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When He Was Wicked
When He Was Wicked | Julia Quinn
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 . . .
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limada
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This one tool a long while to get to the point. We knew it was to be Michael and Francesca but man did they delay themselves. It was a worthwhile journey though, especially with the addition of the second epilogue. #82-2022

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RobES
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FINALLY finished listening to this.... my love for the Bridgerton series makes no sense....the writing frustrates me and I think Julia Quinn actually lets her characters down by making them fit into a societal box, regardless of their character's personality...and yet, I'm fully invested in the characters and their sagas 🤷‍♀️

StaceyKondla I binged the entire series on audiobook during my time off over the summer. Yes predictable and at times irritating and a bit dated but also funny and delightful and the perfect escapist brain candy I needed 💜 2w
RobES @StaceyKondla you are so right- she can be very funny- I thought the prologue to Benedict and Sophie"s story, that focused on Posey, was hilarious ?... She should really try more deliberate humour as she's v good at subtle humour ? whose story did you like best? X 2w
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roronoazoro
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I loved it SO much, definitely topped An Offer From a Gentleman for me, which was my current favorite Bridgerton book.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4854008985

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roronoazoro
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“Thank you, Michael, for letting my son love her first.”

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roronoazoro
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“This was heaven.
This was bliss.
This was something he‘d never dared hope to feel, something he never could have dreamed existed.
This was love.”

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roronoazoro
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“It was because she loved him.
This thing between them, this bond—it wasn‘t just passion, and it wasn‘t wicked.
It was love, and it was divine.”

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roronoazoro
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“She didn‘t have to love him. But she did have to feel free. Free to be happy.
Because if she wasn‘t happy…
Well, that would kill him. He could live without her love, but not without her happiness.”

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roronoazoro
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“Francesca,” he said, and he had no idea why he was saying it, just that her name was the most important thing in the world right then. Her name, and her body, and the beauty of her soul.”

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roronoazoro
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“He gave his head a little shake. He was turning into a sentimental fool. His heart had always skipped a beat when he saw her across a crowded room. Anything more, and he didn‘t think the organ could take the strain.”

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roronoazoro
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“She felt cherished.
Worshipped.
Loved.
It was humbling.
It was exquisite.”

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roronoazoro
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“He was her husband.
It was so hard to believe, and yet it felt so perfect and right.”

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roronoazoro
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“Why? It‘s because I love you, damn me to hell. Because I‘ve always loved you. Because I loved you when you were with John, and I loved you when I was in India, and God only knows I don‘t deserve you, but I love you, anyway.”

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roronoazoro
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“Michael wanted her—badly, she could see quite visibly. But he would stop if she just said the word.”

I swear nothing is hotter than a respectful man.

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roronoazoro
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“And he needed the yes. He had loved her for years, dreamed about touching her for so damned long. And now that the moment was finally here, he just didn‘t know if he could bear it if she didn‘t really want it. There were only so many ways a man‘s heart could break, and he had a feeling his couldn‘t survive another puncture.”

We love a respectful man.

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roronoazoro
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“Now that it had finally happened, now that he had tasted perfection, he was in more agony than ever before. Now he knew exactly what he was missing; he understood with painful clarity just what it was that would never be his.”

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roronoazoro
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“She stared at him, licked her lips, and waited…
Waited for the moment, the first touch, because as terrifying and wrong as it was, she knew it would feel like perfection.
And it did.”

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roronoazoro
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“Were you watching me?” she asked.
His lips curved, not quite into a smile, not even into the beginnings of a smile. “I‘m always watching you,” he said grimly.”

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roronoazoro
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“Marriage to Francesca. Good God. Everything about it was wrong.
Except he wanted it so badly.
It was hell watching her, hell speaking to her, hell living in the same house. He‘d thought it was difficult before—loving someone who could never be his—but this…
This was a thousand times worse.”

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roronoazoro
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“He would never escape her, this woman. He would never escape her, and he could never have her.”

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roronoazoro
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“Tell me something wicked,” he said again, more slowly this time. “That was it. You rather liked me when I was wicked.”

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roronoazoro
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“It was something in the way she moved.
Something in the way she breathed.
Something in the way she merely was.
And he didn‘t think he was ever going to get over it.”

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Mrs_B
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Julia Quinn does it again. I just love the Bridgerton books and Quinn does a great job of ensuring each of the siblings has a very different story. Francesca‘s is definitely one of my favourites though.

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kricheal
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This might be my favorite #Bridgertons so far. I might say that after every book though. I think it'll stick this time, Francesca is such a mysterious sibling up until this book. Love this trope though, #ForbiddenLove. #WorkingMyWayThroughTheBridgertons #6 of #8

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 73/150 and a new summer reading badge.

