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Wicked and the Wallflower (The Bareknuckle Bastards #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,254 Ratings  ·  462 Reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 396 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Avon
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Sarah MacLean
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine, historical, romance
Well, I mean, obviously I like it.


I'm thrilled to tell you that WICKED & THE WALLFLOWER is finished and ready for bookstores -- and coming your way June 19, 2018!

This is a new series -- spun off of all my other series (you'll see the Fallen Angel and the Singing Sparrow again!) -- set in Covent Garden and featuring my Bareknuckle Bastards--three siblings who run a variety of businesses (some more legal than others) in the dark corners of London.

I'm so excited for you to meet the first of
Jun 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I didn't like Felicity and barely tolerated Devil/Devon, the only bright spot in this story was actually, Ewan/Marwick. Sorry.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Felicity Faircloth is clinging to the edges of respectability and she is tired of it. Deciding to show her former friends that she is just as good, if not better than them, she tells a little white lie and claims she is betrothed to the Duke of Marwick.
Devil has never been respectable and doesn't care. What he does care for is a childhood pact, one the Duke of M
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has had me well and truly stumped for a review—when a book goes from almost being a DNF to outstanding then it’s no easy task. I think the most important point to get over is that Wicked and the Wallflower was worth the perseverance, because whilst the first half was a little drawn out, what it leads to was exceptional.

description Felicity Faircloth, you are not what I expected.”

I’ve only read one other Sarah MacLean novel, The Day of the Duchess , and having loved it along with being introduced to
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc


When you start a book by one of your favorites you expect great things. When I started Wicked and the Wallflower I felt a tiny bit let down by Sarah MacLean. To be honest, the first half of the book I struggled - while I loved Felicity and Devil, it dragged in parts and I was afraid that it would be like that all the way until the end. I feared that it would be my first low rating for Ms. MacLean. Until I came to the middle of the story and all of a sudden it went from
Robin (Bridge Four)
Felicity Faircloth is a fairytale name to be sure, but she never thought she’d get her fairytale until the night she met a Devil.

In a world where women are a commodity to be sold off to the highest bidder and bargained with for alliances, money and prestige Felicity has found that the family she loves is plotting to marry her off to a Duke or anyone with money really to same themselves. She thought it her place, she wanted to help, but maybe there is more to the world than being used to farther
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
Felicity Faircloth was perfection—the first taste of it Devil had ever had. She tasted like a promise.

Wicked and the Wallflower is the first installment in a brand new series that's sure to be a new addiction for me from one of my favorite historical romance authors. However, I've been sitting on my rating for this book for a couple weeks now, somewhat stumped in how to rate it. I was completely enamored with the story in the first 15%, then somewhere along the way it began to lose me
"So many doors are closed to all but a fraction of us. Why should others be the ones to decide which doors are for me?"

I'm like this | | close to awarding this a five but there was one bit at the end there I didn't quite love. I still might come back and round-up though. However.. this is hands down my favourite MacLean to-date. I'm perhaps not as well versed in her stories as I should be but I've dabbled in the starter books of two different series and completed the one that this one off-shoots

Title: Wicked and the Wallflower
Series: Bareknuckle Bastards #1
Author: Sarah MacLean
Release date: June 19, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

Men raised in the dark will do anything for light. She wondered if he realized how much she wanted to explore the darkness.

Sarah MacLean thrilled me with this first installment in the Bareknuckle Bastards series! It's one of those books that you greedily consume, then slowly sigh in contentment after turning the last page. After that
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Revenge plot between two brothers turns sour when one falls for the tool of that revenge!

Felicity, the wallflower, has been chosen by Devil as a tool to thwart his brother's plot of getting a heir, but almost since the beginning Devil is intrigued by the seeminly plain woman.

As the time passes he is more and more attracted to her. She's not plain at all! On the contrary, she's very much smart and intelligent and challenges his in unexcpected ways!

I liked both Felicity and Devil, but also Grace a
Stacey is Sassy
Are we there yet...?

I liked Wicked and the Wallflower but to be honest, it dragged for me. It took me way too long to get through this story and I normally devour anything Sarah MacLean writes. I think my biggest problem was that I never really connected with the characters. I thought the heroine was a ninny, the hero not as tough/strong/intimidating as I was told, and the villain a little insipid. Harsh, I know, but I needed more from them. I just didn't feel part of this story and never felt a
ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I rated in four stars, but I might notch it down to a three. Still processing this read.
Not my favorite of SM.

Geri Reads
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it

Sarah MacLean's new Bareknucle Bastards series is off to a strong start with Wicked and the Wallflower. It's a passionate and intriguing tale of three brothers who're bound by the secrets of their pasts.
“You don’t need lessons in fire. You are an inferno.”

Wicked and the Wallflower is about the first brother, Devon, known as Devil to everyone—friends and enemies alike. Devil immediately captures the attention. At the start of the book, his only goal was to uphold a promise from his past but i
3 stars - Historical Romance

This was okay and the audiobook narrator was great. But there were definitely some things that bugged me.

*Overused historical romance tropes...The revenge plot and dark, devilish hero paired with a plain-jane spinster heroine have been done before and better.

*Very repetitive...I lost count of how many times the words/phrase “moth”, “flame”, and “moth to flame” were used. And the hero, Devil, called the heroine by her full name constantly. Seriously, he said “Felicity
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first Sarah MacLean book and I can definitely see why she is so popular!

