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Genre: Romance / Author: Julia Quinn / Edition: New edition / Paperback / 320 Pages / Book is published 2006-06-08 by Piatkus Books

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      24.01.2010 17:51
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      Bridgerton book #2

      The Viscount who loved me is the 2nd book in the Bridgerton series and it follows the story of Anthony, the eldest male.

      Viscount Bridgerton died when Anthony was only 18, aged 39. The father and son had always had a very close relationship, even when his other siblings came. Anthony didn't think there could ever be a better man than his father in every way possible and he knew that he would never surpass his greatness. When his father died, he knew that he would also never surpass him in age. Being the head of the family now, Anthony knew that he had a duty to provide an heir and look after his family but he swore he would never marry for love. All he wants is an intelligent woman who will be a good mother and wife. Edwina Sheffield is the belle of the season and while he finds her attractive, he knows he could never fall in love with her, so he decides that she is the one he will marry.

      Kate Sheffield and her family had never been extremely wealthy and she knew that her younger sister, Edwina (the beautiful one), was going to have to marry someone with money to keep their family going. When Anthony Bridgerton shows a slight interest in her, Mary (Edwina's mother and Kate's step mother) is delighted. Anthony has a bad reputation as a rake though and Kate makes it clear that she will never allow him to marry Edwina.

      Anthony has his mind set on Edwina and Kate has made it perfectly clear that she doesn't like him at all. The only way that he is going to be able to marry Edwina is if he gets Kate's approval but that isn't an easy task. As he tries to prove to her that he isn't as bad as everyone makes out but as he tries to impress her, he cant help but feel connected to her in some way. Surely he cant be falling for the other sister, the one who is the most dangerous woman of all to him?

      My Thoughts
      Anthony plays quite a large part in most of the books in this series because he is the head of the family and I was looking forward to reading his story (I didn't read these books in order). The introduction really helps Anthony's character development and although I couldn't personally relate to him, it did make him easier to understand and to like even though he came across as quite hard and without feeling at times.

      The worry and fear from both characters is one of the main themes throughout the story although because of different reasons for each character. Anthony's background runs very deep and the beginning of the book is extremely serious and sad. Even though this was the case, I liked the build up to the main story. Quinn also gives the audience some insight into Kate's past but we don't get to her real story until quite a way through the book. To have the two main characters share a traumatic experience, although in different ways, made them the perfect couple because they were able to help each other to work through their problems.

      Kate is strong, independent and outspoken at times and the ideal match for Anthony is every way. She is the exact opposite of what he would want in a wife because she has far too much opinion and feeling, everything that he isn't looking for. Kate was outstanding when she told Anthony exactly what she thought of him and his reputation and I really wanted to applaud her out loud. It would have taken a lot of courage for her to stand up for herself and risk ruining getting everything that her family needed but she couldn't stand for her sister to marry someone that wasn't right for her.

      Third brother Colin makes quite a few appearances throughout this book and I loved his parts just as much as the main story. He is a very comical character and in each book leading up to his own, his character develops just that little bit more, keeping you hooked to the series because you want to know more about him.

      The romance aspect to this story didn't happen as quickly as it normally would but that is due to the nature of the story. Many times I would think 'awww' throughout the story as there are many small things/ times where either Anthony or Kate show some affection towards the other even though they don't mean to. You can see that they will end up caring for each other greatly even when they don't see it themselves.

      I didn't love this book the first time I read it but each time I read it now, I love it more and more. I notice more of the little things each time I read it and that is why it gets better each time. If you are a fan of the author and haven't read this one yet, I would advise you to read it before you read Romancing Mr Bridgerton (Colin's story).

      Books in the Bridgerton Series:
      1. The Duke and I
      2. The Viscount who loved me
      3. An offer from a gentleman
      4. Romancing Mr Bridgerton
      5. To Sir Phillip, with love
      6. When he was wicked
      7. It's in his kiss
      8. On the way to the wedding

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        24.09.2009 14:10
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        Give it a try!

        The Viscount Who Loved Me is the second book in Julia Quinn's series about the Bridgerton Family. There are eight books in the series, each book features a different Bridgerton sibling. The books are set in the regenct period in England.

