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an alternate cover edition can be found here 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 an alternate cover edition can be found here 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 aboard, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same, especially Penelope Featherington, the girl haunting his dreams! And 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?


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an alternate cover edition can be found here 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 an alternate cover edition can be found here 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 aboard, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same, especially Penelope Featherington, the girl haunting his dreams! And 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?

30 review for Romancing Mister Bridgerton

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

    Re-read/listened to the audiobook version Oct'2018: 5 stars – Historical/Regency Romance The audiobook narrator was fabulous, and it's still a big 5-star read for me. Original Review from Sept'2010: 5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance Words seem wholly inadequate, my friends. Why are the best books always the hardest to review?! Alas, if only I could have clever Lady Whistledown write this. Flirtatious, affable, charming, and witty Colin has been my favorite Bridgerton sibling from the beginning, Re-read/listened to the audiobook version Oct'2018: 5 stars – Historical/Regency Romance The audiobook narrator was fabulous, and it's still a big 5-star read for me. Original Review from Sept'2010: 5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance Words seem wholly inadequate, my friends. Why are the best books always the hardest to review?! Alas, if only I could have clever Lady Whistledown write this. Flirtatious, affable, charming, and witty Colin has been my favorite Bridgerton sibling from the beginning, and I was most looking forward to his story, especially knowing that the strikingly handsome, popular bachelor was being paired with his sister’s sweet best friend, plump, unpopular, wallflower, spinster Penelope Featherington. I adore romances where the supposedly ugly duckling, Plain Jane heroine is finally seen as a beautiful swan, has her day in the sun, and finds happily ever after with the wonderful hero of her dreams, and Romancing Mister Bridgerton is one of the most enjoyable that I’ve read. Colin and Penelope are perfect for each other, and the fact that they’re insecure, flawed, and have some growing up to do makes them all the more relatable and lovable. Their relationship progression, from friendship to love, was believable, sweet, and utterly romantic, and the love scene was exceptionally touching, beautiful, sensual, and tender. Colin’s gentle, passionate reverence of Penelope during their lovemaking was sigh-worthy. It’s a heartwarming, funny, and delightful feel good romance with a swoon-worthy hero and an adorable heroine that will have you smiling, laughing, crying, cheering, sighing, and perhaps wishing for your very own Mr. Colin Bridgerton. What else can I say? It’s like the highest quality dark chocolate...just scrumptious! I’m in love with Colin, I adore Penelope, and I simply love, love, love this book! 5 Big, dreamy stars! My favorite Colin quote: He murmured her name, tenderly taking her face in his hands. “I love you,” he said, his voice low and fervent. “I love you with everything I am, everything I’ve been, and everything I hope to be.” “I love you with my past, and I love you for my future.” He bent forward and kissed her, once, softly, on the lips. “I love you for the children we’ll have and for the years we’ll have together. I love you for every one of my smiles, and even more, for every one of your smiles.” I love that Colin has striking green eyes. How about Michael Vartan for Colin? [image error]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    3.5 stars Though I loved Penelope Featherington, Colin was another story altogether. Before this book I really loved Colin. I couldn't wait for his story. Maybe my expectations were too high. I don't know but I really didn't like Colin most of the time. At times he came off like a big asshole. He was blowing his top every time the wind blew. His temper was just a bit much. One minute he was fine and then he was pissy, cold, and rude. If I was Penelope I would have kicked him in the balls. Penelop 3.5 stars Though I loved Penelope Featherington, Colin was another story altogether. Before this book I really loved Colin. I couldn't wait for his story. Maybe my expectations were too high. I don't know but I really didn't like Colin most of the time. At times he came off like a big asshole. He was blowing his top every time the wind blew. His temper was just a bit much. One minute he was fine and then he was pissy, cold, and rude. If I was Penelope I would have kicked him in the balls. Penelope was sweet and smart. I felt bad that after being the shy wallflower that everyone acted like was a ugly plain girl, to have the man of your dream finally want you, only to have him snapping at you at the drop of a hat was just sad. Overall with the plot and Penelope this book was still 3 to 3.5 star read but Colin was a real disappointment.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Em Lost In Books

    3.5*. My favorite of the Bridgerton boys and this was such a cute story of being in love and believing in that love.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katerina

    At some point in our lives we all ask some fundamental questions regarding our existence, the great mysteries of the universe, the past, the present and the future of humanity. Mankind is curious (and peculiar) like this; spending hours pondering on notions, dedicating personal effort and money, researching, reading, trying to find a solution to quench the hunger that consumes us. The Author knows this kind of struggle all too well. The last few days have been dedicated to the answer of one sin At some point in our lives we all ask some fundamental questions regarding our existence, the great mysteries of the universe, the past, the present and the future of humanity. Mankind is curious (and peculiar) like this; spending hours pondering on notions, dedicating personal effort and money, researching, reading, trying to find a solution to quench the hunger that consumes us. The Author knows this kind of struggle all too well. The last few days have been dedicated to the answer of one single question, one question to define her personality, her hopes, her dreams and wishes, but she still hasn't made up her mind. Anthony or Colin Bridgerton? How can a person choose? Anthony is the Rake turned into family man extraordinaire, while Colin is the carefree, smooth, genial and flirty gentleman every creature with ovaries adores, and thanks to Romancing Mister Bridgerton, we discovered another side to him, that rendered him more alluring and, well, delicious (don't mind the Author, she's a notorious man-eater). The questionmark that haunts her thoughts may remain immoveable like the mountains, but the Author can declare with clarity that the forth story of the Bridgerton family is her favorite. She found a shadow of herself in Penelope Featherington, the witty, funny wallflower everyone overlooked. She devoured the pages (because aside from a maneater she's also a book-eater) that brought to life a heart-warming, slow-burning, toe-curling romance infused with the perfect dose of hilarity and sensuality, with spicy scandals and even spicier, clandestine meetings. And the cherry on top? The bounty on Lady Whistledown's head. Between precious Bridgertons' moments, falling in love and magical dances, the Author felt calm. At peace. Home. Penelope and Colin tugged at her heartstrings, and made her believe. Believe that Colins Bridgerton exist. (The Author is a little naive, so please forgive her extravagant declarations). - Katerina's Bookish Papers, July 2018

