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When He Was Wicked | [Julia Quinn]

When He Was Wicked

Michael Stirling and his cousin, John, the Earl of Kilmartin, are as close as brothers. However, Michael is secretly in love with John's wife, Francesca Bridgerton. When John suddenly dies, Michael is wracked with guilt and pain. Even though he is determined to remain simply Francesca's friend and confidant, the temptation is far too great.
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Publisher's Summary

Michael Stirling and his cousin, John, the Earl of Kilmartin, are as close as brothers. However, Michael is secretly in love with John's wife, Francesca Bridgerton. When John suddenly dies, Michael is wracked with guilt and pain. Even though he is determined to remain simply Francesca's friend and confidant, the temptation is far too great.

©2004 Julie Cotler Pottinger; (P)2005 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"[When He Was Wicked contains] sprightly prose, feverish love scenes, and well-developed secondary characters." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Marcheta Suffolk, VA, United States 02-10-07
    Marcheta Suffolk, VA, United States 02-10-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Engrossing and beautifully written"

    Oh, well done! This is a fantastic audiobook and a spot on reading by Simon Prebble. I had never read a book by Julia Quinn, but I had listened to Simon Prebble read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - over and over again. So it was the reader whom attracted me to this book - and now I've listened to it many times over as it's a beautifully written story. The angst reminded me of Lymond in the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett when he couldn't have his beloved Phillipa. This story in turn led me to the other Quinn audiobook available at audible, It's In His Kiss, and I loved that one, too - same great reader. I look forward to more audiobooks from this author and I hope they use the same reader - fantastic combination.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Randall 09-26-07 Member Since 2009
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    "LOVED IT!!"

    I first read the book and absolutely loved it! I couldn't wait to hear it on audio and was not disappointed. The narration is amazing and perfectly brings the characters to life. I've since ordered It's in His Kiss and On The Way to A Wedding and can't wait to listen to them as well. I really hope the earlier volumes of the Bridgerton series will soon be made available on audio, since I think the first four volumes in the series are superior and would love to hear them as well.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    erin new orleans, LA, United States 09-06-06
    erin new orleans, LA, United States 09-06-06 Member Since 2006
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    "great book!"

    If you like Julia Quinn, you're going to love this book. The dialogue sequences are some of the best she's ever written. Are some of the sex scenes over-the-top? Yes. Is it still a good read written by someone who understands loss, guilt and grief? Absolutely. Give it a try.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kd CLINTON, MS, United States 05-31-10
    Kd CLINTON, MS, United States 05-31-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Love It!"

    It was so romantic and easily kept me attentive the whole time. Though for some, it may seem sort of slow. But it builds and is very worth it. And, of course, the narrator's voice is one of the favorites. So it just made it all more appealing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chantelle Parkville, MD, United States 07-05-13
    Chantelle Parkville, MD, United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2011

    Audible-addict...

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    "LOVE this book... It made me cry..."

    This was a wonderful read. The story is wonderful with just enough spicy love scenes. The narrator helped me to really connect with the characters. I am not typically moved to tears over a book, but this story moved me to tears (both sad and happy) tears. You will not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley CA, United States 08-03-07
    Kelley CA, United States 08-03-07 Member Since 2006

    Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.

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    "When she was indecisive"

    I usually enjoy Julia Quinn's work but this installment in the series is painful to get through. The story revolves around the widowed heroine's reticence to be happy after her husband's death. Loving again feels like betrayal. And so she agonizes for 10 hours while the hero does his best to endure. He does a better job being patient than I did - I grew bored and frustrated with a plot based on frustration rather than tension - when it finally resolved I was too frazzled by the ordeal to care much. A pity.

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    Marie 02-22-08
    Marie 02-22-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Could be worse..."

    The quality of this book depends on what you are seeking. If you just want a mushy, predictable story with some romantic moments and steamy scenes, with honestly likeable characters, it hits the spot. If you are a little deeper, it will feel childish to you, like it was written by a high schooler with a good vocabulary. It is not remarkably memorable to me; nothing like Georgette Heyer, Amanda Quick, early Kathleen Woodiwiss, or the infalable Loretta Chase. But with few worthwhile choices on audio, you could certainly spend your free credits more regretfully. I was actually rather into it at one point (somewhere in the middle, I think) but my energy fizzled out before the epilogue when the romance got sappy and drawn out. I, for one, did NOT like the narrator. The heroine's voice is always important to me and this gentleman pretty much ruined it and even put the wrong intonation on phrases which might have worked if said flatly or less dramatically. My guess is that it is better to read this book than to listen.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Julie WV 09-23-14
    Julie WV 09-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story, wonderfully narrated..."
    Would you listen to When He Was Wicked again? Why?

    Yes. The narrator was fabulous. I really like romance novels narrated by a man. I think it is because, as a woman, it feels like I'm getting more of the male perspective and it makes the heroes all that much more delicious. The female voices were well done as well, not over the top feminine.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael. He loved her all along and you couldn't help but root for him to "get the girl."


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Just really well done. Now one of my favorite narrators. I didn't find myself annoyed by anything as he read like I am with so many other narrators.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A good book, well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda Borger, TX, United States 01-20-12
    Rhonda Borger, TX, United States 01-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Read"

    I love Julia and Simon, although because Simons take on Michaels voice was kinda rough he seemed to me like he was mad when he was supposed to be softer and more intimate. Give this book a try...it is good and the Epilogue II seems to finish the story well.

    Simon...don't worry...I still love you!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Sevierville, Tunisia 04-03-10
    Kimberly Sevierville, Tunisia 04-03-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Predictable story"

    Predictable story, but rated R love scenes.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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