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kricheal
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TheAromaofBooks
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Finally got to the next Bridgerton books. I really enjoy these while I am actually reading them, yet never feel that push to pick up the next book right away. I liked Francesca and Michael, although it took a little too long to actually get them together. A fun fluff read, but nothing here that felt especially memorable. Soft pick.

#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView
#19822022 AND #192025 (2004) @Librarybelle

MoonWitch94 Julia Quinn says she meant each siblings novel to stand alone, but I think in some ways that made the younger siblings‘ books a bit boring to me. That‘s why I‘m not compelled to run through the end of the series. 5mo
robinb This one stands out for me from the rest as I remember it being a lot steamier than the others…especially one scene. 5mo
Librarybelle I need to read these! 5mo
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TheAromaofBooks @MoonWitch94 - My favorite part of the earlier books was the sass between the siblings, but in this book and the one before it that's been really lacking, as the stories for both Francesca and Eloise take place away from London/majority of the family. So they're okay as romance, but don't have the fun family interaction that drew me to the original books. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks @robinb - It has been a few months since I read the last book, so I was wondering if it was just my poor memory, or if this one was significantly spicier than the others! Wasn't expecting it!! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - They've been fun fluff reads, but I'm not sure they are significantly more readable than most historical romance, despite all the buzz they have gotten 😂 I'm not sure I see myself purposefully reading through the rest of Quinn's backlog, 5mo
Librarybelle True! I did read a couple a few years ago and found one of them way better than the other. Fluff is good for escaping from reality! 5mo
robinb @TheAromaofBooks I agree. In fact to me it seemed so different in several ways to the rest of the series. 5mo
MoonWitch94 @TheAromaofBooks I agree that the siblings banter is the best part! I‘m reading Eloise‘s book now and I‘m struggling to get through it at the same rate as the previous 4 books. 5mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 5mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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#WeeklyForecast - the windowsill is full again, thanks to the influx of July challenge books!! I'm currently working on my June #LMPBC book (The Color of Dragons), and need to read the tagged book this week as it is due back at the library. Beyond that, I have my #BookSpin (The Hidden Hand), the #PemberLittens' buddy read (Excellent Women), July #LMPBC (A Picture of Dorian Gray), and a nonfiction read (Nudges) all on the go at a chapter-a-day-ish⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I'm still reading my terrible paranormal romance series on KU because my brain has decided it's on summer vacation 😂 Only a couple of weeks left before peach season starts and my life gets a lot busier, so I'm trying to soak up the flexibility of my current schedule while I can!!

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LitStephanie I have totally been reading terrible paranormal romance series, too! Glad to hear I am not the only one enjoying completely turning my brain off lately. They are so bad yet reel you in. I find them as addictive as my mom's generation found soap operas. 🤣🤣 5mo
LitStephanie Also, peach season? Do you have an orchard? 5mo
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TheAromaofBooks @LitStephanie - For real! They're my indulgence reading, along with terrible P&P variations, also found on KU 😂 Just like, oh my gosh, when will they realize they're TRUE MATES!??! 😆

I actually work at an orchard - this will be my 7th season - just down the road. It's a small one and I've become good friends with the owners, so I put in a lot of hours, especially at the beginning of the season when we don't have a full crew yet. Not a job ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) where I get rich, but I do get a lot of free fruit, so that helps 😂 Peaches & blackberries start at the end of July, then apples August-October, then I work until we sell out of apples, usually in January. We also press our own cider & I drive the delivery truck for our wholesale route. I really love it, except when it's 95* and I'm covered in peach fuzz 😆 5mo
LitStephanie @TheAromaofBooks that is awesome! You are rich in fresh delicious fruit. I bet the owners are super greatful. I know in my corner of the world, it is hard to get skilled seasonal pickers. 5mo
Cinfhen Peach season really sounds blissful!!! I can‘t believe it‘s a new month!!!! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks @LitStephanie - We're really blessed to have a few solid pickers who come back most years, two or three of them work third shift at their regular job, then come pick in the mornings, and then go home to sleep. I can't imagine!! I'm a bit scared of ladders so I'm not a good picker 😂 But I help sort, sell, press/jug cider, and drive my lil truck around. It's nice because it's close enough that I can come home for lunch, which my dogs love haha 5mo
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - It's funny because the peaches are SO different from the apples because the peaches don't store at all - you have to sell them as fast as you can, so it's a bit more chaotic. But eating peaches that have tree-ripened will forever ruin you for anything else. They're SO GOOD!!! 5mo
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Weisubei
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3.6 ⭐

Finally Francesca got her stage, not really my fave though.
My 1st pick would be Benedict and Sophie.

