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When He Was Wicked

by Julia Quinn

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Series: Bridgertons (6)

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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. FRANCESCA'S STORY 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, her husband John, and John's cousin Michael are a nearly inseparable trio, but when John dies unexpectedly everything seems to crumble. Instead of staying to comfort Francesca and be comforted by their friendship in turn, Michael runs away to India to try to escape his secret love for her. Four years later he returns to take up his responsibilities as the new earl and finds that Francesca is in the market for a new husband...

A handful of books into the series and I'm still loving it. The characters are great, the stories comfortable, and the Bridgertons feel like the fancy yet inviting family next door. ( )
  electrascaife | Jan 31, 2023 |
Molto bello anche questo sesto libro che vede protagonista Francesca Bridgerton felicemente sposata con John Stirling conte di Kilmartin e migliore amica del cugino di lui, Michael, segretamente innamorato di lei sin dal primo momento in cui l’ha conosciuta.
La morte improvvisa di John getterà entrambi nello sconforto più cupo ma incrinerà anche i loro rapporti tanto che Michael deciderà di partire per l’India dove resterà per quattro anni per tornare infine a Londra per trovarsi una moglie. Al contempo Francesca sente sempre più pressante il desiderio di avere un figlio e decide di cercarsi un nuovo marito.
Una storia ben scritta come tutte le precedenti, appassionante e intrigante, da non perdere assolutamente, dove i sentimenti dei due protagonisti sono analizzati con profondità anche perché caratterialmente i due protagonisti risultano molto diversi da tutti i precedenti.
Francesca di fatto è quella che si discosta maggiormente dal carattere generale della famiglia tanto da essere rimasta quasi ai margini delle narrazioni fino a questo libro dove esce con tutta la complessità del suo personaggio.
Un altro libro imperdibile della serie.
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  Raffaella10 | Jan 28, 2023 |
I love this book!!! It's different than a lot of books out there in a lot of ways. First, Michael is Francesca's best friend - not some man she saw and fell madly in love with. Secondly, it's Michael who's pining, which seems against the grain - and I'm very glad because I'm tired of it always being the girl's job to pine. Thirdly, it's the first book I've read where the hero suffers from malaria for a significant portion of the book. Fourthly, it's one of the few books I've read where the widow actually truly loved her husband before he died. Fifthly, this book begins very sadly, and a touch of that sadness continues through the rest of the book. Despite that, this book is amazingly good. Very touching, and sweet, and really everything a romance novel should be expected to be. Michael, while prickly and tortured, is completely lovable - although far from perfect - and Francesca struggles to come to terms with her husband's death and her growing feelings for his cousin and her best friend. Truly charming!!! ( )
  Anniik | Nov 26, 2022 |
I am torn about When He Was Wicked. While it was interesting to have Francesca, a childless widow approaching middle age, as a lead character, both the characters were such ninnies at times that I wanted to knock their heads together. And sex and pregnancy (or lack thereof) being used to control and attempt to manipulate the person's partner didn't make me happy. Still, I will finish out the series.

The book is only recommended only for fans of the series. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Jul 10, 2022 |
Kept me anxious for an HEA. ( )
  SuzieEN | May 2, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Quinn, Juliaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Prebble, SimonReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Desthuilliers, CécileTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lingsminat, PetraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Viñas Donoso, Claudiasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For B.B., who kept me company throughout the writing of this book. The best things come to those who wait!



And also for Paul, even though he wanted to call it Love in the Time of Malaria
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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. FRANCESCA'S STORY 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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