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Brazen and the Beast

(The Bareknuckle Bastards #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,282 ratings  ·  495 reviews
New York Times Bestselling Author Sarah MacLean returns with the next book in the Bareknuckle Bastards series about three brothers bound by a secret that they cannot escape—and the women who bring them to their knees.

The Lady’s Plan

When Lady Henrietta Sedley declares her twenty-ninth year her own, she has plans to inherit her father’s business, to make her own fortune, and
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 400 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Avon
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Jessica It doesn't come out until the end of July. Though it's available for pre-order at bookshops now

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Sarah MacLean
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical, mine
This was not a woman who took tea. This was a woman who took the sun.

I know we're not supposed to play favorites. I know I'm supposed to love all my books equally. But I really really love this one, you guys. It's so close to my heart.

An incomplete list of the reasons why:

* Hattie: A smart, savvy, curvy girl with a talent for knots, who refuses to give up on her dreams simply because the whole world tells her she can't have them. She's got a five point plan to claim herself, her business, and her future.

* A grunty Beast of a hero, who is both a bareknuckle brui
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m
****4.5 STARS****

What do you get when you cross a tall, dark, handsome and wealthy king of the underworld with a no nonsense and spirited hell of a novel!!!

This has to be my favorite book this year. It had everything including the alpha anti-hero. Saviour Whittington is the bastard son of a duke and has had to drag himself from the savage streets of London. But he is a survivor and becomes known as the Beast because of his fighting ability and protectiveness over those he cares a
Obviously, I host Fated Mates with Sarah, so I'm hardly an impartial reader. BUT. BUT. BUT.

This book is fucking great. I loved everything about it, especially Hattie. Her determination to prove herself worthy of inheriting her father's company even though she's a woman is such a great plot arc. And even though Whit respects her dream, I loved that she does not wait around for him to give her permission to do what she thought was right.

Whit is a delightful hero. I am ALL ABOUT a romance hero wh
Oct 20, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
How many times can this book say the word ‘plan’ in it’s description?

Seven. Seven times.
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


What a colossal waste of time. I fear Brazen and the Beast marks the conclusion of my relationship with Sarah MacLean. It will take a LOT for me to ever read a new Sarah MacLean release.

The standard for historical romance has fallen so much that it's now deeply rooted in the earth, with no hope of it ever showing its face again. I cannot for the life of me understand how or why this series is so well-loved. I can't. It defies log
Aug 14, 2019 marked it as not-for-me  ·  review of another edition
I think SM and I are done.

We are parting ways.
This is a modern, with a push towards inserting political and culture view points, dressed as a historical romance (this stuff is not historically accurate or believable for the time period). In my humble opinion. And I found the dialogue/writing style to be repetitive, silly, unbelievable and off. I think that about covers it.

So it was fun while it lasted SM but unfortunately we need to part ways.
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wicked and the Wallflower was one of my top books of 2018, and I was basically screaming when I got approved for Brazen.

I love love loved Hattie and Beast. They’re both so smart and so opinionated and the bickering was the best. I adored their arguing and reading how their relationship unfurled in the most deliciously slow way and of course the chemistry was insane. I loved Nora and was beside myself at seeing Devil and Felicity again.

Plot wise it was perfect. From Hattie taking charge of her ye
I official own three copies of Brazen and the Beast and sorry not sorry I'm keeping them all. I re-read my favorite book of 2019 via audio book, and let me tell you a grunting hero is a glorious thing to hear. Hattie and Whit are my ride or die couple and I'll be re-reading their story for years to come.

Sheer and utter perfection. I am here for #yearofhattie, Carrick bend knots used for sexy reasons (OMG JUST WAIT), and Beast, oh Beast.

