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When He Was Wicked: Bridgerton (Bridgertons Book 6) Kindle Edition
A New York Times Bestseller
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the story of Francesca Bridgerton, in the sixth of her beloved Regency-set novels featuring the charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shondaland for Netflix.
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 . . .
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The sixth of Julia Quinn's bestselling and beloved Bridgerton novels, now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix. This is Francesca Bridgerton's story . . .
In every life there is a turning point.
A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breath-taking, that one knows one's life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London's most infamous bachelor, 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 . . .
'Quinn is a master of historical romance' Entertainment Weekly
- ASIN : B00UG8RP9U
- Publisher : Avon; Reprint edition (28 February 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 7480 KB
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 448 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,154 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in India on 8 April 2022
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The last chapter brought me to tears. It really is hard to give up on your first love. To mourn, to let go, to keep those flowers on their grave. It really is difficult. Tormenting even.
And to add to the torment, the author also introduced infertility. I am not a person who wishes to have children, but I am sure that if I am told I can't have them, I would cry every night to sleep. It is devastating to think that so many couples who crave desperately to hold a little piece of their partners in their arms, are denied that fate. Thankfully by the end of the epilogue they are given that chance.
What I loved about this book was the male lead was not some proud bloke wandering without a goal. The Bridgerton boys were privileged in all sorts of ways. Anthony may act as the patriarch, but even in his book he acts as a douche for most of the story, misusing his power and mostly enjoying in his rakish lifestyle. Michael on the other hand was man to whom everything was thurst upon. He was a mix of all Bridgerton boys, and still was his own thing. He was a rake like Anthony once was, as cocky as Collin and as wicked as Benedict. But what he was not, was that he had utter respect for his woman right from the beginning. She was not his foe, or pastime, or sidekick. She was his muse. And he was desperately in love with her. But even with all that he never forced his way on her. He let her take charge- every single time. He let her come to him, and always waited for consent.
(Of course I wouldn't say the Bridgerton boys did not ask for consent. But in more ways they had their way with their women and the girls simply fell to them losing any control of their situation). Michael let himself be dragged and played and tore apart, if only it meant Francessca was happy. He never forced anything. He tried whatever he could and let her take her time.
I wouldn't say this is my favorite one, but it is definitely better than Collin and Anthony's stories. My favorite is Benedict's story though, reasons I would elaborate in the review of that book. The stakes were simply higher and I found Sophie to be a woman of high integrity. And having read Frncessca's story, I find her to be a woman of regard as well. She is a tough protagonist, (Sophie was tougher), who also has a wicked sexual side. [This book should actually be named: When SHE was wicked]. Nevertheless, I enjoyed their love story more than other Bridgerton novels. Not because it was as thrilling as Benedict's, or as erotic as Anthony's, but rather it was way more functional as it's own. The love between the two was selfless, and they shared values that could be passed on without shame. The conflict that drove them, was very relatable to any of us. Grief. And the guilt of letting go of the grief, of a person we promised ourselves that we will mourn for life, is quite a big deal. All my stars to this book.
It revolves around the second female sibling and fifth in-line in the Bridgerton family. The story revolves around Francesca, her marriage, her living in Scotland and her friendship with Michael (her husband's brother), her ways to handle a situation, etc.
The exotic romantic scenes are just incredible, you know what i mean when reading a Julia Quinn classic. 😉
I my opinion, the book is a little boring in the starting till it reaches that one night when accidentally Francesca and Michael are in a room together.
Altogether, a Bridgerton book is not Bridgerton until some banter between the siblings, which is what i love in this one too.
Go for this one too.🥰
Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 8 April 2022
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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!
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.
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!) :)