Posted by: Jennifer | January 31, 2007

The Viscount Who Loved Me – Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn. The Viscount who Loved Me. (New York: Avon Books, 2000). 0380815575.

Main Characters: Kate Sheffield and Anthony, Viscount Bridgerton.

Date of Story: 1814. 

Related Works: The Bridgerton Series includes the books The Duke and I, The Viscount who Loved Me, An Offer from a Gentleman, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked, It’s in His Kiss, and On the Way to the Wedding. There are also two related novellas that include Lady Whistledown: The First Kiss from Lady Whistledown Strikes Back and 65 Valentines from The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown. Lady Danbury, from How to Marry a Marquis appears is most of the books in the Bridgerton Series.

Description from the book:

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 closed 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 . . .

My Thoughts:

I adore Julia Quinn’s books about the Bridgerton family. Violet, Lady Bridgerton, as the marriage-minded mama is a wonderful character. Although she is determined to see her children married, she only wants what is truly best for them. The fact that she and her deceased husband named their children in alphabetical order (Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory and Hyacinth) is hysterical.

Anthony is excellent as the head of family who thinks that his time on Earth will only be for a short duration. Kate is warm and funny – and wholeheartedly determined to prevent Anthony from marrying her younger sister Edwina. The verbals spats between Anthony and Kate are a joy to read. This, of course, is exacerbated by Colin’s introduction of Anthony and Kate – when he deliberately tells Anthony that Kate thinks very highly of Anthony (when she thinks he is a Rake – as opposed to a rake). And, I believe this is the only romance I have ever read where the characters are forced to marry because of a bee sting.

The game of Pall Mall between the Bridgerton siblings is absolutely hysterical. Without a doubt, all of the Bridgertons must have known that Kate was destined to be a member of the family when she knocked Anthony’s ball into the lake with the black mallet – otherwise knows as the mallet of death. Funny, funny stuff!!

I am SO sad that Julia Quinn has finished the Bridgerton series (although her upcoming book does sound intriguing).

Read again: January 30-31, 2007

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