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When He Was Wicked This book recounts the age old tale of falling in love with your best friend s girlbut what happens when you get your chance at her hand, albeit at the loss of your best friend through his untimely death This is a beautiful Regency romance on grief, loss, and moving on I ve read and mostly loved all the books featuring the Bridgerton family, and this is the book I return to time after time because I think it is the best in the series It is written in your typical inestimable Julia Quinn sty This book recounts the age old tale of falling in love with your best friend s girlbut what happens when you get your chance at her hand, albeit at the loss of your best friend through his untimely death This is a beautiful Regency romance on grief, loss, and moving on I ve read and mostly loved all the books featuring the Bridgerton family, and this is the book I return to time after time because I think it is the best in the series It is written in your typical inestimable Julia Quinn style, so expect to burst out in giggles every so often, but it is one of herserious and well written novels The topic is not touched on lightly, the pain, the guilt, the resignation and denial are all there you want stages of grief, you got it It s a 5 hanky book Possibly , depending on the quality of your handkerchiefs lace won t hold up here The characters are intricate and well described, complex in their thoughts and believable in how they mature It s not a perfect book I had some problems with the characters and plot, but overall, it is very well written and remains one of my favorites in the Regency genre The writing THE WRITING Did I mention the writing It flows so naturally, so eloquently without being flowery and prosaic Julia Quinn s earlier works have the ability to make me laugh, cry, swoon, and this ranks among her best.Michael has been in love with Francesca since he saw her, which ordinarily wouldn t be a bad thing since he s a very eligible bachelorbut they met at Francesca s engagement party To Michael s cousin and best friend What makes it worse for him is that they are so compatible unlike his other conquests, he truly enjoys her company Francesca and Michael end up liking each other immensely They wind up becoming good friends after her marriage to his cousin he hides his pain and feelings for her through his usual light hearted debauchery They laugh together, tease each other, have fun together, all the while with Francesca blissfully happy in her marriage with her Lord John and blithely oblivious at the pain Michael is suffering despite his outwardly vivacious facade.His love for her is confounding, love at first sight, as clich d as it may soundbut unlike the usual story when the hero heroine falls inexplicably in love, Julia Quinn has a lovely way of putting his abstract and inexplicable attraction to Francesca in words It wasn t her hair, that rich, lush wave of chestnut that he was rarely so privileged as to see down And it wasn t even her eyes, so radiantly blue that men had been moved to write poetry much, Michael recalled, to John s everlasting amusement It wasn t even in the shape of her face or the structure of her bones if that were the case, he d have been obsessed with the loveliness of all the Bridgerton girls such peas in a pod they were, at least on the outside.It was something in the way she moved.Something in the way she breathed.Something in the way she merely was Tell me you don t get a lump in your throat after reading that.And Michael would never dream of betraying his cousin, his best friend He loves John as much as he loves Francesca, and betraying either of them would be an unimaginably atrocious act Michael is willing to and is determined to spend his life devoted to maintaining the happiness of the two people he loves most in life So imagine how torn he feels when his chance inevitably come in a way he never would have dreamed of or wished for John dies NOT A SPOILER He now has the chance to make Francesca his Dare he take it No He flees all the way to India because he couldn t find a way to deal with his grief, much less with Francesca s, on top of his conflicting emotions for her, and doesn t return until he felt he could be with Francesca in friendship, without feeling as if he were a thief, plotting to steal what he d coveted for so long, which only took him several years Michael is not a perfect character, lest I make him sound like too much of a martyr He s a coward at times, running away from his feelings and his responsibilities when he inherits the earldom upon his cousin s death, and to be honest, I wanted to smack him repeatedly, particularly towards the end of the book, when he starts acting like a patronizing asshole towards Francesca However, his love for Franesca remains constant, and I can t find it in my heart to dislike him much.Francesca is a wonderful character Spirited and bright, having grown up in the loud and lively Bridgerton bosom She likes Michael, she loves John Lest the reader believes her relationship