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“Saucy & Satisfying...”

The Regency era gets saucy in this immensely popular fourth book from the Bridgerton series, which brings Lady Featherington together with her best friend's charming brother.
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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 trop aboard he discovers notyhing in his life is quite the same—especially Penelope Featherington! The girl haunting his dreams. But when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide … is she his biggest threat—or his promise of a happy ending?

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A book better geared to the 14 to 16 year old group. more
Having read the previous Bridgerton family novels in order, I was looking forward to Colin's story. Unfortunately I didn't find Colin's and Penelope's interactions that engaging. It felt that the Lady Whistledown plot was the main storyline rather than the love story. I would suggest reading previous Bridgerton novels before this one so you can get more enjoyment from the Whistledown plot. Still enjoyable to read but unlike the others this was easier to put down.more
Penelope Featherington, 28 year old spinster and Colin Bridgerton, brother to her best friend who’s never noticed Penelope’s love for him, find romance in this fourth installment of the Bridgerton series.

The Good, The (not so) Bad and Everything In Between
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-One of my favorite tropes: wallflower finally catches the eye of the man she loves.
-sentimental favorite: this is one of the first historical series that I rushed out to buy when it would come out and I haven’t re-read this book in years. The Bridgertons are basically perfect: gorgeous, charming, affluent and nice.
-Penelope is a good heroine: She’s suffered alot being a wallflower, always on the periphery, never noticed for who she is. Her mother was so eager to have her “come out,” that she brought her into society too early and Pen was awkward, pudgy and dressed in the worst fashion possible. To see her finally come into her own, when everyone assumed her best days were behind her, made a very sympathetic character.
-Colin is a protective hero: I loved seeing Colin discover Penelope’s charms and his conflict and self-hatred for never having seen them before. As the reader, you fall in love with Colin as he falls in love with Penelope, which was lovely.
-Slow build romance: It’s all about the anticipation. Once Pen/Colin admit their feelings, there really isn’t any waffling, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
-Standalone HEA, but...: I think you could read this book on its own, but there are alot of Bridgertons and I think having some background on Colin and Penelope (who have been featured in earlier books) would enrich the experience.
-Heavy on the anticipation, light on the actual sex: which is fine with me - it’s what you expect in a book like this, and there’s a couple of hot scenes that are a nice payoff after waiting for them to connect.
-The final obstacle: While I liked that there wasn’t a Big Mis between them, the external challenge was resolved rather easily - this isn’t the book for big plot points, really more of a character piece.

The Bottom Line
I loved this book before and I still do. I’d recommend it for fans of historical romance. more
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Romancing Mister Bridgerton
4.5 Stars

Synopsis:
Penelope Featherington has been in love with Colin Bridgerton for most of her life but has always known that her adoration is unrequited. Nevertheless, upon returning from a trip abroad, Colin discovers that Penelope is not what or who she seems and that she may just be the greatest threat to his sanity or perhaps the girl of his dreams…

Review:
The Bridgerton books are definitely one of the best historical romance series. It is impossible to put the books down once you start so be prepared to spend a few hours without food when reading this one.

Penelope and Colin are my favorite couple. Don’t get me wrong, the characters in the other books are absolutely charming and I have my favorites – Simon in The Duke and I, and Kate in The Viscount who Loved Me but Colin and Penelope whose relationship grows from acquaintance to friendship to love is simply the best.

Penelope’s character appealed to me on many levels. She is intelligent, courageous, dignified and witty. Colin is a complete charmer but can be very obtuse at times. He takes his time realizing just how perfect Penelope is and is caught completely by surprise when he falls in love with her. The way in which he deals with his emotions and with Penelope’s secret is so touching.

As always, Quinn’s writing is excellent and the secondary characters are well fleshed out and supply some of the funniest moments, particularly, Colin’s youngest sister, Hyacinth. Her book should be a scream.
On a side note: readers learn the identity of the elusive Lady Whistledown in this book and I'm so glad that my guess turned out to be the right one.

In sum, don’t be surprised if you find yourself laughing, sighing and crying when reading this book.
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In Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, Quinn's 4th book in the Bridgerton series, we finally get the story of Colin and Penelope Featherington. Penelope has been in love with Colin for years, and in this book, Colin finally wakes up and notices Penelope and falls in love with her too. The plot is a simple one but for the "secret" Penelope harbors and which Colin uncovers.

