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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 all 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's the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams …

Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes to not make the best husbands—and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate's 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 …

Topics: England, London, Witty, Gossip, Bad Boy, Stepsiblings, Siblings, and Marriage

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Anthony Bridgerton decides it is time to marry but he has no intended bride. When he finds a potential bride he must win her sister's favor befor she will agree to marry.more
The Viscount Who Loved Me
4.5 Stars

Synopsis:
Anthony Bridgerton has finally decided to marry but must first convince his chosen bride’s sister that he is worthy. Unfortunately, Kate Sheffield is under no illusions that he is anything other than a rake and has made it her mission in life to thwart his betrothal plans. Things get even worse for Anthony when Kate begins haunting his dreams and he realizes that he may have been focusing on the wrong sister…

Review:
A thoroughly entertaining sequel and it looks like I have become addicted to another series.

Quinn writes some of the best characters - Kate and Anthony have excellent chemistry, and their banter and arguing is hilarious. Kate is intelligent and witty. She speaks her mind and holds her own against Anthony in every conversation (and at Pall Mall too), which makes her one of my favorite historical heroines.

Anthony has is flaws, which is fine with me as I prefer my heroes to be less than perfect. He is an arrogant womanizer and falls short of being the ultimate gentleman, but does have many redeeming qualities such as his love for family and fundamental honor. While he is not as tortured or as gallant as Simon in The Duke & I, he is definitely a keeper.

Mrs. Whistledown’s gossipy comments are cute and funny. Upon reading them at the beginning of each chapter, I find myself considering who she may be and whether or not she is a character who has already been introduced. At this time, there are a number of good candidates and I really hope that her identity is ultimately revealed.

The story seems to lose a bit of momentum after the wedding but definitely makes up for it at the end. There are also one or two illogical notions, such as Anthony’s determination to not marry for love because this would make him fear his mortality when it is obvious that he already fears it, and Kate immediately overcoming her profound fear of storms once she realizes the underlying cause. Nevertheless, the writing is engaging and has several laugh-out-loud moments.

I rarely read books in the same series one after the other but I will definitely be making an exception in this case.more
I have a thing about Regency. As I said in other posts we will put it down to a previous lifetime and a pair of boots that kept getting trashed upsetting my valet. I'll just blame Reincarnation because I have no clue why I like this and that sounds as good as any excuse. So I read Regency in any form from Cornwell [sorry Sis] to Romance and in between. In fact I could know how to seat a table without a blink and who goes first in a crowd.

