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Review: Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Wicked and the Wallflower was so good I stayed up until 2 am reading. What started off as a review that would never see the light of day, turned into me needing to share. People had be recommending this book to me for months, but I finally got to it and I’m so glad I did. I know I don’t normally review adult romance titles, but it’s a genre I’ve been slowly getting into more and more.


When Wicked Comes Calling…

When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She’s seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won’t accept a marriage without it.

The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain…

Bastard son of a duke and king of London’s dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy.

For the Promise of Passion…

But there’s nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she’d rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil’s carefully laid plans are in chaos, and he must choose between everything he’s ever wanted…and the only thing he’s ever desired.


Wicked and the Wallflower had all my favorite elements: a fierce “ruined” heroine who picks locks, a broody protective love interest, and the space that allows these characters to breathe. The pacing of Wicked and the Wallflower is spot on. We are introduced to our main characters and then they are given the space to develop. To turn into people in front of our eyes. Taking on quirks, mannerisms, and make themselves a place in your heart.

It never felt forced or rushed. There was just the right amount of tension, banter, and chemistry. I loved how both Felicity and Devil are allowed character growth. With multiple POVs one character can dominate sometimes, but the balance was perfect in Wicked and the Wallflower. There’s more than sparks and fire. There are conversations, emotional depth, and vulnerability. We are allowed to invest in these characters.

They become human in front of our eyes. All their insecurities, their fears, and their doubts. In many ways their fear of being worthy of love, or wanting acceptance, strikes a chord. They’re universal. But they still resonate. I know I don’t normally review romance books, but with my grueling pace I’ve been wanting to branch out. To really find a way I can still read for fun. But after finishing I knew I needed to share this one with you all.

Find Wicked and the Wallflower on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound & The Book Depository.


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