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jasmin

    ”I am certainly not going to marry Penelope Featherington!” Ever since we heard Colin Bridgerton utter, ummm, shout the above statement, we should have known that he’s going to eat his words sooner or later. And eat them he did. Penelope Featherington. She freshly comes out to society, out to meet the ton, with an excess of a few stones in her weight, and either orange/yellow/red gowns which doesn’t do her complexion any good. We can’t blame her. Her mother is a tyrant. But Penelope knows she doe ”I am certainly not going to marry Penelope Featherington!” Ever since we heard Colin Bridgerton utter, ummm, shout the above statement, we should have known that he’s going to eat his words sooner or later. And eat them he did. Penelope Featherington. She freshly comes out to society, out to meet the ton, with an excess of a few stones in her weight, and either orange/yellow/red gowns which doesn’t do her complexion any good. We can’t blame her. Her mother is a tyrant. But Penelope knows she doesn’t look good. The entire ton would agree with her. She also lacks the confidence to show her sharp wit to at least make up for her disgraceful attire. And instead of being seen as an intellectual lady with a terrible fashion sense, she’s seen as a stuttering plump and overripe orange, only worthy of staying at the sidelines as a wallflower. Season after season, she manages to improve herself, loosing the extra weight, however never being able to get rid of the horrendous clothes her mother has been forcing her, but still the ton doesn’t see her, or rather refuses to see her as her beautiful self. And she ends up on the spinster shelf. Colin Bridgerton. What more could he ask for? He’s loaded with good looks and charm. And he’s a Bridgerton. So, what more? Unfortunately, one does find it hard to seek contentment with just what he has. He has sought refuge in his travels. He’s not just the charming easygoing gentleman everyone thinks, because behind his beguiling smile are tons of layers of insecurities and dissatisfaction with his life. But in this work of fiction lies real people with real problems. How can we not relate to either one or both of them? Who hasn’t been insecure a few times in their life? Who hasn’t felt the fear of looking a fool? Who hasn’t dreaded no being able to search their life’s purpose? How could one not want what Penelope and Colin have? They were friends in the beginning and ended up as something more. And having one another seemed to be more than enough. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, despite the laugh out loud parts and the easy smiles it caused me or rather distressed me with, since I couldn’t help but smile in public places, is a romance of tough and broad proportions. It made me laugh. It made me smile. It made me cry. It touched my heart and it touched my soul. And it also made me desire a certain Mr. Colin Bridgerton. He loves intensely. Just the way a certain me wants to be loved. As proof, I leave you with this: ”I love you with everything I am, everything I’ve been, and everything I hope to be. I love you with my past, and I love you for my future. I love you for the children we’ll have and for the years we’ll have together. I love you for everyone of my smiles, and even more, for every one of your smiles.”♥

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    St. Bride's Church Fleet Street, London, England, c.1830* ★★★★ I read this when it first came out over ten years ago and remember loving Colin. Though I’m a bit of a “re-reader,” I haven’t done so. Consequently, I jumped at the chance to join in a “buddy read,” the forth in this enduring series. However, on re-read I was really impressed with Penelope. Don’t get me wrong: I still had heart palpitations over Colin and his deep green eyes. Nevertheless, I appreciated Penelope’s subtle straight-forwa St. Bride's Church Fleet Street, London, England, c.1830* ★★★★½ I read this when it first came out over ten years ago and remember loving Colin. Though I’m a bit of a “re-reader,” I haven’t done so. Consequently, I jumped at the chance to join in a “buddy read,” the forth in this enduring series. However, on re-read I was really impressed with Penelope. Don’t get me wrong: I still had heart palpitations over Colin and his deep green eyes. Nevertheless, I appreciated Penelope’s subtle straight-forward intelligence, calm humor, and not-so-common common sense. Not that she doesn’t have a secret or two up her sleeve. I was also surprised at how much more I enjoyed seeing these two “perfect for each other” people – the wallflower spinster no one notices and the always popular “Golden Boy” – go from friendship to love on this second visit to Ms. Quinn’s world. Of course, it isn’t strictly true that they were friends first, because Penelope has loved Colin for years. She always felt any attention Colin gave her was but perfunctory courtesy. Thus, it is a sweet delight to see him finally realize the jewel right under his nose. This story more than simply ‘holds up’ – it is definitely worthy of notice today. P.S. I wish they’d put it on audio! P.P.S. Ms Quinn borrowed the curmudgeonly** Lady Danbury from Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster series and made her more than a walk-on character – she’s an integral part of the plot. Such fun! *19th century engraving; engraver unknown 19th century; public domain picture. ** Yes, I know “curmudgeonly” is a masculine term, but it works here, I think.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kinga

    There is a perfect word to describe how I feel about Julia Quinn. It’s ‘meh’. I don’t love her, I don’t hate her, I will read her, I will quickly forget her. I’m not sure why that is because she is very popular and other people seem to find her books, and this particular one especially, amazing. But to me they are just too cute. Too sweet. I don’t want cute and sweet. I’m sure you’ve gathered that much from my reviews – I can tolerate cute and sweet only in really homoeopathic doses. So what is Ro There is a perfect word to describe how I feel about Julia Quinn. It’s ‘meh’. I don’t love her, I don’t hate her, I will read her, I will quickly forget her. I’m not sure why that is because she is very popular and other people seem to find her books, and this particular one especially, amazing. But to me they are just too cute. Too sweet. I don’t want cute and sweet. I’m sure you’ve gathered that much from my reviews – I can tolerate cute and sweet only in really homoeopathic doses. So what is Romancing Mr Bridgerton about? Well, she has loved him for ages, he barely notices her. Until he notices her and falls in love. And then they get married and live happily ever after. Also they make out in a carriage once which is something I have always wanted to do. The most interesting part of this story was how Quinn handled the bruised ego of the hero which was bruised on the account of his beloved being more successful than him (and what’s worse - in the same field!). This, I feel, needs to be addressed more often in romance novels. Is it unsexy for the hero to be less successful than the heroine? Especially if they work in the same field? Would you want to read a romance novel where a hero takes in his stride that he would never be as good of a scientist/doctor/writer as the heroine? How about real life? Personally, I prefer not to date another fiction writer just in case. Bruised male egos is something I have very little time for. *full reviews back to due to popular demand (true story)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rane

