Book: The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1)
Publisher: Avon (December 5th 2000)
Paperback: 354 pages
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Can there be any greater challenge to London’s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?
— Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, April 1813
By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend’s sister, the lovely—and almost-on-the-shelf—Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth–it’s all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.
But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it’s hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it’s his devilish smile, certainly it’s the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her…but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke…for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love..
The very first of the Bridgertons and it was a wonderful introduction. Daphne may be the oldest daughter but she also has three older brothers, so a girl’s definitely gotta stay on her toes. I love this story of Daphne and Simon They think by pretending to be sweet on each other that they can get what they want, when we all know they can’t resist each other! It’s actually a very sweet story and I really feel for Simon who had so much to overcome to get his happy ending.
Book: The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2)
Publisher: Avon (January 5th 2000)
Paperback: 384 pages
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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 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 is the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams…
Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands–and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate is 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…
Anthony and Kate are definitely my favourite couple. There’s just something adorable about them together. This book also introduce the great game of pall mall which literally made me love them even more (it probably has to do with their crazy competitive streak haha). There’s nothing I love more than seeing the hero eat his words and fall head over heels for the “spinster sister”. So if you love those bickering to love kinda romance, this is the one for you!
Book: An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgertons, #3)
Publisher: Avon (July 1st 2001)
Paperback: 358 pages
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Sophie Beckett never dreamed she′d be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton′s famed masquerade ball – or that “Prince Charming” would be waiting there for her Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.
Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other – except, perhaps, this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid′s garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers her his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?
Sophie and Benedict! They are the love at first sight couple. But of course there’s always a few obstacles in the way and this story definitely has that Cinderella feel (Evil stepmother, and evil stepsisters). The big difference in this book compared to the first two is that they spend a lot more time in the countryside rather than in town, which is quite relaxing. Less propriety means a little more adventure! Also rather than internal problems keeping Sophie and Benedict apart, it’s social (Ton) conventions that they have to overcome to find love.
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