Blog Tour: Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean


Welcome to the Wicked and the Wallflower blog tour post! This is the first book in Sarah MacLean‘s new series Bareknuckle Bastards and I’m so excited to share this book with you guys!

I’ve got lots of fun things in this post, including a review, an excerpt, and a giveaway! So scroll on down and check out all the fun stuff (:

Blog Tour: Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLeanWicked and the Wallflower (The Bareknuckle Bastards, #1) by Sarah MacLean
Series: The Bareknuckle Bastards #1
Published by Avon on June 19th 2018
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 396
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
four-stars

When Wicked Comes Calling...

When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She's seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won't accept a marriage without it.

The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain...

Bastard son of a duke and king of London's dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy.

For the Promise of Passion...

But there's nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she'd rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil's carefully laid plans are in chaos, and he must choose between everything he's ever wanted...and the only thing he's ever desired.

Review:

A lovely start to a new series, Wicked and the Wallflower kind of reminds me Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, which happens to be one of my favourite Sarah McLean’s, so I’m glad this didn’t disappoint. True to it’s name, it’s about a wicked gentleman who goes by the name of Devil and an almost on the shelf wallflower, Felicity Faircloth.

There’s definitely a bigger arc story that starts to unfold in this first book that leads us to Devil’s and Felicity’s HEA. When Devil (along with his Bareknuckle Bastards siblings) sets out to make sure the Mad Duke doesn’t produce an heir, Felicity is the perfect trap. True to trope, the plan was to ruin her, to get revenge, but of course a little thing called true love gets in the way.

Devil starts off as an a bit of an anti-hero but he definitely does win me over in the end. And I quite adored Felicity. Like many of MacLean’s heroines, she’s fiesty and witty and can bring a strong man to his knees.

Overall, this has all the hallmarks of a good read, from the swoon romance, to the mysterious past, to the intriguing characters you can’t help but get invested it. I’m excited to see how the whole story plays out for the rest of the Bastards.

{*Thanks to Avon & Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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*GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the release of WICKED AND THE WALLFLOWER by Sarah MacLean, we’re giving away two $10 Amazon gift cards!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open internationally. Two winners will each receive a $10 Amazon gift card. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance. Giveaway ends 6/29/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Pure Textuality PR is responsible for the prize and will send the prizes out to the winners directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address.  Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

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About Sarah MacLean

New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America. Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on Jezebel.com's Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her "gracefully furious." A graduate of Smith College & Harvard University, Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.


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Excerpt; 

Prologue
The Past

The three were woven together long before they were aware, strands of spun, silken steel that could not be separated—not even when their fate insisted upon it.

Brothers, born on the same day, in the same hour, at the same minute to different women. The high-priced courtesan. The seamstress. The soldier’s widow. Born on the same day, in the same hour, at the same minute to the same man.

The duke, their father, whose arrogance and cruelty fate would punish without hesitation, stealing from him the only thing he wanted that his money and power could not buy—an heir.

It is the Ides of March the seers warn of, with its promise of betrayal and vengeance, of shifting fortune and inalienable providence. But for this sire—who was never more than that, never close to father—it was the Ides of June that would be his ruin.

Because on that same day, in that same hour, at that same minute, there was a fourth child, born to a fourth woman.

To a duchess. And it was this birth—the birth all the world thought legitimate—that the duke attended, even as he knew the son who was to be his heir in name and fortune and future was not his own and still, somehow, was his only hope.

Except she was a daughter.

And with her first breath, she thieved future from them all, as powerful in her infancy as she would become in her womanhood. But hers is a story for another time.

This story begins with the boys.

four-stars

Author: Cyn

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One Reply to “Blog Tour: Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean”

  1. It’s hard to resist an anti-hero like this! I need to meet Felicity and Devlin! Thanks for the great post and excerpt, Cyn.

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