This is an amusing story and I enjoyed every minute of it. And unlike one author I know, she didn't have them running off to answer the phone because Prinny was calling. [We won't go there] My Other Half loved it. She liked Romances and she really enjoyed this book. It was a keeper for both of us from both the Romance and Regency side.
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It has been a number of years since I read this book. I love Ms. Quinn's writing and I should have kept up with her books more diligently. Characters can seem so real and so very witty. Anthony and Kate's sparring is funny and has you wanting to help. You are not sure who you want to help just as long as they start kissing soon. I also enjoyed Colin pulling one over on Anthony as the ball in the early part of the book. Newton, the corgi, is a joy to read about. It isn't often that an author has a pet in a story. They can be very entertaining and become a focal point of the story. Newton I think will be more comic relief than anything else.There are scenes in the first half of the book that made me want to dislike Anthony very much. The part with the two of them in his study had me rising up in righteous anger in defense of Kate. I think that Kate handled herself very well. I was glad that Anthony realized what a cad he had been and did what was necessary to make things right.The Pall Mall game was very funny and has some very unexpected turns. I think that this chapter is the turning point for the relationship between Anthony and Kate. There are several things that Anthony does that shows he isn't as uncaring and sallow as she thought him.Anthony definitely redeems himself in the last half of the book. I also think that he finally comes to realize that his fears aren't what he thought. Kate helps show him that he can overcome his fears like she overcame hers. It was wonderful that Ms. Quinn included a epilogue that shows the family a number of years in the future and all very happy. This is the very enjoyable and definitely a great addition to the series. I am looking forward to future books most of which I have ever read.more
Anthony Bridgerton, a renown rake and rogue, has decided that now is the time to finally get married and settle down, so he sets his sights on the "Gem" of Society, Edwina Sheffield. However Anthony must convince her formidable yet beautiful sister, Kate Sheffield. From the first moment he meets her he senses a animosity that she feels for him. So although tempers between Kate and Anthony are hot, there is a heated desire that they both feel for each other. Anthony is stunned at being attracted to Kate, when its her sister he want to marry. Kate is determined to protect her sister, and has heard plenty of Anthony's escapades, especially with women, as a rake but when they share a passionate embrace, her resolve weakens and her hearts opens to this rogue. The Viscount Who Loved Me is the second installment in the Bridgerton series written by Julia Quinn. I have just loved this series and could read these books over and over, I just fall in love with the stories and characters all over again every time I read her books, and I just fell in love with Kate and Anthony. Anthony has always held a certain place in my heart, he is the type of hero that even on the outside seems like a rogue, on the inside he has suffered his own kind of pain and grief, and fears the future, but is a charming devil. I love the characters in this story, very likable. The story was filled with witty interaction, romance, and a few surprises along the way....a very Enjoyable story that will satisfy any romantic heart.more
The Viscount Who Loved Me was a reasonably entertaining read that contained moments which were both amusing and touching. There was lots of Julia Quinn's trademark witty bantering, although I have to admit that in a few places the story seemed a bit dialog heavy. In my opinion, this gave it a rather frenetic feel, which was sometimes tiring to read. Some of the situations were quite amusing and good for a few laughs. Kate's overweight corgi leading them on a merry chase through the park and the Bridgerton siblings' ultra-competitive game of Pall Mall are two that come to mind. While the hero and heroine here aren't quite a tortured as other romance characters I've read, they do both have some demons to overcome, which led to some brief angsty moments. I also liked how Anthony and Kate supported each other through those difficulties, because it showed just how much they really cared for one another.Anthony was only eighteen when he had to grow up far too quickly, take up his title, and become the man of the family upon his father's death at a young age. As a consequence, Anthony has an overinflated sense of his own mortality. However irrational it may seem, he fully believes that he too, without question, is going to die young. To some extent he lives his life in the moment, taking his pleasure where he can, and as a result has earned a reputation as an unrepentant rake. However, Anthony has decided that it's time to settle down with a wife and carry on the family legacy by producing an heir. He chooses to look for a woman who meets certain qualifications, but with whom he believes there is no chance of him falling in love. Since his parents had a happy marriage, he knows that love is real, but he thinks it will only complicate his impending demise. In his quest for a loveless union, he stubbornly pursues the current toast of the ton, while finding his heart inexplicably drawn to her Plain Jane sister. Anthony did have one scene where he acts like a bit of a jerk toward Kate, but at least he had the decency to feel guilty about it and apologize later. Otherwise, as Kate gradually learned, he was a pretty good guy who adores his family and tries to do the right thing. I especially enjoyed the scenes where he helps Kate through her panic during storms.Kate has strong family ties of her own. Although her parents are gone, she still has her stepmother who has been a mother to her in every way that counts, and a half-sister who she loves very much. I enjoyed Kate and Edwina's sisterly bantering. When Kate discovers that the disreputable Anthony has designs on Edwina, she vows to do everything in her power to prevent him from getting anywhere near her, much less marrying her. This led to lots of arguments with Anthony for about the first half of the book. I thought this kind of negated their moments of attraction and passion, making it feel like they were constantly taking two steps forward and one step back. Even though Kate loves her sister dearly, she can't help harboring some insecurities when she's around. Kate is a shrinking violet next to Edwina's incomparable beauty, which has led to some self-esteem issues for her. As she begins to see Anthony for the man he really is, she wishes that he would take notice of her, of course, not realizing he already has. Then she has to deal with her paralyzing fear of thunderstorms, but I think having to face some issues herself made her more accepting of, and sympathetic toward, Anthony's fears when he finally fesses up.You can't have a Bridgerton book without a bevy of Bridgerton siblings. I believe all seven of them put in an appearance in one way or another, even if they didn't have any dialog. I love Colin's (Romancing Mr. Bridgerton) devil-may-care attitude. He always seems to keep me smiling. Benedict, who becomes the hero of An Offer from a Gentleman, the next book in the series, put in a couples of appearances too, and Eloise (To Sir Phillip, With Love) gets to play the caring and mildly meddlesome younger sister. I enjoyed seeing Simon and Daphne (The Duke and I) again, and knowing that they will soon be having a baby. I particularly liked Kate's sister, Edwina. With her bookish nature and desire for a scholarly husband, I think she would have made an interesting heroine of her own story, but since she finds her special someone in this book, I doubt we'll ever see that happen.I can't deny that Julia Quinn is a good writer from a technical perspective, but even though I've enjoyed certain aspects of her stories, I can't say that the two I've read so far have drawn me in and impressed me in quite the same way they have other romance readers. With The Viscount Who Loved Me, maybe it was because it started with a love/hate relationship (not my favorite) which left some distance between the hero and heroine in my mind. Maybe it was because the story was more on the lighter side, so that when the angst did come into play, it didn't have quite the same gravity as it would have were the book more serious in tone. Or maybe it was because Anthony and Kate seemed to overcome their problems that had plagued them for years a little too easily. This is one of those rare instances where I couldn't quite put my finger on exactly what was wrong, but whatever the reason, The Viscount Who Loved Me seemed to be missing that little extra something for me that would have pushed it into greatness. However, in spite of seeming a tad bland at times, it was, overall, an enjoyable enough read to make me want to continue with the series, and check out the second epilogue.more
