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When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn

When He Was Wicked

by Julia Quinn

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Series: Bridgertons (6)

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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 . . .… (more)
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    Web of Love by Mary Balogh (PhoenixFalls)
    PhoenixFalls: Both books have similar plots; Quinn's has better sex, but I think Balogh's is more satisfying emotionally.

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Francesca was nice and all, but I didn't immediately love her as much as the other Bridgerton ladies. Also, it turns out I find realistic grief rather boring? Michael started out great, but kind of... I don't know. I'm kind of left feeling nothing about this book. Which, I guess, is much better than hating it! ( )
  thewanlorn | Feb 24, 2020 |
When He Was Wicked
3.5 Stars

Michael Stirling fell in love with Francesca Bridgerton at first sight. The only problem is that she was about to marry his cousin. Michael vows to keep his love secret but everything changes when his cousin John dies and Francesca is suddenly free. Will she ever see him as anything more than a handsome rake? Can she reconcile the idea of one of her oldest friends with the man for whom she feels a sudden and unexpected passion?

A disappointing addition to the series.

The beginning is incredible and had me on the verge of tears, but the book loses momentum thereafter and it isn't until the last few chapters that things pick up again. Moreover, the witty dialogue and humorous antics that characterize the other books are lacking, and the absence of most of the Bridgerton clan is very noticeable. Finally, the timeline is also problematic as the story takes place in parallel with books #4 and 5, and the allusions and references to these stories creates disunity and may be confusing to some readers.

That said, Michael is an amazing hero - so patient, loyal and loving. He is simply fantastic and to be honest, Francesca doesn't deserve him. She comes across as obtuse and irritating. Her constant rejection of Michael had me growling in frustration. Again, it is only at the end that I managed to warm up to her and the final scenes are excellent.

Overall, not my favorite but worth reading just for Michael. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
a very touching story... ( )
  MyaB | Apr 25, 2018 |
My least favorite Bridgerton book so far, but still an OK read. ( )
  ElleyOtter | Nov 28, 2017 |
Francesca felt like the forgotten Bridgerton, in the other stories she's the one who was married and away so she conveniently didn't feature in the stories of her other siblings - other than her eldest sister. I think I might have like this book a little more if we have a real reason why Michael - and then Francesa - loved each other. Mainly it was physical attraction, and while that is all well and good, it can't be lasting. Their conflict was her deceased husband, and allowing themselves to be together after his death, and this was fine, but I wished there was more. ( )
  iShanella | Dec 7, 2016 |
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And also for Paul, even though he wanted to call it Love in the Time of Malaria
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