Review: Wicked and the Wallflower

Wicked and the Wallflower

Sarah MacLean

The Bareknuckle Bastards #1


Publisher: Avon
Publication date: 19-Jun-2018
Date Started: 2-Nov-2018
Date Finished: xx-xxx-2018
Format: paperback
Pages: 396
Genres: Romance, Regency Romance, Historical Romance
ISBN: 9780062692061
Source: library


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.”



I’ve been really enjoying the random Sarah MacLean books I have stumbled upon, so I purposely sought out this book, her newest novel, and it is good.

I feel that with each review I write I become less and less eloquent. This novel was riveting, while not an ” I can’t put this down” book, this was an “I can’t wait to get back to it” book. This was a great break from the aristocracy that spans this genre, don’t get me wrong I love reading about privileged lords, but sometimes a reader needs a sexy hero who is not a Lord.

My main takeaway from this story was the debate between self and family regarding sacrifice. In other words, is it worth it to sacrifice one’s own happiness for the sake of the rest of the family and vice versa is alright to guarantee one’s own happiness at the expense of one’s family? A very hard question, that MacLean deftly works through in this novel.

Her characterization is marvelous, as I am basically a chameleon who likes to imagine myself having the traits of characters I read, I really want to be able to pick a lock! And not just any standard lock, but the heavy duty ones! On the male protagonist side, Devil is such a great, caring hero, he is definitely a feminist and I live for it!

Overall, I definitely recommend this read (and MacLean’s other novels) to fans of historical romance!

About the Author

“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 studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on’s Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her “gracefully furious.” Sarah lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.”


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