MacLean has done it again and I cannot wait for everyone to
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
I really, really wish I didn’t struggle with this series like I do. Sarah MacLean is one of my favorite historical romance authors (she gave us the Rules of Scoundrels series, which I worship), but the Bareknuckle Bastards series just doesn’t seem to be working for me. It’s not BAD, but it’s not that great either. I found myself bored more than anything with Brazen and the Beast, which was the same issue I had with book one, Wicked and the Wallflower. The plot moved too slowly that I had to skim ...more
Megan Frampton
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This might now be my favorite of Sarah MacLean's books, and that's saying a lot, since I absolutely adore her books. It's so well-written, so complete, such an altogether consuming story that it is absolutely and entirely satisfying. Swoon.
First Date:  Lady Henrietta Sedley declares her twenty-ninth year the “Year of Hattie,” and she has plans! But first, to get rid of her V-card. She has the night booked at a discreet club exclusively for women but things get complicated when she finds a man tied up in her carriage. A very handsome man. Fearing her brother may have a hand in it, she heads towards her destination. When the man in question awakens. He believes the young woman to be in on the attack but before he can gather his wit ...more
Romance in the Wild
This was not a winner for me. I really can't stand weight and being plus-sized as a plot driver of conflict. Can we please get a plus-size heroine that has body confidence and simply IS plus-sized without it being a conflict? The writing also felt verbose to me and the plot convoluted. There was a great deal of repetition too that made the flow a bit stilted.
As a personal opinion, I'm not a huge fan of plotlines where every page, chapter, dialogue, scene, etc. between characters indicates that
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“I am the heroine of my own play, sir.”

I’m an avid reader of historical romances, forever drawn to a world where dashing rogues fall head over heels in love with intrepid damsels, but few authors continue to amaze me with the way they engage so purposefully with female identity, body norms, and sexuality in their stories, rather than merely accept the traditionally accepted. And Sarah MacLean is one of those authors. There is so much to adore about her writing—from her elegant but sharp pros
The Bookshelf Wars
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Flowery Prose and Plot Holes Abound

So I consider myself a fan of Sarah MacLean’s work; I’ve read all her books and I await each new release with breathless anticipation. Which is why it was strange how underwhelming this book was.

There’s a common misconception that the romance genre is all dashing heroes and overblown prose, and while it’s true that some of the genre definitely fits that description, I’ve usually held up MacLean’s work as an example of great romance novels. Her characters often
Em Wittmann
I gave Brazen and the Beast a B at All About Romance.

Brazen and the Beast is vintage Sarah MacLean. Which is, for me, a good thing. I was completely absorbed in the romance, which is perfectly paced and gets off to a good start, but unfortunately, not everything else is as good and the villains (except one, who features in the next book) are underdeveloped, underutilized, and not very villainous. These factors detract from this entertaining and romantic story featuring a non-traditional heroine
Jul 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss. All comments/opinions are my own.

Ooooh this book. This poor poor book. Where does one even begin...

Let’s just jump right to it and state I am not a fan. If you’ve read the first book in this series, then you’ve read this already.

Three brothers, bastards. All born on the same day. At the same time. To three separate women. Two brothers are living in the seedy underbelly of London. One is running about as a Duke and trying
One of the worst Sarah Maclean novels I’ve read. She’s getting pretty lazy with her plots and her prose. I think the sentence, “she cut him a look” appears no fewer than 100 times. Every once in awhile she dresses it up, like: “She cut him an irritated look.”

Her sentences are predictably formulaic: “[He/she] [verb phrase], [adjective] and [adjective] and [adjective].” For example, “He let out a sigh, long and low and lush.” Maclean is also prone to abstract descriptors like, “It felt like sin.”
5 ++++ stars

I could write a long, detailed review. But I could also limit myself to just one word: perfect!

This story is everything. I haven't read a book that fast in a long time.

All the love and stars for Whit and Hattie ♥

Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Brazen and the Beast' is the second book in Sarah MacLean's new historical romance series, 'The Bareknuckle Bastards'.

I became OBSESSED with this new his-rom from MacLean, that is largely set in the "underworld" of London in Covent Garden, and is a bit of an upstairs/downstairs for centring around four siblings - three of whom are from the "gutters" and the first two books focused on brothers Devil and Beast, had them paired with ladies ("toffs") from the gentry.