Lots of fun and a couple of absolutely hilarious moments, mainly caused by an overweight corgi. She's not Heyer, but an enjoyable way to fill the time.more
This is the second book in Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series. This is the tale of oldest brother Anthony, who happens to be quite a rake but who has also decided it is time to wed. Before he dies. When Anthony was 18, his father died very young and Anthony has gotten it into his head that the same thing will happen to him. He knows he needs to father an heir and when he asks his brothers who the diamond of the season is, he sets his sights on her.Enter the kind and witty Kate Sheffield along with her beautiful half sister, Edwina. Anthony sets his sights on Edwina because, even though she is beautiful, he feels that he will never fall in love with her and that keeps him safe from agonizing over his eventual early death. He has a bigger problem though: Kate must approve of Edwina’s suitors and she absolutely can’t stand Viscount Bridgerton. The banter between Anthony and Kate had me cracking up some times. While Kate and Anthony appear at first to be so different, they both hold the value of family in highest regard. And they both share some irrational fears brought about by childhood trauma. With Kate’s consistent negative attitude toward Anthony one would think that he would want to avoid her at all costs. However, he finds himself quite intrigued with her and has a difficult time staying away even though they argue most of the time they are together. One of my favorite scenes in the book involves Kate, Edwina and a few members of the Bridgerton family playing a game of Pall Mall, which, where I come from is called Croquet.This book was truly entertaining and for me to laugh out loud while reading doesn’t happen often enough. I’d recommend it and am excited to read the next one in the series, An Offer from a Gentlemen.more
Book 2 in the Bridgerton Series tells the story of Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sheffield. We find Anthony at the beginning of the book deciding it is time that he, at the ripe old age of 29, marry and sire some heirs. Since he has decided that he has no intention of falling in love with his wife he is rather methodical about his choice of a wife. Anthony became Viscount after his father died at the age of 38 from a bee sting. Anthony feels that he will probably die the same way, and at about the same age as his father and he doesn’t want to leave a wife desperately grieving his death. His choice of a wife, Edwina Sheffield, is someone he feels he will never fall in love with and therefore some one who will not be too devastated when he dies. When Katherine (Edwina’s older half-sister) learns of Anthony’s pursuit she is determined to interfere. Anthony has a reputation as a rake and she doesn’t want her younger, more innocent sister to become a victim of Anthony’s rakish ways. Anthony decides to seduce Kate to scare her off, but to his dismay, finds that Katherine may be the one to bring him to his knees when it comes to love! Although Anthony is becoming more attracted to Kate as each day passes, he holds true to his decision to marry Edwina. That is until he and Kate are caught in a compromising position by the biggest gossip in London. He was trying to suck out the venom after Kate was stung by a bee. If the scene wasn’t so heart wrenching, it would have been hysterical! Kate and Anthony help each other resolve their outstanding fears and love conquers all in traditional Regency romance fashion.This is a beautifully written book that deals with the character’s traumatic issues in a very sensitive fashion. Certainly one of the better ones of this series. Stay tuned for the rest of the series!more
romance, ---pages, set in 1800's England. notorious rake Viscount pursues one sister only to fall for the other, more difficult one; the two struggle not to love one another, to no avail. set pattern romance, funny, a touch silly, medium sexual spice, very quick paced, likeable characters, warm and fuzzy. similar authors??more
Kate Sheffield is determined that her beautiful half-sister, Edwina, marry a reputable man. Unfortunately for Kate, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton--London's most eligible bachelor and a notorious rake--sets his sights on Edwina. Kate is determined to deny her approval to the match and sets out to hinder Anthony at every possible turn. Anthony views Kate as a challenge and plans to not let her get in the way of what he wants, a pleasant marriage without love. Unfortunately Anthony finds himself drawn more to his adversary than her sister. When the two get caught in a compromising situation he finds that he is in danger of the one thing he didn't want, falling in love with his wife.more
Anthony Bridgerton, all too keenly aware of his own mortality, is determined to take the prettiest girl of the 1814 London season as his wife. He sets his sights on Emily Sheffield—but keeps on running into her older sister Kate, who disapproves of his reputation as a rogue. It’s common knowledge that anyone who wishes to win Emily’s hand must have the approval of her sister, and so Anthony and Kate keep on crossing paths…and much to his surprise, he finds that he can’t stop thinking about her, despite how infuriating she is. And Kate is beginning to have second thoughts about swearing off rakes entirely…Book Two in Julia Quinn’s standout Bridgertons series delivers the heat I always desire in a historical romance. While it took me a while to warm up to Anthony and Kate, in the end the Bridgertons had me cheering for any of them, as always. This book probably contains one of the funniest family moments I have ever read about: the Pall Mall competition had me literally rolling on the ground, gasping for breath, dying of laughter. I wanted more from the Bridgertons—they are what make this series so wonderful—but this was still a fun read, and I will sure be continuing to read this series as always!more
This is definitely a 5 star pick book. The Bridgerton family series is one of my favorite series and I've read all of Julia Quinn's books. This book is actually second in the series but was the first one I read. If you doubt me, I have to say this one was so good that I lent it to someone, never got it back and went out and bought a second copy because I love re-reading it so often.Here is the short blurb from Julia Quinn's website: Kate Sheffield is determined to keep Anthony Bridgerton from seducing her sister. But what if the notorious viscount decides to seduce her instead?A few of the things I love are that this book makes you laugh. I'm not one of those into romance books that are mostly sex scenes. I like to have some story and a little extra something. If the book makes me laugh then it's usually one that makes it onto my keep shelves (Julie Garwood's historical romances are other books that do it for me too). I love Kate, the heroine in this book, because she isn't the beautiful woman, she isn't graceful and she can't play any instrument beautifully. She's also been known to leave her dancing partner with aching feet so how can you not love it when she catches the interest of the wealthy and handsome viscount who could have almost any woman he wants?After reading this one I quickly went and bought up the rest of the books that were out at the time and anxiously awaited each new book. I will admit I didn't find the newer ones as good but it could be because my favorite siblings were Anthony, Colin and Benedict so of course those were my favorite stories in the series. If you love a good romance story and want some humor tossed in this is definitely one to pick up.more
