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The girl who was always simply… there is suddenly 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? It was, in a word, thrilling. The world shook. Her heart leaped. The moment was breathtaking. And, she was able to tell herself with some satisfaction, the man in question —one Colin Bridgerton— felt precisely the same way.

Oh, not the love part. But his earth shook, his heart leaped, and Penelope knew without a shadow of a doubt that his breath was taken away as well. For a good ten seconds. The rest of the Featheringtons were in rapt conversation with Viscountess Bridgerton and her daughter Daphne, who had just begun her second season in London, so they were pretending to ignore the rumbling. The Bridgertons were an important family indeed, and conversations with them were not to be ignored. As Penelope skirted around the edge of a particularly fat-trunked tree, she saw two riders coming her way, galloping along hell-for-leather or whatever expression people liked to use for fools on horseback who care not for their safety and well-being.

Penelope felt her heart quicken it would have been difficult to maintain a sedate pulse as a witness to such excitement, and besides, this allowed her to say that her heart leaped when she fell in love. Penelope gasped taking her breath away! She rushed forward, quite without thinking, squealing something that was meant to inquire after his welfare, but that she suspected came out as nothing more than a strangled shriek. Not that her mother would have thought that she had a chance with him. But Mrs. Featherington held high matrimonial hopes for her older girls.

But if Mrs. Featherington intended to scold her any further, she was unable to do so, because that would have required that she remove her attention from the all-important Bridgertons, whose ranks, Penelope was quickly figuring out, included the man presently covered in mud. Introductions were made, but the rest of the conversation was unimportant, mostly because Colin quickly and accurately sized up Mrs.

Featherington as a matchmaking mama. Penelope was not at all surprised when he beat a hasty retreat. But no, she had to go and fall in love with Colin Bridgerton when he fell off a horse and landed on his bottom in a mud puddle. It was highly irregular, and highly unromantic, but there was a certain poetic justice in that, since nothing was ever going to come of it. Why waste romance on a love that would never be returned? Better to save the windswept-moor introductions for people who might actually have a future together.


And if there was one thing Penelope knew, even then, at the age of sixteen years minus three days, it was that her future did not feature Colin Bridgerton in the role of husband. On the tenth of April, in the year — precisely two days after her seventeenth birthday, Penelope Featherington made her debut into London society.

She begged her mother to let her wait a year. She was at least two stone heavier than she ought to be, and her face still had an awful tendency to develop spots whenever she was nervous, which meant that she always had spots, since nothing in the world could made her as nervous as a London ball. There was nothing more depressing than an ugly girl with no personality. And in that first year on the marriage mart, that was exactly what Penelope was.

An ugly girl with no —oh, very well, she had to give herself some credit— with very little personality. Deep inside, she knew who she was, and that person was smart and kind and often even funny, but somehow her personality always got lost somewhere between her heart and her mouth, and she found herself saying the wrong thing, or more often, nothing at all. The one time Penelope had suggested green, Mrs.

Featherington had planted her hands on her more-than-ample hips and declared that green was too melancholy. Yellow, Mrs. Featherington declared, was a happy color and a happy girl would snare a husband. So Penelope found herself outfitted in yellow and orange and the occasional red, even though such colors made her look decidedly un happy, and in fact were positively ghastly with her brown eyes and red-tinged hair. The single-sheet newspaper became an instant sensation. No one knew who Lady Whistledown really was, but everyone seemed to have a theory.

For weeks —no, months, really— London could speak of nothing else. The paper had been delivered for free for two weeks —just long enough to addict the ton — and then suddenly there was no delivery, just paperboys charging the outrageous price of five pennies a paper. But by then, no one could live without the almost-daily dose of gossip, and everyone paid their pennies. There was no hiding behind abbreviations such as Lord P— or Lady B—. If Lady Whistledown wanted to write about someone she used his full name. And when Lady Whistledown wanted to write about Penelope Featherington, she did.

Not a word was heard from Miss Penelope Featherington, and no wonder! The poor girl appeared to have drowned amidst the ruffles of her dress. There were a few people with whom she seemed able to speak. Lady Bridgerton, of all people, took a liking to her, and Penelope found that she could often tell things to the lovely viscountess that she would never dream of saying to her own mother.

