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Loved this book just as much as the first in the series . Sad to have to wait till January for Grace and Ewan’s story but I’m sure it will be as engrossing,funny,sexy ,mysterious and as emotional as the preceding books have been. 5 Stars from me to you Sarah Maclean and thanks for such a enjoyable story.
I thought the first book of the series was great, but this is brilliant! Action, suspense, passion, lust, emotion, loyalty, self deprecating of characters, setting the scene for more from Ms. Maclean. My goodness! Whit is wonderful! A complex character full of sensitivity under the 'Beast' exterior. Fighting to justify himself as a kind of penance for not, as he thinks , to living up to his true name. He, at times is heart wrenching in his sincerity and his gift for giving. Hattie is a fighter, alarmingly intelligent and altogether very 'unton'. She deserves a new word. She is indeed a 'warrior ' as Whit calls her. Denied recognition from the ton because she is not fashionably beautiful in looks or behaviour. Whit, however sees all that she is. Yet the spectre of the other brother looms seeking vengeance for wrongs he thinks have been done to him. The power he has over the Bareknuckles is tangible yet equally miniscule as Whit finds his home. Absolutely mesmerising read. Fabulous. When is the next one?
There was still a lot to dislike in this book, but there was more to like than the first one. Not that that would be hard. The romance was fine, until Beast massively betrayed Hattie for no reason whatsoever. And I liked Hattie. Too bad you don't really see her working though - it's a problem with businesswomen heroines.
Ewan shouldn't end up with Grace, though. If Sarah MacLean couldn't make me forgive Haven, I don't see how she can manage it with Ewan. And if it turns out, oh, he WASN'T actually trying to kill her, which seems likely, then it makes most of the actions taken by the Bareknuckle Bastards to be pointless.
The Beast’s story we have been waiting for. And a woman who is every bit his equal. I love stories where the woman, because she doesn’t fit society’s notion of beauty, thinks she is a misfit. Hattie may not be a beauty, but she is sure of what she wants, and during “The year of Hattie” she proves she’s not just Whit’s equal, but a warrior who will fight for what she wants and whom she loves. Hattie is one of the most amazing heroes I have read, and the bare knuckle bastards are just as terrific as before. I look forward to to the next one.
The main characters - Whit ('Beast') who comes from the darkness of Covent Garden and Hattie, the daughter of a Earl, had me engaged and entertained. At the onset some of the dialogue felt rather contemporary and the book doesn't have a potent historical framework, and honestly I finished this book not giving a damn. The main characters had me smiling and escaping reality artfully.
Whit is swoon worthy and the chemistry between him and Hattie clear.
I do wish Hattie's brother had had a scene where he really faced some hard truths, and Hattie's father seemed to vanish as quickly as he appeared in the book.
I’ll start by saying that I am a fan of this author’s “numbers” series and that is why I tried this series. The first book was very average in comparison but this one was just lazy. The plot was almost a replica of the first book with a few tweaks from Both heroines being less than beautiful to the stalking and standing outside their houses to the conversations between the brothers. The book lacked any draw and the sex scenes were Luke warm at best. Considering the cost of this book it is not worth the price.
I devoured this book. There's no other description for the way I read it, because in a genre that seems exhausted this book feels fresh. And the reason it's the characters. Hattie is just everything one could possibly want in a heroine and Whit is an excellent bounce board for the amazingness that is Hattie. The most refreshing thing this book does is not make Whit a typical misogynist MC who has to vl be convinced of the heroines actual capabilities intelligence autonomy in order to learn to respect her. He does. From the get go. It can be done writers. The book is funny, angsty and hot. All you want in a romance.
Lots of fun. A feisty independent heroine, a big tough hero and a lot of drama. What more do you want? It's all about agency and women's empoerment too - which is pretty much what MacLean does everytime - and may have you wanting to punch the air at times. Wanted a bit more from the conclusion - but that's often the case with me. Looking forward to book 3 already. And more Nik and Nora please!
Female characters are becoming a bit similar and annoyingly similar in this series. Got tired of the same old heroine thinking herself as ugly and hero thinking her to be beautiful subtext. Still hopeful that the third book will be better.