Well, I was in a weird mood slash slump sort of thing when I started this book and it was literally the perfect thing.

I love love loved Felicity and Devil. She’s sassy and picks locks and he’s a marshmallow with a gruff exterior. They’re both so stubborn and have things in common and their banter is some of the best. The chemistry is off the charts and I absolutely adored all of the scenes of them together.

Plot wise, it was fantastic. There was some push and pull and of course there’s the push
Roshani Chokshi
I am hopelessly in love with anything and everything Sarah writes. Her heroines are full of depth and warmth, and her romances are exquisitely angst and delicious. I am dying for the next installment!
Bobs (Reader Unbound)
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Haven't read anything from Sarah Maclean in a while now, so I look forward to hopping back on that train!
Also gave the book 5 stars, cause I saw it has a 1-star average rating. Come on people, its just not right to give a book a bad rating without even reading it?!
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Loved the story. And I am really looking forward to the rest of the series. The only reason that I didn't rate it higher is that I felt the writing was not up to SM's usual standards. I am a huge SM fan, and rate most of her books very high. But this time, I felt it was very repetitive. Too many overused metaphors, almost to the point of eye rolling. I liked the characters, and I really like the way the story is unfolding. Fingers crossed for Beast's book!
Laura the Highland Hussy
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review posted on Got Fiction?

Note: I read and reviewed this book over on A Little Bit Tart A Little Bit Sweet a couple weeks ago, and decided to review it here too. Their requirements is a little different from my normal style, so if you'd like to read it, it's linked.

This review is more my style, but pretty much says all the same things. 

Sarah MacLean has wrecked me. This book. THIS BOOK.

I didn't even read the blurb on this one, because Sarah MacLean has never let me down. One of my favorite b
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
3.5 stars!

Wicked and the Wallflower is the first book in the new series The Bareknuckle Bastards by Sarah MacLean.

I thought this was a good start to the series and the first book was well done. MacLean introduces us to three boys that were born on the same day by the same father, the Duke of Marwick who’s a terrible father and person. What are the odds on that but oh well, it's fiction and I'm here for the romance and smut!

All three boys were bastards, and this is the tale of how they survived,
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Favorite Quote: “The darkness has always tempted her. The locks. The barriers. The Impossible.”

Felicity Fairclot'sh fall from grace has left her and her family in a pickle. From her unfortunate discovery in a man’s bedchamber to her involvement with a married man, Felicity has lost her friends and her social standing, becoming yet another flower on the wall. When anger and pain have her telling a whopper of a lie, she finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game of revenge when she is forced to deal
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Well, it's been out for a month and has nearly 450 reviews and an average rating well over 4. Time to give this author a try.

Lady Felicity Faircloth has fallen out of favor with the ton as an aging wallflower. One evening she escapes the mockery of her former social set to a dark room where she encounters a voice from the shadows. Soon after the mysterious voice appears at her home in her bed chambers offering her a bargain with the Devil. He will make Felicity irresistible and land her a Duke f
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
Not my favorite from Sarah MacLean. The story and romance were too slow and didn’t pick up until the last third of the novel. I felt for the heroine and her struggles, but I didn’t connect with her or the hero at all. I’m still intrigued with the overall story about the siblings and am absolutely dying for a certain couple to get their book. The series has great potential and I’m looking forward to the sequels!

Full review to come!

Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to revi
Pj Ausdenmore
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How does she do it, time after time? A dark, sexy hero and one of my all-time favorite heroines in a story that's going straight to my keeper shelf.

Longer review will be posted upon release of the book.

ARC received from publisher.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebooks, historical, series
Sarah created a fascinating "underworld" of Regency England with this new series The Bareknuckle Bastards. Smugglers, fighters, bordello owners, a network of spies are not often featured in historical romance and I applaud Sarah for taking this on.

One of the things I like about her books is the strength of her female characters. She did it again with Wicked. Felicity, Nik, and Grace/Dahlia are equal to the men in talents and intellect.

I believed in the romance of Dev and Felicity. Their fascina
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Maclean makes me so happy. I think I've reached the point where I can no longer give an unbiased reading of any of her books.

Book 3 will definitely destroy me, and I am ready for it.

Well. This is a Sarah MacLean misfire, imo. I suppose it had to happen eventually. Honestly, I thought it would happen with Haven's book, but no, he won me over.

Devil, however, did not.

I really like Felicity. And for most of the book, I sympathized with Devil, and liked him. But when she threw herself at him for the 294857378945th time and he crushed her and pushed her away, I was fucking done.

This book is 100% Felicity making herself vulnerable, Felicity trying to win over Devil, Felic
Under the Covers Book Blog
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Felicity Faircloth is used to haunting the edges of ballrooms, not that it was always that way. Although she wasn’t exactly a diamond of the first water, she was popular and had friends and suitors. Now her dance card is always empty and her former friends use her for verbal target practice. What she needs is a marriage. A spectacular marriage. T
Katie Michaels
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Man, I really enjoyed this book. To be fair, Sarah McLean is an auto by author for me at this point. But that isn’t what made me love it… The story featured some of my favorite tropes, done to perfection, along with two main characters who I simply adored, both together and apart.

Felicity is a 27-year-old wallflower, who actually used to be a darling of the ton. I liked her in The Day of the Duchess, as one of the ladies who was “trying out” to be that hero’s new wife. Obviously, she was not mea
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New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studie
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