by Sarah MacLean


Brazen and the Beast is the second novel in the Bareknuckle Bastards series. If you are one for reading in order, I suggest you read ALL of her works as the series all take place in the same ‘world’ and are sometimes referenced. For example in this book, I believe I saw/read descriptions of not only the previous books hero and heroine, Devil and Felicity from Wicked and the Wallflower, but the sparrow is mentioned from Day of the Duchess and the Duke and Duchess from A Scot in the Dark. However you will also be fine with just reading this series in order, like I said it’s just a brief mention so you won’t be confused or anything if you don’t read them.

There is quite a lot of information and past history discussed in the first book, about how the brothers came to be, as well as their relationship with Ewan, who has been an ongoing villain in the series. I was happy with the amount of history given in this book as well. It could probably be read as a stand alone, but I do think Wicked and the Wallflower did a great job of really covering their history.

I was worried I wasn’t going to love this book, as after I read so much of her work I started finding things repetitive or predictable almost even though the stories were different. I’m so happy I didn’t find that with this one.

Hattie, our heroine. I really enjoyed her. She’s been overlooked her whole life, being more in the role of ‘good ole Hattie’ with a pat on the back instead of inspiring passionate embraces. She’s the brains of her father’s shipping business yet doesn’t get any of the credit or promise of a future with it. She’s heard plenty of rude comments about her size. She’s described as pudgy in the book by another character, a too wide nose, too old. A spinster. Her birthday is here and she’s done with all. It’s going to be the Year of Hattie and she has a plant to take back everything she deserves in life.

Whit. Or Beast? Saviour Whittington. Just YES. It’s been awhile since I just stared at a stepback. For much time. Sigh. A bare knuckle bastard, Devil and Grace’s partner in running their Covent Garden kingdom. An anti hero is always one of my favorites. A man of few words, he tends to speak in grunts and stares which is fine for Hattie since she’s a talker. Yet he opens to her. He is saying things he’s never said before, to anyone. While he can speak like a gentleman, oh those moments where the garden eases out in his speech, just totally wrap my heart up. I LOVE a hero like this.

They meet when Whit is unconscious in Hattie’s carriage. This is totally inconvenient as Hattie is eager to start her year and has an important appointment. From this first scene I was engaged. Their attraction and push and pull was wonderful. I felt like I really got to know these characters. Its steamy with descriptive, well developed scenes that melted my heart. If you are sensitive to the F word though, be wary. Someone with an ebook can do a count but I would guess 15+ times? Doesn’t bother me at all. There’s something about it in historical romance that I adore. It’s so naughty and forbidden to me in those books. LOVE.

I give ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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