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Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean
Series: The Bareknuckle Bastards #2
Published by Avon on July 30, 2019
Genres: Historical Romance
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New York Times Bestselling Author Sarah MacLean returns with the next book in the Bareknuckle Bastards series about three brothers bound by a secret that they cannot escape—and the women who bring them to their knees.
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
Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean was my introduction to this author’s writing style and this particular historical romance series.
I refrained from reading the synopsis of Brazen and the Beast because I didn’t want anything to influence my opinion of the story before I actually dived into the story. Jumping face first, with my eyes closed, into the story I was able to take what was said, done, and thought at face value and form my own opinions without anything to compare it to; i.e. peer reviews, or synopsis.
I rarely pick up a title for review if it’s anything but the first in a series if I haven’t previously began the series. It was something about Brazen and the Beasts’ synopsis and the recommendation from the publicist that encouraged me to give this title a chance. I am curious though about the first story in this series since had quite a few cameos in this installment.
Some of my first thoughts came from some of the earlier quotes from Brazen and the Beast. These particular quotes worked in putting me on notice that maybe the effort the author put forward to convey certain things was well intended but the execution wasn’t cohesive with the plot.
“Dead men were not warm, and this man was very warm. Like a fire in winter. The kind of warm that made someone realize how cold she might be.”–Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean, 2019
This particular quote was from the first ‘meeting’ (you’ll have to read the story to figure out why I used quotations lol) between Hattie and Whit. It was at this moment when my excitement for this story started to flourish and I was beginning to realize that the characters and story were going to be unlike any I’d read before.
Sadly, this quote also showed me that there would be an overcompensation of moments on behalf of the characters in this story. The later sentence of this quote came off really cheesy and unauthentic; it sort of made me side eye Hattie’s character because it just didn’t seem like something she would say based off what the readers had already learned about her character.
“He narrowed his gaze on her, and her eyes – was it possible they were violet? What kind of person had violet eyes? – went wide.”–Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean, 2019
If you can’t tell, this particular quote is from Whit’s character, the hero of Brazen and the Beast. What I was able to pick out of this quote about the what I might encounter with this story wasn’t along the same lines as the previous quote. The mention of the possibility of Hattie having violet eyes sort of threw up a red flag for me.
I’ve read many a historical romance story where the heroine would be described to have violet eyes. I sort felt that if that was the case for Hattie it would lump her in with other heroines when I felt that she was so original and distinct.
Despite these two specific problems and the underlying meaning behind them reappearing throughout Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean I actually found myself enjoying this title. I will admit that I probably wouldn’t have chosen this title for myself if it hadn’t been introduced to me in the manner that it was. But, I am curious about what went on in Wicked and the Wallflower or any other installments that will come after.