Sarah MacLean is a very well known name in the world of romance. The first instalment of her new series Bareknuckle Bastards, Wicked and the Wallflower, comes with all the usual magic her books carry.
Three boys, born on the same day, to the same man, each with his own personality, but on the wrong side of the blanket. Then there is the man himself, a duke. His duchess also gives birth to a child on the very same, a daughter. Unfortunately, that child is not of his blood. The duke desperately wanted an heir, and fate deals him a harsh hand.
Wicked and the Wallflower is about one of the boys, Devil who was named Devon and later earned his moniker in life. Spending his early years in an orphanage, he gets transplanted to the country home of the duke. Here he discovers his siblings, of his blood and heart. He also discovers unknown horrors, but they survive. Two years later, escaping the terror that was the duke’s company, three of the four children end up in Covent Garden, and one grows up to be known as Devil.
The heroine is a lock picking enthusiast, a daughter of a marquess. We have already seen Felicity Faircloth in the book, The Day of the Duchess. She was quite lovable in that and it is her time to shine in this book. Devil and Felicity make a fine pair. Each with their own secrets and fighting against their heart’s desire. (That is all I am going to write about the plot. Any more and it might as well become a spoiler.)
But this is a feel-good romance and everything ends and they live happily ever after. I loved the book, for sometimes we all need to that everything ends well. It is the one reason that I love this genre. It just makes sure that no matter how many heartbreaks and trials one goes through in life, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
The writing, the characters, the plot are all in the usual style of Sarah MacLean. Wicked and the Wallflower makes a good start to the series, and we see a few of Maclean‘s characters from her other books as well.
Wicked and the Wallflower is a very heartwarming romance that will definitely make the readers rejoice, and look forward to the rest of the series.
You can find a copy of Wicked and the Wallflower here – Amazon
You can read an excerpt from the next in the Bareknuckle Bastards series, Brazen and the Beast here.
Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
My rating: 3 of 5 stars