The novel contains Quinn's signature style: overall wlel adjusted characters well placed in society, fun verbal sparring and dialogue and light plot lines without too much drama. That was, perhaps, what bothered me most about this book. There were many undercurrents in the plot that could have been picked up and dealt with and would have made the book much more powerful in my opinion.

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Having read about Penelope Featherington in the first three books I have grown quite fond of her. In some ways she reminds me of myself. I was never really popular in school so I have a good idea what she has gone through. I often think my lucky stars that I didn't have to search of a husband on the Marriage Mart. We get a very good look at Penelope in this book. She is now twenty-eight and well out of marriageable age. She has more of less except that she will never marry and have a household of her own. Penelope is very smart and very, very clever. What we find out in this story just makes her seem that much more clever and smart.Colin Bridgerton is charming, intelligent and restless. He wants to leave a legacy but he has no idea what to do to make that desire a reality. He loves to travel but he knows he can't do that all his life. He would also like to marry and have children but none of the ladies of the ton interest him. He is bored and doesn't have any idea how to fix his life. His journey to loving Penelope is a long and confusing one. He has known her for so long that he can't see the tree for the forest. I also love how he worries about Eloise Bridgerton being Lady Whistledown. He is such a big brother in those scenes. I am surprised the Eloise hasn't thrash him over it.I am wondering what Eloise is up to. My curiosity about what are who she is hiding in her room is killing me. I also have to wonder how long it is going to take for Mrs. Bridgerton to finally become worried enough to call a doctor or search Eloise's room herself. Eloise disappears for Daphne's ball. I wonder, wonder what is going on.I am said that we the reader hasn't heard more about Gregory. There is mention that he is in his last semester at Cambridge but that is about all that we have heard about him in several books.We do get to see more of Hyacinth in this story. I am sure that she has and will continue to give her mother and siblings more trouble than any of the other children ever caused. She is just as stubborn and tenacious as all the other Bridgertons are.Finally we learn that Francesca has married and has been widow between Benedict's book and this story. So we don't hear about her much since I am sure she is still in mourning. It will be interesting to read her story which is WHEN HE WAS WICKED.I have loved Lady Danbury. She is just what the ton needs to keep them in line. She isn't afraid to say what she wants and damn the consequences. She is a surprise in this book because she takes an interest in Penelope. Lady Danbury has always had a fondness for Penelope but it really shows in this book. She seems determined to make sure Penelope is happy and is married with children.I love Colin's solution to the Cressida problem. Having dealt with bullies I think that the Bridegertons and the Bassetts handle the whole thing very well. This is a wonderful story and a great addition to the overall series. Yes these books need to be read in order.more
Colin Bridgerton, has returned home from his world travels, and his family is much relieved to having him home, not knowing if he will stay this time, or like all the other times, just leave once again. Penelope Featherington, has resigned herself to being a spinster, even though she has always been fond of Colin...ever since she met him years ago. When Colin returns, he expects life at home to be the same as it always is, but this time its definitely different, and he starts noticing Penelope in a way very not brotherly like but more like he wants her desperately. But they both have secrets and when they are discovered with that only destroy their feelings for each other....or make their bond of love that much stronger?.....Romancing Mister Bridgerton, is the fourth in the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn. I just love Colin and Penelope's story. I don't even know how many times I have read this one, I just enjoy reading it every time. Romancing Mister Bridgerton is a witty, and memorable story that will pull at your heartstrings. Such a charming tale of two people, that both have secrets of their own, but yearns for acceptance and for a chance at love that has alluded them, but will find it in each other. I truly enjoyed this one, and I was completely satisfied by the time I reached the end. From the very beginning of the story, the reader will be taken on a emotional yet fun filled ride that Julia Quinn takes you on, and you will never regret reading Romancing Mister Bridgerton. A Romance that will charm every readers heart!more
Good plot, likeable hero and heroine. The author has one section where several times the speaker is described as "ground out". Shades of Agatha Raisin and the descriptors there! I did enjoy the book though and will look for more by Julia Quinn. I like the descriptions of authorship.more
Another favorite! Oh, this book made me so happy… :DSeriously, 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...O_ONeedless 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 have 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.more
I fell in love with Daphne and Simon so much in THE DUKE AND I that I didn't think any of the other Bridgerton novels would live up to that expectation. After reading ROMANCING MISTER BRIDGERTON, however, I concede defeat. This was perhaps my favorite novel in the series so far. Penelope has been mentioned in previous novels, and I was delighted to see her finally get a happy ending of her own. Colin, a known rake from earlier books, is a perfect hero in this story. Their love story is completely believable; the romance is very well-developed. There's not an "Aha!" moment, when the characters look deeply into each other's eyes and realize they've fallen. Instead, this is a very sweet romance about two people who form an attachment as they discover they have more in common than they'd ever realized. Julia Quinn's writing is masterful in this novel. I was hooked in the first chapter and captivated until the very last. You'll need to have the 5th book on hand (or at least on its way) before you start this one. The next story somewhat overlaps this one, and there are many hints to it in this 4th book.more
Well, I'll probably have food thrown at me for the 3 stars. I would have gone 3.5 but not 4. I'm shocked at how much I didn't get into this story. I tried. I really did. It's Julia Quinn. It's the Bridgertons. I persevered. I'm bummed because I love this series so far and it may take someone giving me a ginormous shove to go to book 5. Colin was a poo. Perhaps my expectations of him were too high. He was cranky, self-centered, and had some jealousy issues that totally turned me off. And poor Penelope. People did not treat her kindly, even Mr. I'm So Into Me, Colin. Sheesh, nothing more to say other than, well, this book was "meh". Let the food fight begin.more
