Wicked and the Wallflower: The Bareknuckle Bastards Book I

Wicked and the Wallflower: The Bareknuckle Bastards Book I

by Sarah MacLean

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ISBN-13: 9780062692061
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 104,837
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A life-long romance reader, Sarah MacLean wrote her first romance novel on a dare, and never looked back. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romances, and the author of a monthly column at The Washington Post celebrating the best of the romance genre. She lives in New York City with her husband, daughter, dog and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers.

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Wicked and the Wallflower: The Bareknuckle Bastards Book I 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to give a standing ovation this was so good. I was hooked from the first chapter. I can’t wait to read it again. Fall in love with falling in love and READ this book!!
Hfowler 3 months ago
This was a very enjoyable story. I liked the characters, the plot, and the conflict. Great mix of passion, emotional tension, and character development. Loved every second. Devil and his siblings are definitely intriguing and I am excited for the other stories coming in this series. Felicity was a great mix of spirit and vulnerability, yet with the pickpocket skills, made her intriguing and a perfect match for Devil. 
Anonymous 4 months ago
It was fun and so enjoyable to read. One of my favorites this year!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Absolutely amazing! MacLean's best book yet! I read this in an entire day, I could not put it down. The whole plot is so much different than any other historical romance. So much depth to the characters and their past. It was an awesome turn of plot that made the male MC not be so "undeserving" of love, but rather he wanted to protect the one he loved from the world in which he lived in. I loved that backdrop of the story is the dark side of London, the one's of working men who built the city. This is not a story of Dukes and Earls but one of dark places that no high society lady should be near. It was a great way to make this story so much different than others. I love that MacLean's characters all tie into other stories, such as Sesily, Sera, and the Singing Sparrow in this novel, makes it richer for readers who have read her other stories. I loved the MCs and how they interacted constantly, made for a very believable romance. Would recommend this to anyone, honestly my second favorite historical romance.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Absolutely loved it, can’t wait for the next one.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book is absolutely amazing. Funny, witty, well-written, and even suspenseful at times! Felicity is a strong, independent woman and isn't afraid to tell the big bad dukes where to stuff it. Her antics are always entertaining--as are her sisters. This is an absolute must-read for any fans of historical romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FELICITYYYYYYY I absolutely love how you wrangle me into rereading every single book to retrace the connections, and fall in love with these characters over and over again!! I am dying for the next one, and I am probably going to perish from waiting from what I am so sure is a killer third book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another amazing book my Sarah, who is one of my favorites. I completely fell in love with these chracters and I love that she sets up another group of people to make a series without repeating any of her previous storylines. Truly original :)
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Sarah MacLean’s books and enjoyed them but not this one. The character of Felicity Faircloth has got to be one of the most stupid characters ever. Raised in society, she meets Devil, king of Covent Gardens and head of a smuggling ring. She lusts after him until kisses are exchanged. She wants to be with him but he tells her she will be snubbed by the ton and should stay with her family and friends in Mayfair. She is hard-headed and determined to have the man whe loves. And that is Devil.
