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 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 is 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 is 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 Rating: 5/5 Stars
Just like the rest of the world, I am utterly obsessed with all things Bridgerton. I have been counting down the days for the second season of the the hit TV show inspired by Julia Quinn’s historical romance series. In order to better prepare for the new season, I recently read the second book in the Bridgerton series that mostly inspires the second season, The Viscount Who Loved Me.
The Viscount Who Loved Me follows the eldest Bridgerton, Anthony, and his love interest Kate Sheffield – sidenote that the TV series changes Kate and her sister, Edwinna, to Kate and Edwina Sharma. After much pushing from his well-intentioned mother, Anthony finally devices that it is time for himself, Lord Bridgerton, to find a wife. Despite his parents’ love for one another, the circumstances around the early death of Anthony’s father has led Anthony to believe that he has not meant to marry for life. His eyes are on the debutante of the season, Edwina, but her older sister, Kate, begins to capture Anthony’s attention more and more. Kate refuses to consider the rake, as Anthony has a reputation for getting around London, for herself, let alone her younger sister, but the more time she spends with Lord Bridgerton, the more she is led to believe that he isn’t the rake she thought he was after all.
Besides The Viscount Who Loved Me now of course, I’ve only read the first Bridgerton book, The Duke & I,… but is it too early in this series to say that The Viscount Who Loved Me is my favorite??? I absolutely LOVED this book! I loved the dynamic between Kate and Anthony so much, as their conversations dripped with humor & sarcasm throughout. I also loved reuniting with the Bridgerton family, as Colin, Daphne, and Eloise are all minor recurring characters. My favorite scene was hands-down the Pall Mall game, which I am so excited to see in the show. Did I also mention that Kate has a pet corgi, Newton, that I am again looking forward to seeing in the show.
Overall, The Viscount Who Loved Me is my favorite historical romance yet. It is making me want to pick up the rest of the Bridgerton book series ASAP. I know I am going to binge the entirety of Bridgerton S2 on Netflix this weekend!!
Have you read The Viscount Who Loved Me? Have you read any of the Bridgerton books? Are you a fan of the TV show? Share in the comments!