One of my all-time favorites. The sparring between these two is just fantastic. I laughed and/or grinned through 90% of this book. The remaining 10% I spent making stupid “awwww” sorts of noises that annoyed my dog. Highly recommended.more
The hero and heroine of the VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME could be boring archetypes. Kate Sheffield is a plain virgin and the eponymous Viscount Anthony Bridgerton is a reformed rake. Quinn fleshes her characters out and makes their motives clear (and understandable to a rational person). Kate seems like nothing special because her half-sister Edwina is something special. She does not envy her sister and become bitter, but instead loves her and wishes to protect her, though she knows Eloise must marry for money rather than love. Fear rules Anthony. Anthony's beloved father died young of a bee sting. Now Anthony fears both bees and dying the same age as his father. While he needs to produce an heir, he does not wish to marry for love because he knows how losing his father hurt his mother. He decides to marry this Season's Incomparable: Edwina. Kate, of course, wants better than a rake for her sister - no matter how rich. Instead, a bee causes Kate and Anthony to be caught in a compromising position by a known gossip. They marry immediately, unsatisfied with the match. Quinn allows love to bloom between the two without resorting to deus ex machina. Not only does Kate and Anthony's relationship shine, but so do the familial relations and Edwina's own quieter romance. The Bridgerton siblings are obvious fodder for a series. Yet their appearance in THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME makes you want to read each of their individual tales. They seem like a real family, very competitive and teasing, instead of like characters to be rendered in three dimensions at a later date. When Kate sends Anthony's ball flying during a game of croquet, you know she is going to be comfortable with the family. Throughout the novel you can also see that Anthony's going to be a terrific father. It could grate that he only wants a wife for her womb. (A common situation, especially in those days, but not one from which romances are made.) However, you see how much he loved his own father and how well he has served as a surrogate father for his younger siblings. The reader knows he will live a long life with Kate and their children, overcoming his fear of an early death. Quinn also begins each chapter with a passage from the gossip column of Lady Whistledown. Witty and surprisingly kind, her observations create an excellent frame for the story. Readers can enjoy guessing the woman's identity.more
While not as light and skippity as the first book, this was still quite witty and charming - and the most amusing description of a croquet game I have ever read. And the bee sting made me laugh in a most unbecoming manner.This is the story of Anthony, who is determined to woo the season's beauty, but ends up falling for her unconventional sister. And while that sounds like a standard plot summary, both Anthony and Kate continually squish any sign of cliché, they are interesting and original characters. Oh, and Kate is not at all a shrew.more
You know, I hate the descriptions on the back of romance novels. They leave so much out and make the books sound so much sillier and pettier than they actually are. As they do with this book. But that's beside the point. As with the other two Julia Quinn novels I have reviewed to this point, this book was very good. I enjoy her writing style a great deal, although this book is a bit less "witty" than the other two - it certainly has its moments. I think one of the things I like best about Julia Quinn is how she makes her characters real. None of them are perfect - they all have their little foibles, which makes it easier for those of us who are not made to be in romance novels understand and relate that much better. Such as the fact that Kate can't dance. And she's a miserable musician. And she's figety. It just makes her human. Anthony is a wonderful tortured hero, as well, although in a much different way than Michael (When He Was Wicked) or Simon (The Duke And I). Truly an enjoyable book! I can't wait to read the rest!more
The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn1814 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 all truth, why should he? When it comes to playing the consummate rake, nobody does it better...-Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1814But 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's the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams...Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes to not make the best husbands-and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate's 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...This is my third Julia Quinn book. She has a lovely light, fun writing style and I've found I enjoy her books when that's just what I'm looking for. It happens more often than I like at present, so it's a good thing Quinn has a nice, long backlist.The Viscount Who Loved Me is the second in Quinn's Bridgerton family series and is a very nice addition. The idea of the man who choses a potential (and beautiful) bride and soon finds himself falling for the plain older sister has been done before (I love Georgette Heyer's Devil's Cub for example), but Quinn pulls it off nicely all the same. Kate and Anthony make a lovely couple and their courtship is a lot of fun, although I was a bit worried to find myself at three-for-three on the compromising position means marriage plot in my Quinn reading. This time, it's all a bit over the top and silly and Anthony, long traumatised by the death of his father, over-reacts when Kate is stung by a bee. All the same, a very pleasant story.Bridgerton croquet is hysterical, by the way.The Viscount Who Loved MeBridgetons, Book 2Julia Quinn7/10more
kate is such a hard-ass and tongue tier and anthony is an arrogant viscount. chemistry is too good.more
Julia Quinn rarely lets me down and this book was no exception. I love her dialogue- it's snappy and it makes me laugh out loud in public. The hero's preoccupation with death seemed a little over the top to me, but Quinn explains it in an author's aside at the end of the book and I was able to accept that fear of dying a little easier.more
It's been a while since I have picked up a regency-set historical and read it with real enjoyment. I like my historical romances medieval or I usually don't like them at all (with a very few exceptions). So, I had Julia Quinn's THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME in my TBR pile for a very long time, never really having interest in picking it up. But . . . I am SO glad I did. The wit and warmth in this book is phenomenal. Laughter is impossible to hold back in this book of lovable characters. From Kate, the opinionated heroine, to Anthony, the roguish hero, Newton the "I'll have you know he's a purebred Corgi," and of course, the ever-knowledgable, intruding Lady Whistledown, THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME takes you into another time and gives a lighter side to a prim and proper era. (My particularly favorite scene was the Pall Mall scene. Talk about a riot, I could use a MALLET OF DEATH in my own home.) Kate Sheffield will do most anything to keep her beautiful, much sought after sister from marrying the ton's most notorious rake, but she hadn't considered falling for him as part of the bargain. Anthony and Kate's mutual disdain for one another gives way to a shared respect and enjoyment of their time spent together . . . and in a city full of matchmaking mama's, who would have thought it would be a teeny bee that would bring them together? I will definitely be looking for the Ms. Quinn's other titles. Thanks for getting me interested in this time period again!more
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Anthony Bridgerton decides it is time to marry but he has no intended bride. When he finds a potential bride he must win her sister's favor befor she will agree to marry.more
The Viscount Who Loved Me
4.5 Stars