Penelope Featherington, a self-admitted wallflower. Society sees her as a plump, plain Jane type of girl who is quiet and unpopular and worst of all, a spinster. Yet those very few who get to know her realize that there is more to Penelope...she is witty, charming, intelligent....and so desperately in love with her best friend's brother, Colin Bridgerton. Colin....extremely handsome, flirtatious, suave, witty, charming.....yet he feels that there is something missing in his life. Colin is searching.....searching for a purpose, a way to leave his mark upon the world. These two characters have known each other since childhood, but it is only now, in their later years, that they truly come to KNOW each other and themselves.I loved the charming, witty Colin Bridgerton from the first time he was introduced in the Bridgerton series. I was very much looking forward to his story. I was even more intrigued once I discovered that he was to fall for his sister's best friend, the plain, plump, unpopular Penelope Featherington. I loved the genuine truth of their love. For Colin, it wasn't a "knock-me-down over the head" kind of love...not even a "she's so hot I gotta have her" kind of love. It was a "wow...she is great...why haven't I noticed that about her" kind of love. It was a bond that grew... a friendship that blossomed into a need for another person, a person he realized he could not live without. The love scene that Colin and Penelope finally share is just that.....a LOVE scene, not a hot and steamy sexually arousing interlude, but a scene that is so filled with deep, honest love for another that I couldn't help but reach out for my own love. Colin's admission of his feelings for Penelope just made me melt: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.”Julia Quinn has managed to create characters that are truly relateable. We all have insecurities.... we all have questioned our purpose in life.....we all have longed for a person that we knew we could never have. I found myself smiling throughout this wonderful story, even laughing out loud at times. And of course, I too fell in love with Colin Bridgerton, insecurities and all.more
Romancing Mr Bridgerton is the 4th book in the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn and tells the story of how Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington learn to love one another. Colin and Penelope have know each other for years. Penelope is best friends with Colin’s sister Eloise. And it seems that Penelope has always been in love with Colin but Colin has always seen Penelope as the little friend of his little sister. Penelope has been the person overlooked by society for many reasons. In the beginning it was her weight and her quiet ways. Her mother seems to have horrible taste in dressing Penelope with her being described as an “over-ripe pumpkin” by Lady Whistledown at one point. No one seems to be able to see the true Penelope. After his latest trip abroad, Colin returns to have his eyes opened about Penelope. He realizes how much he has always depended on her friendship and one afternoon and one kiss has Colin realizing how much he desires her.One quote that I found when reading other book reviews sums up my feelings about this writer and this series perfectly: “Julia Quinn’s witty storytelling and wonderful storylines often make me feel as if I’m sitting across from her at a coffee shop, drinking whatever, and listening to her as she tells me this story, often punctuated with smiles, chuckles and roaring laughter. Julia Quinn is truly a gifted writer.”This book is a sweetly told story of lifelong friends finally falling in love. And, yes, in this book we finally find out who Lady Whistledown is!This book was voted one of the top ten books of the year by the RWA membership and finalist for the RWA RITA Awards in the Long Historical category.more
Colin Bridgerton (my favorite) finally realizes he's in love with his sister's long-time friend Penelope Featherington, who, in addition to her unspoken love for Colin, has another secret... FANTASTIC. Banter is wonderful, it's hella romantic and Lady Whistledown is in rare form.more
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton was fun and cute, and I liked the characters, especially the heroine Penelope Featherington, who's had a secret crush on Colin Bridgerton since she was 16 - it's been almost a decade, and he still only knows her as a casual acquaintance. Their progression from his neglect to friendship and then love started kind of randomly, considering how long they've known each other, but Colin is a very nice hero, and I was happy that Penelope finally got him after all those years of silent pining. For some reason, though, slogging through the last half – about the time that they get engaged - was a huge chore. Before this unfortunate turn of events, however, I enjoyed myself, especially the opening chapter. Along with the romance between Colin and Penelope, there is the mystery of that witty Lady Whistledown to be unraveled in this fourth installment of the Bridgerton series. So as not to spoil anything, I'll refrain from commenting on it, except to say that this plot thread kind of distracted from the romance for me. I didn't like how Colin became annoyingly irate in the second half of the book, or that Penelope became a damsel in distress at the last moment. But it is all resolved satisfactorily in the end, with a rousing, heartwarming finale for Lady Whistledown, and everyone's happy. Yay.more
I'm a book borrower. I often borrow books and never finish them. It's a quest to get myself to turn into a reader, but I'm not actually that big on reading. A friend loaned this to me when I wanted to read without a lot of heavy thinking. It's her favorite "romance novel" and that is in every sense of the word. I'd never read a romance novel before. It was fun.more
My favourite Bridgerton boy, and one of my favourite secondary characters, and the mystery of Lady Whistledown revealed. The is a sweet tale of two old friends falling in love.more
Penelope Featherington marries Colin Bridgerton her best friend's brother who she's had a crush on for ten years. .more
Romancing Mister Bridgerton - Julia Quinn (7/10)Historical Romance; book 4 in the Bridgertons series. I had liked the heroine in this one from when we first met her - in a horrible tangerine dress - back in The Duke and I so it was lovely to see her come into her own and get her own happy ending.more
ugly duckling story. colin was so funny to see unfold in the presence of penelope.more
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A book better geared to the 14 to 16 year old group. more
Having read the previous Bridgerton family novels in order, I was looking forward to Colin's story. Unfortunately I didn't find Colin's and Penelope's interactions that engaging. It felt that the Lady Whistledown plot was the main storyline rather than the love story. I would suggest reading previous Bridgerton novels before this one so you can get more enjoyment from the Whistledown plot. Still enjoyable to read but unlike the others this was easier to put down.more
Penelope Featherington, 28 year old spinster and Colin Bridgerton, brother to her best friend who’s never noticed Penelope’s love for him, find romance in this fourth installment of the Bridgerton series.

