Start Date: 30 May, 2021
Finish Date: 31 May, 2021
Source: Amazon India Kindle Store
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…Goodreads link.
- I watched the Netflix series earlier this year, thoroughly enjoyed it, and made a note to myself to read the books. Then I promptly forgot until last week, when I wanted to read something new that wouldn’t take too long, and remembered that yes, Julia Quinn exists. I then decided to start with the second book in the series, rather than rehash what I’d already seen on TV.
- This edition comes with the second epilogue, which Julia Quinn had written for each book in the series after completing the series. Warning! The second epilogue has spoilers for the rest of the series.
- I had read a think piece somewhere about how regency romance isn’t meant to be historically accurate, but to provide a cool setting for modern day issues. And, yes, this book demonstrates that shamelessly. Not just issues, but also anachronistic language.
- A friend had complained about the series that the plot was extremely basic and predictable. But that brings to mind the commentary about not reading PG Wodehouse for the plot, but for the marvelous sentences that carry the predictable plot along. There aren’t that many magnificent sentences in Julia Quinn, but I think she does do banter – especially man / woman banter even better than PGW. The man / man banter seems to be in the same class as say Pongo / Freddie banter.
- After having read the book, I appreciate the racebending in the Netflix series even more. It really elevates the story.
- The sex writing was… boring, really. It wouldn’t win a Bad Sex Award but it felt like Fifty One Things a Boy Can Do With Breasts instead of part of the plot. The flirtation writing, on the other hand, was, as the kids say, *chef’s kiss*
- Coming back to the deal about modern day issues – both Season 1 of the Netflix adaptation and Book 2 of the series had heroes with weird childhood hangups that they wouldn’t talk about; and if they had simply been open instead of worrying about what the other person would think, much misery would have been avoided for the heroine. Also, the book would have wrapped up happily in two thirds of the length. Is this going to be a pattern in the entire series? I feel it’d begin to grate after four examples.
- Even in last year’s lockdown, I had wanted to read light and fluffy books to take away from the grimness. But the recos I got and the books I took up myself (Meg Cabot, Sophie Kinsella) disappointed on that front. This one hasn’t. Hurray.