“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.
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?
Topics: England, London, Introverts, Funny, Gossip, Family, and Secret Life
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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
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…
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.
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.