    Penelope Featherington has been in love with Colin Bridgerton for what seems like forever, from a young girl making her debut in society to a resign spinster. Penelope feelings have only grown throughout the years for Colin. Thinking she knew everything about Colin there was to know, Penelope comes across his hidden secret that starts to change her perspective of him in a surprising way that only draws them closer. Colin Bridgerton has always been the laid-back charmer of the family, but behind Penelope Featherington has been in love with Colin Bridgerton for what seems like forever, from a young girl making her debut in society to a resign spinster. Penelope feelings have only grown throughout the years for Colin. Thinking she knew everything about Colin there was to know, Penelope comes across his hidden secret that starts to change her perspective of him in a surprising way that only draws them closer. Colin Bridgerton has always been the laid-back charmer of the family, but behind the charmer mask lays a man looking for himself in the world, trying to make his mark, much like his brothers have done. When Penelope stumbles upon his secret he starts to see the young woman who’s always just been there in his life has changed into someone he truly never knew as she starts to haunt his thoughts and dreams. As both Colin and Penelope discover each other’s secrets, they start to see their true personality longing to break free and the deep love waiting for them both… There are few books I can say have hit a cord within me like Romancing Mister Bridgerton has. Penelope is one of those characters you can just step into their shoes and understand completely because you’ve been there, your felt what she felt, you know because you are her and she could have well been you. I related deeply with Penelope as she tells her story of being that wallflower on the fringes of the dance floor, in love with someone who didn’t even see her. Then becoming a spinster, because life didn’t give her just lemons, it only gave her an empty basket. Penelope never let it get her down, she did something with her life, and finally started to stand up to the world and be something she could never be : herself. She’s one of those strong characters who didn’t start off okay and got better; she started off great and only got greater. She was always this mature woman with a witty and sly humor whom was smart and very kind toward everyone and only became kinder, smarter as the story unfolds. I’ve always liked Colin and was looking forward to his story. After I finished, I love Colin. He showed something we all want to do in the world, find ourselves, leave our mark on the world, be something more. Colin did this with a few bumps in the road, but he did it. He archived his goal set before him, with the help of Penelope. I even understood his feelings of jealousy, his uneasiness with trying to go out on a limb and push his work out there for all to see. But he did something that made me love him, he became humble, he took a chance and reached out for help and support from Penelope. He became greater and I adored him for it. The brightest moment was when Colin finally saw Penelope, saw her for her. I cried when he told her he loved her. Even when he showed his temper, he was showing a side he didn’t even know he had, a side of protectiveness and love. He didn’t say an empty sorry, he said it and backed it up. Penelope finally saw a side Colin that if possible made her love him even more. And their love scene was just so romantic, not hot and steamy, but soft and gentle, a true love scene that makes you wanna cuddle up to your love one. It wouldn’t be a JQ book if there weren’t humor in it. The mystery behind whom Lady Whistledown is and the commotion it stirs within the ton, and the ever great Lady Danbury being the true scene stealer, but also showing a side never before seen by her. With the Bridgerton family always up to some sort of mischief or another that will always bring a smile to your face. RMB will have you reading the whole book, never wanting to put it down until the last page.(even loved the little tribute to Lisa Kleypas’s Dreaming of You) Overall: I’ll never be able to say enough great things about this book as it has becoming one of my all time favorite romances, but I’ll say this; it’s beautiful and wonderful, making you teary eyed when the shy wallflower blooms and finds her happy ever after with the man she loves and man whom loves her just as greatly!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Book Wonderland

    Colin is my favorite Bridgerton since the first book, so I was really excited to read his book, and it was amazing! I also really love Penelope, she is my favorite heroine in this series, I was happy she finally got the man of her dreams. Their love story was adorable. ❤ Additionaly we finally found out who Lady Whistledown is! (For a long time I had no clue, but in this book I had some suspicions. The author really chose the perfect person to be her, this made the story even better!) Anyway I'm Colin is my favorite Bridgerton since the first book, so I was really excited to read his book, and it was amazing! I also really love Penelope, she is my favorite heroine in this series, I was happy she finally got the man of her dreams. Their love story was adorable. ❤️ Additionaly we finally found out who Lady Whistledown is! (For a long time I had no clue, but in this book I had some suspicions. The author really chose the perfect person to be her, this made the story even better!) Anyway I'm going to miss her in the next books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Catarina

    One of my favorites Julia Quinn to the date (and I love her books every time). Collin and Penelope were amazing together and I could read about them forever! Rating: 5 Stars. Steam: Some hot moments. Sensible Subjects: (view spoiler)[ Not really. (hide spoiler)] Love Triangle: (view spoiler)[ No. (hide spoiler)] Cheating: (view spoiler)[ No. (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[ Yes. (hide spoiler)]

  11. 5 out of 5

    LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)

    Oh, what a difference the second half of a book can make. I want to be clear on this: when I was still only halfway through the book, I considered it a keeper. Penelope was wonderful: truly shy around anyone she didn't know well, with a few horribly painful/embarrassing moments in her life that Quinn actually took the time to show. I cringed in sympathy when Penelope came upon Colin just as he was telling his brothers that he wouldn't marry her and Penelope did what she could to preserve her dign Oh, what a difference the second half of a book can make. I want to be clear on this: when I was still only halfway through the book, I considered it a keeper. Penelope was wonderful: truly shy around anyone she didn't know well, with a few horribly painful/embarrassing moments in her life that Quinn actually took the time to show. I cringed in sympathy when Penelope came upon Colin just as he was telling his brothers that he wouldn't marry her and Penelope did what she could to preserve her dignity and not make it too obvious that he had just crushed her dreams. I enjoyed watching Penelope blossom as she resigned herself to being an old maid. Her friendship with Lady Danbury warmed my heart, and I loved it when they both confessed to attending horrible Smith-Smythe musicales so that the one Smith-Smythe girl who realized they were awful would have someone in the audience who was not making fun of her. I loved Colin, too. He was a nice guy, and never hurt Penelope on purpose. He felt miserable when she overheard him saying that he wouldn't marry her – it's just that he was too immature, at that point in his life, to know how to best handle the situation. Later on in their lives, when there was another moment when he could have accidentally hurt her feelings, she stopped him, and he took that time to think about the potential consequences of his actions and how Penelope might be hurt by them. Then he deliberately did his best not to hurt her. Colin wasn't in love with Penelope then and hadn't yet realized that a wonderful person had been right under his nose for years, but he still liked her, and I could have hugged him for the kind and thoughtful way he handled that moment. There's no way I can properly gripe about what Quinn did in the second half (last third?) of the book without spoiling things, so, if you don't like spoilers, stop reading this review at this point (or, more accurately, don't click the "spoiler" link). (view spoiler)[There are a few things I really hate coming across in romance novels. Widowed heroes or heroines still mourning the loss of their first spouses, babies and young children, very pregnant heroines, heroines whose physical description likens them to children, and...main characters who are writers. I've only encountered one author, Nora Roberts, who I can consistently trust to include any of these things without raising my hackles. Romancing Mister Bridgerton has shown me that I can't add Quinn to my short list. I was wondering where the book was going to go when, a little over halfway through it, Colin was already giddily insisting upon marrying Penelope and trying to get it through her mother's skull that, yes, he really did want to marry Penelope and not her sister Felicity. Then I found out, as Quinn revealed the big secret: Penelope is Lady Whistledown, the woman who had been anonymously skewering the ton for 11 years. I could have lived with this revelation (although I was annoyed that Quinn kept the reader in the dark via artificial means, by simply never having Penelope think about it). In fact, I enjoyed some of the angst that came from Penelope wondering if Colin was ashamed of her because of her work as Lady Whistledown. However, I felt that Lady Whistledown and writing in general then hijacked the story. This book has a grand total of one sex scene, which occurs prior to Colin and Penelope's marriage. They spend 70 pages of the book married – most authors would have found a way to fit a sex scene, even a fade to black one, in those 70 pages. I'm usually on the side of “more sweet romantic moments, less sex,” so I wouldn't necessarily have minded that Quinn only included one sex scene, if it weren't for the fact that it felt like there could, maybe should, have been one, and it was glossed over. Here is the moment when the book really made me angry: “The wedding had been magical. It was a small affair, much to the dismay of London society. And the wedding night—well, that had been magical, too. And, in fact, marriage was magical, Colin was a wonderful husband—teasing, gentle, attentive... Except when the topic of Lady Whistledown arose.” (298) There were still 70 pages to go in the book. I had to reread the passage just to be sure that, yes, Quinn really had just glossed over Penelope and Colin's wedding, wedding night, and at least the first few days of their marriage...all because Lady Whistledown was suddenly the more important part of the book. Seriously?? I finished the book because I do not DNF books when I'm that close to finishing them, but when I reached page 298 I decided that I could care less about all the Lady Whistledown stuff. I also began to find Colin's jealousy over Penelope being published (anonymously published, but still published) annoying. The writerly ego stroking scene that occurred when Colin finally let Penelope read his writings and she, of course, found them wonderful made me want to gag. That's probably a personal thing – I have a feeling that, if Colin had been worried about Penelope's reception of, say, his woodworking skills, I would have felt more sympathetic. Quinn just hit the wrong buttons with me when she made not one, but both her main characters writers, and then made that aspect an important part of the book. And, of course, Colin's writing was wonderful through and through – another thing that got my back up. (hide spoiler)] Others may not feel the same way about the ending that I did. However, because of that ending, a book I had initially considered a keeper is now one I'll be offloading in order to free up shelf space. (Original review, with read-alikes and watch-alikes, posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Caz

