Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

When Wicked Comes Calling...

When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She's seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won't accept a marriage without it.

The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain...

Bastard son of a duke and king of London's dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy.

For the Promise of Passion...

But there's nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she'd rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil's carefully laid plans are in chaos, and he must choose between everything he's ever wanted... and the only thing he's ever desired.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The first installment in a brand new series, Wicked and the Wallflower was scrumptious deliciousness.

Felicity is unconventional, refusing to conform to the rules of the ton while simultaneously wishing for their approval. She's torn, thinking the rules are merely in place to keep the upper crust in power, yet realizes how breaking free is empowering, because the rules themselves stifle everyone. Her only purpose in life is to marry to improve the lifestyle of her parents and twin brother's family, yet no one cares how this will affect her life.

Devon 'Devil' has one heck of a backstory. As one of three bastards to a Duke and one legitimate daughter born within marriage but not of their blood, all born on the same day, Devil takes keeping secrets and taking vows seriously. He's dark and broody, skirting the line between alphahole and a wounded man women long to tame.

Felicity brings a heart out of the Devil, and Devil lends Felicity strength and courage. Together, they empower one another, making each other better people. The sparks fly. The banter is witty deliciousness. The tension is explosive. The romance is organic and realistic. Gut-punch angst abounds.

The ton doesn't respect one of its own, but the underbelly not only welcomes a lady, they protect her, respect her, and find her worthy as one of their own. Felicity finds empowerment and a life in a place many fear to set foot, let alone dwell.

There's a reason Sarah MacLean is my all-time favorite historical romance novelist, and Wicked and the Wallflower is proof. I read the novel feverishly in one sitting, clicking to see what happens next.

Not only were Devil and Felicity original, the side cast of characters were beyond intriguing. I cannot wait to read about Whit, Ewan, Grace, and even the Bareknuckle Bastards' righthand woman, knowing each story will be unique and intriguing. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next books in the series. In fact, I wish I had the entire series to binge-read.

Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born far too late for her own season. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book.

Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, baby daughter, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wicked and the Wallflower (Bareknuckle Bastards #1) by Sarah MacLean to read and review.

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