Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Review: Wicked and the Wallflower (The Bareknuckle Bastards #1) by Sarah MacLean

When a man known only as Devil finds his way into her bedchamber and offers her his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees. She might be a spinster, but she’s seen love in action and is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that her future husband will love her beyond reason—even if it means she must make a deal with a man more dangerous than she could imagine.
Bastard son of a duke, and king of London’s darkest corners, Devil has made a lifetime of wielding power and seizing opportunity, and Felicity Faircloth is everything he needs to exact a perfect revenge. All he has to do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy. If the girl is ruined in the process, so be it.  
Except there’s nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, and soon it’s Devil who is trapped…along with his heart.

About the Book

Wicked and the Wallflowerby Sarah MacLean
SeriesThe Bareknuckle Bastards Series
Historical Romance
PublisherAvon Books
Publication DateJune 19, 2018
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I will be completely honest here even if pains me a little to say a few things. First of all, I want to say that is not a bad thing to want to read the bad guy's story. Ewan was the person who held most of my interest and that is a bad thing since he stole the spotlight from Devil. You see, Ewan is the bad guy in this book and he did a couple of seriously bad stuff that made me question my sanity and the reason why I needed his book. I cannot hold them against him for some reason and I am willing to give a kidney to have his book in my hands, which, according to the release date of the second book, will be released in two years. We will get Beast's story next and while the blurb makes the book seem promising doesn't hold a candle on Ewan's book. I will not be satisfied if he doesn't end up with Grace. I hope the author will find some way to redeem him in our eyes and make him worthy of a woman like Grace.

Second, are we sure that Arthur and Pru don't have a book on their own? They are very familiar to me for some reason and yet they never had a book. Did I confuse Pru for another Pru by a different author? Probably. One thing I can guarantee you is that you will see mentions of two characters from The Day of the Duchess aka the duke and the duchess. If you have read the book you might remember Felicity. She was one of the ladies who were competing to be the duke's future bride. I liked her when I was reading that book and I loved her while reading this one which brings me to my third point.

Felicity is a strong woman, who stands up for herself, but is also not running wild all the time like a 21rst century woman. She doesn't belong in the 19th century either, but she doesn't stand so much out, Her lockpicking habits are not a skill a woman in her time was supposed to have and it made her unique without making it over the top. Devil is not your usual hero either. He doesn't have a title and his business is shady. For some reason when I think of him the show Peaky Blinders comes into my mind. I never questioned his devotion to Felicity even when he was continuing on deceiving her and planned on using her to get his revenge. These two made a great couple and they had a lot of scenes where they proved that they had chemistry and were meant for each other. They are a great couple and the author did a good job.

I feel like Ewan stole the show. Don't get me wrong, the book had a lot of strong points such as the main characters both as individuals and as a couple, but after a year it will be Ewan the thing that I will remember the most about the book and that's a thorn on this book side. Maybe the problem is that the author showed us that Ewan truly loves Grace as a man loves a woman and I think she hinted that Ewan is not as bad as his brothers make him seem. I guess I will find all the answers in the next two books.

The secondary characters are mostly, Beast, Grace and Felicity's family. I will only comment on Beast and Grace. Both of them drew my interest for different reasons. They made wonder what their story will be and how they became the people they are now. I will look forward to their books in order to dive deep into their minds. They deserve a happy ending.

Overall the book was good, but it tired me a little. I took some breaks when I was reading it, but I was still able to finish it in one afternoon. The connection to the other book was subtle and it can be read as a stand-alone book. The writing wasn't strong in some parts, but they were not enough to leave a bad impression. I feel like 4 stars is the appropriate rating for this book since it came close to perfection, but it wasn't. It also wasn't bad in order to deserve 3. Sarah MacLean is one of my favorite authors and once again she wrote a good that I (mostly) enjoyed. I wasn't disappointed and I can't wait for the next two books!

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To celebrate the release of WICKED AND THE WALLFLOWER by Sarah MacLean, we're giving away two $10 Amazon gift cards!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open internationally. Two winners will each receive a $10 Amazon gift card.  This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance. Giveaway ends 6/29/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Pure Textuality PR is responsible for the prize and will send the prizes out to the winners directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address.  Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

About the Author

New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller SARAH MACLEAN is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.
Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her advocacy for romance and the women who read it earned her a place on’s “Sheroes” list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her “gracefully furious.”
A graduate of Smith College & Harvard University, Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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