    The friends-to-lovers trope is one of my favourites in the genre, and one of my favourite examples of it is Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mister Bridgerton, the fourth book in her iconic series about the eight Bridgerton siblings. Colin is the third son, and has featured in the previous books as a good-humoured, devil-may-care sort of chap; easy going with a killer smile, good sense of humour, able to laugh at himself and always ready with a quip or witty rejoinder. He’s all of those things, but by the The friends-to-lovers trope is one of my favourites in the genre, and one of my favourite examples of it is Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mister Bridgerton, the fourth book in her iconic series about the eight Bridgerton siblings. Colin is the third son, and has featured in the previous books as a good-humoured, devil-may-care sort of chap; easy going with a killer smile, good sense of humour, able to laugh at himself and always ready with a quip or witty rejoinder. He’s all of those things, but by the age of thirty-three, has started to feel a little disgruntled at being thought of by practically everyone in society as just “A Bridgerton”. His brother is the viscount, his next eldest brother, Benedict, is making a name for himself as an artist but Colin… well, he’s not sure exactly what and who he is, and doesn’t quite know what he wants to do or to be, either. Penelope Featherington has also appeared in the previous books as a close friend of the Bridgerton sisters, especially of Eloise. She was an object of catty remarks and ridicule for years, owing to her mother’s tendency to dress her in styles and colours that were completely wrong for her and for that lady’s almost maniacal desire to get her daughters married off. At twenty-eight, Penelope is now firmly on the shelf and is resigned to being the spinster daughter who will care for her mother into old age – although the one good thing about her being on the shelf is that she can dress how she wants and eschew the horrible clothes her mother made her wear. Being a friend of the Bridgerton sisters means that Penelope has also been frequently in the company of the brothers, too, all of whom are friendly and treat her almost as one of the family, making a point of asking her to dance at balls or seeking her out at other functions. For years, Penelope has harboured a tendre for Colin, but has no hope of a return - why should he look at an unprepossessing woman like her when he’s one of society’s darlings; handsome, charming and witty, he is not without female admirers blessed with both youth and beauty and he can have any woman he wants. Ms. Quinn freshens up the trope and gives it extra depth by virtue of her characterisation of the two principals. Colin is restless; he travels a lot and in fact spends more time abroad than he does in England. He is tired of being thought of as someone who is only good for a laugh and wants to actually do something with his life but he has no idea what until one day, Penelope inadvertently stumbles upon one of his travel journals and is so engrossed by his writing that she suggests he publish them. At first, Colin is furious at her having read his private journals and they quarrel, but eventually, her genuine enthusiasm and praise for his writing surprise and humble him and start him thinking that perhaps this is what he’s meant to do, and he takes her suggestion to heart. Previously the perennial wallflower, Penelope has discovered that spinsterhood has its benefits; not only because she can dress as she wants, but because she feels free to be more herself and doesn’t have to put up with her mother’s constant attempts to marry her off. But Penelope has been keeping a huge secret from everyone around her for years; something that started as a way for her to fight back at those who looked down on her and that would ruin her if it ever got out. I’m not going to say more here because it’s a massive spoiler; but this secret is the book’s other major plotline and leads to some major conflict between Colin and Penelope later on. But the real strength of this instalment in the series is in the characterisation and subtle development of the two leads. Penelope’s infatuation with Colin is of long-standing; she fell for his looks and charm without really knowing him, and during the course of the story discovers that he’s not the perfect man she had imagined. Colin knows Penelope only as the slightly plump, shy friend of his sisters, but through spending time with her, comes to realise that she’s also intelligent, quick-witted and lovely. Neither of them really knows how or why things are changing between them, they just know that they are, and those moments when they both start to really see each other – the best parts of any friends-to-lovers romance - are beautifully done. Rosalyn Landor is, without question, one of the best narrators of historical romance around and her narrations of these previously unrecorded Bridgerton books (6, 7 and 8 were recorded some time ago, but not books 1-5) have been absolutely stellar. Romancing Mister Bridgerton is no exception; Ms. Landor’s pacing is excellent, her vocal characterisations of every single character are superb and in scenes where large numbers of characters appear, listeners can have no problems whatsoever working out who is speaking, so clear and expert is her manner of differentiating between all of them. It doesn’t matter if a character is old or young, male or female, aristocrat or servant, all are perfectly portrayed. I’m particularly fond of her interpretation of the formidable Lady Danbury, a wonderfully acerbic, perceptive but (secretly) kind elderly dowager of the sort so often found in historicals. Her portrayal of Colin, too, is spot on, and absolutely consistent with the way he was voiced in the earlier books in the series; suitably youthful and with a jaunty air that befits his reputation as a carefree young gentleman about town. But here, Ms. Landor is afforded the chance to explore another side of him, and she does it very well, adding a slight edge to his tone in some moments of heightened emotion or giving him a more seductive, husky note in the more intimate scenes. If you’re a fan of historical romance audiobooks, you’ve no doubt listened to Rosalyn Landor already and know that her name on the front cover is a guarantee of an excellent narration. If you haven’t tried one, then the Bridgerton books can be listened to in any order, although I think you’ll get more out of them if you listen to them in order, as it will allow you to meet each sibling as they pop in and out of other stories in the series and get to know them better. Whatever you do, though, Romancing Mister Bridgerton is another must listen for fans of this talented author/narrator pair and for fans of historical romance in general.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    This series gradually works its way through the Bridgerton family, marrying one off in each book. This time it is the turn of Colin who we already know as the funny, charming, good looking one. Everyone loves Colin including Penelope who is a long time friend of the family. It is obvious from the start who is going to marry who but there are plenty of obstacles to overcome first. I enjoyed the book very much as usual but must admit I struggled a little with its structure. Usually these books culm This series gradually works its way through the Bridgerton family, marrying one off in each book. This time it is the turn of Colin who we already know as the funny, charming, good looking one. Everyone loves Colin including Penelope who is a long time friend of the family. It is obvious from the start who is going to marry who but there are plenty of obstacles to overcome first. I enjoyed the book very much as usual but must admit I struggled a little with its structure. Usually these books culminate in the marriage. In this one the marriage took place just over half way through the book and was overwhelmed totally by other events. Then Colin seemed to suffer a personality transplant and became boorish and unpleasant and I felt disappointed on Penelope's behalf. Of course it all came good in the end. That's why we read romances isn't it!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ursula

