When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 20 October, 2014 by Amanda / 6 Comments

When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn
Series: The Bridgertons #6
Also in this series: It's In His Kiss, The Duke And I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer From a Gentleman, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, On the Way to the Wedding
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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 thirty-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 . . .

A darker Bridgerton novel—still good.

Thoughts on When He Was Wicked

When He Was Wicked lacks the lighthearted fun of other Julia Quinn novels, but at the same time, it’s to be expected. This is the story of Francesca, how she’s widowed, and how she falls back in love. It deserves a certain amount of gravity, and Julia Quinn delivers.

And when I say “how she’s widowed,” I meant exactly that—the book begins with Francesca married to Michael’s cousin. It’s an odd, uncomfortable situation (as I’m sure it’s meant to be) that I haven’t experienced before in a romance novel.

But at the same time, we get to see John, Francesca’s first husband, and who he is and how he’s important not just to Francesca, but to Michael, too. And that’s important, later on, when both are dealing with a new relationship.

And then there’s the “Michael’s always been in love with Francesca” twist too. Not gonna lie, he spends a good portion of the book loving her from afar that it’s surreal almost when they finally get together. Buuuut. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. More that this book has situations I’m not used to in my romance novels.

Different can be good. And seriously. It’s Julia Quinn. How can you not love Julia Quinn? I’m a little sad my time with the Bridgertons is almost over. Who’s up for a Julia Quinn month?


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6 Responses to “When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. *raises both hands* I’m up for a Julia Quinn month Amanda!!!!

    I kind of like that this story has some situations that are atypical in romance novels, if anyone can lead us merrily out of the romance box, it’s Julia!

    • YESSSS! I just had a Julia Quinn weekend the other weekend. And it was glorious. A month would be even BETTER.

      Speaking of atypical situations in romance novels, the Bridgerton novel after this one is a doozy. I almost wanted to throw the book. O.o

  2. I have a soft spot for second-chance-at-love books, and from your review I gather that Quinn really delivered on that front. I like that Francesca’s original relationship is still present in this story, and different can for sure be a good thing, especially in romance. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I am always up for a JQ month. I liked When He Was Wicked. It was so long ago since I’ve read it though. It left a strong impression on me, though, about the whole Michael loving Francesca for so long.

    It is darker, though, and not my favorite, only because I love the lighthearted books so much.

    • Woo hoo, JQ month! I’m thinking it’ll have to be in 2015, if only so I can count all the rereads on Goodreads. (Since, as far as I know, there’s no way to count a book twice in the same year.)

      Agreed. As much as I liked this one (as I do with most JQ books), I prefer the lighthearted ones. That’s what I love about her books.

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