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New York Times Bestselling Author Sarah MacLean returns with the next book in the Bareknuckle Bastards series about three brothers bound by a secret that they cannot escapeand the women who bring them to their knees.

The Lady’s Plan

When Lady Henrietta Sedley declares her twenty-ninth year her own, she has plans to inherit her father’s business, to make her own fortune, and to live her own life. But first, she intends to experience a taste of the pleasure she’ll forgo as a confirmed spinster. Everything is going perfectly…until she discovers the most beautiful man she’s ever seen tied up in her carriage and threatening to ruin the Year of Hattie before it’s even begun.

The Bastard’s Proposal

When he wakes in a carriage at Hattie’s feet, Whit, a king of Covent Garden known to all the world as Beast, can’t help but wonder about the strange woman who frees him—especially when he discovers she’s headed for a night of pleasure . . . on his turf. He is more than happy to offer Hattie all she desires…for a price.

An Unexpected Passion

Soon, Hattie and Whit find themselves rivals in business and pleasure. She won’t give up her plans; he won’t give up his power . . . and neither of them sees that if they’re not careful, they’ll have no choice but to give up everything . . . including their hearts.


Bareknuckle Bastards

Book 2

Can be read as a standalone

Book Type:

Historical Romance

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Brazen and the Beast
By Sarah MacLean

Review: Brazen and the Beast

A chance encounter sparks romance between a smart, spirited woman and London’s beastly king of the underworld, in Sarah MacLean’s BRAZEN AND THE BEAST.

This highly anticipated second installment in the Bareknuckle Bastards series delivers in every possible way. Sexy, funny, poignant and oh so satisfying, beginning to end.

We first meet Lady Henrietta Sedley, who declares her 29th birthday as “The Year of Hattie” – one which she’ll fully own, stepping up to take over her father’s shipping business after she renders herself unmarriageable. Tall, curvy, whip smart and with no interest of following the course set for ladies of her time, Hattie takes matters into her own hands on a night where she’s to indulge in pleasure. She doesn’t expect to find a beautiful brute of man tied up in her carriage, resolute in foiling her plans.

Known as Beast in Covent Garden, Whit is taken off guard by the woman who frees him. As one of the feared “Bastards” however, he is determined to seek revenge with he who has wronged him… until Hattie proposes a deal he cannot seem to refuse.

Before too long though, Beast takes the upper hand in what will be an ongoing battle of business and pleasure, wills and hearts—but one he fears he’ll lose by the end.

MacLean knows just how to pen the kind of story that’s wonderfully irresistible and a joy to devour. Hattie is strong, smart, and laser-focused on the life she wants for herself. She’s just the kind of protagonist who fills you up, who you love to cheer for. And despite her strength—and Beast’s—they share a hidden brokenness that stems from what they’ve endured. Together, they learn to see each other as equals, as valuable despite their nonconformity. The love that grows between them mends the fractured pieces within and it’s a beautiful thing to experience.

This is a standout, sexy historical romance with all the feels…. and already, I cannot wait for the next fiery installment in this superb series.

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