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When He Was Wicked (Bridgerton Series #6)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

fabulous Bridgerton romance

In 1818, the first time ever Michael ¿The Merry Rake¿ Stirling saw Francesca Bridgerton he knows he is in love although he never experienced that feeling before. However, he can not act on his emotion because Francesca is to wed his best friend, his cousin John in less...
In 1818, the first time ever Michael ¿The Merry Rake¿ Stirling saw Francesca Bridgerton he knows he is in love although he never experienced that feeling before. However, he can not act on his emotion because Francesca is to wed his best friend, his cousin John in less than two days. Michael ironically thinks that he now has two new feelings: love and for the first time envy. Ironically, he never coveted the earldom or the wealth of the man he considers his ¿brother¿.------ Two years later, Michael hides his love for Francesca from her and his cousin. John complains of headache and soon afterward he, not quite thirty and in seemingly perfect health, is dead. At twenty-two, Francesca is a widow and Michael is the earl. He still hides his feelings while they mourn their loss until one innocent night he offers simple solace that turns into heated lovemaking. The aftermath is that both feel guilty as if they let down John. As they evade one another so as not to explore their feelings, Francesca begins to wonder if John arranged the whole thing as a heavenly matchmaker.------ Title aside as no one is ¿wicked¿ in a nasty sense; fans will appreciate this wonderful Regency romance starring a loving relationship triangle between three wonderful protagonists. John was a nice respected person loved by his wife and his cousin so that his memory serves as a ghostly barrier to Michael and Francesca following up on their feelings. The two illnesses that John and Michael respectfully suffered from provide a feel for the era as Julia Quinn uses that to anchor her sixth fabulous Bridgerton book.------ Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Mostly Okay

This book was intriguing. It got me interested very quickly but there was a lot medical problems in this book. Overall, I liked it enough and it entertained me. Quick and easy read...nothing deep.

posted by curlyloulou on February 16, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Ok

    Not what i was expecting. Could have been better.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    Michael

    Michael was smooth.

    The rest was kind of dull.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2004

    Hmmm....

    I have always loved Julia Quinn for her witty humor and unique point of view. That is probably why I did not love this last book of hers. I rushed out to purchase it the moment it was available and was delighted at first to see that she had choosen to write about a lesser dealt with character. Unfortunately, my excitement was dampened as the story plot lacked her usual hiliarious banter. I also was upset to see the lack of sense of Francessca. She always seemed to be unsure of herself. I will always be a large fan of Quinns novels but I hope her up and coming ones will be a bit more lighthearted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    Good but not Great

    This is the first Julia Quinn book that I have ever actually been disappointed with. Her books are always so sweet and funny. I expected the humor to be toned down quite a bit due to the sad circumstances of Francesca's first husband's death, but it had no humor at all! The book is filled with sickness and indecision. Francesca and Michael's romance ends up happening in only the last third of the book. I found it rather confusing too seeing as how most of it was mixed in with events taking place in the two previous novels, Romancing Mister Bridgerton and To Sir Phillip, With Love. There was way too much happening at once, which easily distracted (and confused) me as the reader. I guess it was rather fitting seeing how Francesca has been the missing Bridgerton throughout most of this series. I can only hope the last two remaining novels will be better. This series has been too awesome to end on dud like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    admirable book, questionable heroine

    Most readers of this book are probably familiar with the Bridgerton clan, a truly delightful Regency family noted for their similar good looks and sunny dispositions. If you are a fan like me, then you¿ve probably noticed that the series has slowly drifted from its original humorous tone. In To Sir Philip, With Love Julia Quinn wove a deep thread of depression into her tale. Now, with When He Was Wicked, the maudlin descent continues. I don¿t mean to be too harsh. If you¿re anything like me, you¿ll be in love with Michael Stirling from his first Byronic breath on the page. The cameos by Colin Bridgerton will amuse and delight all those familiar with his character. And only an author as skilled as Quinn could draw such a sensitive love triangle between Francesca, her genuinely sweet first husband, and said first husband¿s dashing cousin. It takes real guts to let an internal conflict like guilt drive a romance novel, and I give Quinn full credit for her efforts. Francesca¿s been a footnote throughout this series, a slightly standoffish Bridgerton oddity who spends most of the other books rusticating in Scotland. I couldn¿t wait to hear her story, and I was sadly disappointed. Yes, the woman was grieving¿but did that give her carte blanche to be so wishy-washy? By turns nagging and passive aggressive, she was definitely NOT Quinn¿s best heroine. Still, I prefer Quinn¿s weaker efforts to anything else in this romance sub-genre. When He Was Wicked may not be the best installment in this series, but it¿s still worth your time and money (especially since a portion of the book¿s proceeds will be donated to malarial drug development research).

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