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When He Was Wicked (Bridgertons Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Julia Quinn
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Book Description

In every life there is a turning point.

A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breathtaking, that one knows one's life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London's most infamous rake, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton.

After a lifetime of chasing women, of smiling slyly as they chased him, of allowing himself to be caught but never permitting his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing. Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca's surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere thirty-six hours longer -- the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin.

But that was then . . . Now Michael is the earl and Francesca is free, but still she thinks of him as nothing other than her dear friend and confidant. Michael dares not speak to her of his love . . . until one dangerous night, when she steps innocently into his arms, and passion proves stronger than even the most wicked of secrets . . .

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Unlike the hero of Quinn's newest Regency-era romance, who falls in love with his cousin's wife upon first sight, readers won't be swept off their feet by the protagonists of this tale. Indeed, while Michael Stirling, dubbed the Merry Rake, is charming enough, subdued Francesca Bridgerton rarely seems worthy of his pursuit. All is well at the novel's outset, aside from the fact that Michael covets his cousin, the Earl of Kilmartin's, wife. Then, barely two chapters into the book, his cousin suffers an aneurysm and dies. Devastated and unable to cope with his new position as earl and his feelings for Francesca, Michael flees to India for four years, only to return still very much in love and suffering from malaria. In London, the two attend social events, trade quips and try to restore their friendship, but the more intimate they become, the more their feelings of guilt gnaw at them. Guilt is the only thing that stands in the way of the couple's happiness, and it's often frustrating to witness their slow, overwrought progression from denial to acceptance. While this book possesses some of the qualities that Quinn's fans have come to expect—sprightly prose, feverish love scenes and well-developed secondary characters—it is weighed down by the sheer intensity of the protagonists' grief.
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smart, funny ... Reminiscent of Bridget Jones

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  • File Size: 454 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060531231
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1SC2
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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can people not read? October 12, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To all those who gave this book a negative review because it wasn't all sweetness and light, I have to question your reading comprehension skills. If you knew from the other Bridgerton books that Frannie loved her husband very much, and you know (if you bothered to read the back of this one) that her beloved is now dead, how could you have not realized that this was going to be a darker novel? She is in mourning! She is not going to be boisterous and charming like her siblings. If she had been, you probably would have trashed Quinn for not making her somber enough. I haven't lost a spouse, but I imagine that falling in love again would be agonizing, and I think Quinn portrayed this brilliantly. As she did with Michael, who is struggling with his own guilt. But none of this should have been a surprise to anyone who took the time to figure out the plot ahead of time. If you were shocked by the more serious themes of this book, you have only yourselves to blame for not paying attention. Julia Quinn is an amazing writer, and I love that she used this book to show how broad her talent is. Not all of us want our authors pigeon-holed into writing the same book over and over again, only changing names and basic plot points. Brava, Ms. Quinn, and don't let a few folks who can't handle variety dampen your spirits.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Emotional Read By JQ! Really Worth Picking Up! August 6, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Okay as you have probably already read this JQ book is a little different from Ms. Quinn's previous stories regardless of the series title. In this latest Bridgerton effort Ms. Quinn is short on humor and more focused on real emotion making this a much more emotional read then we are used to by this talented author. Does this make the read bad? Of course not. In fact it's nice to see Ms. Quinn stretch her talent by attempting to write a story that touches more on deep feelings regarding loss and confusion rather then wit and humor.

This story is actually suppose to take place simultaneously as "To Sir Phillip With Love" and "Romancing Mr. Bridgerton". Francesca Bridgerton is now a widow and is dealing with the death of her husband John. His cousin and good friend Michael has not known a time when he has not been in love with Francesca. For him it was love at first sight after their first meeting. His life is retched because he can't seem to find love anywhere except with the one that he can't have. After the death of John, Michael leaves for India and spends four years living away from Frannie with the hope that "out of sight, out of mind" will cure him of his love. This is not to be and when he returns he finds himself fighting his true desire once Francesca makes the announcement she wants a baby and is now willing to find another husband. Wish that it were him.

