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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 382 pages
  • Brazen and the Beast
  • Sarah MacLean
  • English
  • 06 April 2014
  • 9780062692078

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Brazen and the Beast45 STARSWhat do you get when you cross a tall dark handsome and wealthy king of the underworld with a no nonsense and spirited heroineone hell of a novel This has to be my favorite book this year It had everything including the alpha anti hero Saviour Whittington is the bastard son of a duke and has had to drag himself from the savage streets of London But he is a survivor and becomes known as the Beast because of his fighting ability and protectiveness over those he cares about The man wears a bandolier of knivesI don’t know what else to say about him except he is right up there with my favorite Lisa Kleypas’ hero boyfriends Hattie is a force to be reckoned with as she sets out to become an independent woman After all she is 29 unmarried and practically running her father’s shipping business But of course she lives in a time when women are generally ignored and treated like second class She’s has the ability why can’t she have it all?Craftily writtenI read it in one sittingI couldn’t put it down I hated for the story to end I loved the interaction between Whit and Hattie Whit is a man of few words and what alpha man doesn’t grunt? Lol Example any Kristen Ashley Book It should definitely be one to read You will not be disappointed The Lady’s PlanWhen 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 perfectlyuntil 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 begunThe Bastard’s ProposalWhen 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 than happy to offer Hattie all she desiresfor a priceAn Unexpected PassionSoon 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 I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review What a colossal waste of time I fear Brazen and the Beast marks the conclusion of my relationship with Sarah MacLean It will take a LOT for me to ever read a new Sarah MacLean release The standard for historical romance has fallen so much that it's now deeply rooted in the earth with no hope of it ever showing its face again I cannot for the life of me understand how or why this series is so well loved I can't It defies logic just like the entire fucking plot of Brazen and the Beast If you've read Wicked and the Wallflower then you've already read half of Brazen and the Beast There's no logic to the storyline — the whole revenge and betrayal plot is copied exactly from the first book In fact Devil himself muses over how he and Whit found themselves in the exact same situation Speaking of things that defy logic Whit's solution for protecting Hattie and his arguments for the terrible first sex scene make NO SENSE Like its predecessor 15% of this book consists of Whit growling grunting saying Christ and moping around like a loser I suppose it's a family trait to communicate via growls grunts and bad poetry I did a word count and Whit says Christ 38 fucking times I'm sure Christ himself is annoyed at this pointWhit is supposedly a terrifying man who goes by the nickname 'Beast' Yet this man spouts bad poetry to the heroine every single time he sees her His main method of communication is growling and grunting and guess what? The heroine understands his growls and grunts after one week of knowing himHattie is a clever businesswoman — a fact that is emphasized on every other page I fucking get it She's a clever businesswoman who turns into a silly girl when it comes to Whit She easily forgets about her rivalry and her goals when he kisses her She constantly goes back to her body plan when Whit is around because seeeeex amiright? wink wink nudge nudge She also reminds us about her body plan in every chapter just in case we forgot about it Hattie is another 21st century woman trapped in a historical romance heroine just like the plethora of aristocratic businesswomen that are now prevalent in this genre But Sarah MacLean wins some points here because Hattie's background actually kind of fits with her aspirations — she wasn't born an aristocrat and actually grew up on the docks and learned from father's business acumen So her aspirations make sense unlike heroines in other historicals looking specifically at Kelly Bowen's latest series Howeverwhat's the point of Hattie being a businesswoman based on her own merits if Whit ends up buying everything for her? And what was her original plan of inheriting the business if Whit hadn't come along? Losing her virginity was the plan? Makes No Sense All of this comes down to one point Sarah MacLean cannot write dark romance It comes across as silly ridiculous and cheesy She's trying too hard to be Kerrigan Byrne Her fragmented and choppy sentence structure is so damn overused There is really just one part of this book I liked the ballroom scene — because that's what MacLean is good at But 99% of this book is just ridiculous cheesy and boring The ending is also rushed and so damn ridiculous A random character appeared with no explanation whatsoever This whole Grace and Ewan thing leaves a terrible taste in my mouth I