Synopsis:
Anthony Bridgerton has finally decided to marry but must first convince his chosen bride’s sister that he is worthy. Unfortunately, Kate Sheffield is under no illusions that he is anything other than a rake and has made it her mission in life to thwart his betrothal plans. Things get even worse for Anthony when Kate begins haunting his dreams and he realizes that he may have been focusing on the wrong sister…

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A thoroughly entertaining sequel and it looks like I have become addicted to another series.

Quinn writes some of the best characters - Kate and Anthony have excellent chemistry, and their banter and arguing is hilarious. Kate is intelligent and witty. She speaks her mind and holds her own against Anthony in every conversation (and at Pall Mall too), which makes her one of my favorite historical heroines.

Anthony has is flaws, which is fine with me as I prefer my heroes to be less than perfect. He is an arrogant womanizer and falls short of being the ultimate gentleman, but does have many redeeming qualities such as his love for family and fundamental honor. While he is not as tortured or as gallant as Simon in The Duke & I, he is definitely a keeper.

Mrs. Whistledown’s gossipy comments are cute and funny. Upon reading them at the beginning of each chapter, I find myself considering who she may be and whether or not she is a character who has already been introduced. At this time, there are a number of good candidates and I really hope that her identity is ultimately revealed.

The story seems to lose a bit of momentum after the wedding but definitely makes up for it at the end. There are also one or two illogical notions, such as Anthony’s determination to not marry for love because this would make him fear his mortality when it is obvious that he already fears it, and Kate immediately overcoming her profound fear of storms once she realizes the underlying cause. Nevertheless, the writing is engaging and has several laugh-out-loud moments.

I rarely read books in the same series one after the other but I will definitely be making an exception in this case.more
I have a thing about Regency. As I said in other posts we will put it down to a previous lifetime and a pair of boots that kept getting trashed upsetting my valet. I'll just blame Reincarnation because I have no clue why I like this and that sounds as good as any excuse. So I read Regency in any form from Cornwell [sorry Sis] to Romance and in between. In fact I could know how to seat a table without a blink and who goes first in a crowd.