with John was terrible, in a book setting her up to inevitably be with Michael in the end, it s not She loves her marriage and her husband He was her kindred spirit, so like her in so many ways But it had, in a strange sort of fashion, been a relief to exit her mother s home, to escape to aserene existence with John, whose sense of humor was precisely like hers.He understood her, he anticipated her.He completed her Obviously, she suffers upon her husband s death, but it comes as a double loss when she miscarries his child Within a short time, she lost her husband, her unborn child, then her friend Michael through his flight to India, but she survives and comes to terms with the loss What is harder for her to come to terms with is her growing feelings for Michael, whom she has always seen as akin to a brother Until one day when she, in turn looks at him But suddenly But now She d looked at him, and she d seen something entirely new.She d seen a man.And it scared the very devil out of her then she, too, runs away.Here are two people trying to move on with their life, trying to get past their grief, trying to ignore their growing attraction for each other Trying not to fall in love, trying not to forget the man they both loved so much, the one who will always be a part of them Both of them have so much to deal with in reconciling that their love is not a betrayal of memory or trust or friendship, and the book does a tremendous job of portraying that.I also loved the presence of Violet Bridgerton in this novel She is the matriarch of the Bridgerton clan, mother to eight young children, and it is she in whom Francesca turns to for advice and comfort at her own loss Violet knows only too well what Francesca went through, having been widowed herself at a young age Even if she does not get much screen time, I so enjoyed seeing her reveal a little bit of herself and her own grief We have only ever seen Violet as the steel cored matriarch who has raised eight young children on her own, and given not much thought to what she must have been suffering all these years I loved seeing her through the veneer of perfection, giving her own advice to Francesca here.Some latter parts of the book were weak Michael and Francesca spent as much time fighting with each other as with themselves, and I grew frustrated with both However, this book remains one of the best Regency romances on my shelf, and I highly recommend it Everything Was So Much Simpler When He Was WickedIn 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 My Review This, the 6th installment of the Bridgerton series, is so different from the rest of the stories that it took me by surprise a pleasant surprise Having read and found the previous books lighter, funnier reads, I hadn t expected to find this one much different If there was ever any question as to Ms Quinn s ability to write aintense, deeper story, When He Was Wicked has answered it with a resounding yesWhen He Was Wicked is the story of Michael Stirling, Rake Extraordinaire My Review This, the 6th installment of the Bridgerton series, is so different from the rest of the stories that it took me by surprise a pleasant surprise Having read and found the previous books lighter, funnier reads, I hadn t expected to find this one much different If there was ever any question as to Ms Quinn s ability to write aintense, deeper story, When He Was Wicked has answered it with a resounding yesWhen He Was Wicked is the story of Michael Stirling, Rake Extraordinaire, who has finally met the one woman who makes him want to give up his wicked ways for a life filled with love and family It s the story of Francesca Bridgerton, beautiful, sophisticated everything Michael could want except, there s a small problem she s in love with and married to Michael s cousin John, and while that keeps Michael from acting on his feelings, it doesn t stop him from wanting her Francesca loves Michael as a cousin, dear friend and confidant, but nothing.And then one tragic night, without any warning at all, Francesca finds herself widowed and devastated and needing Michael s friendshipthan ever, but because his feelings run so much deeper and he feels horribly guilty because of it, he won t allow himself to become anyvulnerable to her than he already is But one night, when loneliness and desire can no longer be denied, they find themselves being swept away by a kiss that holdspassion,pleasure andfulfillment than anything either of them had ever felt before This one kiss, they both knew, had changed their lives forever Feeling that she was somehow betraying John s memory by caring for Michael this way, Francesca runs away to Scotland to gather her thoughts Michael is having none of that now that his feelings are finally out in the open, and decides to pursue her and win her however it takes He tries reasoning with her, wooing her, all to no avail So, what s a reformed rake to do Seduce her, of course And seduce her, he does Pulling out all the stops he does whatever he has to do to make her give into her feelings and see that what they have is not something