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The Vixen

(Wicked Wallflowers #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  2,028 ratings  ·  252 reviews
USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell pits a fiercely independent beauty against a devilish investigator.

Set apart by her ethereal beauty and fearless demeanor, Ophelia Killoran has always been a mystery to those around her—and a woman they underestimated. No one would guess that she spends her nights protecting the street urchins of St. Giles. Ophelia knows what h
Paperback, 366 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Montlake Romance
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Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
I read some of Christi Caldwell's books, she's not a go-to historical romance writer for me, but once in a while I pick up her book. This is one of those times. A combination of the book being $4.99 vs. the more expensive regular priced ones, the fact that I'm in the mood for a "deep love story" and the reviews I read promised that it was (so many of them talked about needing Kleenex close by), and I was also hankering for a historical.

So here's what I thought:

One of the reasons this author is n
Tanya Sridhar
I'm going to put this book firmly in the 3.75 - 4/ 5 stars range for me.

I received this book from Netgalley and Montlake Publishers for an honest review. This does not in any way affect my opinion of the book and it's characters.

In short, I truly enjoyed this book and will remember it for several things; the gritty, dark yet realistic work Caldwell has created, the angst oh the angst, the last 30% of the book that I read with complete concenration and of course, the raw emotions this book br
Barbara Rogers
4.5 Stars
Series: Wicked Wallflowers #2
Publication Date: 8/7/18

Normally, I zip right through the books that I love – quite often finishing them in one sitting. I couldn’t do that with this one. The story is so intensely emotional that I had to keep taking breaks from reading and toward the end – I had to be sure the tissues were near. The book is excellently written, well plotted and the characters will just rip your heart out and then reassemble it for you – but it won’t be quite the same when t
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
3 Overall Pleased Stars

Ophelia Killoran was once a child who for years had no name. She was simply known as Girl, the daughter of the villainous, Diggory, who raped, murdered, and kidnapped children – stealing them often from their families and the peaceful lives they would have had. To Ophelia and her siblings, he was the Devil, but one they felt they couldn’t escape, for these children it was better the devil you know...

With Diggory’s death, Ophelia and her siblings are trying to make a life
Lady Heather
"5 - I didn't want the imagined; I wanted all of you Stars!"

This was such a great story to read.
I loved Connor and Ophelia's story.
I loved the past they shared, and how each one of them in their own way were able to survive and eventually get off the streets and thrive.

I recommend that the first book in this series, "The Hellion" be read before this one, just so that the reader has a better grasp of "The Killoran" history and the secondary characters.

Great read.
I thoroughly enjoyed it!

"I vo
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks
A longer review to follow, but this book had me sobbing. One of the best books I’ve ever read and I’m so blessed and honored to have been able to. Christi Caldwell slays me with her riveting and emotional tales
4 stars - Historical Romance

Loved this one! This series is great so far! I just wish the endings weren't so rushed and that they had more detailed HEAs and epilogues.
Maggie Whitworth
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A stunningly emotional and heartbreakingly realistic book, the characters are so real they jump off the page .
I can’t say I’ve ever felt a story more , the scenes played out like a play in my head .
I’ve felt and reacted to every situation in this one, and I’m exhausted and exhilarated at the same time .
It’s a wonderful , long awaited story with Connor and Ophelia, also many favourites from this series and others .
I’ll be tapping my fingers patiently till the next instalment.
Five st
Apr 27, 2020 added it
Shelves: romance
Just like the first book in Christi Caldwell's Wicked Wallflower series this sequel was an enjoyable historical romance. It had a fun blend of romance, drama, and interesting characters. It was also a little different from the regular HR books since neither the hero or the heroine of the story were members of the nobility. I thought that was a fun change of pace and it was good that the story never lost any of the other elements which make the typical HR stories so fun to read.

This second book
Juliana Philippa
4.5 stars
Special Note to Christi Caldwell: Please start giving us Epilogues!!! —Your Beloved Readers [Added May 2019: CALDWELL HAS STARTED TO ADD EPILOGUES!!!]