        The author states that although the books are part of a series she has deliberately written them so that they can be read as stand-alone books and I feel that she has managed to achieve this, I've read some of the later books in this series and have not read the first one or some of the middle ones, but I've never found that I've felt as though I needed to have read them in order or that I've missed out by reading them out of order. In a way it's nice to have read them out of order because you read about a couple in a later book and then go back and later found out how they got together.

        In terms of the way the book is written, there isn't much of an attempt to keep the type of speaking and description that you typically would expect from a period novel, it's more like a modern 'chick-lit' book set in a regency context, but I actually quite like that, it means you don't have to spend the first chapter adjusting to the language and can just get on with reading the story.

        The main character in Anthony, Viscount Bridgerton. The oldest of the Bridgerton siblings, Anthony became viscount very young after his father was killed in a freak incident. Having gained a reputation as a Rake and a rogue, Anthony decides it is time he settles down. The ideal wife is someone who will provide him with sons, be intelligent and be somebody he could NEVER fall in love with.

        Miss Edwina Sheffield is this season's incomparable, she has come to London knowing that she must make a good marriage to save her mother and sister from a life of 'genteel poverty,' she is the ideal candidate in Anthony's eyes for the position of Viscountess Bridgerton. There is just one problem, Edwina's sister Kate is determined that Edwina will marry for love and not for convienience and is prepared to do everything in her power to ensure that Edwina will not be pushed into a marriage with somebody she doesn't love.

        Anthony takes Kate's objections as jealousy, afterall Kate at almost 21 is is pretty much on the shelf and without fortune or stunning good looks will have little hope of making a good match. However after a confrontation in Anthony's study which results in him kissing her, he begins to look at her in a different light and whilst he tries to fight against it,he begins to realise that we don't always see what is best for us, even when it is right in front of our eyes.

        This is certainly a book for the ladies, it's fast paced, witty and engaging, a modern version of Jane Austen. Julia Quinn is the type of author where you can pick up any of her books without needing to read the back and know that you will enjoy it. She manages to inject lots of humour into her books, which is something usually lacking in period and romance novels, without detracting from the plotline. I would highly recommend this book to anybody who enjoys more traditional period novels as well as those who enjoy more modern chick - lit as this author manages to blend the two together perfectly.

        The book is published by by Piatkus Books and retails at £6.99, although you can almost certainly buy it for less than this.

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        26.02.2009 11:44
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        Worth reading

        -Plot-
        This book is set in 1814 and it is the second book in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series.

        Anthony Bridgerton is the oldest son in a large aristocratic family. Since his father died when Anthony was just 18 he became a Viscount and inherited responsibility for his large family.
        The death of his father convinced Anthony that he would also die young. He admired his father so much that he thought that he could never live to be any older than his father had been.
        Anthony has spent his adult life as a rake but now at the age of 29 he realises that he needs to find a wife so that he can sire an heir before he dies.
        Anthony's criteria for a wife are simple, he wants an intelligent woman who will be a good mother who he won't fall in love with.

        When Anthony meets Edwina he realises that she'll be his perfect wife. She's pretty and she's intelligent and there's absolutely no spark between the two of them.
        Anthony sets out to make Edwina his wife but her sister Kate is standing in his way. She is convinced that Anthony would make a horrible husband for her sister and that Edwina should be able to marry for love.

        Problems arise for both Kate and Anthony when they realise that there's a spark between them and Anthony finds himself drawn to Edwina's older sister.

        -Opinion-
        This is the second book in the series and after reading the first I had high expectations for this one. I was not disappointed.

        I loved the characters in this book and they really came alive for me.
        Kate is a strong, independent (or as independent as a woman could be in London in 1814) woman and I felt like I could really empathise with her. It's not because we're alike or because I've ever been in her situation but because Quinn writes the emotions in a way that makes you really feel them.
        I thought Anthony was a great character. The first book in the series (the Duek and I) had already introduced Anthony and he played quite a large role in that book. This book developed his character and built up some more of his history so that you could really understand his actions in the first book and in this book. Again I felt like I could really empathise with him.