    BR with Andrea and Lacey. Thanks ladies- I am glad I read it. At least I am not dissing the book from a position of ignorance! It just is not my kind of romance:) I had never liked the idea of this book, although I have read a few in this series and I seem to remember thinking they were ok. I could not enjoy this one. The writing was fine. It was both the MCs- they just plain annoyed me. Colin was self-satisfied but insecure. He whined about having no purpose in his life, while he traveled the worl BR with Andrea and Lacey. Thanks ladies- I am glad I read it. At least I am not dissing the book from a position of ignorance! It just is not my kind of romance:) I had never liked the idea of this book, although I have read a few in this series and I seem to remember thinking they were ok. I could not enjoy this one. The writing was fine. It was both the MCs- they just plain annoyed me. Colin was self-satisfied but insecure. He whined about having no purpose in his life, while he traveled the world having a good time. When he discovers our heroine's secret (view spoiler)[ she has published her writings (hide spoiler)] he is so jealous that he is cruel, even exhibiting quite bullying behaviour. (He actually pushes her around physically.) There is no discussion, no attempt to understand her point of view and no courage on his part to explain his aggressive and OTT reaction. He is constantly surprised that he could possibly be feeling anything for her- for God's sake, it was Penelope Featherington, after all. Plain, plump and old (28) Penelope. Penelope was a total doormat. Her mother pushed her around. The other debs pushed her around. Her bloody fiancé pushed her around. She is too busy saying sorry and trying to understand their point of view to ever realise that, hey, she has a right to do something worthwhile and creative with her own life. She has a right to defend her position and decisions. She has a right to say "no" to her mother. She has a right to tell Colin he is way out of line and to pull his fucking head in. But she was too sweet, too nice and too weak to assert herself at all. Not even once. Always quick with the backdown and full of mind numbing and cringe-worthy gratitude that Colin might actually want her- Penelope Featherington, for God's sake!. There were so many passages in the book that just made me angry. I should have highlighted them all and included them in this review, but it would have been pages long. And I have a sneaking suspicion if the boot had been on the other foot, and Penelope had been the mean one, with poor Colin trying to justify a secret activity, all the HR fans out there would have been howling and calling her a nasty, spoilt, petulant cow. Even at the end, although we are given the sop that Penelope was his "editor", it is Colin's success that is lauded, his book she admires and his career that we are to look forward to. (She is preggo and that's her life over re: individual career or life purpose.) I do not like immature heroes and stereotypical, traditional roles in a relationship. That is not a true partnership. Julia Quinn has definitely written some good books for me. This was absolutely not one of them.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    Posted on Under the Covers Penelope Featherington has been overlooked her entire life. She’s been told that she’s not pretty enough, too plump, too nervous and too quiet. And yet, Penelope probably has the most personality out of all her heroines in this series. Penelope is hands down my favourite heroine! I love seeing her growth as a character in the previous ones leading up to her own book, Romancing Mr Bridgerton with her long-time crush, Colin. I wondered how Colin would redeem himself after Posted on Under the Covers Penelope Featherington has been overlooked her entire life. She’s been told that she’s not pretty enough, too plump, too nervous and too quiet. And yet, Penelope probably has the most personality out of all her heroines in this series. Penelope is hands down my favourite heroine! I love seeing her growth as a character in the previous ones leading up to her own book, Romancing Mr Bridgerton with her long-time crush, Colin. I wondered how Colin would redeem himself after his flapping mouth exposed too much about how he felt about marrying Penelope in the last book. But even though Penelope was humiliated publicly by Colin’s outcry, she took it in stride, never letting Colin know how much it hurt her. Colin Bridgerton is the third son of the well-known family and he’s been portrayed as the devil-may-cry character. Colin is known for his easy smiles and his well-placed words, but in this book we discover that Colin has his unfulfilled fantasies and secret desires. Who would have suspected such a thing from Colin, who always seems to enjoy himself in everything? What I loved about this book is that we learn that there is more to the hero and heroine than we first thought. Quinn presents Penelope and Colin as one way, and in this book, we discover that there is more to these characters than we ever suspected. If you’ve been wondering who Lady Whistledown is, then rest easy because you do find out who it is in this one! I smacked my head when I found out! OF COURSE! I thought. It makes absolute perfect sense now that I look back. There were so many clues to indicate the true identity of the notorious Society paper queen. Also, if you’re read Lisa Kleypas’s Dreaming of You, then you may have noticed that Quinn incorporated one of Kleypas’s characters into this book. Penelope reads Mathilda by S.R. Fielding who is actually Sara, the heroine of the book! And of course, I have to talk about the romance between Penelope and Colin. While the previous book with Benedict was quick and passionate, Penelope and Colin’s romance was much slower and more solid. I love that Quinn makes each book different while still keeping it true to the characters. It makes each subsequent book entertaining to read. *sigh* I just adore this series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    My Review: What a fabulously fun read! I adored Colin and Penelope and especially Lady Danbury! Revisiting the rest of the Bridgerton family was truly a joy :) Colin and Penelope make the perfect match and seeing close childhood friends grow into loving, adult soul mates was one of the greatest highlights in my reading adventures this year. I was smiling from the beginning to the end – laughing out loud and sighing often.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    4.5 STARS Isn't it nice to discover that we're not exactly what we thought we were? I really enjoyed this one. Loved Penelope and Colin. Thrilled that this feisty little wallflower finally got all she ever dreamed of. I hated that she'd had to feel passed over for most of her life. But sometimes the acceptance of one's ultimate fate, spinsterhood, can be quite a freeing experience. I wasn't sure how the author was going to finally bring these two together, especially after the things that happ 4.5 STARS Isn't it nice to discover that we're not exactly what we thought we were? I really enjoyed this one. Loved Penelope and Colin. Thrilled that this feisty little wallflower finally got all she ever dreamed of. I hated that she'd had to feel passed over for most of her life. But sometimes the acceptance of one's ultimate fate, spinsterhood, can be quite a freeing experience. I wasn't sure how the author was going to finally bring these two together, especially after the things that happened between them in the past, but in the end, I definitely think she pulled it off! Moving on to Eloise... I've been dying to get to her book. :D