The Good, The (not so) Bad and Everything In Between
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-One of my favorite tropes: wallflower finally catches the eye of the man she loves.
-sentimental favorite: this is one of the first historical series that I rushed out to buy when it would come out and I haven’t re-read this book in years. The Bridgertons are basically perfect: gorgeous, charming, affluent and nice.
-Penelope is a good heroine: She’s suffered alot being a wallflower, always on the periphery, never noticed for who she is. Her mother was so eager to have her “come out,” that she brought her into society too early and Pen was awkward, pudgy and dressed in the worst fashion possible. To see her finally come into her own, when everyone assumed her best days were behind her, made a very sympathetic character.
-Colin is a protective hero: I loved seeing Colin discover Penelope’s charms and his conflict and self-hatred for never having seen them before. As the reader, you fall in love with Colin as he falls in love with Penelope, which was lovely.
-Slow build romance: It’s all about the anticipation. Once Pen/Colin admit their feelings, there really isn’t any waffling, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
-Standalone HEA, but...: I think you could read this book on its own, but there are alot of Bridgertons and I think having some background on Colin and Penelope (who have been featured in earlier books) would enrich the experience.
-Heavy on the anticipation, light on the actual sex: which is fine with me - it’s what you expect in a book like this, and there’s a couple of hot scenes that are a nice payoff after waiting for them to connect.
-The final obstacle: While I liked that there wasn’t a Big Mis between them, the external challenge was resolved rather easily - this isn’t the book for big plot points, really more of a character piece.

