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Thu
Oct 2 2014 12:00pm

Hitting the Road: Why We Love Road Trips in Historical Romance

What a Wallflower Wants by Maya RodaleToday we're delighted to welcome Maya Rodale to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Maya's new release, What a Wallflower Wants, is the third book in her Wallflower trilogy, and is also a road romance—its heroine, Prudence, finds herself stranded at a country inn with a mysterious blue-eyed stranger who discovers he definitely wants this wallflower. Maya is here to talk about road trip romances, and what makes them so delicious. Thanks, Maya!

Sometimes a heroine needs to escape the confines of the ballroom and seek adventure on the open road where the possibilities are endless and the chaperones are scarce. Naturally, such an adventuress is likely to be accompanied by a rogue, who is probably chasing or escaping demons of his own. In a road trip romance, the physical and emotional journeys the characters take mirror each other. All the twists and turns of the trip perfectly compliment the unpredictable ride that is falling in love.

Some of my favorite romances are also road trip romances—Lord Perfect by Loretta Chase, A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare, and The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton by Miranda Neville—and they inspired my newest novel. In What a Wallflower Wants Miss Prudence Merryweather Payton must return to London in time for a ball celebrating the anniversary of her finishing school, preferably with a husband. Lord Castleton is also desperate to get to London for reasons of his own, preferably without a wife. But then they encounter highwaymen, the despicable Lord Dudley, and the dark truth about why Prudence is a wallflower on her fourth season. Not to mention the big secret Castleton is keeping...

When writing What a Wallflower Wants I made sure to include all the little things of a road trip romance that I love, such as...

[Life is a highway...]

Wed
Mar 26 2014 2:45pm

The Lovely Bloom of the Wallflower from Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, and More!

Wallflower Gone Wild by Maya RodaleToday we're joined by Maya Rodale, whose Wallflower Gone Wild is out now! The book is the second in Maya's Wallflower series, and features a heroine who is a wallflower—with a dreadful nickname—but finds getting what she wants means she has to come out of her shell, with some delightful results. Maya is here to talk wallflowers, and how we love them. Thanks, Maya!

You know what they say: it’s always the quiet ones. It’s always the quiet ones that surprise everyone with a dramatic, shocking transformation. That’s why so many readers—myself included—love a good wallflower romance. Let’s face it: life isn’t always easy for these types of heroines (or heroes!) in the first chapters of a romance novel. But once the going gets tough, the wallflower surprises everyone—including herself—by not wilting. There is nothing quite like the story of a quiet, “oh didn’t see you there” girl who blossoms.

Wallflowers have plenty of reasons for being wallflowers.

Perhaps a wallflower prefers solitude, has a terrible secret, is quite bookish, or is a terrible dancer, or simply “not quite.” But none of that stops her from being lovely, or kind or giving up hope of true love.

[Wallflowers need love too...]