The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

The Viscount Who Loved Me

by Julia Quinn

Published by Avon

Book 2 in the Bridgerton Series

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...


Steamy Historical-Romance Sweet

The Viscount Who Loved Me is the second book in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series. It follows the eldest Bridgerton son, and titled Viscount after his father's death, who has decided that as he nears the age of thirty, it is time to settle down and marry. Not wanting to marry someone who he risks falling in love with, he sets his sights on the diamond of the season. He has no doubts she will say yes to a proposal, but he has one problem. Her older sister, Kate, who doesn't think him good enough for her beloved sister, due to his rakish ways. Every time he tries to get close to his prize, Kate is in the way. She infuriates him like no other. She also tempts him like no other, with her sharp intellect, courage, and unconventional beauty. Can the Viscount who refuses to love ignore the spark he feels around the fiery Kate?

So I am going back and forth between really like this book, and .... not liking it. Certainly I liked it enough that I couldn't put it down. It obviously drew me in. Again, not terribly original. This may be a historical romance, but it relies on the trope it was going for: enemies to lovers. But I can get past that. There were parts in this book that I loved! Moments that made me snort, moments that made me teary eyed, .... but there were also moments that pissed me off. Much like how the Duke and I has its controversies, The Viscount Who Loved Me does as well. I love a good enemies to lovers trope, but these two are brutal to one another. Anthony in particular. I can't get into it without spoiling, so highlight (and let me know if you agree) ----------> the pond incident, where Anthony "goes for her throat" because her dog accidently pushed her sister in the lake. At the musicale at the Bridgerton house, when Anthony catches Kate hiding in his office, and grabs her chin. Many times grabbing her arm. <------------ I understand this is a historical romance, and women aren't thought of much more than breeders and decoration, but there was enough times where Anthony overpowered Kate physically and emotionally to make me uncomfortable.

Before I talk about my thoughts on characters, can I just add (and again, a spoiler ahead), how frustrating it is that ----------------> we are getting another marriage by scandal. Will we ever get a Bridgerton marriage that isn't hurried along because they were caught in a compromised position? I mean, it JUST happened in The Duke and I! <---------------

Anthony does have