When He Was Wicked
“Everything was so much simpler… when he was wicked.
In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breathtaking, that one knows one’s life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London’s most infamous rake, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton.
After a lifetime of chasing women, of smiling slyly as they chased him, of allowing himself to be caught but never permitting his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing. Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca’s surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere thirty-six hours longer—the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin.
But that was then… Now Michael is the earl and Francesca is free, but still she thinks of him as nothing other than her dear friend and confidant. Michael dares not speak to her of his love… until one dangerous night, when she steps innocently into his arms, and passion proves stronger than even the most wicked of secrets….“ -Goodreads
While this novel did not involve the rest of the Bridgertons, as much as the other ones I’m finished already, it was just as wonderful. Francesca, the star of this book, does not interact or depend on her family as much as the others, so the relationships in this novel were well written. Micheal was an intriguingly sensual counterpart to Frannie, I wished he’d come out of the book. As for steam level, this Bridgerton novel took it up a notch. In that regard, this is my top Bridgerton book, on other aspects, it ranks near, but not at, the top.