It was through Lady Bridgerton that she met Eloise Bridgerton, the younger sister of her beloved Colin. Eloise was also just-turned seventeen, but her mother had wisely allowed her to delay her debut by a year, even though Eloise possessed the Bridgerton good looks and charm in abundance. If Penelope had thought she loved him before, that was nothing compared to what she felt after actually getting to know him.

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Colin Bridgerton was witty, he was dashing, he had a devil-may-care jokester quality to him that made women swoon, but most of all…. Such a silly little word. It should have been banal, but somehow it fit him to perfection. He always had something nice to say to Penelope, and when she finally worked up the courage to say something back other than the very basic greetings and farewells he actually listened.

Which made it all the easier the next time around. This was love. Oh, this was love love love love love love. How wonderful it was to feel love —even the one-sided sort— for a nice person. It made one feel so positively sensible. Unfortunately, her mother once again insisted on yellow, orange, and the occasional splash of red.

And this time, Lady Whistledown wrote:. Which at least seemed to imply that Penelope was the most intelligent member of her family, although the compliment was backhanded, indeed. Well, not really. She had her third season, then her fourth. Her two older sisters, Prudence and Philippa, finally found husbands of their own and moved away. Featherington held out hope that Penelope might still make a match, since it had taken both Prudence and Philippa five seasons to snare husbands, but Penelope knew that she was destined to remain a spinster.

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Anyway, she was walking through the front hall, listening to her feet tap along the marble tile as she saw herself out. She was adjusting her pelisse and preparing to walk the short distance to her own home just around the corner, really when she heard voices. Male voices. Male Bridgerton voices. It was the three elder Bridgerton brothers: Anthony, Benedict, and Colin. They were having one of those conversations that men have, the kind in which they grumble a lot and poke fun at each other. Penelope had always liked to watch the Bridgertons interact in this manner; they were such a family.

The three Bridgerton men turned to face her with identical horrified faces, and Penelope knew that she had just entered into what would certainly be the most awful five minutes of her life. His cheeks went from pink to red. He opened his mouth, but not a sound came out. I am not going to marry your brother Benedict. Penelope fisted her hands at her sides. Now then, if you will excuse me, gentlemen, I should like to go home. She nodded, and the two of them took off down the street. Penelope felt her lips tighten at the corners— not out of anger, just out of a weary sense of resignation.

I expect your mother has been hounding him to get married. Anthony nodded. As far as she was concerned there was no greater lady in England. Perhaps he should get away. Colin does enjoy travel.

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Although he did just return from Wales. First, Penelope Featherington was seen in the company of not one, not two, but THREE Bridgerton brothers, surely a heretofore impossible feat for the poor girl, who is rather infamous for her wallflower ways. I wondered how Colin would redeem himself after his flapping mouth exposed too much about how he felt about marrying Penelope in the last book.

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Colin is known for his easy smiles and his well-placed words, but in this book we discover that Colin has his unfulfilled fantasies and secret desires. Who would have suspected such a thing from Colin, who always seems to enjoy himself in everything? What I loved about this book is that we learn that there is more to the hero and heroine than we first thought. Quinn presents Penelope and Colin as one way, and in this book, we discover that there is more to these characters than we ever suspected.

I smacked my head when I found out! I thought. It makes absolute perfect sense now that I look back. There were so many clues to indicate the true identity of the notorious Society paper queen. Penelope reads Mathilda by S. Fielding who is actually Sara, the heroine of the book! And of course, I have to talk about the romance between Penelope and Colin. I love that Quinn makes each book different while still keeping it true to the characters. It makes each subsequent book entertaining to read. View all 43 comments.

My Review: What a fabulously fun read! I adored Colin and Penelope and especially Lady Danbury! Revisiting the rest of the Bridgerton family was truly a joy : Colin and Penelope make the perfect match and seeing close childhood friends grow into loving, adult soul mates was one of the greatest highlights in my reading adventures this year. I was smiling from the beginning to the end — laughing out loud and sighing often. View all 26 comments. Jan 17, Karen rated it really liked it.