Setting. London, England, Spring 1826

Heroine: Miss Ophelia Killoran, sister of Mr. Broderick Killoran, owner of Devil's Den (previously Girl Diggory)
Hero: Mr. Connor Steele, adopted son of the Earl of Mar (previously Connor O'Roarke)

Summary. Ophelia Killoran grew up on the streets of St. Giles, but now lives safely with her
Contrary to the first in this series this book was slow and very disinteresting for me. I tried to get to at least 30% but had to DNF this one. I usually enjoy Tim Campbell as a narrator however this one fell real short for me.

2-Stars disappointed🙁
Caitlyn Lynch
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Ophelia Killoran is the vixen of the title, a woman unlike any other in all of London. Daughter of Mac Diggory, once the feared crime king of London’s seedy underworld, she and her siblings have built a new life for themselves as proprietors of a prosperous gaming hell. Now her brother wants her to marry a lord to cement their place in polite society.

Once upon a time, Connor Steele was one of Diggory’s street kids, and a girl with white hair saved his life. He repaid the debt by letting himself
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Goodness! My facial muscles got a real workout with this book! I think I pulled a muscle in my jaw from gasping in surprise so many times. And the back and forth motion of smiling, sobbing, and clenching my teeth in anger surely tightened something up. The Vixen, #2 in Christi Caldwell’s Wicked Wallflowers series will definitely shake up your emotions. If you’ve read Ms. Caldwell before, you know she has the uncanny ability to make the reader feel everything the characters are feeling. And this ...more
What an intense, emotional read. Christi’s writing of Ophelia and Connor’s heartbreaking journey into love is incredibly affecting and had me in tears at various parts of the book, especially at the end. This story of their back and forth in saving each other is well-written and delves deeply into class differences in Regency England. Cameos by characters from previous and future books enrich the story, while not taking away the spotlight from Ophelia and Connor.

The Vixen is book 2 of the Wicke
Shoshanna Ford
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

Christi stuns again with a fantastic story of love and triumph.

The best part of Christi Caldwell’s stories is that they are written about characters who feel real. They struggle, they love, they hate, they emote right off the pages. Never have I ever read one of Christi’s books and thought “That’s ridiculous. No real person would act that way.” And I have to say, I have thought that a lot about many excellent books. This couple, more than others, deserve t
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is another great original story by Christi. Ophelia Killoran was born a bastard of the evil sadistic crime lord Mac Diggory and has lived most of her life as a pickpocket on the streets of St Giles. You do what Mac tells you or you die. Now that Mac is dead her brother is running the gaming hell and any children who work for the Killorans are fed and taken care of. There are no more criminal activities and Ophelia dedicates herself to helping as many children off the streets and into the fa ...more
Jen Davis
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of angst in my romance. I actively seek it out and the blurb on this story promised me a healthy dose. It did not disappoint.

Ophelia grew up on the streets of Saint Giles, the daughter of its worst criminal. She did what she had to in order to survive, from picking pockets to using her knife, to putting herself at risk among those who would take advantage of a beautiful young girl. She was hard and tough, but for some reason she could not follow one particular order. She could not
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
This is the second book in the Killoran sisters' stories; I think it could still be enjoyed as a standalone, but is better read as part of the series. After her sister Cleo fails to marry a nobleman, Ophelia is sent to live with her and make her come out into society. Before she leaves her family's gaming club, however, she barges into a meeting between her brother and a ruthless investigator, who turns out to be Connor, the boy she saved on the streets and who saved her in return, giving his to ...more
Richelle Robinson
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Connor and Ophelia have a checkered past and are now forced to work together several years later. They both came from a similar background but things are way different for the both of them. They don’t trust each other but they have no choice to work together. Those are the kind of stories I love to read! I enjoyed the push and pull with the characters. Once they let their walls downs and got to know each other, I was so happy! The characters were well developed and I loved seeing their relations ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Only one other book has affected me so strongly, and that too was written by this author (My Lady of Deception). Christi Caldwell puts her heart and soul into the world and characters she creates. The emotion is real, the characters believable, and her stories fresh and unique. As you read her words, it’s so easy to visualize the scenes playing out before you, and you are drawn into their world, hearing their voices, and feeling each and every emotion. And in “The Vixen”, so much emotion!