The Bottom Line
I loved this book before and I still do. I’d recommend it for fans of historical romance. more
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Romancing Mister Bridgerton
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Synopsis:
Penelope Featherington has been in love with Colin Bridgerton for most of her life but has always known that her adoration is unrequited. Nevertheless, upon returning from a trip abroad, Colin discovers that Penelope is not what or who she seems and that she may just be the greatest threat to his sanity or perhaps the girl of his dreams…

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The Bridgerton books are definitely one of the best historical romance series. It is impossible to put the books down once you start so be prepared to spend a few hours without food when reading this one.

Penelope and Colin are my favorite couple. Don’t get me wrong, the characters in the other books are absolutely charming and I have my favorites – Simon in The Duke and I, and Kate in The Viscount who Loved Me but Colin and Penelope whose relationship grows from acquaintance to friendship to love is simply the best.

Penelope’s character appealed to me on many levels. She is intelligent, courageous, dignified and witty. Colin is a complete charmer but can be very obtuse at times. He takes his time realizing just how perfect Penelope is and is caught completely by surprise when he falls in love with her. The way in which he deals with his emotions and with Penelope’s secret is so touching.

As always, Quinn’s writing is excellent and the secondary characters are well fleshed out and supply some of the funniest moments, particularly, Colin’s youngest sister, Hyacinth. Her book should be a scream.
On a side note: readers learn the identity of the elusive Lady Whistledown in this book and I'm so glad that my guess turned out to be the right one.

In sum, don’t be surprised if you find yourself laughing, sighing and crying when reading this book.
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In Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, Quinn's 4th book in the Bridgerton series, we finally get the story of Colin and Penelope Featherington. Penelope has been in love with Colin for years, and in this book, Colin finally wakes up and notices Penelope and falls in love with her too. The plot is a simple one but for the "secret" Penelope harbors and which Colin uncovers.

The novel contains Quinn's signature style: overall wlel adjusted characters well placed in society, fun verbal sparring and dialogue and light plot lines without too much drama. That was, perhaps, what bothered me most about this book. There were many undercurrents in the plot that could have been picked up and dealt with and would have made the book much more powerful in my opinion.