I really enjoyed this one. Loved Penelope and Colin. Thrilled that this feisty little wallflower finally got all she ever dreamed of. I hated that she'd had to feel passed over for most of her life. But sometimes the acceptance of one's ultimate fate, spinsterhood, can be quite a freeing experience. I wasn't sure how the author was going to finally bring these two together, especially after the things that happ 4. I wasn't sure how the author was going to finally bring these two together, especially after the things that happened between them in the past, but in the end, I definitely think she pulled it off!

Moving on to Eloise I've been dying to get to her book. View all 4 comments. Another favorite! Even in the previous books as a minor character - my heart would ache for that poo Another favorite! 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. 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 But until then Colin just 1.

Bridgerton 3. But don't you dare act like an ass with Penelope ever again. Or else. To the cast! But I think Mandy has the perfect tough cookie attitude to play Penelope. Plus, she really looks like the unpopular girl who could totally get the most desirable guy around. B- Oh! And there's a HUGE revelation in this book! All I can say about it is that, I knew it!

I knew it! View all 16 comments. Mar 25, Exina rated it liked it Shelves: regency-romance , london , m-f , historical-romance , great-characterization , great-writing-style , great-secondary-characters , likeable-heroine. He is always cheerful, always nice. He doesn't have dark secrets, or a tragic past, not even problems.

Oh, wait, he has: he wants to leave something significant in the world. He is a talented writer, but he is too hesitant and shy, and he vacillates to publish his works. Is that really a serious problem? His character is too lightweight, he is too gentle, too sweet. He is even-tempered, and the one time he loses his head, even he is surprised by it. But I loved Penel 2. But I loved Penelope.

Her character is genuine and consistent. She is timid and reserved, but she can carry her point, and can be determinate. She is also very endearing, witty, and has an ironic sense of humor. The identity of Lady Whistledown is revealed in this book, but it is not as striking as I expected. Overall Romancing Mr. Bridgerton is an enjoyable romance, but the story and the characters with the exception of Penelope haven't left a deep impression on me.

My favorite quotes. View 2 comments. This is fourth in a series and characters from the other three are important in this one. You can probably get by with simply knowing the relationships as presented here but I think it's worth knowing them in more detail from reading the other books. I wouldn't recommend skipping the first two, at any rate. The third isn't much present so skip that one if you like. Indeed, I urge you to—at least if you're likely to react as strongly negatively as I did. I entered this with some trepidation becaus This is fourth in a series and characters from the other three are important in this one.

I entered this with some trepidation because I was so disappointed by the third book. And because I like Penelope and Colin so much from the previous books. I was particularly concerned about the long time jump nine years? I needn't have worried as I think it turned out very well, though I have a major and a minor problem that keep this from being as good as it could have been. The major problem is that Quinn cheats and not in a small way.

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I'm not sure what she was thinking, but it was extremely cheap view spoiler [to have Penelope's PoV not know that Penelope was Lady Whistledown. You read that right, there's a point where she asks herself, just to herself and all alone, things she'd have very well known being that she actually is Lady Whistledown. I wish I'd marked the spot so I could give detail because I was astonished how blatant it was. But because I'd guessed based on hints in the previous novels who it was I was watching for it. I'm not sure why Quinn did that. It didn't help the novel at all and I think the story would have been much better had she not gone to the ugly lengths she did.

His reaction to learning things he doesn't like was to fly into a rage and it was so out of character I was shocked. And no, it doesn't help to have Quinn having him wonder at himself "this is so out of character for me. Fortunately, Penelope was delightful and I loved her courage and willingness to put herself out there.

Her emotional courage was outstanding and her support for Colin was remarkable, even in the face of his less noble actions. I liked that she recognized the harm of putting him so high on a pedestal and still loving him as she gets to know his less admirable doubts, fears, and emotional outbursts. And her support for publishing the journals from his travels was a lovely subplot that delighted me. Extending this, and solidifying my four-star rating, is that once they were together, they became a solid team and I loved that they communicated, even the hard bits.

I loved that they came at their final challenge together and united and you could see that they would have done so even if they hadn't had the support of both the Bridgerton and Featherington clans.