usually love anti heroes but Ewan's obsession is so toxic and problematic He's willing to hurt innocent people even attempt to murder his brothers Thank u nextAnyway I'm done ranting I'm done with Sarah MacLeanPS For those who are looking for newly published historical romances that are actually good try indie authors or authors who work with small publishers Or perhaps give some debut authors a try on pause I think SM and I are done We are parting ways This is a modern with a push towards inserting political and culture view points dressed as a historical romance this stuff is not historically accurate or believable for the time period In my humble opinion And I found the dialoguewriting style to be repetitive silly unbelievable and off I think that about covers it So it was fun while it lasted SM but unfortunately we need to part ways Obviously I host Fated Mates with Sarah so I'm hardly an impartial reader BUT BUT BUT This book is fucking great I loved everything about it especially Hattie Her determination to prove herself worthy of inheriting her father's company even though she's a woman is such a great plot arc And even though Whit respects her dream I loved that she does not wait around for him to give her permission to do what she thought was right Whit is a delightful hero I am ALL ABOUT a romance hero who grunts than he talks unless they're in bed This should be some sort of romance coefficient all of a sudden they're prolific dirty talkers in bed and I am HERE FOR IT I loved Wicked the Wallflower but I like this one better It gets off to strong start and never really lets up Super hot super feminist super awesome Well that was better than the first book I still cringe at the mention of her terrible name Felicity Faircloth but it wasn’t as good as I hoped either Hattie was a very sympathetic character up until view spoiler she accepted some bullshit behavior on Whit’s part hide spoiler A fun sexy historical romance full of strong adventurous women broodinggrunting men and some great banter Take one 29 year old woman with a plan to take control of her life and a grunting hero who both reads books and throws knives who ends up unconscious in her carriage and the year of Hattie starts becoming complicatedThe second book in the 'Bareknuckle Bastards' series was entertaining and fun but uite silly and cheesy I loved the first half of the book and I loved Hattie the female lead Brazen and the Beast started off with a bang and reeled me in uick because of Hattie But it became uite repetitive almost rehashing the plot of the first book?I loved Hattie she was a curvy strong smart woman who was following her dreams and taking control of her life in a male dominated time She was determined opinionated and independent She had insecurities over her weight which was relatableI liked Beast Whit he was intense clever hot and protective but I just didn't buy him as a villain He was also uite similar to Devil in the first book I mean I liked him and it was hard not to after hearing about his pastHattie and Beast had some great banter chemistry sexual tension and some very steamy scenes They made a good couple actuallyThe side characters were very likable especially Nora I adored that carriage racing woman and her scenes with a certain Covent Garden character I would love to read a story about them The plot howeverit lacked any extra depth or insight regarding the Ewan storyline and you could have read it without reading Wicked and the Wallflower It felt repetitive I also disliked that Hattie's family particularly her brother Augie faced no retribution I liked the book fine but it wasn't as good as I hoped it would be It took me a fair few days to read what was supposed to be a uick read Looking at the reviews maybe I should look up some of this author's older books? I will probably read the third book Daring and the Duke since the whole series seems to be building up for that meeting But also the I read about Ewan the he seemed to be an obsessive stalker with murderous tendencies? I'm not sure he can be redeemed? Hopefully I will be proved wrongAnyway this was still a cute sexy read and I enjoyed the characters ⚓️ ⚓️ ⚓️ On Kindle sale today 11th Aug 2020 for USD 299 Tropes Work Relationship ish SpinsterWallflower Forbidden Love Scar him Unstarched him “No man has ever gone up against the Bastards and survived” There might have been a time when she would have heeded that warning But Hattie found she lacked the patience for warnings just then What was there to lose? He’d already taken it all “Then it is time for a woman to do so”The women in this series are fierce way admirable than the men who carries a lot of baggage WhitBeast is at times infuriating he is almost annoyingly non verbal and makes decision on her behalf But it comes from a “good” place and he is also so drawn and bowled over by her I will choose to ignore it HenriettaHattie is tough as nails funny wickedly smart and way too good for himI was thoroughly entertained Hattie “You’re uite rude you know” He resisted the unwelcome instinct to gape “I’ve been knocked out and tied up in a strange carriage” “Yes but you must admit the company is diverting no?” She smiled the dimple flashing in her right cheek impossible to