. You do not have to read the historical series to read the modern. They are separate, but for those who enjoy both genres, it is quite fun.