I don't for a minute buy the resolution as presented, people just aren't that eager to overcome resentments and slights, but by that time, I didn't care. Probably because I think they'd have been just as solidly triumphant even if the reaction had been diametrically opposite. So yeah, nice entry in the series and I'm so glad it worked out. This is my favorite of the series thus far and while I'll miss the Lady Whistledown sideplot, I'm glad it resolved so well. A note about Steamy : There's a single explicit sex scene but it's a long one.

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Still on the low end of my steam tolerance, though. Some of that is how well it fit the emotional and relationship character arcs and how it served to solidify my admiration of Penelope. View all 13 comments. Am I going to be able to love Colin despite his fits of rage? Does he deliver the swoon? Jacob Proffitt Those are very good questions. Personally, I wouldn't bet on this one as the sure thing to pull you out of your slump.

I was in a good mood when I rea Those are very good questions. I was in a good mood when I read it so I was able to slide past things that might have thrown more chaff if I hadn't been. Jul 19, Nadia rated it it was ok Shelves: could-ve-been-good-instead-it-s-meh. I don't know what's with me and Julia Quinn, but her books really don't work for me.

I see that a lot of people love this series and her other books, I see that this book got a lot of love from readers, but I I was bored most of the time. Spoilers ahead. Colin and Penelope were friends one moment and the other he wants to marry her. Just like that. I never saw how his feelings changed, we never witness his attraction, just all of a sudden they're kissing and he's asking her mother for her hand I don't know what's with me and Julia Quinn, but her books really don't work for me.

I never saw how his feelings changed, we never witness his attraction, just all of a sudden they're kissing and he's asking her mother for her hand. And then the whole thing with Lady Whistledown. We find out about Penelope's secret life at the same time as Colin, and I wish we as readers were let in on the secret a bit earlier than that.

I guess it would've brought a bit tension into this sugary honey sweet cotton candy chocolate-y story. And then there is the climax when Cressida blackmails Penelope because she somehow magically figured out that Penelope is Lady W. That's when Penelope was really stupid. Cressida had no prof to back up her claims, it was her word against Penelope's and Penelope could've easily played dumb and pretend she didn't know what Cressida was talking about.

Like any normal person would do. Because this was a big secret and could ruin Penelope and whatever. But nooooo, she admits it almost right away and allows Cressida to blackmail her in her own house. And then Colin swoops in and lets the cat out of the bag in front of people and everybody is happy they were being fooled and insulted and talked about for eleven years and we see that Colin and Penelope's fear of ruination was really unnecessary.

I don't know, I'm the odd one here I guess. I don't know why I even try anymore. Jul 28, Lili lilikmarcus Marcus rated it really liked it Shelves: classic , family , historical-romance , reads. I don't know why I found this book as disappointing when I first read it, but now? I know everybody who've read this series would say the same. But his story, kinda disappoint me. JUst a tiny, little, iota of disappointment. But at least we already know who Lady Whistledown is. View 1 comment.

Penelope and Colin! Both are my favorite characters and it was best romance I have ever read. Oh I am! I hardly read romance and like it but this series has made me fall all over again in love with romance Every time I finish a book I liked it I find it really difficult to describe with words the reasons. While her secret love for Colin is growing he spents most of his time travelling abroad, not to mention that all these year Every time I finish a book I liked it I find it really difficult to describe with words the reasons.

While her secret love for Colin is growing he spents most of his time travelling abroad, not to mention that all these years he only sees her as a friend or more like a rescuer in ball dances when no other man offers her a dance. When finally Colin comes back to London he finds out that Penelope is not exactly the ugly duckling or the shy wallflower he left but she has become a very attractive and strong woman who wake up feelings to him that he never imagined he could feel. I liked this girl so much.

I liked the fact she always knew she was well worthy, she never pitted her self. She is proud, she knows her talents. One thing I also liked was that Penelope actually found her true love at the age of Who told that true love is only found at the age of ? A pretty handsome man, smart, voyager who was blessed from life with a great family, he travels all around the world, he can have every woman he wants, he is charm and so caring with everyone and everything came to him kind of effortless.

