When He Was Wicked: Bridgerton: 06 (Bridgertons) Mass Market Paperback – 3 March 2017
"Julia Quinn is truly our contemporary Jane Austen."--Jill Barnett
"Quinn is . . . a romance master. [She] has created a family so likable and attractive, a community so vibrant and engaging, that we want to crawl into the pages and know them." --NPR Books
"Quinn is a consummate storyteller. Her prose is spry and assured, and she excels at creating indelible characters." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Simply delightful, filled with charm, humor, and wit." --Kirkus Reviews
From the Back Cover
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.
A fter 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 . . .
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- Publisher : Avon; Reprint edition (3 March 2017)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062353780
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062353788
- Item Weight : 204 g
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.74 x 17.15 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #136,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This was by far the raunchiest of the Regency series, the Bridgertons!
Francesca is #6 in the order of siblings to get the Julia Quinn treatment, and it had been a long time coming.
At some point, during the other books, Francesca married and was whisked off to Scotland to take her seat with her Earl.
Sadly, two years into their blissfully happy marriage, he passes away.
Four years after being widowed, she realises that she wants to marry again. She wants, desperately, to be a mother.
Michael, John's cousin, has been one of her best friends, throughout her short marriage, but, in her widowhood, he disappears off to India.
He's been described as the Merry Rake, and now, as the new Earl, when he arrives back in the country, there is no shortage of offers for marriage. But none come close to being the right woman. Because the right woman is the one woman he can't have.
Another great addition to the Bridgerton series, and the raunch factor was definitely upped in this one!
I enjoy it very, very much. It is funny, sexy and it is very good writing. However book no 5 about Francesca was not that enjoyable. Writing was good as usual, but the character of Francesca drove me crazy. She is described as logical, cool headed and perceptive. But further in to the book her IQ was dropping. Her catch phrase seems to be "Michael", and nothing else. She was constantly either speechless, or started sentence without ability to finish it or was just saying "Michael" for the sake of saying it. When asked question her regular answer was "I don't know".
I gave it 3 stars because writing was quite good, I like the whole series very much, and first half is rather digestible.
To finish on the positive note - I already started the next book. I like it very much thanks to healthy dosage of Lady Danbury's presents (and of course her caine!) :)
After the husband trots off this mortal coil, the brother in law (who had been in love with Francesca since day 1) decides that India is where all of the cool kids are (who are now earls with severe issues due to unrequited love that could be resolved by just telling the object of their desires).
Brother in law returns and thankfully after pages of, well, rumpy pumpy and much galavanting across Britain (surely not practical with the modes of transport available or the quality of infrastructure in Georgian Britain) there is a wedding. Of sorts.