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carla *Jen7waters*

    Another favorite! MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE IN THE SERIES! Oh, this book made me so happy… Seriously, JULIA QUINN CAN DO NO WRONG. Anyway, Romancing Mister Bridgerton is Colin’s book, and I almost couldn’t believe who's his lady in this... let your jaws drop fellow readers, for she is the plainest of Janes, wallflower of wallflowers, ugly duckling, the one and only: Miss Penelope Featherington! (MY GOD) And I love her so! Even in the previous books as a minor character - my heart would ache for that poo Another favorite! MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE IN THE SERIES! Oh, this book made me so happy… Seriously, JULIA QUINN CAN DO NO WRONG. Anyway, Romancing Mister Bridgerton is Colin’s book, and I almost couldn’t believe who's his lady in this... let your jaws drop fellow readers, for she is the plainest of Janes, wallflower of wallflowers, ugly duckling, the one and only: Miss Penelope Featherington! (MY GOD) And I love her so! Even in the previous books as a minor character - my heart would ache for that poor girl always dressed in the wrong colors, with whom no one would dance except if their mamas told them to (tsk, tsk, Mr.Colin Bridgerton), and since that scene in The Viscount Who Loved Me when Anthony saves her from that awful-awful Cressida, I knew she ought to have her own book, so she could show them. Show every single one of those Bastards&Co. who always rejected her and made fun of her, what she was made of. And she did! So my dear Penelope is now ahead of Sophie, my previous favorite-among-favorites Bridgerton series heroine. (Never fear Sophie, you're still in a solid number two.) Colin and Penelope's love story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming -my favorite kind- mostly because she loves him since she first laid eyes on him, but he doesn't even dream of her in that way... until the day that he starts to. But until then Colin just 1.runs away -literally, and 2.messes things up when he's around, and oh boy... that atrocious scene from An Offer From a Gentleman when he shouts "I am certainly not going to marry Penelope Featherington!" with Penelope in the room... Needless to say I got mad at him at the time for being a loud&blind jackass, and got even madder at him now, for being a brute in a few occasions -when he didn't even had the right to- but he managed to redeem himself every time, so I'm forgiving you Mr. Bridgerton #3. But don't you dare act like an ass with Penelope ever again. Or else. To the cast! This one is a bit difficult, but I'm saying: Matt Dallas as Colin and Mandy Moore as Penelope Too pretty? Maybe. But I think Mandy has the perfect tough cookie attitude to play Penelope. Plus, she really looks like the unpopular girl who could totally get the most desirable guy around. B-) Oh! And there's a HUGE revelation in this book! All I can say about it is that, I knew it! I knew it! :D

  19. 4 out of 5

    Exina

    2.5 stars Colin is a sweet guy. He is always cheerful, always nice. He doesn't have dark secrets, or a tragic past, not even problems. Oh, wait, he has: he wants to leave something significant in the world. He is a talented writer, but he is too hesitant and shy, and he vacillates to publish his works. Is that really a serious problem? His character is too lightweight, he is too gentle, too sweet. He is even-tempered, and the one time he loses his head, even he is surprised by it. But I loved Penel 2.5 stars Colin is a sweet guy. He is always cheerful, always nice. He doesn't have dark secrets, or a tragic past, not even problems. Oh, wait, he has: he wants to leave something significant in the world. He is a talented writer, but he is too hesitant and shy, and he vacillates to publish his works. Is that really a serious problem? His character is too lightweight, he is too gentle, too sweet. He is even-tempered, and the one time he loses his head, even he is surprised by it. But I loved Penelope. Her character is genuine and consistent. She is timid and reserved, but she can carry her point, and can be determinate. She is also very endearing, witty, and has an ironic sense of humor. The identity of Lady Whistledown is revealed in this book, but it is not as striking as I expected. Overall Romancing Mr. Bridgerton is an enjoyable romance, but the story and the characters (with the exception of Penelope) haven't left a deep impression on me. My favorite quotes.

  20. 5 out of 5

    NiCoLeTa E.

    ***4,5 lovely stars***

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This is fourth in a series and characters from the other three are important in this one. You can probably get by with simply knowing the relationships as presented here but I think it's worth knowing them in more detail from reading the other books. I wouldn't recommend skipping the first two, at any rate. The third isn't much present so skip that one if you like. Indeed, I urge you to—at least if you're likely to react as strongly negatively as I did. I entered this with some trepidation becaus This is fourth in a series and characters from the other three are important in this one. You can probably get by with simply knowing the relationships as presented here but I think it's worth knowing them in more detail from reading the other books. I wouldn't recommend skipping the first two, at any rate. The third isn't much present so skip that one if you like. Indeed, I urge you to—at least if you're likely to react as strongly negatively as I did. I entered this with some trepidation because I was so disappointed by the third book. And because I like Penelope and Colin so much from the previous books. I was particularly concerned about the long time jump (nine years?) between these books and the hint that we'd learn the identity of Lady Whistledown while we're at it made me hope that didn't turn out to suck. I needn't have worried as I think it turned out very well, though I have a major and a minor problem that keep this from being as good as it could have been. The major problem is that Quinn cheats and not in a small way. I'm not sure what she was thinking, but it was extremely cheap (view spoiler)[to have Penelope's PoV not know that Penelope was Lady Whistledown. You read that right, there's a point where she asks herself, just to herself and all alone, things she'd have very well known being that she actually is Lady Whistledown. I wish I'd marked the spot so I could give detail because I was astonished how blatant it was. But because I'd guessed based on hints in the previous novels who it was I was watching for it. (hide spoiler)] . I'm not sure why Quinn did that. It didn't help the novel at all and I think the story would have been much better had she not gone to the ugly lengths she did. The minor issue was that I disliked Colin's angry/judgey bits. His reaction to learning things he doesn't like was to fly into a rage and it was so out of character I was shocked. And no, it doesn't help to have Quinn having him wonder at himself "this is so out of character for me." He recovers relatively quickly once he finally figures out why his reaction is so strong, but that still didn't reconcile me to his outbursty bits. Fortunately, Penelope was delightful and I loved her courage and willingness to put herself out there. Her emotional courage was outstanding and her support for Colin was remarkable, even in the face of his less noble actions. I liked that she recognized the harm of putting him so high on a pedestal and still loving him as she gets to know his less admirable doubts, fears, and emotional outbursts. And her support for publishing the journals from his travels was a lovely subplot that delighted me. Extending this, and solidifying my four-star rating, is that once they were together, they became a solid team and I loved that they communicated, even the hard bits. I loved that they came at their final challenge together and united and you could see that they would have done so even if they hadn't had the support of both the Bridgerton and Featherington clans. I don't for a minute buy the resolution as presented, people just aren't that eager to overcome resentments and slights, but by that time, I didn't care. Probably because I think they'd have been just as solidly triumphant even if the reaction had been diametrically opposite. So yeah, nice entry in the series and I'm so glad it worked out. This is my favorite of the series thus far and while I'll miss the Lady Whistledown sideplot, I'm glad it resolved so well. A note about Steamy: There's a single explicit sex scene but it's a long one. Still on the low end of my steam tolerance, though. Some of that is how well it fit the emotional and relationship character arcs and how it served to solidify my admiration of Penelope.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    I don't know what's with me and Julia Quinn, but her books really don't work for me. I see that a lot of people love this series and her other books, I see that this book got a lot of love from readers, but I... I was bored most of the time. Spoilers ahead. Colin and Penelope were friends one moment and the other he wants to marry her. Just like that. I never saw how his feelings changed, we never witness his attraction, just all of a sudden they're kissing and he's asking her mother for her hand I don't know what's with me and Julia Quinn, but her books really don't work for me. I see that a lot of people love this series and her other books, I see that this book got a lot of love from readers, but I... I was bored most of the time. Spoilers ahead. Colin and Penelope were friends one moment and the other he wants to marry her. Just like that. I never saw how his feelings changed, we never witness his attraction, just all of a sudden they're kissing and he's asking her mother for her hand. And then the whole thing with Lady Whistledown. We find out about Penelope's secret life at the same time as Colin, and I wish we as readers were let in on the secret a bit earlier than that. I guess it would've brought a bit tension into this sugary honey sweet cotton candy chocolate-y story. And then there is the climax when Cressida blackmails Penelope because she somehow magically figured out that Penelope is Lady W. That's when Penelope was really stupid. Cressida had no prof to back up her claims, it was her word against Penelope's and Penelope could've easily played dumb and pretend she didn't know what Cressida was talking about. Like any normal person would do. Because this was a big secret and could ruin Penelope and whatever. But nooooo, she admits it almost right away and allows Cressida to blackmail her in her own house. And then Colin swoops in and lets the cat out of the bag in front of 500 people and everybody is happy they were being fooled and insulted and talked about for eleven years and we see that Colin and Penelope's fear of ruination was really unnecessary. I don't know, I'm the odd one here I guess. I don't know why I even try anymore.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lili (@lilikmarcus) Marcus

