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Preview — When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn
When He Was Wicked
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...more
I’ll be honest, this is the book that attracted me to Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons to begin with and the story that I was most looking forward to reading in the series. I mean, with a title like “When He Was Wicked”? Well, I knew I simply couldn’t pass it up. Although I really liked this, surprisingly, it’s not my favorite of the series. That honor is still tied between the breathtaking, fairy tale romance An Offer From a Gentleman and the sweet, whimsical Romanc ...more
This is a beautiful Regency romance on grief, loss, and moving on. I've read and mostly loved all the books featuring the Bridgerton family, and this is the book I return to time after time because I think it is the best in the series. It is written in your typical inestimable Julia Quinn sty ...more
This, the 6th installment of the Bridgerton series, is so different from the rest of the stories that it took me by surprise – a pleasant surprise. Having read and found the previous books lighter, funnier reads, I hadn’t expected to find this one much different. If there was ever any question as to Ms. Quinn’s ability to write a more intense, deeper story, When He Was Wicked has answered it with a resounding yes!
When He Was Wicked is the story of Michael Stirling, Rake Extraordinaire ...more
I loved this. I haven't read this series in order, I think I've read Sophie's story, but that's it. I've been told that the Bridgertons are entwined throughout the series so it's best read in order. But I gotta tell you, I loved this anyways and never felt I was lost or not privy to previous developments. I do plan on reading the rest of the series and only wish they're as good as this one.
So, Michael Stirling. The man had my attention from the first page. His forbidden love and acutely ...more
Filled with emotion that starts out simmering and ends up ready to firecracker high in the sky, here’s the story of Francesca Bridgerton and Michael Stirling friends/cousins through Francesca’s hus ...more
Michael Stirling has been in love with Francesca for many years, and after the sudden death of his cousin, his life was turned upside down. Feeling he was betraying his cous ...more
Francesca Bridgerton is Michael's ultimate "Jessie's Girl." He has been completely in love with her since the first time he met her. She is his cousin's (who is like a brother to him) wife. He never tries to win her, or even wish for her, but has resigned himself to bitter acceptance and self hatred for secretly wanting his cousin's wife. He tamps all his feelings down and is ashamed of himself.
Well, the cousin d ...more
Francesca has always been strangely absent in this series. It's been four years since I read the first books but if I'm not mistaken she's only been mentioned but is never actually there until her own book. I see now that there is a reason for that. Francesca doesn't really fit in with the rest of the Bridgertons. Her personality is different, I would say she's more serious or at least more ...more
This book should get two stars from me, but here's an interesting fact; Michael Stirling rates an entire star on his own. I found myself frustrated with Francesca's behavior. It's not that I couldn't understand it, just that it dragged on for far too long. I've noticed that a propensity to draw out a story is one of the weaknesses in Quinn's writing. This isn't the only book of hers I've read that had me heaving a sigh, rolling my eyes, and uttering -
But if you can get ...more
I really liked the premise of this story. And Quinn takes a chapter or two to establish the reality of the emotional stakes so we see Michael, John and Francesca interacting and can s ...more
bucket of ice -to douse the heat
handkerchief -to wipe off the sweat
blood pressure cuff and heart rate monitor -to monitor if your BP and pulse are still in safe levels
guardian angel -to prevent infection of wickedness
handcuffs -to prevent being wicked
sedative -to reduce excitement
Preferential reading temperature:
20° or lower -things can get hot
(1) Breathe slowly. (Especially when approaching Chapter 17)
Francesca is the worst Bridgerton for sure. She was really annoying in this book. I really hated how she was fooling Michael, because she couldn't made up her mind! She was constantly running away (literally!) from her feelings.
The previous books raised the bar so high, and unfortunately Francesca's story couldn't made the jump!
I listened to the audiobook version, narrated by Simon Prebble, who does an absolutely wonderful job. I don't have time to write a full review at the moment, but perhaps one day...
This is my first JQ novel and not sure if it was the novel I picked or JQ that is not my style.
