Romancing Mister Bridgerton
by Julia Quinn
Published by Avon
Book 4 in the Bridgerton Series
Everyone knows that Colin Bridgerton is the most charming man in London.
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 abroad 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?
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Historical-Romance Sweet
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton is the fourth book in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series. It follows twenty-eight year old Penelope Featherton, a spinster in society's eyes, and Colin Bridgerton, the third son in the Bridgerton family, known for his charm and wit, his good looks, and his lust for travel. When Penelope discovers Colin's secret, she begins to think she doesn't know him as well as she thinks she does. But he isn't the only one with secrets. Colin seems to find himself more and more enamored with Penelope. For years, she was just reliable Pen, always there, not standing out. But now, she becomes more and more clear to him, and he slowly starts to fall for her. But when he stumbles upon Penelope's secrets, can he overcome them?
I was excited for this book for two reasons. One, everyone who has read the Bridgerton series, has said Colin's story is their favorite. Two, I already knew what the big reveal was (I watched the show before reading the books, and they decided to reveal "the secret" before Colin's story). Knowing the truth going into the book, I wasn't bothered by it. What was surprising was, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the last 3. Don't get me wrong! I loved the sweetness of Penelope, and I really loved that these two people, slowly falling for the real person underneath their facades. I particularly enjoyed the uniqueness of this book (highlight for a spoiler) -----------> jealousy of a person's achievements, and not because there was a third party love interest <------------, and it was interesting enough, if a bit predictable.
My main issue with this book, was character consistency. Specifically, Colin. I get that the past three books, it wasn't from his point of view, and to others, he is charming. Mischievous. I know that this isn't the whole of his being, but it IS a part of him, and I found it lacking in this book. Does Colin redeem himself in the end? He does. It just bothers me that such emphasis was put on his temper for three quarters of the book. The real joy of this book was Penelope. I have a soft spot for intelligent, ambitious heroines, and Penelope is all of that, with a secret witty charm that you can't help but love. I understood why Colin fell so hard.
Do I get why this is a fan favorite? I don't. Perhaps its because its a romance between a wallflower and the popular bachelor? If its a favorite of yours, please comment below and tell me why! As of right now, I think Anthony and Benedict's books are my favorite. Now on to the next book, Eloise's story, To Sir Philip, With Love.