But coming back from his last trip he finds out that he has not really found his purpose on life. His brothers and sisters are successful and this lack of his own life plan makes him lose his temper and his own insecurities came after him. When Penelope accidentally finds one of his travel journals his friendship and bonding with Penelope grows up.

I loved the way they two fell in love, slowly but deeply. All these years Colin never saw the real Penelope but when he did it the inevitable takes place. Penelope managed to give him a reason in life, a way to discover his own talents. Colin and Penelope were two very realistic book characters, more human if I can say that with issues, insecurities and I think this is why their relationship from friends to lovers was so heart warming sweet and touching. We all deserve a Colin Bridgerton. The shy wallflower found her happiness just being her self. Keep your faith, know how to wait and be sure that the right mr Colin will come and knock your door and will be yours forever Another wonderful story from the Bridgertons Series.

I loved Colin. And dear sweet Penelope. The wallflower that blossomed into a beauty. She was lovely indeed. I loved how their relationship grew. As it changed from friendship to love Colin was remarkably sweet and tender. Who knew he could be that romantic?

Penelope was loved by the one person she had dreamed about for years. Colin was finally her Another wonderful story from the Bridgertons Series. Colin was finally hers. I think these two are my favorite couples so far!! View all 8 comments. Jun 03, Trin rated it did not like it Shelves: romance , historicalfiction. Original Title. Bridgertons 4.

Colin Bridgerton , Penelope Featherington. London, England , Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Romancing Mister Bridgerton , please sign up. Do I need to read the books before this one? This book, in particular, has a big spoiler in it Does it spoil anything if you read the Bridgerton books out of order? Jacquilynne Yes, and this book in particular will spoil a bit of an underlying mystery in the earlier books.

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Why are the best books always the hardest to review?! Alas, if only I could have clever Lady Whistledown write this. Their relationship progression, from friendship to love, was believable, sweet, and utterly romantic, and the love scene was exceptionally touching, beautiful, sensual, and tender. Colin Bridgerton. What else can I say? My favorite Colin quote: He murmured her name, tenderly taking her face in his hands. I love you for every one of my smiles, and even more, for every one of your smiles.

How about Michael Vartan for Colin? View all 50 comments. Before this book I really loved Colin. I couldn't wait for his story. Maybe my expectations were too high. I don't know but I really didn't like Colin most of the time. At times he came off like a big asshole. He was blowing his top every time the wind blew. His temper was just a bit much. One minute he was fine and then he was pissy, cold, and rude. If I was Penelope I would have kicked him in the balls.

Penelop 3. Penelope was sweet and smart. I felt bad that after being the shy wallflower that everyone acted like was a ugly plain girl, to have the man of your dream finally want you, only to have him snapping at you at the drop of a hat was just sad. Overall with the plot and Penelope this book was still 3 to 3. View all 15 comments. My favorite of the Bridgerton boys and this was such a cute story of being in love and believing in that love.

Feb 12, Katerina rated it really liked it Shelves: reads , historical-romance , regency. At some point in our lives we all ask some fundamental questions regarding our existence, the great mysteries of the universe, the past, the present and the future of humanity. Mankind is curious and peculiar like this; spending hours pondering on notions, dedicating personal effort and money, researching, reading, trying to find a solution to quench the hunger that consumes us. The Author knows this kind of struggle all too well. The last few days have been dedicated to the answer of one sin At some point in our lives we all ask some fundamental questions regarding our existence, the great mysteries of the universe, the past, the present and the future of humanity.

The last few days have been dedicated to the answer of one single question, one question to define her personality, her hopes, her dreams and wishes, but she still hasn't made up her mind. Anthony or Colin Bridgerton? How can a person choose? Anthony is the Rake turned into family man extraordinaire, while Colin is the carefree, smooth, genial and flirty gentleman every creature with ovaries adores, and thanks to Romancing Mister Bridgerton , we discovered another side to him, that rendered him more alluring and, well, delicious don't mind the Author, she's a notorious man-eater.

The questionmark that haunts her thoughts may remain immoveable like the mountains, but the Author can declare with clarity that the forth story of the Bridgerton family is her favorite. She found a shadow of herself in Penelope Featherington, the witty, funny wallflower everyone overlooked. She devoured the pages because aside from a maneater she's also a book-eater that brought to life a heart-warming , slow-burning , toe-curling romance infused with the perfect dose of hilarity and sensuality , with spicy scandals and even spicier, clandestine meetings.

