- Series: Bareknuckle Bastards (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Avon (June 19, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062692061
- ISBN-13: 978-0062692061
- ASIN: 0062692062
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 216 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wicked and the Wallflower: The Bareknuckle Bastards Book I Mass Market Paperback – June 19, 2018
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“Sexy, smart, and dangerous – Sarah MacLean delivers the whole package. On top of the incredible storyline and characters, Sarah MacLean’s writing is stunning and has left this reader desperate for more.” (Hypable)
From the Back Cover
When Wicked Comes Calling . . .
When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a husband, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees to his suspicious terms— 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.
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The story and dialogue are full of mystery with some pops of fun. Steamy passion with enough tension to keep ones interest. Plot is full ahead for most of story, so when it slows to normal pace it almost seems to lag.
By end of book, I was checking wait time till next in series is published. Recommend. 3.9 stars
I liked Felicity who sees herself as plain and uninteresting but has a quick wit and a major skill with lockpicking. Devil is also an interesting character who has his life upturned by Felicity.
The setting weaving between the upper class homes of the rich and the poor area of Covent Garden was well done. I loved the relationship between Felicity and Devil who both had to make major changes in their expectations before they could fall in love.
Since this is the first in a series, there are still many questions to be answered. There was a fair amount of background information given too but it didn't slow down the fast-paced plot.
I loved a lockpicking lady with a scroundrel of a gentleman. While Devil/Devon may think of himself as having no morals he has a soft spot where Felicity is concerned.
We met Felicity and while not meeting in person we heard of Dev in last book. It was wonderful how Sarah weaves storylines from earlier books into this book.
We get to see another side of London besides the ballrooms and glitter of Mayfair. I loved the harder and wild side of Covent Gardens. While we may think that Felicity would be out of her element in this setting, there is more to her than her what Devil first sees at first meeting.
Can't wait for Whit, Ewan and Grace to have their stories told.