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Having read about Penelope Featherington in the first three books I have grown quite fond of her. In some ways she reminds me of myself. I was never really popular in school so I have a good idea what she has gone through. I often think my lucky stars that I didn't have to search of a husband on the Marriage Mart. We get a very good look at Penelope in this book. She is now twenty-eight and well out of marriageable age. She has more of less except that she will never marry and have a household of her own. Penelope is very smart and very, very clever. What we find out in this story just makes her seem that much more clever and smart.Colin Bridgerton is charming, intelligent and restless. He wants to leave a legacy but he has no idea what to do to make that desire a reality. He loves to travel but he knows he can't do that all his life. He would also like to marry and have children but none of the ladies of the ton interest him. He is bored and doesn't have any idea how to fix his life. His journey to loving Penelope is a long and confusing one. He has known her for so long that he can't see the tree for the forest. I also love how he worries about Eloise Bridgerton being Lady Whistledown. He is such a big brother in those scenes. I am surprised the Eloise hasn't thrash him over it.I am wondering what Eloise is up to. My curiosity about what are who she is hiding in her room is killing me. I also have to wonder how long it is going to take for Mrs. Bridgerton to finally become worried enough to call a doctor or search Eloise's room herself. Eloise disappears for Daphne's ball. I wonder, wonder what is going on.I am said that we the reader hasn't heard more about Gregory. There is mention that he is in his last semester at Cambridge but that is about all that we have heard about him in several books.We do get to see more of Hyacinth in this story. I am sure that she has and will continue to give her mother and siblings more trouble than any of the other children ever caused. She is just as stubborn and tenacious as all the other Bridgertons are.Finally we learn that Francesca has married and has been widow between Benedict's book and this story. So we don't hear about her much since I am sure she is still in mourning. It will be interesting to read her story which is WHEN HE WAS WICKED.I have loved Lady Danbury. She is just what the ton needs to keep them in line. She isn't afraid to say what she wants and damn the consequences. She is a surprise in this book because she takes an interest in Penelope. Lady Danbury has always had a fondness for Penelope but it really shows in this book. She seems determined to make sure Penelope is happy and is married with children.I love Colin's solution to the Cressida problem. Having dealt with bullies I think that the Bridegertons and the Bassetts handle the whole thing very well. This is a wonderful story and a great addition to the overall series. Yes these books need to be read in order.more
Colin Bridgerton, has returned home from his world travels, and his family is much relieved to having him home, not knowing if he will stay this time, or like all the other times, just leave once again. Penelope Featherington, has resigned herself to being a spinster, even though she has always been fond of Colin...ever since she met him years ago. When Colin returns, he expects life at home to be the same as it always is, but this time its definitely different, and he starts noticing Penelope in a way very not brotherly like but more like he wants her desperately. But they both have secrets and when they are discovered with that only destroy their feelings for each other....or make their bond of love that much stronger?.....Romancing Mister Bridgerton, is the fourth in the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn. I just love Colin and Penelope's story. I don't even know how many times I have read this one, I just enjoy reading it every time. Romancing Mister Bridgerton is a witty, and memorable story that will pull at your heartstrings. Such a charming tale of two people, that both have secrets of their own, but yearns for acceptance and for a chance at love that has alluded them, but will find it in each other. I truly enjoyed this one, and I was completely satisfied by the time I reached the end. From the very beginning of the story, the reader will be taken on a emotional yet fun filled ride that Julia Quinn takes you on, and you will never regret reading Romancing Mister Bridgerton. A Romance that will charm every readers heart!more
Good plot, likeable hero and heroine. The author has one section where several times the speaker is described as "ground out". Shades of Agatha Raisin and the descriptors there! I did enjoy the book though and will look for more by Julia Quinn. I like the descriptions of authorship.more
Another favorite! Oh, this book made me so happy… :DSeriously, 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...O_ONeedless 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 have 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.more
I fell in love with Daphne and Simon so much in THE DUKE AND I that I didn't think any of the other Bridgerton novels would live up to that expectation. After reading ROMANCING MISTER BRIDGERTON, however, I concede defeat. This was perhaps my favorite novel in the series so far. Penelope has been mentioned in previous novels, and I was delighted to see her finally get a happy ending of her own. Colin, a known rake from earlier books, is a perfect hero in this story. Their love story is completely believable; the romance is very well-developed. There's not an "Aha!" moment, when the characters look deeply into each other's eyes and realize they've fallen. Instead, this is a very sweet romance about two people who form an attachment as they discover they have more in common than they'd ever realized. Julia Quinn's writing is masterful in this novel. I was hooked in the first chapter and captivated until the very last. You'll need to have the 5th book on hand (or at least on its way) before you start this one. The next story somewhat overlaps this one, and there are many hints to it in this 4th book.more
Well, I'll probably have food thrown at me for the 3 stars. I would have gone 3.5 but not 4. I'm shocked at how much I didn't get into this story. I tried. I really did. It's Julia Quinn. It's the Bridgertons. I persevered. I'm bummed because I love this series so far and it may take someone giving me a ginormous shove to go to book 5. Colin was a poo. Perhaps my expectations of him were too high. He was cranky, self-centered, and had some jealousy issues that totally turned me off. And poor Penelope. People did not treat her kindly, even Mr. I'm So Into Me, Colin. Sheesh, nothing more to say other than, well, this book was "meh". Let the food fight begin.more
