All About When He Was Wicked – Bridgerton Book 6

This novel is the sixth book in the popular Bridgerton series, which has captured the hearts of readers worldwide. Set in Regency-era England, When He Was Wicked follows player Michael and his turbulent romance with one Francesca.

This romantic comedy is stuffed full of witty dialogue, charming characters and isn’t without some steamy scandals! Join us as we dive into the world of Bridgerton by Julia Quinn and explore the romance and drama of Regency-era England.

‘Julia Quinn is one of the best historical romance novelists of our time’
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About the Series

The Bridgerton series is a collection of romance novels written by Julia Quinn. The series is set in the Regency era of England, and follows the lives of the eight Bridgerton siblings as they navigate love, marriage, and society. Each book in the series is centred on one of the siblings, and follows their love story as they find their happily ever after. The series has gained a large following and has been adapted into a popular Netflix show.

There are nine books in the series:

  1. The Duke & I (Daphne & Simon)
  2. The Viscount Who Loved Me (Anthony & Kate)
  3. An Offer from a Gentleman (Benedict & Sophie)
  4. Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Colin & Penelope)
  5. To Sir Phillip, With Love (Eloise & Phillip)
  6. When He Was Wicked (Francesca & Michael)
  7. It’s In His Kiss (Hyacinth & Gareth)
  8. On the Way to the Wedding (Gregory & Lucy)
  9. The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After

We are also blessed with a number of collections , as well as two collections:

  1. The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton (Lady Whistledown’s Official Guide)
  2. The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown
  3. Lady Whistledown Strikes Back

Official Description

when he was wicked

When He Was Wicked


In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breathtaking, that one knows one’s life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London’s most infamous rake, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton.

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Official Description

“Why? It’s because I love you, damn me to hell. Because I’ve always loved you. Because I loved you when you were with John, and I loved you when I was in India, and God only knows I don’t deserve you, but I love you, anyway.”
— Julia Quinn, When He Was Wicked

In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breathtaking, that one knows one’s life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London’s most infamous rake, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton.

After a lifetime of chasing women, of smiling slyly as they chased him, of allowing himself to be caught but never permitting his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing. Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca’s surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere thirty-six hours longer—the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin.

But that was then . . . Now Michael is the earl and Francesca is free, but still she thinks of him as nothing other than her dear friend and confidant. Michael dares not speak to her of his love . . . until one dangerous night, when she steps innocently into his arms, and passion proves stronger than even the most wicked of secrets . . .

Our Overview

“No man of any intelligence would pretend to know a female mind.”

Julia Quinn, To Sir Phillip, With Love

The story is set in Regency England, a time when societal norms and expectations played a large role in the lives of the aristocracy. The novel follows the story of Michael Stirling, the Earl of Bourne, and Francesca Bridgerton, the youngest daughter of the Bridgerton family.

The story begins with Michael and Francesca as children. Michael is known for being the naughty boy of the family, but Francesca sees him as a protector and friend. However, as they grow older, their relationship changes and becomes complicated. Michael becomes more wild and reckless. In the meantime, Francesca becomes a proper young lady with her sights set on finding a husband.

As the story progresses, Michael finds himself in trouble and is in need of a savior. He turns to Francesca, who is the only person he trusts. In the process of helping him, Francesca realizes that she may have feelings for Michael. But with Michael’s reputation as a player, Francesca knows that she could never marry him. Meanwhile, Francesca is courted by several suitors, but she still finds herself drawn to Michael.

Despite the challenges and obstacles in their path, Michael and Francesca begin a journey of self-discovery and growth, learning to navigate the treacherous waters of Regency society and finding their way back to each other.

Our Review

The novel is filled with wit, humor, and emotion, as well as a touch of drama and suspense. Quinn’s writing style is always effortlessly engaging and brings the characters to life, making it easy to get lost in this lavish world of wealth and status.

The characters are well-developed and relatable, and their growth throughout the story is realistic and believable. When He Was Wicked is a charming and captivating romance novel that will have you turning the pages until the very end. The chemistry between Michael and Francesca is electric, and the love story is sweet and heartwarming. We appreciate the development of Michael and his journey from a ‘rake’ to that of a tender, genuine lover.

The romance in “When He Was Wicked” is both sweet and steamy, with Quinn masterfully balancing the two elements to create a story that is both heartwarming and thrilling. We know how much people love to have some spice in their books, so this is deinfately one to look out for!

Whether you are a fan of historical romance or just looking for a good read, this novel is sure to satisfy. Overall, When He Was Wicked is a must-read for fans of the historical romance genre. With its well-written characters, intriguing plot, and heartwarming romance, even amongst the many Bridgerton books, it’s sure to leave a lasting impression.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
All About When He Was Wicked (Bridgerton #6): The Beloved Regency Romance Series

Fancy More…?

The Netflix Series

The hit Netflix series has taken off as an international sensation. With Bridgerton being renewed for season 3 and 4, we can only hope that it will continue to be renewed in the upcoming years to make way for an on-screen adaption of When He Was Wicked. Although, given how far off the adaption may be, we might need to practise our patience!

If you haven’t had the blessing of watching the series yet, check out the trailer and see if you can stop yourself!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Francesca Bridgerton have a baby with Michael?

Michael Stirling marries Francesca Bridgerton four years after the death of John Stirling. Francesca and Michael have two children together: John and Janet.

What is the plot of When He Was Wicked?

Michael Stirling meets Francesca Bridgerton and falls head over heels in love with her days before she is to marry his cousin, John Stirling, the Earl of Kilmartin. Michael loves his cousin too much to admit how he feels about the future bride, so he locks those feelings inside and becomes her best friend instead.

Who is the 7th Bridgerton book about?

The 7th Bridgerton Book will be about Hyacinth & Gareth.

What is the best Bridgerton book?

Obviously, it’s mostly up to the person. Each book follows different themes, so there’s no definitive list of which is objectively the best. Personally, our favorite is An Offer From a Gentleman – it has its ups and downs and addresses some pretty modern issues in a different face.

Which Bridgerton novel is your favorite? Let us know!

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