And the cherry on top? The bounty on Lady Whistledown's head. Between precious Bridgertons' moments, falling in love and magical dances, the Author felt calm. At peace. Penelope and Colin tugged at her heartstrings, and made her believe. Believe that Colins Bridgerton exist.

The Author is a little naive, so please forgive her extravagant declarations. View all 3 comments. Shelves: five-stars , reviewed-by-me , favorites , aar-toplist , historical-fiction , historical-romance , fiction , romance , humor , must-read-series. And eat them he did. Penelope Featherington. Her mother is a tyrant. The entire ton would agree with her. She also lacks the confidence to show her sharp wit to at least make up for her disgraceful attire.

And she ends up on the spinster shelf. What more could he ask for? So, what more? Unfortunately, one does find it hard to seek contentment with just what he has. He has sought refuge in his travels. But in this work of fiction lies real people with real problems. How can we not relate to either one or both of them? How could one not want what Penelope and Colin have? They were friends in the beginning and ended up as something more. And having one another seemed to be more than enough. Romancing Mr. It made me laugh. It made me smile. It made me cry. It touched my heart and it touched my soul.

And it also made me desire a certain Mr. He loves intensely. Just the way a certain me wants to be loved. I love you with my past, and I love you for my future. I love you for everyone of my smiles, and even more, for every one of your smiles. View all 12 comments.

However, on re-read I was really impressed with Penelope. She always felt any attention Colin gave her was but perfunctory courtesy. Thus, it is a sweet delight to see him finally realize the jewel right under his nose. Such fun! View all 11 comments. There is a perfect word to describe how I feel about Julia Quinn.

But to me they are just too cute. Too sweet. So what is Romancing Mr Bridgerton about? Well, she has loved him for ages, he barely notices her. Until he notices her and falls in love. And then they get married and live happily ever after. Also they make out in a carriage once which is something I have always wanted to do. This, I feel, needs to be addressed more often in romance novels. Is it unsexy for the hero to be less successful than the heroine? Especially if they work in the same field? How about real life? Personally, I prefer not to date another fiction writer just in case.

Bruised male egos is something I have very little time for. View all 6 comments. Sep 06, Rane rated it it was amazing Shelves: regency-napoleonic-era , keeper , true-gem-keepers , historical. Penelope Featherington has been in love with Colin Bridgerton for what seems like forever, from a young girl making her debut in society to a resign spinster.

Penelope feelings have only grown throughout the years for Colin. Thinking she knew everything about Colin there was to know, Penelope comes across his hidden secret that starts to change her perspective of him in a surprising way that only draws them closer. Colin Bridgerton has always been the laid-back charmer of the family, but behind Penelope Featherington has been in love with Colin Bridgerton for what seems like forever, from a young girl making her debut in society to a resign spinster.

Colin Bridgerton has always been the laid-back charmer of the family, but behind the charmer mask lays a man looking for himself in the world, trying to make his mark, much like his brothers have done. Penelope never let it get her down, she did something with her life, and finally started to stand up to the world and be something she could never be : herself. She was always this mature woman with a witty and sly humor whom was smart and very kind toward everyone and only became kinder, smarter as the story unfolds.

After I finished, I love Colin. He showed something we all want to do in the world, find ourselves, leave our mark on the world, be something more. Colin did this with a few bumps in the road, but he did it. He archived his goal set before him, with the help of Penelope. I even understood his feelings of jealousy, his uneasiness with trying to go out on a limb and push his work out there for all to see. But he did something that made me love him, he became humble, he took a chance and reached out for help and support from Penelope.

He became greater and I adored him for it. The brightest moment was when Colin finally saw Penelope, saw her for her. I cried when he told her he loved her. Penelope finally saw a side Colin that if possible made her love him even more. And their love scene was just so romantic, not hot and steamy, but soft and gentle, a true love scene that makes you wanna cuddle up to your love one.