    I don't know why I found this book as disappointing when I first read it, but now? I found it VERY DELIGHTFUL to read... ORIGINAL REVIEW Okay, first let me just say that Colin Bridgerton is my favorite among the eight siblings. I know everybody who've read this series would say the same. But his story, kinda disappoint me. JUst a tiny, little, iota of disappointment . But at least we already know who Lady Whistledown is.

  24. 4 out of 5

    ♛ Garima ♛

    Penelope and Colin! Both are my favorite characters and it was best romance I have ever read. Oh I am! I hardly read romance and like it but this series has made me fall all over again in love with romance...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Maria Bikaki

    Every time I finish a book I liked it I find it really difficult to describe with words the reasons. 4,5 stars from me. This book gave me the hope and the faith that true love can be all around and it comes when you don’t even expect it. The story is about Penelope a young lady who spend almost half of her life being secretly in love with Colin, hers best friend’s brother. While her secret love for Colin is growing he spents most of his time travelling abroad, not to mention that all these year Every time I finish a book I liked it I find it really difficult to describe with words the reasons. 4,5 stars from me. This book gave me the hope and the faith that true love can be all around and it comes when you don’t even expect it. The story is about Penelope a young lady who spend almost half of her life being secretly in love with Colin, hers best friend’s brother. While her secret love for Colin is growing he spents most of his time travelling abroad, not to mention that all these years he only sees her as a friend or more like a rescuer in ball dances when no other man offers her a dance . When finally Colin comes back to London he finds out that Penelope is not exactly the ugly duckling or the shy wallflower he left but she has become a very attractive and strong woman who wake up feelings to him that he never imagined he could feel. But let’s get things from the very beginning. Penelope after so many years without a marriage proposal she has converted into a spinster not to mention she doesn’t think she ever going to have a real chance with her true love. However Penelope doesn’t live with the obsession of getting married. I liked this girl so much. She maybe was a little shy, and don’t even talks so much and people didn’t actually know her but she was also a strong woman, smart and intelligent with a life project to fulfill. I liked the fact she always knew she was well worthy, she never pitted her self . She was a great girl even though she hadn’t the chance to show it to the rest of the world .She is proud, she knows her talents. One thing I also liked was that Penelope actually found her true love at the age of 28. Who told that true love is only found at the age of 18-20? Finding love in this age doesn’t mean that you are problematic or wrong. There is the perfect timing for everyone From the other hand it’s Colin. A pretty handsome man, smart, voyager who was blessed from life with a great family, he travels all around the world, he can have every woman he wants, he is charm and so caring with everyone and everything came to him kind of effortless. But coming back from his last trip he finds out that he has not really found his purpose on life. His brothers and sisters are successful and this lack of his own life plan makes him lose his temper and his own insecurities came after him. When Penelope accidentally finds one of his travel journals his friendship and bonding with Penelope grows up. Firstly he thinks that the feelings he has for Penelope are wrong but he can’t avoid it. I loved the way they two fell in love, slowly but deeply. All these years Colin never saw the real Penelope but when he did it the inevitable takes place. Penelope managed to give him a reason in life, a way to discover his own talents. Colin and Penelope were two very realistic book characters, more human if I can say that with issues, insecurities and I think this is why their relationship from friends to lovers was so heart warming sweet and touching. I won’t tell you lies and this is actually why I put 4,5 stars and not 5 there were times I wondered if things grew up so fast, there were times I was wondering how colin’s feelings changed 180 but from the other hand now I am re-thinking about it I insist everything is about timing and when finally colin opened his deep green eyes and realized the treasure life is offering him he couldn’t let it pass by and he loved her with the same sweet and deep way she loved him He murmured her name, tenderly taking her face in his hands. “I love you,” he said, his voice low and fervent. “I love you with everything I am, everything I’ve been, and everything I hope to be.” “I love you with my past, and I love you for my future.” He bent forward and kissed her, once, softly, on the lips. “I love you for the children we’ll have and for the years we’ll have together. I love you for every one of my smiles, and even more, for every one of your smiles.” Girls, have your eyes open. We all deserve a Colin Bridgerton. The shy wallflower found her happiness just being her self. Keep your faith, know how to wait and be sure that the right mr Colin will come and knock your door and will be yours forever

  26. 4 out of 5

    ♥Sharon♥

    Another wonderful story from the Bridgertons Series. I loved Colin. And dear sweet Penelope. The wallflower that blossomed into a beauty. She was lovely indeed. We get to know Colin and Penelope in the first few books and I just knew I’d enjoy them together. I loved how their relationship grew. As it changed from friendship to love Colin was remarkably sweet and tender. Who knew he could be that romantic? Penelope was loved by the one person she had dreamed about for years. Colin was finally her Another wonderful story from the Bridgertons Series. I loved Colin. And dear sweet Penelope. The wallflower that blossomed into a beauty. She was lovely indeed. We get to know Colin and Penelope in the first few books and I just knew I’d enjoy them together. I loved how their relationship grew. As it changed from friendship to love Colin was remarkably sweet and tender. Who knew he could be that romantic? Penelope was loved by the one person she had dreamed about for years. Colin was finally hers. ❤ A tender, funny and heartwarming read. I think these two are my favorite couples so far!! “I wasn’t surprised that I had fallen in love with her,”…… “but rather that it had taken so long. “I’ve known her for so many years, you see,” he continued, his voice softening, “and somehow I’d never taken the time to look inside, to see the beautiful, brilliant, witty woman she’d become.”