Dee Deacon Foster
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christi Caldwell continues to amaze!

Ophelia Killoran – the tough street rat with a will to survive and no love for the peerage.

Connor Steele – the orphan who got away from the streets and given a better life.

Their lives took different paths, but fate has thrown them together again.

Ms. Caldwell puts a depth to her characters that is unparalleled. The Vixen is no exception. As she peeled away the layers of Ophelia and opened Connor’s eyes to reality, my heart ached. And the prison palm reading….I
Kari Maass
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book one of Christi Caldwell ‘s Wicked Wallflowers series , the Hellion, brought us to the Killoran sisters. Raised on the London streets by an evil man, not even named until their”brother” Broderick gave them names. Cleopatra was first to find her HEA. In Book 2, We learn more about the sister’s past in Ophelia’s story, The Vixen. Conner and Ophelia’s road to HEA tore me up. From the beginning their intwined lives gripped me and the story never let go. The horror of their youth and the strong p ...more
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

The Vixen started off really well, but then the pacing started becoming erratic halfway through. The emotional depth, character and relationship development were really well-written. But the pacing was off and there was quite a bit of repetition (this seems to be a trend with historical romances this year). I also didn't get a strong grasp of the club's setting. Do the Killorans live there or are their lodgings separate from the club? Ano
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Publisher's Description:

USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell pits a fiercely independent beauty against a devilish investigator.

Set apart by her ethereal beauty and fearless demeanor, Ophelia Killoran has always been a mystery to those around her—and a woman they underestimated. No one would guess that she spends her nights protecting the street urchins of St. Giles. Ophelia knows what horrors these children face. As a young girl, she faced those horrors herself, and she would have died
Supriya Saran
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sheila Melo
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trigger
I received this book for free from Netgalley in order to prepare an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

FINAL DECISION: Enjoyable historical romance with interesting characters. This story has been done before but the characters make this a lively story. I wish there was more emotional connection between the characters early on because the last twenty-five percent of the book was wonderful.

THE STORY: Investigator Connor Steele is hunting for a
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Connor O’Roarke, the child who escaped the evil Mac Diggory, is now Connor Steele a successful investigator. He escaped St. Giles with the help of a girl he called Lagertha and was taken in by the Earl of Mar. His current investigation for Lord Maddock, brings him back to St. Giles and the girl who saved him.

Ophelia Killoran lives in St. Giles and helps her brother, Broderick, run the Devil’s Den club. Broderick is determined to better their lives and make peace with the owners of the Hell and
Shawna  Wood (A Girl and Her Books)
Christ Caldwell outdid herself with The Vixen. I'm was an emotional wreck (in the best way) at the end of this book! This novel is such a realistic, heartbreaking portrayal into the lives of the people who live outside of English society.

The Wallflower takes us inside the dangerous and unsavory streets of St. Giles. It follows children forgotten, abandoned or born to the streets of London. forced to do anything and everything to survive. The Killoran family was able to rise above their meager be
Pj Ausdenmore
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE VIXEN by Christi Caldwell is a deeply emotional, sometimes heart-wrenching, historical romance that's on my Best of 2018 list and, in my opinion, the best book this talented writer has delivered to date. Keep the tissues handy for this one. You'll need them as Connor and Ophelia's journey unfolds, then need a few more when their hard-won love, and happiness, are finally claimed. Mystery, danger, rapid-fire banter, an atypical hero and heroine, storytelling that will immerse you in the gritty ...more
Megan (BookWifeReviews)
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Cristi Caldwell's books are pretty hit or miss with me. Usually there are a bunch of lies and deceit and that just isn't something I enjoy reading about.. I tend to space out her books But this book was pretty good. I liked both the main characters.. ok well I liked them eventually. At first they were both way too stubborn but I liked the way they fit together. They were a good match and I enjoyed their story.

I have read the blurb for the next book and I honestly have no interest in reading it..
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