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ElleyKat More than 1 year ago
I have to start with gushing about the Rumpelstiltskin aspects of this book! I'm calling this a fairy tale retelling/adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin. A mysterious man she met in the dark shows up in Felicity's room, calling her a fairytale princess and offering her a deal to ensnare a Duke in exchange for a future favor. (She even jokes about the favor being her firstborn child, ok? Rumpelstiltskin indeed.) There are fanciful mentions of magic, spinning straw, and there is even a golden dress. I do love a well-done fairy tale romance, especially that draws from some of the lesser known (see: not made into a Disney animated movie) fairy tales. Especially when the princess ends up falling for the villain of the story. *melt, swoon* You may remember Felicity Faircloth (and her mother... but especially her mother's dogs...) from The Day of the Duchess, the third book in MacLean's Scandal & Scoundrels series. If you haven't read The Day of the Duchess 1) you can still read Wicked and the Wallflower just find on its own and 2) you should, as my review for that book simply reads "This book made my ugly cry. More than once." Review just don't get more glowing than that, LOL. I honestly don't remember Felicity very well from that other book (though I do remember her rather awful mother and her million small dogs), but I sure did love her in this book. Felicity is light and sunshine and the smell of jasmine, while Devil lurks in darkness and the muck and danger of Convent Garden. Devil repeatedly tells Felicity she's too good for him and puts her on a pedestal, but damned if Felicity will stay up on said pedestal. She keeps climbing down and picking all the locks (literally) to free herself, and along the way she manages to free Devil, too. This is the first book in the new Bareknuckle Bastards series by Sarah MacLean. The series follows the bastard children of a duke, with the next book being about Devil's brother Whit and I assume with the third book either being about their sort-of-sister, Grace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read! I'm curious to see what happens in the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful and satisfying
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Sarah's books, but this one may be my favorite! Strong and multifaceted characters with witty dialogue and a wonderful story. Felicity is funny and sassy and Devil is dark and sharp and together the really make sparks! She is the light he never knew he needed. If you like reading books where you know some of the characters from previous books, the bulk of Sarah's books work together and often incorporate people and events that have happened in previous stories. You can absolutely ready this as a stand alone book, but, if you read the other books from Sarah (including the series Love by Numbers, The Rules of Scoundrels, and Scandal & Scoundrel), you will find wonderful connections between the stories. Really a fantastic read, regardless if you like period romance novels. The characters and modern and the story does not ever lag. This is the start of the Bareknuckle Bastards series and I cannot wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an excellent book! I'm a huge fan of Sarah MacLean, and this is one of her best. Character development is one of her skills, and Felicity and Devil are two of her best! And so romantic. Highly recommend!!
Belladonna_luvs2read More than 1 year ago
Cracking open book one of a new historical romance series is a little like Heaven for me. Having one peppered with subtle references to places, events, and characters that I recognize from previous series'(The Scandal & Scoundrel Series and The Rules of Scoundrels Series), as I did with this book, makes me feel as if I've found little hidden treasures while reading. If you haven't read them, don't worry. It's intended to stand on its own. Though, I'm sure our Fair Felicity's story may make you want to jump right to The Day of the Duchess, as this book does a great job of whetting your appetite for that tale. (And, ooo, it's so good.) "When you are ignored by the stars, you wonder if you might ever burn bright." Felicity Faircloth is without marriage prospects and has been shunned by the people she once called friends. A wallflower. Never-the-less, her family is persistent in their pursuit of the most wealthy, titled, and eligible bachelor they can find for her. While true that would bring her acceptance with the ton, which she wants more than anything, at twenty-seven, she isn't naive about what marriage can be. She also wants passion. Moth to a flame. Felicity's age, affinity for lockpicking—an unusual skill for a Lady, to be sure—and her sense of adventure make her a unique and interesting character. And for all she knows her mind, she still has much to learn about life outside the bubble in which she has been living. Giving her room to grow over the course of the novel. "He could see the beginning of her and the end of her. And in her, he saw something he had never allowed himself to see." They call him Devil. One of the infamous Bareknuckle Bastards. Ruler of the rookery. Wicked. Revenge is his focus on the night when he is drawn to distraction by Felicity. When Devil learns of her outlandish fib in front of all of the ton, she becomes the perfect pawn in his web of lies. A devastating backstory made me root for Devil from the start, though his relationship with his siblings was also something I found myself ambivalent to at times. I yearned for more on-page history to help me feel more of their connection and what he was going through in the present. The chemistry he had with Felicity was electric from the beginning, full of all of the push/pull swoony romance I have come to expect from Sarah MacLean. Felicity and Devil were the perfect yin and yang. I'll be honest and say that this one was difficult for me to rate and review. While I adored some aspects, others were a detractor. The first half of this novel read slowly for me, which I think was due to the heavy use of introspection and internal dialogue in the first half. Once I hit the second half, though, the balance evened out which picked up the pace, and I was hooked. If you love strong female characters, as I do, you will love these. Felicity, Gracie, and Nik were all superb in that respect. Then there are Devil's siblings; Whit and Gracie had quirks that made me smile everytime they entered a scene. With the future books in the series based around them and the continuing family dynamic, I'm all the more excited for the next books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved everything about the book-the characters Devil and Felicity; the story; the dialogue; the secondary characters and the anticipation of the Beast story.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
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 away because sacrifice, but it doesn’t last too long. The ending is perfection and the epilogue wasn’t enough because I wasn’t ready for it to be over. This will definitely be a book I reread. I’m seriously debating starting it all over again. I’ll just be over here waiting for the next book in the series. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can’t wait for the other books!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Witty and sensual.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this new group of characters. I look forward to reading about all of their adventures.
