cover image Wicked and the Wallflower

Wicked and the Wallflower

Sarah MacLean. Avon, $7.99 mass market (416p) ISBN 978-0-06-269206-1

The devil is in the delightful details for MacLean’s first Bareknuckle Bastards Regency romance. Felicity Faircloth was once one of the crown jewels of society. Now she’s consigned to spinster wallflower status by gossiping matrons and fickle friends, but her family’s social and financial survival depends on her marrying well. During her escape from the harsh world of the ballroom, her singular skill with lock picks—a response to all the doors that patriarchal society closes in women’s faces—lands her directly in the path of one of Covent Garden’s most notorious criminals, a man known as Devil. He’s obsessed with the complete and utter ruination of the newly surfaced Duke of Marwick and thinks that Felicity’s desperate need for a husband might make her the perfect pawn for his game. He offers to help set her up with the duke, but doesn’t count on falling in love with her himself. MacLean (The Day of the Duchess) intersperses hints of mystery and intrigue with plentiful humor, crafting a touching story filled with charming characters readers will be eager to meet again. Agent: Steven Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (June)