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Wicked and the Wallflower (The Bareknuckle Bastards #1)

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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
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Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Avon
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Sarah MacLean
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine, historical, romance
Well, I mean, obviously I like it.

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I'm thrilled to tell you that WICKED & THE WALLFLOWER is finished and ready for bookstores -- and coming your way June 19, 2018!

This is a new series -- spun off of all my other series (you'll see the Fallen Angel and the Singing Sparrow again!) -- set in Covent Garden and featuring my Bareknuckle Bastards--three siblings who run a variety of businesses (some more legal than others) in the dark corners of London.

I'm so excited for you to meet the first of
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WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Felicity Faircloth is clinging to the edges of respectability and she is tired of it. Deciding to show her former friends that she is just as good, if not better than them, she tells a little white lie and claims she is betrothed to the Duke of Marwick.
Devil has never been respectable and doesn't care. What he does care for is a childhood pact, one the Duke of M
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Nicola
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This has had me well and truly stumped for a review—when a book goes from almost being a DNF to outstanding then it’s no easy task. I think the most important point to get over is that Wicked and the Wallflower was worth the perseverance, because whilst the first half was a little drawn out, what it leads to was exceptional.

description Felicity Faircloth, you are not what I expected.”

I’ve only read one other Sarah MacLean novel, The Day of the Duchess , and having loved it along with being introduced to
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Hollis
"So many doors are closed to all but a fraction of us. Why should others be the ones to decide which doors are for me?"

I'm like this | | close to awarding this a five but there was one bit at the end there I didn't quite love. I still might come back and round-up though. However.. this is hands down my favourite MacLean to-date. I'm perhaps not as well versed in her stories as I should be but I've dabbled in the starter books of two different series and completed the one that this one off-shoots
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Esther
ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Rating-3.5
I rated in four stars, but I might notch it down to a three. Still processing this read.
Not my favorite of SM.

RTC
Bobs (Reader Unbound)
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Haven't read anything from Sarah Maclean in a while now, so I look forward to hopping back on that train!
Also gave the book 5 stars, cause I saw it has a 1-star average rating. Come on people, its just not right to give a book a bad rating without even reading it?!
Christie«SHBBblogger»
Love, Love, LOVED!!!! From beginning to end. I’m giddy from how amazing this story was! Review to come!

Pj Ausdenmore
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How does she do it, time after time? A dark, sexy hero and one of my all-time favorite heroines in a story that's going straight to my keeper shelf.

Longer review will be posted upon release of the book.

ARC received from publisher.
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
Not my favorite from Sarah MacLean. The story and romance were too slow and didn’t pick up until the last third of the novel. I felt for the heroine and her struggles, but I didn’t connect with her or the hero at all. I’m still intrigued with the overall story about the siblings and am absolutely dying for a certain couple to get their book. The series has great potential and I’m looking forward to the sequels!

Full review to come!

Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to revi
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Amanda Villhauer
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in a goodreads giveaway, and in doing my part here is my review. 🧐
This book was great! I’m already wondering what’s going to happen with the rest of the gang!! I loved Felicity and her independence. To me she was just the perfect female lead, I don’t think I’ve liked one as much as her. And devil? 😱💕😉 you’re in for a treat with him! Their chemistry was sizzling! Without giving to much away, Felicity and Devil are from opposite ends you might say, Felicity is a lady of the pe
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Diem
Sep 03, 2017 marked it as to-read
So "Three brothers, bound by a secret they cannot escape . . .
The Rake, all vengeance and vice
The Warrior, all fists and fury
The Duke, all power and past
. . . and the women who bring them to their knees."

Women bringing men to their knees

YAAAAAAS
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
Yayy <3

 


  
Ali
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-popsugar
Wow. Just, wow.

I'll be honest here, I didn't think MacLean would be able to bring me to the level of reading enjoyment she did with Duchess. That was such a special book for me and I, admittedly, went into Wicked and the Wallflower thinking it would be good (as all Sarah's books are) but probably not as great.

Girl...I was wrong. So, so wrong.

Felicity absolutely was perfect. Fiesty, funny and such a fighter. She was the exact right counterpart to put up against a man like Devil. So many times sh
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☕ Kimberly
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cannot wait for the next. RTC
Chitra *CJ*
Apr 10, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Any Sarah book is an automatic to read!! SO DAMN EXCITED!!
Irisheyz77
I've loved MacLean's books ever since I read her debut YA novel, The Season. I love how her heroines are always smart and strong women and her heroes, while alpha males, aren't total assholes. I also love how MacLean's characters all link together in her various series. Each new series is unique to itself but its always fun seeing cameos from past beloved characters as it really helps to flesh out this world she has created. In her newest, Wicked and the Wallflower, MacLean brings readers to a s ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has wrecked me
Lucy Qhuay
Aug 01, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: need-you-now

1st, August, 2017
I'm already feeling all the emotions for Caleb and Sesily, another beloved Soiled S. Can he be one of the bastards? I hope so. I'm betting on 'The Duke, all power and past'. Oooh, this is going to be so good!