        The rest of the Bridgerton family are in this book but only when it is necessary to the plot. I think that with many romance books that are part of a series authors bring back characters from past books just for the sake of bringing back the characters, even when they have no impact at all on the plot. Sometimes this is quite nice, if you've really liked a couple from a previous book it's great to see them return in another but it can also be quite annoying when they have absolutely no impact on the story. Quinn strikes an excellent balance with this. We do see Daphne and Simon who were the focus of the first book but only briefly. Their appearance is completely in keeping with the plot and even adds to it. I thought that Quinn did their scene very well, she lets the reader know that they're still happy but doesn't let them take over the scene, it is after all Kate and Anthony's book.

        I think out of all the Bridgerton's (other than Anthony of course) we see the most of Colin. I liked Colin in the first book, in this book I loved him! His character still hasn't been developed enough for you to feel like you really know him but Quinn builds him up just enough so that you want to know more. I can't wait for his book and I loved all of the scenes in this book with him in. He seemed to add a really light hearted, comical dimension to the book.

        This book is of course a historical romance and sometimes I think there is too much emphasis on the romance and not enough on the historical. I'm not going to mention particular instances because I don't want to give away what happens in the book but there are times when things happen that just wouldn't have been possible in that place and time period. The things that happen are very romantic and if you either have limited knowledge of the time period or can put aside any knowledge that you do have then those scenes are enjoyable. They're very romantic and heart warming but they just wouldn't have happened!

        When I first picked up this book I was a little bit apprehensive about the plot. The idea of Anthony going from one sister to the other seemed a bit distasteful to me but when you read the book this is not the case at all. Again I don't want to give away anything that happens in the book so that's all I'm going to say.

        I love Julia Quinn's writing style. It's in keeping with the time period but at the same time very easy to follow. Her books are really the perfect light hearted, heart warming read. They do have their share of angst and at times when reading I did feel really sad (as I said she really makes you feel what the characters are feeling) but as with all romance novels you are guaranteed a happy ending. There is humour throughout the book, although it isn't laugh out loud funny it did make me smile in places.

        I liked that Quinn seems to have done a lot of research about the impact that losing a father young has on men. At the back of the book she writes a little bit about what she based Anthony's fear on and how it is a common reaction of men who lose their fathers young. I think it added another dimension to the book to have what seemed like a realistic portrayal of his phobia.

        Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a great addition to the Bridgerton series. I read the first book in the series before reading this but you could still enjoy the Viscount Who Loved me if you haven't read the Duke and I. As with most series you will probably get more out of this book if you do read it as part of the series but that's not compulsory.

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          21.02.2009 12:35
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          A satisfying romance.

          The Viscount Who Loved Me is the second book in the series of 10 books detailing the romances of various members of the Bridgerton family. The series began with The Duke and I, and although this particular book can be read as a stand-alone story, if you want to know the background, I suggest you begin with The Duke and I.

          Julia Quinn is an American writer and therefore has very little conception of how English is spoken in England, and especially in Regency England, which is when this story is set. However, if you're willing to overlook the glaring errors in language, lack of sense of time or place or historical detail etc, and just want to read a light and fluffy historical romance, then you will enjoy this book.

          Synopsis: Anthony Bridgerton has been a viscount since he was 18, succeeding upon the death of his much loved father. Anthony thinks that because his father died early, he is also destined to die young and so he resolves to never fall in love and live fast! However, he needs to marry and produce an heir so he begins to woo Edwina but she has said she will not marry without her sister Kate's approval. Kate dislikes Anthony but he sets out to win her respect only to find he's falling for her rather than her sister!

          If you are prepared to overlook the negatives already mentioned above, this is a very enjoyable love story and one quickly becomes involved with the Bridgerton family and the hero and heroine in particular. Anthony and Kate are likeable and after the usual rocky road to romance, as in all good romance novels, there is a very satisfying ending.

          Despite my criticism, I have read all 10 books in this series and enjoyed them very much, just don't expect any gritty realism or historical accuracy. This is definitely more Hollywood than Regency England.

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