Francesca has mourned her sweet husband for four years and has decided she must join the ranks of the living. This means shedding her mourning and taking her place in society once again. While Michael has been abroad she has seen to his holdings and is happy to see his return.
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85 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not the usual, but just as good June 29, 2004
By nico03
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It seems to me that with each new novel Julia Quinn is trying to separate her stories more and more from the cookie cutter formula. In fact, she sets herself up for quite a big challenge with When He Was Wicked.
First of all Ms. Quinn defies convention by giving her heroine a husband with whom she is deeply in love--a husband who is not the hero of the story. Secondly, the hero of the story, Michael Stirling, is in love with our heroine before the story even begins.
Unlike many of Ms. Quinn's novels, this is no lighthearted read. The subjects of death and guilt play a major role in the lives of her characters. However, I disagree with the review. I do not believe the heavy subjects "weighed the book down," but rather fleshed it out instead. Had Ms. Quinn skimmed quickly through the grief, her characters would have lost much of their depth and a lot of my respect. Yes, there were moments when I felt a bit impatient. But the emotional build-up comes to such a splendid (and trust me, I mean splendid) climax when the hero and heroine come together, that I felt it was all worth the wait.
As to the characters, Michael Stirling ranks as my second favorite male right after Colin Bridgerton (who has a couple of lovely cameos in this one, by the way). He's the classic rake, only slightly altered by Ms. Quinn's lovely sense of character and honor. My biggest disappointment with this novel, however, was Francesca. She's much less quirky and a lot less interesting than her siblings, unfortunately. She troops through the novel like quite a martyr, which while I found admirable, it wasn't quite as endearing. However, the secondary characters are the typical Bridgerton fare, funny and entertaining as usual.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Thea
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I love the stories of unrequited and impossible love. When I read the synopsis of this book, I though that possibly it was going to be my favorite Bridgerton book. After all what is more heartwrenchingly romantic than a hero who has secretly loved his cousin wife since the moment he met her, but knows that he could never have her? And there were really poignant moments that even managed to bring me to tears.
What went wrong then? In the first place, at times it was difficult to understand why Michael fell in love with Francesca so quickly, deeply and undonditionally. The book just says he did, but I guess I don't believe in "love" at first sight. Atraction? Yes, but a deeper attachement takes more time to develop.
The other thing I didn't like (and this is a criticism I had for "Romancing Mister Bridgerton" as well) is that their first kiss is described from Francesca's perspective instead of Michael's. I don't know why Julia Quinn always does that. One has been reading about how Michael loves her and desires her and longs to kiss her, but when the much awaited moment arrives when he, finally!, kisses her, we don't know how he felt, because the book shifts to Francesca's point of view. Isn't that frustrating? I think Julia Quinn could have gotten more feeling out of that important moment in the plot by simply narrating it from Michael's perspective. She can describe later what Francesca felt, but in that moment the most important thing is what Michael is feeling, not Francesca.
And lastly, I don't like that Francesca is never very convincing in her love for Michael. Almost until the end of the book there is not love mentioned on her part. She doesn't even admit it to herself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book!!
I loved this 6th book of the Bridgertons, but it was more of a hard read to me!!! All the other books I read with in 2 days but this one I had to keep putting down and took more... Read more
Published 18 days ago by police6369
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly Wonderful
I wish I had more stars to give this book. It does not seem fair that for me this is the best book in the Bridgerton series, and I can only give it the same amount of stars as my... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paula
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Order
I liked the price, shipping was good and the book was great. It was the 7th book in a series, it came the day after I finished the 6th book so I could read them in order. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lorretta Petersen
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of my favorites
I did not enjoy this book in the least. The climax was drawn out. The story line in the end was repetitive with its problematic issues the couple needed to overcome in order to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tanya oglesby
5.0 out of 5 stars When He Was Wicked
I enjoyed reading this book very much and would recommend it to others to read
I look forward to reading more of her books and sharing them with my friends.
Published 3 months ago by JESSICA Knight-Catania
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the whole series
And this one was one of my favorites, for sure. Wish there were more Bridgertons, as I can't seem to get enough of these book!
Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth Meagher
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent second chance love story
Not as light as some of the other books in this series but wonderful. The epilogue brought me to tears.
Published 4 months ago by Suzanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Molds/ Remaking masterpieces
Julia Quinn is brilliant. She breaks the received romance molds and reshapes stories that are absolutely unforgettable. Michael Stirling is one of my favourite heroes of ALL TIMES. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Zeenat Mahal
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book of Finding Love After A Loss
WHEN HE WAS WICKED is the sixth book in the Bridgerton series. It is the story of Michael Stirling and Francesca Bridgerton. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Melo
5.0 out of 5 stars When He Was Wicked is a refreshing take on historical romance.
I like When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn mostly because it is not the typical storyline most authors follow.
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and several years back she did so in grand style, competing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.

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