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Ein hinreißend verruchter Gentleman

von Julia Quinn

Weitere Autoren: Simon Prebble (Erzähler)

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Reihen: Bridgertons (6)

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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 . . .… (mehr)
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    Web of Love von Mary Balogh (PhoenixFalls)
    PhoenixFalls: Both books have similar plots; Quinn's has better sex, but I think Balogh's is more satisfying emotionally.
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Francesca has always been the Bridgerton that readers and viewers don’t know much about. In the first season of the TV series, she spends 99.9% of her time in Bath. In the books, she seems to spend all her time in Scotland. The reader doesn’t even get to hear about her wedding as it takes place between books, nor that she has been widowed. She’s always been on the fringes of the family, perhaps drowned out by Hyacinth, Eloise or a game of Pall Mall. But When He Was Wicked is Francesca’s time to shine as the reader finally gets to know her. It’s a great story of love, loss, duty and desire.

Francesca has always been a little overwhelmed by the rest of her family. She’s not as loud and opinionated but rather quiet and happy to be in a smaller group. She married John in a love match and moved to Kilmartin, where he was the earl. Unfortunately, he died young and Francesca, deep in grief, has hibernated. John’s cousin and his (and Francesca’s) best friend, Michael, is now the earl. But in his grief, he ran away to India. Four years later, Michael is back. Francesca has been managing the estates well and she’s also come to the conclusion that she needs to marry again. She wants a baby and she’s pragmatic that she won’t find the kind of love she had with John. Michael is also being pressured to marry and produce an heir to the earldom. His problem? He’s been in love with Francesca for years and years. How can he make her see that he can love her, but in a different way to John? And that neither of them will be betraying John’s memory? His method is unconventional, but passion seems to be the key to Francesca’s heart…

When He Was Wicked is completely different from the previous books in the series, keeping it fresh and unexpected. Francesca is such an unknown that it’s delightful to get to know her better. She’s clever and quiet, but she knows her own mind. She’s also not afraid to break the rules when it suits her and she’s not easily shocked. (Good thing, as Michael delights in trying to shock her multiple times). Francesca is older and more experienced in this novel, lending an insight into adult life that her sisters haven’t really had to deal with in their books. It was a pleasure to get to know her, and like all the Bridgertons she knows how to be witty. Michael is almost the antithesis of Francesca, being the light-hearted poor cousin initially and then running to another continent in his grief. It took him some time to accept that he now has the role meant for his cousin and reform his rake status (which like another rakes in the series, is somewhat exaggerated). He’s kind and patient with a good turn of phrase, both wicked and otherwise. (Julia Quinn’s sparkling dialogue is on fire in this novel – it’s on point every time). The story is just gorgeous, easy to read and easy to engage with. It feels modern, perhaps because the sex scenes are definitely not Regency level, but I think because the plot is an age-old dilemma (friends to lovers). It’s delightful and reminds me of why reading should be fun.

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  birdsam0610 | Apr 30, 2021 |
Michael has love Francesca since he first saw her only hours before she married his cousin and best friend. Two years later, John dies unexpectedly and Michael can't deal with his feelings and flees to India. 4 years later he comes back and Francesca is out of mourning. Is it possible for them to be together. Could she love him?

I liked it. It was different. I will admit that it dragged quite a bit towards the end and I was ready for it to be over. ( )
  sdbookhound | Apr 23, 2021 |
yearning! grief! lady on top! this book has it all. ( )
  pearlbaguette | Apr 21, 2021 |
This is Francesca's story. She married John Stirling who was the Earl of Kilmartin when she was young and was widowed just a couple years later when he suffered a brain aneurism. They were always close with his cousin Michael but Michael had a secret. He fell in love with Francesca at first sight.

Some years pass after John's death. Francesca spends her time managing the estate and keeping up with both the Stirlings and her own Bridgerton family. Michael flees to India in the hopes of putting her out of his mind. He comes back to England suffering from malaria at the same time Francesca decides that she needs to remarry if she ever wants to have children.

Both feel guilty when the possibility of marrying each other comes up because they feel they are betraying John. It takes a lot of convincing for both of them to get over their guilt and find happiness with each other. Along the way they also deal with Francesca's infertility.

More sensual than the usual Bridgerton story but also quite romantic. I liked that Francesca was the one who was always a little different than her brothers and sisters and felt like she didn't fit in. ( )
  kmartin802 | Mar 27, 2021 |
When He Was Wicked - Quinn
Audio performance by R. Landor
2 stars

There was just too much angst and suffering in this Bridgerton addition.The devastating loss and mutual grief of the two main characters would have been more than enough without adding all the issues of infertility on top of it. It simply didn’t have the escape and relaxation value that I usually expect from this genre. I wonder if the author intended to create a character who was so emotionally blocked from her own motivations. Or, just possibly, allowing Francesca to repeat ‘I don’t know’ ad nauseum eliminated the need to write intelligent conversation. The only benefit of this book was that it provided a bit of fill-in-the-blanks for the other characters in the series. ( )
  msjudy | Mar 5, 2021 |
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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 . . .

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