The Viscount Who Loved Me

The Viscount Who Loved Me

eBook - 2004
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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...



Publisher: New York : PerfectBound, 2004
ISBN: 0060751266 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC QUINN
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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LeilaniR90
Apr 26, 2017

Another lighting-quick joyful romp by Julia Quinn. I will admit, I do prefer "The Duke And I," to "The Viscount Who Loved Me." If I could figure out how to give half stars, the first title would be an even 4 and this would be an easy 3.5

Pros to this book:

The Pall Mall scene is hilarious, charming, and reads to me - as a member of a large and competitive but loving family - like a real true family interaction regardless of era.

Anthony Bridgerton is drawn consistently as a leading character as he was drawn as a secondary character. I enjoyed him in both novels!

The dynamic between Kate (our leading lady), Edwina (her younger half-sister), and Mary (the stepmother who raised Kate from early childhood) is a marvelous subversion of any and all evil stepmother, scheming half/step sister, wicked family trope ever. The closeness, love, affection, and complications in their relationship read like a real family, and furthermore are a logical picture of what life most probably would have been like for a family of women without a man in the house, especially in an era when it was pretty common to have step parents, half and step siblings, and other family combinations due to short life expectancy!

Kate falling in love with Anthony makes perfect sense. Her loving him for the traits that the reader loves him for - generosity, loyalty, practicality, humor - and not the ones that make him a romantic society figure - good looks, lots of money, an air of mystery, roguish behavior - feels good.

Cons to this story:

Kate seems biased without really good reason.

The Anthony wooing Edwina bit feels like a plot device and roughly sketched rather than a really well thought out premise.

Occasionally the language felt to modern for a Regency era piece.

Ms. Quinn can be ever so slightly repetitive in her descriptions of certain actions, tones, and interactions.

Lady Whistledown didn't feel as essential or interesting here as she did in "The Duke And I," which was a little bit of a bummer! I loved her commentary the first time around. It wasn't bad in "The Viscount Who Loved Me," but not as sparkling and sharp as I'd hoped for.

AL_KATI Dec 17, 2016

Julia Quinn writes the best witty banter. I love how she creates chemistry between her characters.

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marthabwaters
Jun 16, 2016

I think I loved this even more upon re-reading it than I did the first time I read it. It's laugh-out-loud funny, and the Pall Mall match is one of the great scenes in all of historical romance, in my opinion. Julia Quinn at her absolute best.

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wongsokguan
Mar 31, 2016

Any scene with Hyacinth and Gregory guarantees a smile. The competition between family members in the game of Pall Mall is great fun to read

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alysor
Jun 22, 2012

I love Julia Quinn's combination humor that makes me laugh out loud and romance that makes me smile.

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