Brazen and the Beast
The Bareknuckle Bastards Book II
New York Times Bestselling Author Sarah MacLean returns with the next book in the Bareknuckle Bastards series about three brothers bound by a secret that they cannot escape—and the women who bring them to their knees.
The Lady’s Plan
When Lady Henrietta Sedley declares her twenty-ninth year her own, she has plans to inherit her father’s business, to make her own fortune, and to live her own life. But first, she intends to experience a taste of the pleasure she’ll forgo as a confirmed spinster. Everything is going perfectly…until she discovers the most beautiful man she’s ever seen tied up in her carriage and threatening to ruin the Year of Hattie before it’s even begun.
The Bastard’s Proposal
When he wakes in a carriage at Hattie’s feet, Whit, a king of Covent Garden known to all the world as Beast, can’t help but wonder about the strange woman who frees him—especially when he discovers she’s headed for a night of pleasure . . . on his turf. He is more than happy to offer Hattie all she desires…for a price.
An Unexpected Passion
Soon, Hattie and Whit find themselves rivals in business and pleasure. She won’t give up her plans; he won’t give up his power . . . and neither of them sees that if they’re not careful, they’ll have no choice but to give up everything . . . including their hearts.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We love a book that embraces body positivity. Brazen and the Beast stars plus-size heroine Lady Henrietta Sedley, a 29-year-old who’s done with the restrictions of being the daughter of an earl and ready to embark on “The Year of Hattie.” First on her bucket list: ridding herself of her virginity. But she never bargained on getting caught up in a case of mistaken identity and ending up in the arms of a rough-and-tumble smuggler called Beast. We found it refreshing to read about Beast’s unabashed adoration of Hattie. Sarah MacLean’s unconventional romance takes us along on both characters’ journeys to free themselves from familial and societal expectations.
MacLean's second Bareknuckle Bastards Regency veers away from the typical Regency romance focus on the nobility to explore the lives of London's ordinary folk, populating Covent Garden with delightful recurring characters. Lady Henrietta "Hattie" Sedley is 29 and heartily tired of being seen as "just" a woman. She longs to take over her father's shipping company, but she's hampered by her gender and her ne'er-do-well brother, Augie. While embarking on a plan to enjoy some sensual pleasures in the seedier parts of town, she's dismayed to find that Augie has left Beast, a smuggler and one of the infamous Bareknuckle Bastards, tied up and unconscious in her carriage. She wakes up Beast, kisses him, and tosses him out the door while the carriage is moving, ensuring he'll come looking for her en route to taking revenge on Augie. Hattie finds Beast's good looks and confidence impossibly appealing, and her independence and determination pique his interest. Soon their business fortunes are as entwined as their bodies. The imaginative plot carries readers along in this deliciously sexy story filled with heart.
Loved this book. Loved the characters. Read the first bare knuckle bastard book first then this one. You’ll fall in love with the brothers.
I was so looking forward to reading this book after Devil and Felicity's story, but I am sadly disappointed. It was just too much. Too many sidelines and so much extra "stuff" that really detracted from the story in my opinion.
I got bored with it and skipped pages and pages. Whit was really kind of boring and Hattie was entirely too predictable and the story just dragged on and on. It was not what I was hoping for.
I probably won't read the third book. Ewan and Grace's story doesn't hold any appeal for me after this.
I loved this book! Beast and Hattie are the perfect pair. Hattie is probably one of the strongest heroines that I’ve read in a long time. She knows what she wants and she wants Beast. To bad he really doesn’t understand that he wants her, but will not let himself have her. He does all he can to push her away and keep her safe. What he does not know is she just might be the one to save and protect him.
Not a stand alone book. You must read Wicked and the Wallflower first.