Series: Bareknuckle Bastards #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Setting: London, UK
Source: ARC, NetGalley, Edelweiss
Also in this series: Wicked and the Wallflower, Daring and the Duke
Also by this author: The Rogue Not Taken, A Scot in the Dark, The Day of the Duchess, Wicked and the Wallflower, Daring and the Duke
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.
Brazen and the Beast by Sarah Maclean delivers the “Year of Hattie” and I am here for it!! Hattie is magnificent. She wants to be her own person in a time when women didn’t have that option. She has a plan and that plan starts with “ruination” by way of losing her virginity. Then, she can’t be used as dowry by a man she doesn’t love. Then she can have business and fortune. I loved that Hattie was smart and hard working. She has been working in the family business and she is good at it. Hattie’s best friend Nora is perfect for her as well. They support and compliment each other brilliantly. I think there is a touch of an opposites attract vibe simply because Hattie is the daughter of an earl and Beast is a bare knuckle bastard. However, they are perfect together.
Beast (AKA Whit) is as different from Hattie as night and day. He and his brother, Devil, are the infamous Bareknuckle Bastards. Whit and his brother are ruthless and determined to defeat their other brother and stop the stealing of their shipments. Hattie is now tied to Whit by her involvement and their deal. I loved these two together. Hattie is the perfect match for Whit because she isn’t scared. She is bold and brave and goes toe to toe with him. I will say, Hattie is much nicer to her brother than I would have been. I would have taken more of the approach Nora suggested frequently. Or you know, made sure his wounds got infected or something!
Brazen and the Beast Sarah Maclean will make you fall in love with the underdogs and root for the unlikely. Maclean writes brilliant characters with such depth you will feel you truly know them and as such, you will care about them. Hattie and Beast are #relationshipgoals!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: yes!
- Trope: opposites attract, Regency
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Beast had a horrible, abusive childhood. It is not explicitly detailed in this book but he does suffer a PTSD type episode because of it « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone (although it would be helpful if you read Wicked and the Wallflower-also, its fabulous)
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler