by Sarah MacLean
Series: The Bareknuckle Bastards #2
Genres: Historical Romance
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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 to live her own life. But first, she intends to experience a taste of the pleasure she’ll forgo as a confirmed spinster. Everything is going perfectly…until she discovers the most beautiful man she’s ever seen tied up in her carriage and threatening to ruin the Year of Hattie before it’s even begun.
The Bastard’s Proposal
When he wakes in a carriage at Hattie’s feet, Whit, a king of Covent Garden known to all the world as Beast, can’t help but wonder about the strange woman who frees him—especially when he discovers she’s headed for a night of pleasure . . . on his turf. He is more than happy to offer Hattie all she desires…for a price.
An Unexpected Passion
Soon, Hattie and Whit find themselves rivals in business and pleasure. She won’t give up her plans; he won’t give up his power . . . and neither of them sees that if they’re not careful, they’ll have no choice but to give up everything . . . including their hearts.
A feisty heroine and a swoon-worthy protector go head-to-head, in Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean. She hooked from the start and before their story came to a close, I laughed, cried, and swooned Thank you Sarah. May I have another? ?
Coffee and Bourbon Dates with Brazen and the Beast
- 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 wits, the girl has kissed him and tossed him out the door! Oh, I am all in!
- Second Date: The trussed up man, is none other than Whit, known in Covent Garden as the Beast. As Hattie waits to fulfil the first task in her five-step plan… the Beast hunts her down. Guys, I absolutely loved the back-and-forth banter and wicked chemistry between Whit, and Hattie. She is so confident with the things she wants, but sorely lacking with how desirable she is as a woman. Whit may seem all brawn, but beneath that exterior he is a fierce protector and bookworm. Be still my heart. ❤️ ♥️ ? He wants revenge, she wants to fulfill her plans, and they strike a bargain.
- Third Date: The chemistry and slow build is driving me insane, but the ride is delicious. I am making no sense… but you’ll see. It was maddening! I loved seeing familiar characters, new characters and getting to know both Hattie and Whit intimately. Of course, there is interference by you know who. Gads, I do not understand how Sarah plans to make me like him. I really do not. Best not think about that now. When Hattie and the Beast come together my Kindle went up in a blaze. Passion and tender words..you could feel the love..but our couple has much to learn. The growth was a mix of laughter, shenanigans and fear. It was all well done, and I didn’t come up for air until I reached the end.
Sarah MacLean is one of my favorite historical romance authors. Her female characters are independent, feisty, strong and yet not afraid to bend. The men are strong, fierce, noble, stubborn but not afraid of the strong women who claim their hearts.
While you could read, Brazen and the Beast as a standalone, I highly recommend you met the Devil first in, Wicked and the Wallflower. I’ll be counting down the days until the release of Daring and the Duke in 2020.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
Anne - Books of My Heart
Everyone seems to be loving this one. Great review! If I get a hankering for historical romance, I’ll try this author.
This is the second review I’ve read praising this book. I’m now waiting for a library copy to become available. Can’t wait! 🙂
sounds interesting. i do like your date reviews a lot. 🙂
I have a book by this author as I heard great things about her stories and I still need to read it!
Nick @ The Infinite Limits of Love
This was one of my favorite books by MacLean for all of the reasons you’ve mentioned above, Kim. It was so so good. Loved the chemistry and banter between Whit and Hattie! I have to say though that I am DESPERATE for Grace & Ewan! It’s going to be so good!
i don’t know… i think it’s romantic in a way. finding love when you least expect it.. at least she seizes it by the ropes