Brigerton Books 1-3 by Julia Quinn
📖The Duke and I
In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable…but not tooamiable.
Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honestfor that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.
Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.
The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule…
This book gave me the most trouble and will be hard to review. I loved most of this book and was all in for Daphne and Simons story! I loved the banter between Simon and Daphne and the romance was just so sweet! Then boom almost near the end the book there is a scene that just totally changed my view! It was not needed! So that completely ruined the book for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
📖 The Viscount Who Loved Me
This time the gossip columnists have it wrong. London’s most elusive bachelor 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 do 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…
This book was fun. I loved the banter between Anthony and Kate. I loved how strong willed Kate was and didn’t take Anthony’s crap. I loved Kate’s relationship with her sister and stepmother. My biggest complaint with this one was Anthony just got on my nerves after awhile. He has Kate and then just starts being a complete jerk because he doesn’t want to fall in love. Get over yourself. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
📖An Offer From a Gentleman
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.
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?
I couldn’t stand how Benedict was so selfish that he wanted Sophie for a mistress but not to marry. This book really touched me though and I found myself sobbing at one point. I was just so sad for Sophie who thought she meant nothing and wasn’t worthy of happy life. How she was treated and how she knew she would never be able to marry Benedict. Of course there is a HEA at the end though. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
As you can see these books are full of romance but there is always something in them that I just can’t get behind. Honestly I’m not sure why I’m continuing to read but I know I will! I am hooked on the Netflix series right now and am so looking forward to more seasons!