Book Review: The Viscount Who Loved Me by 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 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…

The second in the Bridgerton series – this is Anthony’s story. I don’t often read romantic fiction but having thoroughly enjoyed both the TV series and the first book a hot summer seemed like the perfect opportunity to pick up this one. My brain need fluff to read for a bit – and excellent fluff it was.

Different enough from the show to make it feel like I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen (while also knowing how things would ultimately work out) it was interesting to see which strands were kept and which were changed as well.

The relation between Kate and Anthony was built up well, both strong willed and determined to get this own way and stick to their original plans even as they both started to realise that they may actually be drawn to each other.

This book was a wonderful escape that frequently made me smile as I was reading.

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