Wicked and the Wallflower

Wicked and the Wallflower

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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers , 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062692061
0062692062
Branch Call Number: ROMANCE MACLEAN
Characteristics: 404 pages ; 17 cm.

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LibraryRosanna Jan 20, 2020

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean is a lush, romantic novel. I was immediately drawn to the fascinating world she has created for her Bareknuckle Bastards. Felicity is a delightful heroine. Anyone would want her as a friend. As for Devil, he now sits comfortably on my "fave hero shelf." I can't wait to read the next story!

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RosaReads2
Nov 17, 2019

Like many first books in a historical series, this book has the task of introducing and sharing the origins of the main characters, as well as the secondary characters who will inevitably get their romance in subsequent stories. Hence, the first book will sometimes lack some of the same story development that future books get. Often, I adjust my expectations and simply deem the first book necessary in order to fully enjoy the next. I'm thrilled to state that there wasn't a need for that adjustment in Wicked and the Wallflower. It might have had a bit of a slow start, but it picked up quickly and blazed to an absolutely fantastic ending. The main characters were complex, compelling, and witty. The secondary characters complimented them perfectly, while evoking anticipation for their future stories. I'm looking forward to Whit's book next and bemoaning the fact that I have to wait months for Ewan and Grace's.

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bvc3
Sep 25, 2019

Very long and drawn-out and repetitive I'd skip it. I did not enjoy the story at all.

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AConsolver
Aug 07, 2019

4.5-5 Stars - I highly recommend if you enjoy historical romance with modern characters.

Felicity Faircloth was once the belle of the 'ton surrounded by friends and suitors, until she found herself in the bedroom of a man who was not her betrothed. Over time scandal after scandal ruined her reputation. Now she is a 27 year old spinster with no friends, and no prospects. As she sneaks onto an off limits balcony at a ball she meets a mysterious stranger in the shadows. He promises her a Duke that will save her reputation, family, and place in society. Devil is one of the Bareknuckle Bastards, the king of Covent Garden, and wealthy smuggler. When he meets Felicity by chance, he sees her as the perfect opportunity to deny his brother the wife and heir he so craves. Along the way he will quickly realize that Felicity is actually who he craves.

Ahh I really liked this book. I thought that Felicity and Devil were such fantastic characters. I loved her wittiness and her child-like awe at the world. I loved that she was a strong female lead who wanted to choose her own life. I thought that while Devil has a ridiculous name, he was an interesting character too. I enjoyed the parts where he was working with his brother, sister, and their men to complete their smuggling tasks, as well as his banter with Felicity. It did take a while for the truth of the past, the oath, etc. to come out, but overall it worked. I appreciated that the male lead was not just another Duke or Marquess... because that does get a bit boring in historical romance. I am super excited to read the next books in this series.

Hillsboro_StephanieC Dec 19, 2018

So good, I wished I hadn't read it, because now I have to wait even longer for the next one ::weeps::

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gymgurl
Jun 22, 2018

I devoured this. Sarah MacLean writes awesome romance with such good female characters. Lots of love for this one.

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