Penelope Featherington, a self-admitted wallflower. Society sees her as a plump, plain Jane type of girl who is quiet and unpopular and worst of all, a spinster. Yet those very few who get to know her realize that there is more to Penelope...she is witty, charming, intelligent....and so desperately in love with her best friend's brother, Colin Bridgerton. Colin....extremely handsome, flirtatious, suave, witty, charming.....yet he feels that there is something missing in his life. Colin is searching.....searching for a purpose, a way to leave his mark upon the world. These two characters have known each other since childhood, but it is only now, in their later years, that they truly come to KNOW each other and themselves.I loved the charming, witty Colin Bridgerton from the first time he was introduced in the Bridgerton series. I was very much looking forward to his story. I was even more intrigued once I discovered that he was to fall for his sister's best friend, the plain, plump, unpopular Penelope Featherington. I loved the genuine truth of their love. For Colin, it wasn't a "knock-me-down over the head" kind of love...not even a "she's so hot I gotta have her" kind of love. It was a "wow...she is great...why haven't I noticed that about her" kind of love. It was a bond that grew... a friendship that blossomed into a need for another person, a person he realized he could not live without. The love scene that Colin and Penelope finally share is just that.....a LOVE scene, not a hot and steamy sexually arousing interlude, but a scene that is so filled with deep, honest love for another that I couldn't help but reach out for my own love. Colin's admission of his feelings for Penelope just made me melt: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.”Julia Quinn has managed to create characters that are truly relateable. We all have insecurities.... we all have questioned our purpose in life.....we all have longed for a person that we knew we could never have. I found myself smiling throughout this wonderful story, even laughing out loud at times. And of course, I too fell in love with Colin Bridgerton, insecurities and all.more
Romancing Mr Bridgerton is the 4th book in the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn and tells the story of how Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington learn to love one another. Colin and Penelope have know each other for years. Penelope is best friends with Colin’s sister Eloise. And it seems that Penelope has always been in love with Colin but Colin has always seen Penelope as the little friend of his little sister. Penelope has been the person overlooked by society for many reasons. In the beginning it was her weight and her quiet ways. Her mother seems to have horrible taste in dressing Penelope with her being described as an “over-ripe pumpkin” by Lady Whistledown at one point. No one seems to be able to see the true Penelope. After his latest trip abroad, Colin returns to have his eyes opened about Penelope. He realizes how much he has always depended on her friendship and one afternoon and one kiss has Colin realizing how much he desires her.One quote that I found when reading other book reviews sums up my feelings about this writer and this series perfectly: “Julia Quinn’s witty storytelling and wonderful storylines often make me feel as if I’m sitting across from her at a coffee shop, drinking whatever, and listening to her as she tells me this story, often punctuated with smiles, chuckles and roaring laughter. Julia Quinn is truly a gifted writer.”This book is a sweetly told story of lifelong friends finally falling in love. And, yes, in this book we finally find out who Lady Whistledown is!This book was voted one of the top ten books of the year by the RWA membership and finalist for the RWA RITA Awards in the Long Historical category.more
Colin Bridgerton (my favorite) finally realizes he's in love with his sister's long-time friend Penelope Featherington, who, in addition to her unspoken love for Colin, has another secret... FANTASTIC. Banter is wonderful, it's hella romantic and Lady Whistledown is in rare form.more
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton was fun and cute, and I liked the characters, especially the heroine Penelope Featherington, who's had a secret crush on Colin Bridgerton since she was 16 - it's been almost a decade, and he still only knows her as a casual acquaintance. Their progression from his neglect to friendship and then love started kind of randomly, considering how long they've known each other, but Colin is a very nice hero, and I was happy that Penelope finally got him after all those years of silent pining. For some reason, though, slogging through the last half – about the time that they get engaged - was a huge chore. Before this unfortunate turn of events, however, I enjoyed myself, especially the opening chapter. Along with the romance between Colin and Penelope, there is the mystery of that witty Lady Whistledown to be unraveled in this fourth installment of the Bridgerton series. So as not to spoil anything, I'll refrain from commenting on it, except to say that this plot thread kind of distracted from the romance for me. I didn't like how Colin became annoyingly irate in the second half of the book, or that Penelope became a damsel in distress at the last moment. But it is all resolved satisfactorily in the end, with a rousing, heartwarming finale for Lady Whistledown, and everyone's happy. Yay.more
I'm a book borrower. I often borrow books and never finish them. It's a quest to get myself to turn into a reader, but I'm not actually that big on reading. A friend loaned this to me when I wanted to read without a lot of heavy thinking. It's her favorite "romance novel" and that is in every sense of the word. I'd never read a romance novel before. It was fun.more
My favourite Bridgerton boy, and one of my favourite secondary characters, and the mystery of Lady Whistledown revealed. The is a sweet tale of two old friends falling in love.more
Penelope Featherington marries Colin Bridgerton her best friend's brother who she's had a crush on for ten years. .more
Romancing Mister Bridgerton - Julia Quinn (7/10)Historical Romance; book 4 in the Bridgertons series. I had liked the heroine in this one from when we first met her - in a horrible tangerine dress - back in The Duke and I so it was lovely to see her come into her own and get her own happy ending.more
ugly duckling story. colin was so funny to see unfold in the presence of penelope.more
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