And the cruel, handsome one who looks like a 'Roman statue'? I bet he's 'The Rake, all vengeance and vice'. Sounds like a man hell bent on a nefarious plan waiting to be felled by a mighty lady warrior.

Ladies and gents, let us theorize!
Aila
4.5 stars

And Sarah MacLean does it again! WICKED AND THE WALLFLOWER was wholly intoxicating, as Felicity and Devil's story grabbed me from the first chapter. I LOVE seeing a strong, seemingly-evil (he's not, I promise) man get on his knees for the woman he loves. And got dang, Felicity is definitely a heroine I could relate to. This is certainly an amazing start to the Bareknuckle Bastards series, and I cannot wait to see where MacLean goes next with these characters!
Cynthia
A lovely start to the series! It kind of reminds me Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, one of my favourite Sarah McLean's!

full review at some point!
Ang
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm trying not to be hyperbolic here, but...fuck it. This might be the best romance novel I have ever read. It was absolute perfection, every damn word. I've always been a stan for Sarah MacLean, since her first romance series, so I've always been sure she's a good romance writer. But I'm not kidding, this is another level. She has discussed very seriously at various times her rewriting a bunch of the main male character (Devil/Devon) to take consent and toxic masculinity into account, and it WO ...more
FV Angela
Absolutely loved. Review to come.
Christina
This book is hands down, one of the best historical romance novels I've ever read in my life. I couldn't put the book down; but at the same time I found myself wanting to slow down and savor every word so that the book would never end.

I've always thought that Sarah MacLean was one of the best romance authors in the business right now, but this book really took me to new highs. The writing was powerful, eloquent, and teeming with passion and longing for the two main characters to clash together.
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Samantha
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion Sarah MacLean is the queen of historical romance and this book is the perfect example why. Wicked and the Wallflower, the first book in the Bareknuckle Bastards series, was a completely flawless historical romance. First off, the premise of these three half-brothers who are all bastards really worked for me. Mostly because their shared past while tragic is so intriguing and complex and I couldn't get enough of it. Second, I loved the hero of this book. At first I thought that havin ...more
Kate
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review was copied from my romance novel review blog: romanticallyinclinedreviews.blogspot.com

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

I thought I’d been reading a lot of good books lately, but Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean has me realizing they were all trash! Just kidding, of course. But seriously, I’ve read Sarah MacLean’s work before and even that pales in comparison to the insanely amazing, spell-binding novel that is Wicked and the Wallflower.

I get so unbelievably excited when I read a historic
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V
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, romance
Why I chose this book:
I enjoy reading Regency romance novels on occasion and hadn't read one in a while. Perusing Goodreads led me to this upcoming release, and my request for a review copy was granted.

Review

Felicity Faircloth seeks an advantageous marriage, but falls in love with an unsuitable man.

One does not read romance novels, especially Regency romances, to find out what happens to the characters. No. In fact, if the author does not provide what readers expect, namely an unsuitable couple
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Jessica
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Y'all, this is Sarah MacLean at the top of her game. Sinister hero who finds he's capable of love. Spinster heroine who refuses to settle and sacrifice herself for the good of others. Enough detail about the ice trade that I want to go read extensively on it.

Felicity Faircloth is a rarity in romance, a woman who used to be a ballroom queen and then, after season after season of no marriage, has been shoved to the side, g
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Kat Stone Underwood
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I knew I was going to love this book as I've yet to find a flaw with Sarah MacLean's romances. Unlike most of her other heros who are "dark" but still generally upstanding members of society, Devil is all darkness and sin (in the best way, of course). As are the other Bareknuckle Bastards. I don't often try to guess which of the side characters will be featured next, but everyone was so intriguing I couldn't help but to do so. I'm so excited for this series!

The atmosphere of this book reminded m
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Meredith
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wickedly Good! The plot is tried and true, and utterly predicable but the Characters are really likable and different. Felicity is a treasure of uniqueness with her disdain for the popular crowd and her love of picking locks. Devil is a welcome change, he is a criminal living outside of Mayfair and not apart of society. His shaved head and scared face just make him fun to root for!

The Author did a great job setting up the characters for future books in the series, but still letting the focus of
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Eden Church | The Required Reading List
As per usual, Sarah MacLean's new book is a delight. She forms a large part of the list of authors whom I plan my reading year around. Wicked and the Wallflower was as fun and sexy as her previous novels, but with a darker twist that only adds to its dimensions.

While you could tell that this was the first book in the series, it takes MacLean a minute to get her bearings underneath these new characters, the second half of the book more than made up for any uncertainty in the first, with even bett
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