The mystery behind whom Lady Whistledown is and the commotion it stirs within the ton, and the ever great Lady Danbury being the true scene stealer, but also showing a side never before seen by her. With the Bridgerton family always up to some sort of mischief or another that will always bring a smile to your face. RMB will have you reading the whole book, never wanting to put it down until the last page. Jan 20, Book Wonderland rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-romance , 5-stars , romance , historical.

Colin is my favorite Bridgerton since the first book, so I was really excited to read his book, and it was amazing! I also really love Penelope , she is my favorite heroine in this series, I was happy she finally got the man of her dreams. Their love story was adorable. For a long time I had no clue, but in this book I had some suspicions. The author really chose the perfect person to be her, this made the story even better! Anyway I'm Colin is my favorite Bridgerton since the first book, so I was really excited to read his book, and it was amazing!

Anyway I'm going to miss her in the next books. Nov 15, Catarina rated it it was amazing Shelves: awesome-heroine , perfect-book-boyfriend , old-time-romance , cat-heart-these-books. One of my favorites Julia Quinn to the date and I love her books every time. Collin and Penelope were amazing together and I could read about them forever! Rating: 5 Stars. Steam: Some hot moments. Sensible Subjects: view spoiler [ Not really. Dec 27, LG A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions rated it it was ok Shelves: 2-star , read , acquired-bought-used , historical , format-print.

Oh, what a difference the second half of a book can make. I want to be clear on this: when I was still only halfway through the book, I considered it a keeper. I cringed in sympathy when Penelope came upon Colin just as he was telling his brothers that he wouldn't marry her and Penelope did what she could to preserve her dign Oh, what a difference the second half of a book can make. I cringed in sympathy when Penelope came upon Colin just as he was telling his brothers that he wouldn't marry her and Penelope did what she could to preserve her dignity and not make it too obvious that he had just crushed her dreams.

I enjoyed watching Penelope blossom as she resigned herself to being an old maid. Her friendship with Lady Danbury warmed my heart, and I loved it when they both confessed to attending horrible Smith-Smythe musicales so that the one Smith-Smythe girl who realized they were awful would have someone in the audience who was not making fun of her. I loved Colin, too.

He was a nice guy, and never hurt Penelope on purpose. He felt miserable when she overheard him saying that he wouldn't marry her — it's just that he was too immature, at that point in his life, to know how to best handle the situation. Later on in their lives, when there was another moment when he could have accidentally hurt her feelings, she stopped him, and he took that time to think about the potential consequences of his actions and how Penelope might be hurt by them.

Then he deliberately did his best not to hurt her. Colin wasn't in love with Penelope then and hadn't yet realized that a wonderful person had been right under his nose for years, but he still liked her, and I could have hugged him for the kind and thoughtful way he handled that moment. There's no way I can properly gripe about what Quinn did in the second half last third? Widowed heroes or heroines still mourning the loss of their first spouses, babies and young children, very pregnant heroines, heroines whose physical description likens them to children, and I've only encountered one author, Nora Roberts, who I can consistently trust to include any of these things without raising my hackles. Romancing Mister Bridgerton has shown me that I can't add Quinn to my short list. I was wondering where the book was going to go when, a little over halfway through it, Colin was already giddily insisting upon marrying Penelope and trying to get it through her mother's skull that, yes, he really did want to marry Penelope and not her sister Felicity.

Then I found out, as Quinn revealed the big secret: Penelope is Lady Whistledown, the woman who had been anonymously skewering the ton for 11 years.

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I could have lived with this revelation although I was annoyed that Quinn kept the reader in the dark via artificial means, by simply never having Penelope think about it. In fact, I enjoyed some of the angst that came from Penelope wondering if Colin was ashamed of her because of her work as Lady Whistledown. However, I felt that Lady Whistledown and writing in general then hijacked the story. This book has a grand total of one sex scene, which occurs prior to Colin and Penelope's marriage. They spend 70 pages of the book married — most authors would have found a way to fit a sex scene, even a fade to black one, in those 70 pages.

It was a small affair, much to the dismay of London society. And the wedding night—well, that had been magical, too. And, in fact, marriage was magical, Colin was a wonderful husband—teasing, gentle, attentive