ARC Review: Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Share this!

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.

ARC Review: Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
Wicked and the Wallflower

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: June 19th 2018
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Bareknuckle Bastards #1
Pages: 384

“I absolutely adored Wicked and the Wallflower.”
~ Under the Covers

Felicity Faircloth is used to haunting the edges of ballrooms, not that it was always that way. Although she wasn’t exactly a diamond of the first water, she was popular and had friends and suitors. Now her dance card is always empty and her former friends use her for verbal target practice. What she needs is a marriage. A spectacular marriage. To a Duke. So, when a mysterious, beautiful and wicked gentleman offers everything she has ever wished for…how is she to resist?

I hate to say this, but recently I had been falling out of love with Sarah MacLean’s books. But, I thought I would have one last effort and try her latest release and first in the Bareknuckle Bastards series; Wicked and the Wallflower. Could I finally recapture that magical feeling I had when I read Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake? In a word… yes. Although Nine Rules… will always be my favourite, I absolutely adored Wicked and the Wallflower.

What MacLean has been consistently good at is creating fantastic heroines, something that continues in this book. Felicity was a great heroine, brave, funny and clever. I loved that she was slightly unconventional and bold; that one of her best skills was lock picking. It makes her stand out from the countless other wallflowers that populate the historical romance genre. In comparison, although Devil ticked all the boxes for a smoulderingly hot hero, he was a little more conventional and more easily over looked. Also, the dramatics of calling yourself Devil made me cringe a little whenever I heard it. Devil is a bastard son of a duke and now ruler of Covent Garden (which was more of a slum in the 1800’s) and all its denizens with a very successful smuggling career. Regency bad boy to the bone.

They were an unlikely couple, but somehow they still worked. I liked the way she wrote this, the characters frequently makes references to this being like a fairy tale. And indeed Devil at times seeming like the fairy Godmother, the villain and the prince all at once. With Felicity being more of a modern day princess who takes her fate into her own hands.

This series has great potential and this was a good start, although it wasn’t perfect, I really liked the heroine and the writing style. I am also intrigued and can’t wait to learn more about the other Bareknuckled Bastards, especially as one of them is a woman.


What did you think of our review?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!



Click on the covers to buy the books


About Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of YA and adult romance.

She grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for own Season. Her unabashed addiction to historical fiction helped to earn her a degree in European History from Smith College before she moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. After receiving a Masters in Education from Harvard University, Sarah returned to New York, where she lives with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels.


 ♡ Don’t want to miss any of our posts? ♡ 

Follow me

Share this!

Similar Posts

Notify of

Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Amy R

Thanks for the review, adding to my wishlist.


I adore her stories and am looking forward to this!


Can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for sharing your thoughts Suzanne

Kathy Valentine

Awesome review suzanne!!! Can’t wait to read!! Love this cover too!! Shared on all my socials!!

Joanna M

Love that your reviews don’t include spoilers and are not another blurb of the book. Thanks for that!


love Sarah’s books

Marivi Sanz

I’ve just finished “The day of the Duchess” and I absolutely loved it. I guess that this Miss Felicity Faircloth is the one we meet in that book (I don’t see there being many ladies that go by that name LOL), and just that makes me want to have this book asap.