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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cariashley
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Ooh, one of the better Bridgerton novels so far - I loved Francesca and Michael‘s story. I understand why she‘s in the background up until now, especially in the show, goodness there are enough siblings to keep track of! #romantsy

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swishandflick
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Francesca is the Bridgerton sibling that you know the least about going in. Her story is alluded to in previous books, but she was never around. I enjoyed finally seeing her story play out, but didn't necessarily love some of the tactics that Michael used to get her to marry him. They definitely had chemistry, but it felt more manipulative than romantic at times.

mrsmarch This was also not one of my favorites. 🤔 8mo
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Mshookquilts
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I‘m glad to finally learn Francesca‘s story. In the other books it was just vaguely alluded to. Heartache & fun mix throughout the story. I don‘t like Michael‘s plan to bring the marriage about and most women aware of abuse won‘t. Still….an enticing read.

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GidgetsTreasures75
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1-12-22: My 5th finished book of 2022! Book 6 in the Bridgerton series. I really enjoyed this fun romantic novel. Francesca is married to the Earl of Kilmartin, John, but his cousin, Michael, is in love with her. He is known as a rake, a flirt, but that is only because he occupies himself with woman to get his mind off of Francesca. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣5️⃣

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BayouGirl85
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To go from immense grief to wicked thrills, Francesca has a wild ride.

August Book 15/25 #LitsyLove #Bookspinbingo #bookspin @TheAromaOfBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Lydiamansel
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Slower start but flew through second half

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guinsgirlreads
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Oh my 🤩! This was my favorite one so far! I said that about Benedict and Sophie‘s story, but this was topped that. Once I had time for it today finally, I couldn‘t put it down!

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Currently reading!

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Annie1215
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Francesca‘s story was interesting since she‘s the sibling we‘ve heard least about until this point. It had more sadness than the other stories thus far.

We‘re in the home stretch, 2 more books!

#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Cri_Pavin
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Just loving Francesca's reaction to her kiss with Michael 😂

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AnneCecilie
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The 6th book in the Bridgerton series and this book focus on Francesca. She was widowed 4 yrs ago and this is a book about falling in love again, and falling in love with the last man you ever thought you would love.

2nd book read for #JoysOfJune @Andrew65

Andrea313 My favorite in the series! ❤️ 1y
johncadams I love this series! 1y
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Sharpeipup
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And this is exactly why I read…

#littenlisten @aperfectmjk #audiobook

marleed Haha - great advice! 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I can confirm. This happened to me in Vegas! 🤣🤣🤣 2y
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The_Heeler_Booklife
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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was my least favorite Bridgeton book. I hated the will they, won‘t they trope because it felt dragged out. I hated how Francesca strung Michael along. I did like the characters though.
#bridgerton #bookreview #review #bookstagram #bibliophile #litsy #littens

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kimmypete1
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Despite not knowing much about Francesca ahead of time this was quite enjoyable.

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kimmypete1
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Hanging out after my allergy shot, listening to When He Was Wicked. I was worried I wouldn‘t enjoy the last three as much because Francesca, Gregory and Hyacinth weren‘t as featured in the show, but so far so good.

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Gnora
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This series just keeps on improving! I‘m glad I didn‘t stop at the disaster that was the first book. I‘m so very thankful the were added onto Hoopla so I don‘t have to wait forever in between novels any more. :D

#romance #series #Bridgerton #audio #Hoopla #library #librarybook

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Emu
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It felt flat and perhaps a bit hurried. I think this was my last Bridgerton book.

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Ms.Story
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Excellent diversion from heavier reads and uncertainty in these difficult times. But seeing is near and hopefully things are looking better.

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MidnightBookGirl
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I work 12 hour shifts on Fridays, and yesterday was insane, so while I got some reading in, it wasn't a lot. Today probably won't be a great day for reading, because work, but tomorrow should be good. How's your #AnyWayYouReadathon going? @kimmypete1 @Eggbeater

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Andrea313
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Another day, another bunch of tulips, another #Bridgerton story that I have somehow been #hoodwinked into absolutely loving. #SpringSentiments #CurrentlyReading
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Eggs Love the flowers in your Bridgerton pics and the colorful covers❣️👏🏻👍🏼 2y
Andrea313 @Eggs I love these covers! Almost as much as I love spring flowers, I guess! 💗🌷🌷🌷🌷 2y
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wanderinglynn
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Book 6 of the Bridgerton series. Only book 8 to go to finish the series. I liked this one with Francesca & Michael.

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