Brazen And The Beast by Sarah MacLean

Tuesday, August 6, 2019


by Sarah MacLean
Series: Bareknuckle Bastards #2
Genres: Historical, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: July 30th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

There's a reason why Sarah MacLean is one of the most beloved historical romance authors. I'm not sure how she did it, but with Brazen and the Beast she has written a book that is even more superior to the first book, which was pretty fantastic on its own.

Brazen and the Beast was one of those all-engrossing stories that pulled me in from the start and it's all because of the sizzling chemistry between our hero and heroine. At 29, Hattie has goals far more interesting than marriage. It's the "Year of Hattie" and she is ready to take control of her life. She wants to run her father's business and to live her life on her own terms. In Hattie, MacLean has written a well-rounded character, who was sharp, intelligent, and diligent. It was a treat to watch her settle into the clever and goal-driven woman that she was. Hattie was the sort of character that you root for from start to finish, and it was clear to me that she was the star of Brazen and the Beast. I loved that she took whatever obstacle that came her way through its horns and never backed down.

Whit, our hero, at first glance appears to be one of those hurdles in her path that turns out to be one the best thing that could happen to her. He and his brother are known as the Bareknuckle Bastards in the streets of London. They've got a reputation of being tough, but no one really knows how soft these guys are on the inside. Whit was not a man of many words. He grunts and mumbles more than he actually speaks and everyone knows that I was here for that. The most attractive thing about Whit was how protective he was. We see that side of his emerge when he grows a soft spot for Hattie. The man was ready to act as Hattie's personal red carpet and I was a complete sucker for that. Oh and the dirty talk. Phew, boy! There is just something about non-communicative heroes who are outspoken in the bedroom. The romance in Brazen and the Beast is fantastic because Whit would do absolutely anything for Hattie. He was entirely devoted to her and it was fun to watch this so-called dangerous guy go completely gaga over her. Hattie and Whit had a great dynamic together. Their witty banter was one of the highlights of the book for me.

Honestly, this book had everything that is good about historical romance. I also love how Sarah MacLean kept building the plot to the next book which is going to feature a super torturous (in a good way) romance with a hero who is going to be on his knees for half of the book. I.CAN'T.WAIT.

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