First book was about Devil and


There's a reason why Sarah MacLean is one of the most beloved historical romance authors. I'm not sure how she did it, but with Brazen and the Beast she has written a book that is even more superior to the first book, which was pretty fantastic on its own.

Brazen and the Beast was one of those all-engrossing stories that pulled me in from the start and it's all because of the sizzling chemistry between our hero and heroine. At 29, Hattie has goals far more interesting than marriage. It's th
Gretchen  (About That Story)
Brazen and the Beast was seriously entertaining right from the start. It flowed so well and I was wrapped up in the characters’ lives, learning their histories, their dilemmas, feeling their pain, I was caught up in it all. It was riveting!

I loved Hattie. She was such a strong woman, a fighter. I loved her tenacity and how she stood up for herself and just kept on pushing forward. She was so smart and witty and just an incredibly likable and enjoyable character. Whit. Oh Whit, oh dear Beast... i
I love it! It's not the best book by Sarah I've ever read and if the timing was different I wouldn't give it such a high rating, but it made me laugh and cry and cry that's why The Brazen and the Beast gets 4.5 stars.

Hattie is strong-willed and admirable in her determination to claim the year for herself amidst all the restrictions of her gender and social status. Her insecurities about her weight and looks balance things out to make her sympathetic and, in some ways, relatable. She is well-matc
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another entry in this wonderful series set in mid-19th century London, taking a rose-coloured glasses look at the criminal scene of Covent Garden and how it interacts with the rest of London society. This is Beast's book as he comes into contact with an aspiring businesswoman Lady Henrietta Sedley, as she tries to protect her very stupid brother.

The two have immediate chemistry, although with not quite the level of banter that the first book provides. Hattie is in every way Beast's match and the
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Huge thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me a copy!!

SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS SERIES!! As a Sarah Maclean fan, it’s no surprise how much I absolutely completely ADORE this book. I’ve fallen in love with Covet Garden and this world that Sarah has created and this book you guys! ITS SO WONDERFUL! The plot of fast paced and the writing is so addictive. Plus it’s so REFRESHING to read this kind of hero and heroine who are so STRONG and bring out the absolute best in each other by fallin
Geri Reads
Still thinking about my rating for this. I enjoyed it but not as much as expected. Full review and rating to come.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

There is a lot to love in Brazen and the Beast, so let us start there.

Hattie is a five star character, for me, 100%. The tale starts with her venturing into what she calls 'The Year of Hattie'. The year she thoroughly takes control of her own life, starting with an extremely bold move to make her self un-marriageable. I adored her from the very beginning. She's not a standard beauty and has some insecure moments because of that but those moments are balanced with so many more moments o
Hattie gave me mad Callie vibes (from Nine Rules), and I absolutely loved it.

"It's not place for ladies," Augie said.

If there were any five words that would catapults a woman into motion, they were surely those.

Hattie is taking on the Year of Hattie, as she's tired of waiting for her father to wake up and hand the rightful person the shipping business. First up? Taking care of her virginity and the last barrier to full ownership of her own body and future. But things go horribly awry when her pl
Ginger at
Oh this world. 😍 I love this fictional historical romance world that Sarah MacLean has beautifully crafted. The Bareknuckle Bastards are every bit delightful, witty, and jarringly handsome. However, it is the ladies that are stealing the show. Hattie radiates from page to page. I think she might just be my favorite heroine yet. I love her strength and determination. She’s a feminist who matches Whit, the Beast, so perfectly. This story is wonderful & I can’t wait for book 3!
Tracy Emro
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Henrietta “Hattie” Sedley is preparing for a very special night out, but her plans are derailed even before they begin when she finds a gorgeous, unconscious man tied up in her carriage. Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of the “Year of Hattie”, this her 29th year will be the year she finally made her dreams come true and she refuses to let this man ruin it! She wakes him up and asks why he is in her carriage (even though she has a pretty good idea who put him there) – when he is les ...more
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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 studie

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