This is an amusing story and I enjoyed every minute of it. And unlike one author I know, she didn't have them running off to answer the phone because Prinny was calling. [We won't go there] My Other Half loved it. She liked Romances and she really enjoyed this book. It was a keeper for both of us from both the Romance and Regency side.
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It has been a number of years since I read this book. I love Ms. Quinn's writing and I should have kept up with her books more diligently. Characters can seem so real and so very witty. Anthony and Kate's sparring is funny and has you wanting to help. You are not sure who you want to help just as long as they start kissing soon. I also enjoyed Colin pulling one over on Anthony as the ball in the early part of the book. Newton, the corgi, is a joy to read about. It isn't often that an author has a pet in a story. They can be very entertaining and become a focal point of the story. Newton I think will be more comic relief than anything else.There are scenes in the first half of the book that made me want to dislike Anthony very much. The part with the two of them in his study had me rising up in righteous anger in defense of Kate. I think that Kate handled herself very well. I was glad that Anthony realized what a cad he had been and did what was necessary to make things right.The Pall Mall game was very funny and has some very unexpected turns. I think that this chapter is the turning point for the relationship between Anthony and Kate. There are several things that Anthony does that shows he isn't as uncaring and sallow as she thought him.Anthony definitely redeems himself in the last half of the book. I also think that he finally comes to realize that his fears aren't what he thought. Kate helps show him that he can overcome his fears like she overcame hers. It was wonderful that Ms. Quinn included a epilogue that shows the family a number of years in the future and all very happy. This is the very enjoyable and definitely a great addition to the series. I am looking forward to future books most of which I have ever read.more
Anthony Bridgerton, a renown rake and rogue, has decided that now is the time to finally get married and settle down, so he sets his sights on the "Gem" of Society, Edwina Sheffield. However Anthony must convince her formidable yet beautiful sister, Kate Sheffield. From the first moment he meets her he senses a animosity that she feels for him. So although tempers between Kate and Anthony are hot, there is a heated desire that they both feel for each other. Anthony is stunned at being attracted to Kate, when its her sister he want to marry. Kate is determined to protect her sister, and has heard plenty of Anthony's escapades, especially with women, as a rake but when they share a passionate embrace, her resolve weakens and her hearts opens to this rogue. The Viscount Who Loved Me is the second installment in the Bridgerton series written by Julia Quinn. I have just loved this series and could read these books over and over, I just fall in love with the stories and characters all over again every time I read her books, and I just fell in love with Kate and Anthony. Anthony has always held a certain place in my heart, he is the type of hero that even on the outside seems like a rogue, on the inside he has suffered his own kind of pain and grief, and fears the future, but is a charming devil. I love the characters in this story, very likable. The story was filled with witty interaction, romance, and a few surprises along the way....a very Enjoyable story that will satisfy any romantic heart.more
The Viscount Who Loved Me was a reasonably entertaining read that contained moments which were both amusing and touching. There was lots of Julia Quinn's trademark witty bantering, although I have to admit that in a few places the story seemed a bit dialog heavy. In my opinion, this gave it a rather frenetic feel, which was sometimes tiring to read. Some of the situations were quite amusing and good for a few laughs. Kate's overweight corgi leading them on a merry chase through the park and the Bridgerton siblings' ultra-competitive game of Pall Mall are two that come to mind. While the hero and heroine here aren't quite a tortured as other romance characters I've read, they do both have some demons to overcome, which led to some brief angsty moments. I also liked how Anthony and Kate supported each other through those difficulties, because it showed just how much they really cared for one another.Anthony was only eighteen when he had to grow up far too quickly, take up his title, and become the man of the family upon his father's death at a young age. As a consequence, Anthony has an overinflated sense of his own mortality. However irrational it may seem, he fully believes that he too, without question, is going to die young. To some extent he lives his life in the moment, taking his pleasure where he can, and as a result has earned a reputation as an unrepentant rake. However, Anthony has decided that it's time to settle down with a wife and carry on the family legacy by producing an heir. He chooses to look for a woman who meets certain qualifications, but with whom he believes there is no chance of him falling in love. Since his parents had a happy marriage, he knows that love is real, but he thinks it will only complicate his impending demise. In his quest for a loveless union, he stubbornly pursues the current toast of the ton, while finding his heart inexplicably drawn to her Plain Jane sister. Anthony did have one scene where he acts like a bit of a jerk toward Kate, but at least he had the decency to feel guilty about it and apologize later. Otherwise, as Kate gradually learned, he was a pretty good guy who adores his family and tries to do the right thing. I especially enjoyed the scenes where he helps Kate through her panic during storms.Kate has strong family ties of her own. Although her parents are gone, she still has her stepmother who has been a mother to her in every way that counts, and a half-sister who she loves very much. I enjoyed Kate and Edwina's sisterly bantering. When Kate discovers that the disreputable Anthony has designs on Edwina, she vows to do everything in her power to prevent him from getting anywhere near her, much less marrying her. This led to lots of arguments with Anthony for about the first half of the book. I thought this kind of negated their moments of attraction and passion, making it feel like they were constantly taking two steps forward and one step back. Even though Kate loves her sister dearly, she can't help harboring some insecurities when she's around. Kate is a shrinking violet next to Edwina's incomparable beauty, which has led to some self-esteem issues for her. As she begins to see Anthony for the man he really is, she wishes that he would take notice of her, of course, not realizing he already has. Then she has to deal with her paralyzing fear of thunderstorms, but I think having to face some issues herself made her more accepting of, and sympathetic toward, Anthony's fears when he finally fesses up.You can't have a Bridgerton book without a bevy of Bridgerton siblings. I believe all seven of them put in an appearance in one way or another, even if they didn't have any dialog. I love Colin's (Romancing Mr. Bridgerton) devil-may-care attitude. He always seems to keep me smiling. Benedict, who becomes the hero of An Offer from a Gentleman, the next book in the series, put in a couples of appearances too, and Eloise (To Sir Phillip, With Love) gets to play the caring and mildly meddlesome younger sister. I enjoyed seeing Simon and Daphne (The Duke and I) again, and knowing that they will soon be having a baby. I particularly liked Kate's sister, Edwina. With her bookish nature and desire for a scholarly husband, I think she would have made an interesting heroine of her own story, but since she finds her special someone in this book, I doubt we'll ever see that happen.I can't deny that Julia Quinn is a good writer from a technical perspective, but even though I've enjoyed certain aspects of her stories, I can't say that the two I've read so far have drawn me in and impressed me in quite the same way they have other romance readers. With The Viscount Who Loved Me, maybe it was because it started with a love/hate relationship (not my favorite) which left some distance between the hero and heroine in my mind. Maybe it was because the story was more on the lighter side, so that when the angst did come into play, it didn't have quite the same gravity as it would have were the book more serious in tone. Or maybe it was because Anthony and Kate seemed to overcome their problems that had plagued them for years a little too easily. This is one of those rare instances where I couldn't quite put my finger on exactly what was wrong, but whatever the reason, The Viscount Who Loved Me seemed to be missing that little extra something for me that would have pushed it into greatness. However, in spite of seeming a tad bland at times, it was, overall, an enjoyable enough read to make me want to continue with the series, and check out the second epilogue.more
