Review: Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend’s brother for . . . well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret . . . and fears she doesn’t know him at all.

Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of everyone’s preoccupation with the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can’t seem to publish an edition without mentioning him in the first paragraph. But when Colin returns to London from a trip aboard he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same—especially Penelope Featherington! The girl haunting his dreams. But when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide . . . is she his biggest threat—or his promise of a happy ending?

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the moment we have waited for (or, at least, the one I have been waiting for): Colin’s book.

From the beginning of this series, Colin became my favorite Bridgerton, most likely from a combination of his charm and humor. Plus, I had a feeling Penelope would make an appearance as the heroine in a book sooner or later.

I feel like there is so much I could talk about in this book alone, but since the majority continues Major Spoilers, I’m focusing on two things and you can feel free to reach out for the rest!

Number 1: Lady Danbury. Despite the fact that the previous three books have tried to set her up as an annoying busybody, I really enjoyed this character and I’m sooooooo glad she played a major role in this book. She had me laughing out loud multiple times, and more than once I even felt a little pang in my heart. Well done!

Number 2: I am officially naming this my favorite book in the series — even with four to go. Why? You ask. Good question. The answer is simple: I feel like I was Penelope. I connected the most with her character, and I was rooting for her the whole time. I loved her growth, I loved her strength, and I over her convictions. It was absolutely beautiful!

I’m currently taking a mini-break from The Bridgerton family, as I have two ARCs to read and two awaited new releases to dive into. But I’ll be back, and I cannot wait to find out what happened to Eloise!

Until then, GBW

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