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When He Was Wicked (Bridgerton Family Series) Mass Market Paperback – 10 Jul 2004

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (10 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060531231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060531232
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,702,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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smart, funny . . . Reminiscent of Bridget Jones --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since.

The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only fifteen authors ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
You do not have to have read the other brigerton books to read this.
Francesca is married to John Earl of Kilmartin whom she loves(he loves her and is a good husband - there is nothing wrong with him unlike in some books!), she is freinds with his best friend and cousin Michael.
Michael has loved Francesca from the moment he saw her but has kept that fact hidden from all.
The story starts with Johns death and deals with the horror of finding your husband dead, well, but with a light touch that stops it from being a depressing book.
From Michaels perspective it deals with the fact that he now inherits the title, land and money that was Johns. Whilst only ever wanting Francesca, it deals well with how he views/feels about all the changes.
So the book then becomes the journey of how they end up together, realising their emotions and accepting others. The 'romantic' scenes are hot but blend and feel very much a part of the story.
It is a beautifully writen book blending strong emotions with the lightest brush strokes of humour whilst keeping the feel of the regency time without the clichés of a lot of other regency romances.
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And this time, it is Francesca's turn. While many romance authors find a formula and stick with it, (and lets face it, there is a set form for all romance books, and it is the rare one that doesn't follow it.)JQ does a remarkably good job using humor, plot and most importantly of all character to keep her novels fresh, funny and not seemingly cookie cutter images of all her others. This is even more remarkable in that she has written a long stretch about a single family.
In this instalment of the Bridgerton family saga, Francesca is already married to a man she is in love with. WHAT? Obviously, this is the begining, and not the end of the book so something must go wrong, which it does, and she must find happiness again. Since this is JQ, there is a fair bit of humor involved, though not as much as most of the others, as a major theme in this novel is grief and berevement. But don't despair, Francesca wins out in the end, and now we all must wait for the next Bridgerton book to come down the pipe.
I highly recomend this to anyone, whether or not they have read the other books in this series. The autor kindly does not make having read her previous efforts a requirement of understanding the plot, although readers of the series will enjoy the other family member's appearances. If you are a stickler for historical accuracy, leave your quibbles at the door. This is a work of fiction, not a history essay.
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Francesca Bridgerton is not like the rest of her siblings - she's quiet where they're loud, sly where they're exuberant and generally a more private person. She is also a widow.

At the age of twenty she met and married John Stirling, Earl of Kilmartin, and even if she hadn't loved him so much she would have been grateful to him for rescuing her from her family. Not that she doesn't love them, she just prefers not to have to deal with them all the time. But in John she's found her match. They share everything - including their sense of humour - and as a bonus, marriage to John includes friendship with Michael, John's delightfully wicked cousin.

For two years Francesca's life is perfect, but then John is gone, and Michael - the one person who knew John as she knew him and can fully understand her loss - is avoiding her.

Michael Stirling has a secret: for all his wicked ways he's actually in love. The most wicked thing of all is that Francesca is the object of his affections. But he loved John as a brother and never wished him dead, not even for Francesca. Now the world expects him to take his cousin's place, but he doesn't want it. He doesn't want any of it. Except Francesca. And she is the one thing he can never, ever have. Tormented by grief and guilt, and unable to face her, he flees to India.

Four years on Francesca still misses John, but she knows it's time to stop mourning him. She wants children of her own, but the last thing she expects to find in London is Michael.

Ready to take up his responsibilities at last, Michael is home. The ton buzzes with joy over the return of the 'Merry Rake', now a highly eligible earl, but he's soon feeling far from merry.
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Julia Quinn is brilliant. She breaks the received romance molds and reshapes stories that are absolutely unforgettable. Michael Stirling is one of my favourite heroes of ALL TIMES. He's Mr. Darcy without pride and prejudice. He's just too delicious. He's everything a hero should be. I LOVE him! Which is why Francesca is secondary for me and I accept her as a Bridgerton because JQ says so. This is one of my top 3 favourite Bridgerton books (the irony). It's unusual also because the book opens with Michael's pov and often reverts to it. Francesca's pov is quantitatively less than Michael's I think, but I wouldn't have it any other way. And that scene in the library...so HOT! Must-read.
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First off, holy lady boner! Pretty darn good love scenes. I truly felt empathy for the main characters who have struggled far more than so many of JQ's characters. But because of these conflicts the book was so interesting and different. It did tend to get a little too melodramatic for my taste, but it all ads to the tension that will deliver a great climax (see what I did there?). It's a good read.
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