Book: The Viscount Who Loved Me, Bridgerton series #2
Author: Julia Quinn
1814 promises to be another eventful season, but not, This Author believes, for Anthony Bridgerton, London’s most elusive bachelor, who has shown no indication that he plans to marry. And in all truth, why should he? When it comes to playing the consummate rake, nobody does it better…
–Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, April 1814
But this time the gossip columnists have it wrong. Anthony Bridgerton hasn’t just decided to marry–he’s even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended’s older sister, Kate Sheffield–the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate’s the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams…
Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands–and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate’s determined to protect her sister–but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony’s lips touch hers, she’s suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself…
Ladies and gentlemen, by reading The Duke and I, an obsession was born and I immediately jumped into the next book: Anthony’s. Now, toward the end of The Duke and I, I was suuuuuper excited for Anthony’s book so he could face the results of true love. But once I started this one….well, I was hesitant. You see, the oldest Bridgerton sibling was, for lack of a better word/in an attempt not to swear, a Jerk with a capital J.
Dear Reader, I was not about that. I rolled my eyes, I huffed and I puffed, but I carried on because Kate is an absolutely brilliant heroine and Julia Quinn is freaking hilarious!
And then…something happened. My heart broke for Anthony. We know fairly early on (and by early on, I mean the very first chapter) that he had been very much effected by his father’s death. But it wasn’t until later in the book during two emotional scenes that I realized just how much the event had impacted Anthony. I won’t say any more on these events because #spoilers, but I will say this was a huge turning point for me, and from there I was once again All In.
I mentioned earlier my love for our heroine Kate, but let me say once more: she is incredible. This may be only my second Julia Quinn book, but I’m willing to bet Kate fits the Julia Quinn Heroine standard: Strong. Fierce. Sassy. Won’t back down. In short, she’s fantastic.
Besides the humor, which I went on about enough last review, my absolute favorite thing about this book was the relationship between Kate and Mary. (Warning: Possible spoiler) Kate is Mary’s stepdaughter, but not once is there relationship anything but loving. I’ve become accustomed to the “Cinderella” story of the hateful stepmother, but this was 100 percent not the case. It was refreshing, and it was a beautiful touch!
Next up is the second oldest Bridgerton brother’s book: Benedict. I’m not going to lie, I’m mostly looking forward to Colin’s book right now, but even still, I’m ready to dive into Benedict’s!
Until next time, GBW