Don't get me wrong I'm not saying she's a bad writer. She has legions of fans. I'm just not quite sure she's for me. Perhaps I should try one of her more humorous novels before giving up.
The setup here was quite realistic in many ways and I was drawn into the first half. The loss of the heroine's first husband and hero's best friend/cousin was dealt with well. The ...more
This book...was slow.
I didn't really find it as exciting as the rest of the Bridgerton series (n i've read them all.)Even though it did have the family's trilling flavour, the book lacked JQ's usual sarcastic humour and chemistry...though I guess the treasure hunting was supposed to make up for it.
All in all an OK READ.
There is a serious problem with Francesca's character: her grief is not real, and her dilemma is exaggerated. She's already decided to marry again, so I really don’t understand her hes ...more
In every life there is a turning point.
A moment so tremendous, so sharp and clear that one feels as if one's been hit in the chest, all the breath knocked out, and one knows, absolutely knows without the merest hint of a shadow of a doubt that one's life will never be the same.
I was all over the place in my mind trying to rate this one. I did really enjoy it, despite my updates suggesting otherwise. The hero Michael Stirling was a fabulous character. He totally made up for the fool ...more
(Η παρακάτω κριτική είναι από την πρώτη φορά που το διάβασα αλλά δε θα την αλλάξω)
That was a pleasant surprise for me! I loved it! But why this came as a surprise when it’s more than obvious that I love this series? Well, because although I love all the Bridgertons, Francesca wasn’t something special for me. She wasn’t as outgoing as the rest of her family. But after reading her story ...more
The love story is also very realistic and complex. Highly recommend.
Francesca was (prior to this book and following it, honestly) the Invisible Bridgerton. I'm fairly certain that she's only ever present in a scene once in the previous five books, and that's a scene wherein Simon Bassett can't ...more
This was my least favorite Bridgerton book. This Bridgerton lady didn’t inherit her family’s moxie!
Michael was nursing a crush on his cousin/best friend Count Of Kilmartin’s fiancée Francesca Bridgerton. He was happy for his cousin John but he knew in his soul that Francesca was his soulmate. Watching John and Fran marry and then constantly being the third wheel was so hard that he turned to women and drink to numb his pain. When his cousin suddenly died, Michael inherited Kilmartin.
“You have to say it,” he said. “If you feel it, then you have to say it. I’m a greedy bastard and I want it all.”
She looked up at him, her eyes bright. “I love you.”
Michael touched her cheek. “I have no idea what I did to deserve you,” he said.
“You didn’t have to do anything,” she whispered. “You just had to be.”
*whimpers* Sorry. My heart needs a moment to deal with the sudden onslaught of feels.
When He Was Wicked was without a doubt the most emotionally draining of the Bridgerton books, but t ...more
This one definitely had a different feel than the previous books in the series. It's a bit darker, deals with the lovely Francesca Bridgerton and her newly wed husband, John KilMartin of only 2 years, when he complains of a headache, goes to take a sleep, and never wakes up...
The surprising thing about this story was that Francesca and John are happily passionately in love with each other, when tradegy strikes, so your heart really breaks for her. Shockingly, your heart breaks for Mic ...more
Straight away with this chapter of the Bridgerton series you notice how different it is from the prior. Firstly there is the very noticble lack of Bridgerton family presence. Also, there has never been any real mention of Francesca in the past books. I dont even remember her being married but apparently that happened also.
Thinking back over the Brigerton Series to write these reviews I realised this was one of my favourites.Francesca (Frannue) is h ...more
Although this was a heartbreaking story at times, I do want to mention that the ...more
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“Why?” he asked again, this time with increased volume
as he turned around to face her.
because I love you, damn me to hell. Because I’ve always loved you. Because I loved you when you
were with John, and I loved you when I was in India, and God only knows I don’t deserve you, but I
love you, anyway.”
Francesca sagged against the door.
“How’s that for a witty little joke?” he mocked. “I loveyou. I loveyou, my cousin’s wife. I loveyou, the
one woman I can never have. I loveyou, Francesca Bridger-ton Stirling.”