  27. 4 out of 5

    Trin

    I started reading this to try to de-stress. I've never actually read an out-and-out romance before, but I heard Quinn wrote fluffy and fun regencies, and her style, at least at the beginning, was lively and engaging. However, as the novel progressed, more and more things began to annoy me. First, Quinn does something with POV that really bothers me, and which I am trying to delicately explain here without giving away the book's central mystery, slight as it is. Basically, Quinn has a revelation I started reading this to try to de-stress. I've never actually read an out-and-out romance before, but I heard Quinn wrote fluffy and fun regencies, and her style, at least at the beginning, was lively and engaging. However, as the novel progressed, more and more things began to annoy me. First, Quinn does something with POV that really bothers me, and which I am trying to delicately explain here without giving away the book's central mystery, slight as it is. Basically, Quinn has a revelation in this book that makes me completely distrust one of the characters' POVs. It's annoying and cheap, but I would have been able to let it go and enjoy the rest of the book were it not for all the sex. The long, interminable, squickily worded sex scenes! Now, I'm sure you all know that I very much like reading and writing about sex. I honestly don't understand how so many people in fandom can do something so well while so many professional authors are terrible at it. This book has some of the most off-putting sex scenes I've ever read outside of actual badfic. First, there's the unrealistic factor—two unmarried aristocrats in regency England attempting to get it on in a moving carriage as it flies through the streets of London; then there's the "eww" factor—virgins who are deflowered when they don't seem to even know what the actual sex act entails and before their twu luv can bother to explain it to them since he'd rather just be shoving it in there; and finally, there's the snooze factor. This was me trying to read the umpteenth sex scene in this book: "It was agony. It was ecstasy. She had been born for this man. As she reached to touch his member he turned to her with lust-drenched eyes and...Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..." I...I want to like romances? I do. I love romantic fiction. I love the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog. I love smutty fanfic, for god's sake! So I don't know what the deal is. But I do know I certainly don't want to read about the agony and ecstasy of some inappropriately shirtless dweeb's member. Call me crazy.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου

    Δεύτερη ανάγνωση και το λάτρεψα ακόμα περισσότερο!!!!!!! (Η παρακάτω κριτική είναι από την πρώτη ανάγνωση αλλά δεν την αλλάζω) *********************************************** I loved this book!!! I liked all the books in this series but this one was perfect! The reason I love this story so much? Because this story is telling us that the true love ALWAYS find the way to come to our lives. No matter if we think that it’s too late or if we believe that our beloved person doesn’t love us back. True lov Δεύτερη ανάγνωση και το λάτρεψα ακόμα περισσότερο!!!!!!! (Η παρακάτω κριτική είναι από την πρώτη ανάγνωση αλλά δεν την αλλάζω) *********************************************** I loved this book!!! I liked all the books in this series but this one was perfect! The reason I love this story so much? Because this story is telling us that the true love ALWAYS find the way to come to our lives. No matter if we think that it’s too late or if we believe that our beloved person doesn’t love us back. True love comes to us. Penelope knows that after so many years out in the society and without any marriage proposal is more likely to be a spinster. But she absolutely loves Colin, her best friend’s brother but she has no chance with him. But after many years, something changed. I liked Penelope a lot! Although she’s shy and not talking much, she’s very smart and when someone knows her better can see that she’s witty and a great person to know. Colin is more than anyone believes. The opinion that almost everyone has for him, although flattering, leaves him unsatisfied. He wanted to be something more. But no one understood him before Penelope. And that’s why they are a perfect couple! He is a smart and talented man and for many years he was feeling the need to go away. But after many travels he realized what was that he truly wanted from his life. And Penelope helped him find his balance! But, finally, in this book a big secret has been revealed and it’s going to be a shock for the English high society! That was a captivating read for a true love!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ilze

    Rather disappointing read, especially since I enjoyed "An Offer from a Gentleman" so much. Got through it by sheer perseverance alone, not because I couldn't put the book down. The dialogues and action in the first part are pretty shallow and boring (unless I'm missing something that I'm supposed to detect "between the lines") and the plotline about unmasking "Lady Whistledown" was really of very little interest to me. There are several characters - Lady Danbury, Mrs. Featherington, Eloise - who Rather disappointing read, especially since I enjoyed "An Offer from a Gentleman" so much. Got through it by sheer perseverance alone, not because I couldn't put the book down. The dialogues and action in the first part are pretty shallow and boring (unless I'm missing something that I'm supposed to detect "between the lines") and the plotline about unmasking "Lady Whistledown" was really of very little interest to me. There are several characters - Lady Danbury, Mrs. Featherington, Eloise - who are quite annoying throughout the book. Zero detectable sexual chemistry between the hero and heroine almost up to the end of the book also doesn't help. Violet Bridgerton's obsession with getting all her children married off was kind of cute in the first couple of books in the series, but now it's only pointless, IMHO - it's not like there is any social or financial need to getting the others married off, and if she just wants them to be happily married, why doesn't she just let things take their own course?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ezinwanyi

    I enjoyed this one, THE mystery was finally solved...and I was wrong but that's cool. I enjoyed the reveal of that sassy Lady Whistledown! I knew from the last book that Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington would be the couple. It was just a matter of how the two oblivious people would see what was right in front of them. I was wrong. Penelope knew all along, Colin was the dumb one that didn't really "see" Penelope until later. The good thing is that they developed a good friendship and had I enjoyed this one, THE mystery was finally solved...and I was wrong but that's cool. I enjoyed the reveal of that sassy Lady Whistledown! I knew from the last book that Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington would be the couple. It was just a matter of how the two oblivious people would see what was right in front of them. I was wrong. Penelope knew all along, Colin was the dumb one that didn't really "see" Penelope until later. The good thing is that they developed a good friendship and had easy rapport. That is always a great foundation for a lasting relationship. Both Colin and Penelope were so much more than those around them knew. They hid their true talents, ambitions and desires, only revealing it to each other in bits and pieces. I continue to enjoy this series.

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