to feel guilty or ashamed of, rather something to be cherished.While I love all of the books in the Bridgerton series, When He Was Wicked had somethingThe sexual tension in this book is amazing, as are the intimate scenes themselves If you re looking for a romance novel with depth, conflict, passion, and a happily ever after ending, this is the book for you Though it is part of the series, this story is separate enough from the rest of the Bridgerton s lives to easily be read as a stand alone novel I hope to findstories of this caliber amongst Ms Quinn s writings 4.5 STARSIn every life there is a turning point A moment so tremendous, so sharp and clear that one feels as if one s been hit in the chest, all the breath knocked out, and one knows, absolutely knows without the merest hint of a shadow of a doubt that one s life will never be the sameI was all over the place in my mind trying to rate this one I did really enjoy it, despite my updates suggesting otherwise The hero Michael Stirling was a fabulous character He totally made up for 4.5 STARSIn every life there is a turning point A moment so tremendous, so sharp and clear that one feels as if one s been hit in the chest, all the breath knocked out, and one knows, absolutely knows without the merest hint of a shadow of a doubt that one s life will never be the sameI was all over the place in my mind trying to rate this one I did really enjoy it, despite my updates suggesting otherwise The hero Michael Stirling was a fabulous character He totally made up for the foolishness that was Francesca I may have been just a little hard on her and her namby pamby ways She was, after all, grieving for her dead husband, who just happened to be Michael s cousin and best friend But in all honestly, I don t think I would have vacillated half as long over the issue It was another great episode in the Bridgerton saga And if you read this, don t stop without reading the second epilogue It was literally the cherry on top that squeezed that extra half star out of me Book 6 and it is Francesca s turn But she is already married you say Yes indeed she is but life has a funny way of turning things upside down when you least expect it This was not my favourite book of the series so far Basically I felt it was too long because the focus couple came together too soon and the rest of the book seemed very forced There were some very long and very steamy sex scenes too which added little to the actual story Colin and Violet were the best characters in my opinio Book 6 and it is Francesca s turn But she is already married you say Yes indeed she is but life has a funny way of turning things upside down when you least expect it This was not my favourite book of the series so far Basically I felt it was too long because the focus couple came together too soon and the rest of the book seemed very forced There were some very long and very steamy sex scenes too which added little to the actual story Colin and Violet were the best characters in my opinion They played small but important parts which were muchinteresting than the two main players who basically stormed around denying each other and running off to either India or Scotland I have made it sound like a bad book It wasn t It was entertaining and fun, just not as good as some of the earlier books 4.5 STARSI loved this I haven t read this series in order, I think I ve read Sophie s story, but that s it I ve been told that the Bridgertons are entwined throughout the series so it s best read in order But I gotta tell you, I loved this anyways and never felt I was lost or not privy to previous developments I do plan on reading the rest of the series and only wish they re as good as this one.So, Michael Stirling The man had my attention from the first page His forbidden love and acutely 4.5 STARSI loved this I haven t read this series in order, I think I ve read Sophie s story, but that s it I ve been told that the Bridgertons are entwined throughout the series so it s best read in order But I gotta tell you, I loved this anyways and never felt I was lost or not privy to previous developments I do plan on reading the rest of the series and only wish they re as good as this one.So, Michael Stirling The man had my attention from the first page His forbidden love and acutely desperate longing for Francesca was so tangible, I felt every bit of his anguish I also loved him to pieces He played the rogue, the ever unattainable rake, but his heart was locked for someone else There were times I found it difficult to support Francesca in her time of indecisiveness She could be so obtuse, so out of her mind sometimes that I wanted to scream I especially felt that way towards the end when things finally got to a head By then I was yelling internally I never didn t like her though, because I won t even attempt to understand how guilty she felt But I do believe she felt that way because the depth of her feelings for Michael was so deep, subconsciously so But Michael, oh, the poor man His pain was the perfectly orchestrated emotional angst I love HR is among my