ignore Whit I’ve known you for less than a day and during the time I was not unconscious you were freuenting a brothel and threatening to knife a pair of Garden criminals” She met his gaze “I shouldn’t have said what I said about you I am sorry” He wasn’t about to allow that “You called me handsome You cannot take that back” “What would be the point? It’s empirical” Whit“There are many things you do not know about me” “If only there were some way you could tell me such things Some kind of verbal communication you might attempt Turning all your growls and grunts into discernible words A spoken language of some kind complete with meaning” “I don’t wish to be a dowry” She looked to him “I do not wish to be commodified I wish to be mine To choose for myself” This woman loved her business just as Whit loved his She loved the Docklands just as Whit loved the Garden They were a match Three weeks earlier Hattie had been planning one night at a brothel and now she was considering how she might tempt a man into taking her as mistress Into letting her take him as mistress “You shouldn’t be here” She didn’t miss a beat “I came for my business” Excitement thrummed through him She was fucking glorious “Sarita told me your topcoat is embroidered in gold” Whit snapped his attention to Devil horrified “It is not” Devil grinned “But you’re wearing a topcoat which has no place in the Garden so—clearly we are trying to impress” “I should like to impress my fist upon your face” “You’re slouching” Hattie “I’m too tall”“Nonsense” Nora said “You’re the perfect height Everyone loves an ” Hattie slid her a look “No one loves an ” “Seems like Mr Whittington doesn’t have much of an aversion to them” Nora grinned “Especially since he’s here for you” She opened her eyes again finding him there so close watching her Looking at her Seeing her When was the last time someone had seen Hattie? She’d spent a lifetime becoming so good at hiding she’d never be seen But this man—he saw her And she found she hated it as much as she liked it He put the pencil to his tongue licking the nib before setting it to the little oval paper “It’s a bit late for claiming your waltz don’t you—” But he wasn’t claiming the waltz He wrote his name across the whole card claiming all of it Claiming all of her this woman who had rescued him in one bold dark scrawl Beast And like that he was coming for her all long strides and perfect muscles and his trousers not even fully buttoned stalking her backward across the room all predatory grace until she came to her senses and realized she did not want to escape She stopped Wonderfully he didn’t He barely stopped when he reached her knocking the cap from her head taking her face in his hands dipping down to kiss her without hesitation his lips firm and impossibly soft stealing her gasp as he tilted her chin up and took her lips his tongue coming out to stroke along her top lip coaxing her open with the promise of it until she was on her toes meeting him aching for him “I want you to remember it well” She reached up to him sliding her hands into his hair holding his eyes “I shall How could I forget this? The way you look at me? Like I’m ” Beautiful Perfect “ Like I’m precious” He swore and kissed her his tongue stroking against hers slow and deep before he pulled back and pressed his forehead to hers “You are precious Hattie More precious than you know” He pressed a kiss to her shoulder “I do not deserve you” She smiled at the words “I think you can agree that I am almost as much trouble as I am delight”45 stars Brazen and the Beast was a solid historical romance with some pacing issues and other small problems that just knocked it down from great to good I think I liked Brazen and the Beast slightly less than Wicked and the Wallflower which seems to be a bit against the grain from my fellow reviewers The ideas were all there but it took me about a week to get through it which isn't the best sign for me I really liked how Sarah MacLean made an effort to include a diverse cast of characters including some ueer representation I also liked the general idea of the story which had an interesting plot line But all of those good things weren't uite enough My problems stemmed from the fact that I found the story to be uite repetitive I started Brazen and the Beast right after Wicked and the Wallflower and so much of the plot line is rehashed in the second book that it was tiring to read For example even though Haddie was the kind of character I could get behind we didn't have to hear about how smart and what a good business woman she was on practically every page Whit was on and off with their romance and it got to be too much I think the book could have been edited down to be a lot tighter and compelling Some great ideas and some not as good execution but I'm still excited for the third book in the seriesCopy provided in exchange for an honest reviewgoodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

About the Author: Sarah MacLean

New York Times Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into than twenty languagesSarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies A romance columnist and co host of the weekly romance novel podcast Fated Mates her work in support of