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…
When He Was Wicked is the sixth installment of the Bridgertons series by Julia Quinn. It is about Francesca Bridgerton, who had a love marriage, but her husband died two years ago. Her husband’s cousin, Michael, is in love with her since they first met, and slowly Francesca realizes that she feels the same for him.
There is a serious problem with Francesca’s character: her grief is not real, and her dilemma is exaggerated. She’s already decided to marry again, so I really don’t understand her hesitation. She’s dishonest and a hypocrite.
I liked Michael though. He is aware of his own feelings, and his inner conflict is genuine. He is seductive, intelligent, and has a good sense of humor. The only mystery is about him that why he falls in love with Francesca.
The writing style is also lacking: the dialogues are not as enjoyable and sparkling as they were in the previous books. Some of them are needlessly long and irrelevant.
When He Was Wicked is my least favorite in the Bridgertons series.