fave sub genres because I love reading and experiencing that time It was so different, so pure yet constrictive The fashion, food, emotional restraintit s all so interesting to read But comedic HR, or low angst HR isn t really my thing But this, the angst, depth of emotion, this is the HR I love And Michael Stirling was the epitome of restrained desire He reminded me of Sebastian St Vincent from LK s, A Devil in Winter They were very similar with their rakish behaviour and the subsequent helpless falling for a woman they wanted above all else However, St Vincent takes the cake for a man completely at a loss for how he feels Anyways, this was beautiful, touching, very sensual and moving I loved how time couldn t change Michael s heart, and how Francesca finally admitted to herself, yet Michael and we the readers already knew, that she loved himthan she ever thought possible,than I dare say, John Highly recommend this fantastic book, loved it This is sixth in a series, but the characters in this one are almost determinedly independent and isolated Further, this happens pretty much simultaneous with both book 4 and book 5 There s a scene with Colin book 4 in this one that appears in both, but that doesn t mean you need to read in any particular order.I really liked the premise of this story And Quinn takes a chapter or two to establish the reality of the emotional stakes so we see Michael, John and Francesca interacting and can s This is sixth in a series, but the characters in this one are almost determinedly independent and isolated Further, this happens pretty much simultaneous with both book 4 and book 5 There s a scene with Colin book 4 in this one that appears in both, but that doesn t mean you need to read in any particular order.I really liked the premise of this story And Quinn takes a chapter or two to establish the reality of the emotional stakes so we see Michael, John and Francesca interacting and can see how close they are in addition to Michael s dilemma knowing that he is in love with his best friend s wife It s touching and was a great setup and I couldn t wait to read this story.And then Quinn doused everything in gasoline and lit it on fire.Okay, it wasn t that bad if all you want is a standard romance with characters who are emotional cowards trying to overcome their milquetoast idiocy so they can have a life that doesn t suck But when Michael went all coward on us and fled the freaking country, I felt a deep foreboding I really wish I had stopped at that point looking back I had hope that Quinn would pull out of emotional weakness as the center point of the story arc And I maintained that hope in the teeth of mounting evidence to the bitter end Because I am apparently a fool I console myself that at least I havecourage than boiled cabbage a feat neither main character in this story managed.I had worked up lots of rage in the final hours of reading this but I think I ll stop with the tortured cabbage analogy Seriously, this is an immense squandering of that incredibly tight and impactful opening So very sad I m giving it a second star for that lovely start and the continued family dynamics But it s a weak second star the story probably doesn t really deserve.A note about Steamy There are three or four explicit sex scenes which gets close to the high end of my steam tolerance It doesn t help that all but the last are founded in manipulation and shame Fanning myself Goodness This book should get two stars from me, but here s an interesting fact Michael Stirling rates an entire star on his own I found myself frustrated with Francesca s behavior It s not that I couldn t understand it, just that it dragged on for far too long I ve noticed that a propensity to draw out a story is one of the weaknesses in Quinn s writing This isn t the only book of hers I ve read that had me heaving a sigh, rolling my eyes, and uttering But if you can Fanning myself Goodness This book should get two stars from me, but here s an interesting fact Michael Stirling rates an entire star on his own I found myself frustrated with Francesca s behavior It s not that I couldn t understand it, just that it dragged on for far too long I ve noticed that a propensity to draw out a story is one of the weaknesses in Quinn s writing This isn t the only book of hers I ve read that had me heaving a sigh, rolling my eyes, and uttering But if you can get past the drawn out melodrama, Michael Stirling is quite a hunk o man meat, and reading about him is certainly no chore 2.5 starsThis book is my least favorite of the series Francesca is the worst Bridgerton for sure She was really annoying in this book I really hated how she was fooling Michael, because she couldn t made up her mind She was constantly running away literally from her feelings 2.5 starsThis book is my least favorite of the series Francesca is the worst Bridgerton for sure She was really annoying in this book I really hated how she was fooling Michael, because she couldn t made up her mind She was constantly running away literally from her feelings After four long years of mourning her