RookersG1996 More than 1 year ago
I ALWAYS love Sarah MacLean's books. But I absolutely adored Wicked & the Wallflower. Go buy it. Now. Devil & Felicity are exciting, unique, unexpected, so much fun and unbelievably romantic. I haven't loved the way a hero talks to a heroine since Jamie dug deep into my heart in Outlander many, many years ago. I also was very happy to be on the "wrong" side of the tracks in the world of Mayfair/Covent Garden London in the 1830s. Ballrooms taking a backseat to icehouses and rooftops? Yes, please. Thank you, Sarah M, for this gem of a novel. I finished it in one night and will probably go straight back into it.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was so wonderful. It was filled with all these amazing and rich details and really great characters. I loved Felicity and Devil both but I have to say, the heroine rocked my world! The push and pull between Felicity and Devil was great. I loved all the building details as they open up, things are shared and histories are learned. Felicity was seriously awesome. She was feisty and bold and finding her way, I adored watching her come into her own. She was challenging and exasperating and I loved the animosity those traits created with Devil. Everything about Devil and his past I ate up. I felt for him and rooted for him. Several times I was mad at him and the choices he was making but it was those choices and dilemmas that helped make for great drama. I loved him and Felicity together. Him fighting his feelings and her being bold and going after what she wants. It made for a lot of entertaining moments that had me smiling. They had great dialogue happening and I found it to be very witty. It was awesome! This was a great story. I liked the language and the flow. There was really great imagery and details. There was a wonderful cast of characters as well. It took me a second in the beginning to remember who was who but once I understood the dynamics it was on point. I love the world that was introduced and I'm excited to see where it all will go. A great series starter for sure. This was a truly great read. I loved the simmering passion as Felicity and Devil opened up and got closer. I love the family dynamic involved and the drama it brought. I loved the feeling this gave me and how I was really invested in the world. This is a new to me author and I'm so glad I decided to give her a shot. Awesome read! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
4 “Dukes don’t grow on trees, you know.” Stars 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. “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 Lady Felicity and passing mentions of The Bareknuckle Bastards—the pair of brothers running the dark streets of Covent Garden—my interest in this spin-off series was well and truly piqued. Ousted by her friends for her single status, Felicity finds herself telling a bit of a fib and one that sees her making the acquaintance of a man whose name is befitting of his character. “Are you certain you wish a favor from the Devil?” Spirited and a fighter, I loved Felicity with her quick wit, sharp retorts and honesty, and Devil soon discovers there is far more to her than he could have anticipated. And underneath the tough exterior and bravado is a loveable rogue who has fought his way through life but firmly believes himself unworthy of a woman like Felicity. “He would never be good enough to stand in her sunlight, but he could absolutely protect her from the darkness.” Sarah MacLean has a wonderful writing voice—there is a definite acknowledgement to todays important issues in her gender portrayal and consent which I appreciated—and whilst I maintain the opinion that the storyline lacked the grab factor early on to the point of stalling, at the same time she displays skill when it comes to character development and that’s what kept me reading. And I’m glad for that as when the momentum did gather pace, I suddenly found myself wholly immersed in the atmosphere, the romance and the emotion which at times made my heart ache. “I want to stay in your world. In the darkness. Beneath the stars.” The potential for this series is huge with Dev’s brother Whit (Beast) and sister, Grace featuring throughout and I’m looking forward to seeing how their stories play out. All that’s left is to try and remember that patience is a virtue as Brazen and the Beast isn’t scheduled until June 2019.