Thursday, August 25, 2022

Heartbreaker by Sarah MacLean

Heartbreaker. Hell's Belles Book 2. August 23, 2022.

New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean follows her highly acclaimed Bombshell with Heartbreaker, featuring a fierce, fearless heroine on a mission to steal a duke’s secrets… and his heart.

A Tempting Thief

Raised among London’s most notorious criminals, a twist of fate landed Adelaide Frampton in the bright ballrooms of Mayfair, where she masquerades as a quiet wallflower—so plain and unassuming that no one realizes she’s the Matchbreaker… using her superior skills as a thief to help unwilling brides avoid the altar, all while hiding her own scandalous past.

A Powerful Duke

Henry Carrington, Duke of Clayborn, has spent a lifetime living in perfection and has no time for the scandals that arise every time Adelaide ends another groom. His own reputation is impeccable—and the last thing he needs is a frustrating, fascinating woman discovering the truth of his past, or the secrets he holds close.

A Perfect Match

When the two find themselves on a breakneck journey across Britain to stop a wedding, the duke has no choice but to follow her across Britain on a trip filled with bad weather, bad luck, and a surprising lack of beds. Adelaide soon realizes that this perfect duke kisses like a proper scoundrel, and is turning out to be a thief in his own right… one who won’t stop until he’s stolen her well-guarded heart.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Hell's Belles series!
For book one, Bombshell, click HERE.


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Heartbreaker by Sarah MacLean

Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Heartbreaker is the second installment in the Hell's Belles series by Sarah MacLean. While it can easily be read as a standalone with little to no confusion, I highly recommend reading Bombshell first, as the storylines are interconnected.

Read in a single sitting, I couldn't put the book down. I always look forward to devouring Sarah MacLean's novels, because of how happy they never fail to make me feel. Warm, entertained, and amused.

The ballroom wallflower or the infamous matchmaker, which is the real Adelaide Frampton? Beneath the façade of a meek and awkward, Plain Jane, Adelaide hides her calculating intelligence. Aiding her fellow young maidens when it comes to the perils of the marriage mart, stopping the marriages before they make it to the altar.

Henry, the Duke of Clayborn, is a stringent rule-keeper, walking the fine line of the Ton, never making waves. His impeccable reputation is more important than the salacious gossip of the matchmaker, as she yet again thwarts one of his peers.

A forced proximity plot device is utilized, much to the entertainment of this reader, and the frustration for poor Henry. On a cross-country journey, filled with highwaymen, inns, secrets and lies, hunting down a couple eloping. Adventurous action, heart-pulsing tension, and budding romance, what a journey it was!

I was absolutely entertained by Adelaide's duplicity, especially with the juxtaposition of Henry's personality. I was amused with the turn of every page. The witty banter, the push-pull tension as Henry fights the draw he feels for Adelaide.

Highly recommended to fans of Sarah MacLean. However, I do warn that the author's more modern take on the era may not be the cup of tea for those looking for an old-school historical romance novel.



Author Bio

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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ARC provided by

Avon Books.

Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Heartbreaker (Hell's Belles #2) by Sarah MacLean to read and review.

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