beloved husband Francesca Bridgerton Stirling is finally going back into society Still young, she feels the longing to be a mother, and has decided to find herself a husband But when her husband s cousin and once her close friend returns, her simple plan seems to fly out the window Michael Stirling has been in love with Francesca for many years, and after the sudden death of his cousin, his life was turned upside down Feeling he was betraying his cousAfter four long years of mourning her beloved husband Francesca Bridgerton Stirling is finally going back into society Still young, she feels the longing to be a mother, and has decided to find herself a husband But when her husband s cousin and once her close friend returns, her simple plan seems to fly out the window Michael Stirling has been in love with Francesca for many years, and after the sudden death of his cousin, his life was turned upside down Feeling he was betraying his cousin s memory by loving Francesca, ran away to India for four years Now that he has return, his mind has finally settle into his new role of Earl and his grief has passed, he s not surprised he s still deeply in love with Francesca, but when he finds out she wants to remarry he s shocked, but when a plan starts to form in his head, he decides to finally risk it all on love and marry Francesca himselfWhen he was Wicked has a tragic tone throughout the book, starting with the sudden death of John Stirling, Francesca s husband and Michael s cousin The tone and pace never faulted but did run into a few bumps in the road Francesca is the lead whom changed the most, stuck in limbo after John s death, she s having to deal with life after a love one s death Turning to Michael the only other person whom loved John as much as she, was hurt when he just up and left Not understanding that her words cut him deeply as he was to take over the role of his cousin whom he loved and seeing the woman he loved and now being to help her Through the book Francesca comes out from the shadows and starts to see life, but sees Michael as a man not as a friend butFrancesca was said to beof the loner from the Bridgerton s with a cool head and calm persona Sadly, she came across aswishy washy, always assuming she knew Michael and what he was thinking, then being hurt when she figured out she truly didn t know the Michael now I can fully understand her grief toward her husband, but I didn t understand sometimes why she come across as spiteful, although she did eat crow a few times, I thought it was out of character She did grow a see she her second chance at love with Michael and grabbed it with both hands Michael was scared, thrown into a role, he always saw his cousin in, then having to deal with lost and feeling he was hurting his cousin s memory by loving Francesca It took a long time for Michael to come to terms with all the changes in his life But when he returned, he wasstable,mature and ready for the role he now held Michael could be a butthead, but he was still trying to hide his love for Francesca, but when a idea is given to him, he can t let it go and goes out to win Francesca hand in marriage Michael was at timesopen minded to things around him then Francesca, maybe because he loved her but I felt he moved on, where Francesca still needed that push in the right direction I liked Michael and how he kept that love close to his heart for so many years and was happy he finally was able to give that love and be loved in returned If read as a stand alone, this book made great sense, but reading it in a series and order was kinda strange In the time line this book takes place at the same time as Romancing Mister Bridgerton and To Sir Phillip, With Love Luckily, they don t dwell to much on those books, but it did feel odd to see a single Colin in the start and half way through the book then a sudden marriage from Eloise The love scenes were pretty steamy for JQ, with a almost frenzy feel to them as Michael ignites the passion and love in Francesca, whom never felt that way before It did take a little while for Francesca to see her love for Michael, but when she does it brings a tear to your eye as they exchange I Love You Overall a beautifully written story of second chances at love that don t come everyday and to everybody, but when they do, one should grab them with both hands and hold them close to your heart


About the Author: Julia Quinn

1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don t read or write romance, and and if you watch reruns of the game show The Weakest Link you might just catch her winning the 79,000 jackpot She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, Ms Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America s Hall of Fame Her books have been translated into 32 languages, and she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.The Bridgertons, her popular series of historical romance, is currently in production by Shondaland as a Netflix original series starring Julie Andrews, Phoebe Dynevor, and R ge Jean Page.


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