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  • Bridgerton: When He Was Wicked

  • Bridgertons, Book 6
  • By: Julia Quinn
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (416 ratings)

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Bridgerton: When He Was Wicked

By: Julia Quinn
Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
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Summary

The sixth novel in Julia Quinn's globally beloved and best-selling Bridgerton Family series, set in Regency times and now a series created by Shondaland for Netflix. Welcome to Francesca's story....

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 permitting his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing. Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca’s surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere 36 six hours longer - the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin.

But that was then.... Now Michael is the earl and Francesca is free, but still she thinks of him as nothing other than her dear friend and confidant. Michael dares not speak to her of his love...until one dangerous night, when she steps innocently into his arms, and passion proves stronger than even the most wicked of secrets....

©2017 Julia Quinn (P)2021 W F Howes

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"Julia Quinn's Bridgerton books take all of the classic tropes we know and love...and gives them a thoroughly modern twist. I can't focus on anything else." (Stylist)

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Dull

I am currently reading the Bridgerton books in order. Although none are gripping, this is the dullest. There are far too many repetitive ‘bedroom scenes’ and very little plot.

Francesca is only mentioned in passing in the previous books and there is little about the rest of the family in this one. Therefore, I felt I could have skipped this book and not lost any of the overall picture.

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Not as good as the others

I didn’t feel as connected to the characters in this book as I have with the previous books. The story just felt quite flat as well. There wasn’t any real build up or tension, just a lot of depression before the inevitable get together. Hopefully the last two will be better.

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An unusual regency romance

An unusual take on the regency romance, it does feel a little dragged out, plenty of bodice ripping for those who love it. We haven’t had much interaction with Francesca in previous novels which doesn’t help this story.
Not as great as the first 4, but considering there are 8, Quinn has to change it up a bit, we’re not going to love every one.

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By far the best book so far

I had started to get tired of the Bridgerton books as the men just got more arrogant, sexist and unlikable but this one really turned it around for me. Love the characters and story is engaging.

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same old same old

poor story, not good. don't bother. try anything else, anything at all. save. your money

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Great Story

When I can't wait to get back to a book & can't put it down when I know I should, I know it's a really good book

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2nd favourite

this is my 2nd favourite after Colin and penalopes book
just love how there come together and suit each other and just love the ended of the epilogue ❤️

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Best so far

How exciting, Francesca appears insipid, however under the influence of Michael both characters are spellbinding. How did Michael learn to be be “wicked”? Perhaps a later novel may reveal that tale.

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Starts off with a bang... ends with a fizzle

My favourite in the series so far... but that's all down to Michael & his sexiness as Francesca did start annoying me halfway through.

She's lucky he was so persistent & she really doesn't deserve him, but that's all I'll say to avoid spoiling it for anyone.

To say I dislike the ending is an understatement, but that 2nd epilogue merely reinforced how awful I think her character truly is... she's way too self-centered!

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When He Was Wicked

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My second favourite Bridgerton novel, behind only Romancing Mister Bridgerton! I loved When He Was Wicked so much. It is the spiciest of the books but the love story between Francesca and Michael is still so beautiful and romantic.

The way her grief is portrayed after John dies, her blossoming feelings for Michael, her desperation for a child is so beautifully written. Loved this book so much!

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