Blog Tour Review: Wicked and the Wallflower + Giveaway

Note: I just realized that my review of Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James was stuck in drafts and never went live! See it here.

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Book Cover - Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLeanWicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
Series The Bareknuckle Bastards Series
Genre Adult Historical Romance
Publisher Avon Books
Publication Date June 19, 2018
Format: eARC curtesy of Avon & Edelwiess – thank you.
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When a man known only as Devil finds his way into her bedchamber and offers her his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees. She might be a spinster, but she’s seen love in action and is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that her future husband will love her beyond reason—even if it means she must make a deal with a man more dangerous than she could imagine.

Bastard son of a duke, and king of London’s darkest corners, Devil has made a lifetime of wielding power and seizing opportunity, and Felicity Faircloth is everything he needs to exact a perfect revenge. All he has to do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy. If the girl is ruined in the process, so be it.  

Except there’s nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, and soon it’s Devil who is trapped…along with his heart.

3 and a hlaf stars

Sarah MacLean is always good, but this wasn’t my favorite of hers. It kind of felt like it was setting up the rest of the series more than standing alone. The first half kind of dragged for me, lacking the emotional impact I usually get from Sarah MacLean books. The later half, though, made up for that and packed a good punch that had me up far past my bedtime.

I did love Felicity, the heroine. Actually, all the women in the story were strong and inspiring – Felicity, Nik, Grace/Dahlia. They were all equal to the men in their abilities and smarts. I think Grace/Dahlia is probably smarter than everyone.

Devil’s darkness and mysteriousness, unfortunately, extended to the reader. I never felt like I really got to know Devil. I think, as the series goes on and we get to know him through his friends and brothers, I’ll feel a deeper connection to him.

My favorite things about this book:

  • Scarred, criminal, working class hero with a perfect head.
  • Clever, lock-picking aristocratic heroine who talks to herself.
  • VERY sexy depictions of enthusiastic consent alllll through the book.
  • Many badass women in trousers.

I’m really, really, really looking forward to Whit/Beast’s book.

 

Author Pic - Sarah MacLeanNew 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 studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her advocacy for romance and the women who read it earned her a place on Jezebel.com’s “Sheroes” list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her “gracefully furious.”

A graduate of Smith College & Harvard University, Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Website http://www.sarahmaclean.net/
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PRIZE:  To celebrate the release of WICKED AND THE WALLFLOWER by Sarah MacLean, we’re giving away two $10 Amazon gift cards! 

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Blog Tour Review: Too Wild to Wed by Eloisa James + Giveaway

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Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa JamesToo Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James
Series The Wildes of Lindow Castle Series
Genre Adult Historical Romance
Publisher Avon Books
Publication Date May 29, 2018
Format: eARC provided by Avon & edelweiss – Thank you!
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No one is more surprised than Lord North when he returns from war to find his ex-fiancee in his ancestral home…working as a governess in a sexy, fiery new Wildes of Lindow Castle romance by New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James…

The handsome, rakish heir to a dukedom, Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde—known to his friends as North—left England two years ago, after being jilted by Miss Diana Belgrave. He returns from war to find that he’s notorious: polite society has ruled him “too wild to wed.”

Diana never meant to tarnish North’s reputation, or his heart, but in her rush to save a helpless child, there was no time to consider the consequences of working as a governess in Lindow Castle. Now everyone has drawn the worst conclusions about the child’s father, and Diana is left with bittersweet regret.

When North makes it clear that he still wants her for his own, scandal or no, Diana has to fight to keep from losing her heart to the man whom she still has no intention of marrying.

Yet North is returning a hardened warrior—and this is one battle he’s determined to win.

He wants Diana, and he’ll risk everything to call her his own.

4 and half stars

Reading Diana & North’s story made me realize how much I love a second chance romance – especially when we’ve met both characters before. We meet both Diana & North in Wilde in Love. Both spend that book dressed in over the top clothing and wigs, North strutting around like a peacock and Diana crying helplessly. It was clear there was more to each of them, but the early versions of Diana and North weren’t people I loved. So, this kind of second chance romance is a second chance for the characters to fall in love, but also for the audience to get to know and fall in love with them.

I’ve read a few reviews that didn’t like Diana. She’s not a strong, independent, capable woman. She works as a governess, but is not good at it. She doesn’t know how to make change. She doesn’t know how to do much. That said, I liked her. She knew her weaknesses and she didn’t lie or hide them. She tried to do well and made the best she could with her situation.

I liked North, too. Eloisa’s choice to have him fight in the Revolutionary War was a smart one. It helped transform him from the over the top dandy we met in Wilde in Love to a rugged hero in readers’ minds (at least this reader’s mind). I don’t really believe that he loved Diana when they were first engaged, though he clearly does, but I did like the way he never wavers. He knew what he wanted – Diana.

The whole Wilde family is fun and I’m excited for Parth’s story.*

Giveaway – A Hardcover copy of Wilde in Love by Eloisa James & a Peacock Keychain! https://goo.gl/gceRD3

ELOISA JAMES is a New York Times best-selling author and professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at http://www.eloisajames.com.

Website http://www.eloisajames.com/
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*I know there has been some controversy about why and how Eloisa James decided to write Parth, who is half Indian. Her explanation does seem to be a very convenient way to inject some diversity without having to go all in and address issues of colonization or create a fully developed identity that includes that part of himself. I sincerely hope that she dove back into her research, worked with a sensitivity reader, and has addressed that. I still plan on reading it, but I respect anyone who was turned off by those comments and chooses not to.