Title: The Viscount Who Loved Me
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Length: 12 hours (354 pages)
Publisher: Recorded Books; Avon
Release Date: June 27, 2006
Recommended for fans of: Bridgerton, Regency romance novels
Content Warnings: death of a parent, panic attacks
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 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 is 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 is 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 was an utter delight. I always love an enemies to lovers romance. Kate and Anthony had such a satisfying relationship journey, and they are a great match in how well they understand each other’s fears and insecurities. This is one of the better Bridgerton books.
I totally understand now why book fans were so upset when season 2 came out, however, since the show did not leave Kate and Anthony much time to actually be together and cut many of their sweet moments. It seems especially odd that the show writers cut so many romantic moments since they had to add so much content to produce a full season of a television drama… but since I watched the show before the book I was able to absolutely love them both!
I think the biggest thing to keep in mind when comparing the books to the show is that the books are lighthearted romances that focus on the POVs of one couple at a time, while the show is an ensemble drama. This difference became even more apparent in season 2, and it will grow in future seasons.