Wicked and the Wallflower is the first in Sarah MacLean’s new Bareknuckle Bastards series. The heroine for the story is Lady Felicity Faircloth. She is plain, partially ruined and an older woman, so she is on her way to spinsterhood, although she hasn’t given up yet.
Our hero is an unlikely one – he goes by Devil. He is a criminal under lord, and is the bastard son of a duke. Lady Felicity believes that he is helping her catch a husband (although she isn’t exactly sure WHY he is helping her), but in reality Devil is using her to set a trap for a duke. To set that trap, Devil is going to turn this wallflower into a flame.
Soon Felicity realizes she does not want a Duke or a place in society, she wants Devil. So, when Felicity sends his plans into disarray he must choose between revenge or chasing the one thing he has ever cared about.
Wicked and the Wallflower is filled with delicious banter and dialog. Devil is unlike any other regency hero I have read. Wicked and the Wallflower takes the regency novel out of the glittering ballrooms and high society of London, to show the darker side of London life (with a swoon worthy bad boy hero). Felicity is an extremely relatable heroine, with great insecurities and strength. Most importantly, Felicity and Devil has an undeniable chemistry – they challenge each other and grow together throughout the novel. Finally, Wicked and the Wallflower sets up the Bareknuckle Bastards series, so the supporting characters are equally flushed out and entertaining. I cannot wait to read more.
Wicked and the Wallflower can be found in our paperback section of the library along with many other amazing romances!