An Offer From a Gentleman [Julia Quinn]

Date Started: 13 July, 2021

Date Completed: probably 15 July, 2021

Source: Amazon India Kindle Store

Goodreads Summary:

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?

Goodreads: An Offer From a Gentleman

Notes:

  • This was a very blatant ripoff of Cinderella. Or maybe a homage. But why not? It was clear that Julia Quinn had fun doing it.
  • The sex scenes here weren’t quite as blah as in the previous book.
  • That ending in the prison, though. Sheer delight.
  • It starts off Cinderella, but isn’t the whole nursing back to health another fairy tale which I can’t remember right now?
  • Violet Bridgerton, what an anachronistic sweetheart and badass. “It will be very difficult for you in society but your happiness is paramount.” That’s some Kakaji level “Logon ka kaam hai kehna.”

Standout passage, for it’s inverse Judgement of Solomon overtones:

“Neither of you will want the doll,” he said, with a devious gleam in his eye, “if I simply lop off its—” Sophie leapt to intervene. “You will not lop off its head, Nicholas Wentworth.”

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