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 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.
The devil is in the delightful details for MacLean's first Bareknuckle Bastards Regency romance. Felicity Faircloth was once one of the crown jewels of society. Now she's consigned to spinster wallflower status by gossiping matrons and fickle friends, but her family's social and financial survival depends on her marrying well. During her escape from the harsh world of the ballroom, her singular skill with lock picks a response to all the doors that patriarchal society closes in women's faces lands her directly in the path of one of Covent Garden's most notorious criminals, a man known as Devil. He's obsessed with the complete and utter ruination of the newly surfaced Duke of Marwick and thinks that Felicity's desperate need for a husband might make her the perfect pawn for his game. He offers to help set her up with the duke, but doesn't count on falling in love with her himself. MacLean (The Day of the Duchess) intersperses hints of mystery and intrigue with plentiful humor, crafting a touching story filled with charming characters readers will be eager to meet again.
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Sarah McLean did it again! Wicked and the Wallflower was well worth the wait! This author has the unique ability to weave a story of intrigue and romance impossible to put down. I love that the characters are clearly flawed, but willing to work through difficulty for those they love. Wonderful read, I can’t wait for the next story in The series.
Romance at its finest!
I devoured this book in one sitting. A heroine who pursues the hero? Sign me up! He is a self made man who refuses to be defined by his stars. She is unwilling to settle for a staid life and fights to retain the passion he stirs, the love he kindles. The author does a wonderful job of tying into the world she’s created in her other series while laying the groundwork for this new cast of siblings without detracting from this story. This novel is the epitome of great romance. Now I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series...
I really wanted to love this book but it fell flat. I read a lot of romance and I’m a fan of this author but in the end I didn’t find the central relationship believable (and this IS romance where suspension of disbelief is de rigueur...). I found the heroine shallow and just a little too quirky and irreverent (with some cringe worthy “deep thoughts” that seemed to fascinate the hero). Despite that it was hard to imagine her dazzling a self-made king of the London underworld or eliciting any sympathy from him for her plights as an aging wallflower who wants her status as a “mean girl” of the ton back. The hero was also set up to be the the biggest feminist to ever walk the streets of 19th century London. While some anachronistic posturing is welcome and hoped for (the last thong I want is a hero who actually represents the prejudices of his time) his attitudes could have made a little more sense. We’re led to believe it’s because he loves his sister...? Hopefully, the next books in this series will be better as the other characters in this world develop and find their own HEAs. I will keep reading based on the strength of the author’s past work.