Lots of fun and a couple of absolutely hilarious moments, mainly caused by an overweight corgi. She's not Heyer, but an enjoyable way to fill the time.more
This is the second book in Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series. This is the tale of oldest brother Anthony, who happens to be quite a rake but who has also decided it is time to wed. Before he dies. When Anthony was 18, his father died very young and Anthony has gotten it into his head that the same thing will happen to him. He knows he needs to father an heir and when he asks his brothers who the diamond of the season is, he sets his sights on her.Enter the kind and witty Kate Sheffield along with her beautiful half sister, Edwina. Anthony sets his sights on Edwina because, even though she is beautiful, he feels that he will never fall in love with her and that keeps him safe from agonizing over his eventual early death. He has a bigger problem though: Kate must approve of Edwina’s suitors and she absolutely can’t stand Viscount Bridgerton. The banter between Anthony and Kate had me cracking up some times. While Kate and Anthony appear at first to be so different, they both hold the value of family in highest regard. And they both share some irrational fears brought about by childhood trauma. With Kate’s consistent negative attitude toward Anthony one would think that he would want to avoid her at all costs. However, he finds himself quite intrigued with her and has a difficult time staying away even though they argue most of the time they are together. One of my favorite scenes in the book involves Kate, Edwina and a few members of the Bridgerton family playing a game of Pall Mall, which, where I come from is called Croquet.This book was truly entertaining and for me to laugh out loud while reading doesn’t happen often enough. I’d recommend it and am excited to read the next one in the series, An Offer from a Gentlemen.more
Book 2 in the Bridgerton Series tells the story of Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sheffield. We find Anthony at the beginning of the book deciding it is time that he, at the ripe old age of 29, marry and sire some heirs. Since he has decided that he has no intention of falling in love with his wife he is rather methodical about his choice of a wife. Anthony became Viscount after his father died at the age of 38 from a bee sting. Anthony feels that he will probably die the same way, and at about the same age as his father and he doesn’t want to leave a wife desperately grieving his death. His choice of a wife, Edwina Sheffield, is someone he feels he will never fall in love with and therefore some one who will not be too devastated when he dies. When Katherine (Edwina’s older half-sister) learns of Anthony’s pursuit she is determined to interfere. Anthony has a reputation as a rake and she doesn’t want her younger, more innocent sister to become a victim of Anthony’s rakish ways. Anthony decides to seduce Kate to scare her off, but to his dismay, finds that Katherine may be the one to bring him to his knees when it comes to love! Although Anthony is becoming more attracted to Kate as each day passes, he holds true to his decision to marry Edwina. That is until he and Kate are caught in a compromising position by the biggest gossip in London. He was trying to suck out the venom after Kate was stung by a bee. If the scene wasn’t so heart wrenching, it would have been hysterical! Kate and Anthony help each other resolve their outstanding fears and love conquers all in traditional Regency romance fashion.This is a beautifully written book that deals with the character’s traumatic issues in a very sensitive fashion. Certainly one of the better ones of this series. Stay tuned for the rest of the series!more
romance, ---pages, set in 1800's England. notorious rake Viscount pursues one sister only to fall for the other, more difficult one; the two struggle not to love one another, to no avail. set pattern romance, funny, a touch silly, medium sexual spice, very quick paced, likeable characters, warm and fuzzy. similar authors??more
Kate Sheffield is determined that her beautiful half-sister, Edwina, marry a reputable man. Unfortunately for Kate, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton--London's most eligible bachelor and a notorious rake--sets his sights on Edwina. Kate is determined to deny her approval to the match and sets out to hinder Anthony at every possible turn. Anthony views Kate as a challenge and plans to not let her get in the way of what he wants, a pleasant marriage without love. Unfortunately Anthony finds himself drawn more to his adversary than her sister. When the two get caught in a compromising situation he finds that he is in danger of the one thing he didn't want, falling in love with his wife.more
Anthony Bridgerton, all too keenly aware of his own mortality, is determined to take the prettiest girl of the 1814 London season as his wife. He sets his sights on Emily Sheffield—but keeps on running into her older sister Kate, who disapproves of his reputation as a rogue. It’s common knowledge that anyone who wishes to win Emily’s hand must have the approval of her sister, and so Anthony and Kate keep on crossing paths…and much to his surprise, he finds that he can’t stop thinking about her, despite how infuriating she is. And Kate is beginning to have second thoughts about swearing off rakes entirely…Book Two in Julia Quinn’s standout Bridgertons series delivers the heat I always desire in a historical romance. While it took me a while to warm up to Anthony and Kate, in the end the Bridgertons had me cheering for any of them, as always. This book probably contains one of the funniest family moments I have ever read about: the Pall Mall competition had me literally rolling on the ground, gasping for breath, dying of laughter. I wanted more from the Bridgertons—they are what make this series so wonderful—but this was still a fun read, and I will sure be continuing to read this series as always!more
This is definitely a 5 star pick book. The Bridgerton family series is one of my favorite series and I've read all of Julia Quinn's books. This book is actually second in the series but was the first one I read. If you doubt me, I have to say this one was so good that I lent it to someone, never got it back and went out and bought a second copy because I love re-reading it so often.Here is the short blurb from Julia Quinn's website: Kate Sheffield is determined to keep Anthony Bridgerton from seducing her sister. But what if the notorious viscount decides to seduce her instead?A few of the things I love are that this book makes you laugh. I'm not one of those into romance books that are mostly sex scenes. I like to have some story and a little extra something. If the book makes me laugh then it's usually one that makes it onto my keep shelves (Julie Garwood's historical romances are other books that do it for me too). I love Kate, the heroine in this book, because she isn't the beautiful woman, she isn't graceful and she can't play any instrument beautifully. She's also been known to leave her dancing partner with aching feet so how can you not love it when she catches the interest of the wealthy and handsome viscount who could have almost any woman he wants?After reading this one I quickly went and bought up the rest of the books that were out at the time and anxiously awaited each new book. I will admit I didn't find the newer ones as good but it could be because my favorite siblings were Anthony, Colin and Benedict so of course those were my favorite stories in the series. If you love a good romance story and want some humor tossed in this is definitely one to pick up.more
