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Wicked and the Wallflower

– tekijä: Sarah MacLean

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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 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"--Provided by publisher.… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 18) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)

This was super unique! I haven't read a ton of historicals before but this was definitely very different than all of them and I really enjoyed it. It made me really want to read a lot more from this author because I thought the writing style was also very unique and even though it took me a bit to get used to it, I ended up really liking this.


I'm used to historical romances having not as much plot as having some of the other romances I read but I thought this book had a really interesting plot. I think this really stems from having some really compelling characters. I think a mark of good historical romance is creating female characters who are unsatisfied in having a traditional role or being what we might expect of a woman in that era without making it seem historically inaccurate and I think that was done very effectively here. This plot would not have been possible if Felicity had been a less compelling character.


I loved most of the characters in this book but in particular I loved Felicity. Her lock-picking skills were so interesting and made for very interesting character moments. I loved the way she was written as knowing what she wanted and even going after it a bit but being held back for propriety reasons. The sadness she felt about feeling like she no longer belonged in society was very understandable and relatable and really laid the groundwork so well for the journey she went on. I thought her love interest, Devil, was great as well. At first I was hesitant, because his name is Devil, but Maclean did such an excellent job of indicating the respect Devil had for Felicity without seeming ahistorical. That characterization made it easy to understand why Felicity would fall in love with him and made the relationship so real. I also really like reading historical romances set in England that doesn't only have nobility as the main characters so I really enjoyed that Devil only had small relation to nobility. His character is all the more interesting because he lives in the lower class area of the city.


That background also made for very interesting interactions with the world. I thought this world was so fully realized. Both Devil's interaction with his family and and the people who work for him and Felicity's interactions with her family and the nobility around her make the characters actions so much more real. I thought the way their relationship to each other developed was so natural and I really appreciated that the conflicts in the relationship stemmed from actual, difficult to solve problems rather than just a lack of communication. I also really liked that in this story, Felicity was the one who was a noble because it gave them both mostly equal power when it came to the relationship which I think can be hard to accomplish with historical romance. Although I've really enjoyed a lot of what I've read in this sub-genre, it can sometimes be hard to ignore the fact that women's lives were controlled in a lot of ways but giving Felicity a noble family and making Devil a person who likes that she wants control gives her a lot of that power back.


I really enjoyed this book. Not quite enough to give it five starts because it did take me a bit to get into the story but I definitely want to read the next book in this series. I've already requested it from my library. I will definitely be checking out more of Maclean's books. I listen to the podcast that she hosts, Fated Mates, as well and if you like podcasts I would recommend it! ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
Historical romance w more than high society
1st in the series.
Enjoyed ( )
  Madison_Fairbanks | Mar 7, 2021 |
It got a little melodramatic in a few spots, but those moments mostly stood out because the rest of the book was so well balanced. ( )
  whatsmacksaid | Jan 25, 2021 |
Although it took me several attempts of starting to read this novel since its release, I really enjoyed this. I love it when the supposed brightness of the ton is contrasted with the darkness of the rookery. I appreciated how convoluted the siblings' past seemed until I got all the clues together in my head. Felicity and Dev were the perfect complements to each other. ( )
  littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
Felicity Faircloth used to move in sparkling circles, but is now an "aging spinster" of 27, shunned by her former friends in London. When an unmarried Duke comes to town, Felicity rashly claims that they are engaged - and, almost magically, a stranger appears and promises he can make her claim true. Devil (Devon) and his brother Beast (Whit) run Covent Garden - not nearly as posh as it is now - and Felicity is intrigued by a life utterly different from the one she's known in Mayfair. But Devil, of course, has plans of his own - the Duke is his and Whit's half-brother Ewan, and they had a pact to deny their shared father: no heirs. So Devil is planning to help Felicity get engaged to the Duke, then seduce and "ruin" her to prove to Ewan that there will be no going back on their bargain.

Some of the historical detail was interesting, and the sexy scenes were appropriately steamy, but there was a lot of repetition (of ideas as well as specific language, e.g. "the long column of her neck" at least four times), and overall the premise and plot seemed thin and unlikely. Felicity seemed all too happy to be "ruined," and once Devil fell for her, he convinced himself that he needed to give her up so she could have the life she wanted - even though she wouldn't.

I've heard that the second and third in the series are better.

Quotes

"Revenge is sport. It isn't important. Nothing changes in the end, and double the wrongs have been committed...And innocent people have been hurt." (Felicity to Devil, ch. 25) ( )
  JennyArch | Aug 28, 2020 |
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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 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"--Provided by publisher.

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