Title: Romancing Mister Bridgerton
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #4
Genre: Historical Romance
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Length: 13 hours (370 pages)
Publisher: Avon; Recorded Books
Release Date: July 1, 2002
Content Warnings: bullying, body shaming, fatphobia
Everyone knows that Colin Bridgerton is the most charming man in London. Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend’s brother for…well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret…and fears she doesn’t know him at all.
Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of everyone’s preoccupation with the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can’t seem to publish an edition without mentioning him in the first paragraph. But when Colin returns to London from a trip abroad he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same – especially Penelope Featherington! The girl haunting his dreams. But when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide…is she his biggest threat – or his promise of a happy ending?
Colin and Penelope have a sweet, friends to lovers romance. It was nice to see Penelope as a full character with compassion and confidence and not just the pitiable butt of every joke. This book had the perfect combination of tender moments and dramatics.
I must say, I am very surprised that Lady Whistledown’s identify was revealed halfway through the series since her society papers are such a highlight of these books. I’m not sure the series will be the same without!