One of my all-time favorites. The sparring between these two is just fantastic. I laughed and/or grinned through 90% of this book. The remaining 10% I spent making stupid “awwww” sorts of noises that annoyed my dog. Highly recommended.more
The hero and heroine of the VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME could be boring archetypes. Kate Sheffield is a plain virgin and the eponymous Viscount Anthony Bridgerton is a reformed rake. Quinn fleshes her characters out and makes their motives clear (and understandable to a rational person). Kate seems like nothing special because her half-sister Edwina is something special. She does not envy her sister and become bitter, but instead loves her and wishes to protect her, though she knows Eloise must marry for money rather than love. Fear rules Anthony. Anthony's beloved father died young of a bee sting. Now Anthony fears both bees and dying the same age as his father. While he needs to produce an heir, he does not wish to marry for love because he knows how losing his father hurt his mother. He decides to marry this Season's Incomparable: Edwina. Kate, of course, wants better than a rake for her sister - no matter how rich. Instead, a bee causes Kate and Anthony to be caught in a compromising position by a known gossip. They marry immediately, unsatisfied with the match. Quinn allows love to bloom between the two without resorting to deus ex machina. Not only does Kate and Anthony's relationship shine, but so do the familial relations and Edwina's own quieter romance. The Bridgerton siblings are obvious fodder for a series. Yet their appearance in THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME makes you want to read each of their individual tales. They seem like a real family, very competitive and teasing, instead of like characters to be rendered in three dimensions at a later date. When Kate sends Anthony's ball flying during a game of croquet, you know she is going to be comfortable with the family. Throughout the novel you can also see that Anthony's going to be a terrific father. It could grate that he only wants a wife for her womb. (A common situation, especially in those days, but not one from which romances are made.) However, you see how much he loved his own father and how well he has served as a surrogate father for his younger siblings. The reader knows he will live a long life with Kate and their children, overcoming his fear of an early death. Quinn also begins each chapter with a passage from the gossip column of Lady Whistledown. Witty and surprisingly kind, her observations create an excellent frame for the story. Readers can enjoy guessing the woman's identity.more
While not as light and skippity as the first book, this was still quite witty and charming - and the most amusing description of a croquet game I have ever read. And the bee sting made me laugh in a most unbecoming manner.This is the story of Anthony, who is determined to woo the season's beauty, but ends up falling for her unconventional sister. And while that sounds like a standard plot summary, both Anthony and Kate continually squish any sign of cliché, they are interesting and original characters. Oh, and Kate is not at all a shrew.more
You know, I hate the descriptions on the back of romance novels. They leave so much out and make the books sound so much sillier and pettier than they actually are. As they do with this book. But that's beside the point. As with the other two Julia Quinn novels I have reviewed to this point, this book was very good. I enjoy her writing style a great deal, although this book is a bit less "witty" than the other two - it certainly has its moments. I think one of the things I like best about Julia Quinn is how she makes her characters real. None of them are perfect - they all have their little foibles, which makes it easier for those of us who are not made to be in romance novels understand and relate that much better. Such as the fact that Kate can't dance. And she's a miserable musician. And she's figety. It just makes her human. Anthony is a wonderful tortured hero, as well, although in a much different way than Michael (When He Was Wicked) or Simon (The Duke And I). Truly an enjoyable book! I can't wait to read the rest!more
The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn1814 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 all truth, why should he? When it comes to playing the consummate rake, nobody does it better...-Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1814But 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's the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams...Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes to not make the best husbands-and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate's 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...This is my third Julia Quinn book. She has a lovely light, fun writing style and I've found I enjoy her books when that's just what I'm looking for. It happens more often than I like at present, so it's a good thing Quinn has a nice, long backlist.The Viscount Who Loved Me is the second in Quinn's Bridgerton family series and is a very nice addition. The idea of the man who choses a potential (and beautiful) bride and soon finds himself falling for the plain older sister has been done before (I love Georgette Heyer's Devil's Cub for example), but Quinn pulls it off nicely all the same. Kate and Anthony make a lovely couple and their courtship is a lot of fun, although I was a bit worried to find myself at three-for-three on the compromising position means marriage plot in my Quinn reading. This time, it's all a bit over the top and silly and Anthony, long traumatised by the death of his father, over-reacts when Kate is stung by a bee. All the same, a very pleasant story.Bridgerton croquet is hysterical, by the way.The Viscount Who Loved MeBridgetons, Book 2Julia Quinn7/10more
kate is such a hard-ass and tongue tier and anthony is an arrogant viscount. chemistry is too good.more
Julia Quinn rarely lets me down and this book was no exception. I love her dialogue- it's snappy and it makes me laugh out loud in public. The hero's preoccupation with death seemed a little over the top to me, but Quinn explains it in an author's aside at the end of the book and I was able to accept that fear of dying a little easier.more
It's been a while since I have picked up a regency-set historical and read it with real enjoyment. I like my historical romances medieval or I usually don't like them at all (with a very few exceptions). So, I had Julia Quinn's THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME in my TBR pile for a very long time, never really having interest in picking it up. But . . . I am SO glad I did. The wit and warmth in this book is phenomenal. Laughter is impossible to hold back in this book of lovable characters. From Kate, the opinionated heroine, to Anthony, the roguish hero, Newton the "I'll have you know he's a purebred Corgi," and of course, the ever-knowledgable, intruding Lady Whistledown, THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME takes you into another time and gives a lighter side to a prim and proper era. (My particularly favorite scene was the Pall Mall scene. Talk about a riot, I could use a MALLET OF DEATH in my own home.) Kate Sheffield will do most anything to keep her beautiful, much sought after sister from marrying the ton's most notorious rake, but she hadn't considered falling for him as part of the bargain. Anthony and Kate's mutual disdain for one another gives way to a shared respect and enjoyment of their time spent together . . . and in a city full of matchmaking mama's, who would have thought it would be a teeny bee that would bring them together? I will definitely be looking for the Ms. Quinn's other titles. Thanks for getting me interested in this time period again!more
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