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News for Historical Romance Fans

As has been stated on here before today, Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Series is coming to Netflix in 2020. If you want to know more, IndieWire has an insightful look at the cast.

https://www.indiewire.com/gallery/bridgerton-shonda-rhimes-netflix/quarteto-smythe-smith-df/

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Coming to Netflix- Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Series

Bridgerton Series

Our friends over at Willow and Thatch have all the latest ondit on the Bridgerton series coming to Netflix.  Now we don’t know just when, but if Julie Andrews is going to be Lady Whistledown and the narrator…well, I just can’t wait! How about you? There are other cast announcements too.  Sign up for the Willow and Thatch newsletter and I’m sure they will keep us up to date on all Bridgerton happenings.

https://www.willowandthatch.com/cast-announcement-bridgertons-netflix/

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Review- It’s In His Kiss (Bridgerton Series Book #7)by Julia Quinn

Title: It’s In His Kiss (Bridgerton Series Book #7)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julia Quinn

Pub: 2005 Avon books

Source: Library

Rating: 4

Sexy rating:  5

 

The Bridgerton Series ( H or h) 

  1. The Duke and I (Daphine)
  2. The Viscount Who Loved Me (Anthony)
  3. An Offer From A Gentleman (Benedict)
  4. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Colin) 
  5. To Sir Phillip With Love (Eloise)
  6. When He was wicked (Francesca)]
  7. It’s IN His Kiss (Hyacinth)
  8. On The Way To The Wedding (Gregory)

 

I have to confess to reading this series out of order but you probably have guessed that by now.  It is not how I like to approach a series but I have been reading these from the library and taking what I can get.  So far I have read #’s 1, 2, 4, 6, 7&8.  I did have to purchase a few but #3&5 are still eluding me.   I will try my darndest to find the others because I love the Bridgerton family. So far, out-of-order has not impacted my enjoyment of these books.  Each does stand alone.  Some have been recent reads and others I read back at the beginning of the year.

This installment is about the romance of the youngest Bridgerton, Hyacinth.  Her mother, Violet, is starting to worry that she is being far too selective when it comes to choosing a husband.  Of course Hyacinth disagrees and is looking for just the perfect match.

Gareth St. Clair is a second son of a Baron.  His  father has nothing but disgust for him.  We learn about the lifelong animosity that Gareth has had to endure and the reasons why.  This upbringing has turned Gareth into a rogue and a rake but Hyacinth sees him for the true gentleman that he is.

There is a mystery that these two try to unravel and it brings them closer to true romance.

Once again Julia Quinn has enthralled me with another episode of the Bridgerton Saga.  She is a master at keeping the reader turning pages into the wee hours with no hope of sleep until we know what will happen.  We care about her characters and feel we know them intimately.  We ache for them and we cheer for their triumphs.  We fall in love when they fall in love. The romance is lovely and the sex is sizzling.  Mmm, yummy!

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Review- When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn (#6 Bridgerton Series)

Title: When He was Wicked (#6 The Bridgerton Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julia Quinn

Publisher: AVON 2004

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from the back of the book:

In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and clear that one feels as if one’s been hit in the chest, all the breath knocked out, and one knows, absolutely knows without the merest hint of a shadow of a doubt that one’s life will never be the same.

For Michael Stirling, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton.

After a lifetime of chasing women, of smiling slyly as they chased him, of allowing himself to be caught and then turning the tables until he was the victor, of caressing and kissing and making love to them but never actually allowing his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and so hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing.

Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca’s surname was to remain Bridgerton a mere thirty-six hours longer; the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin.

**

This has to be the most emotionally engrossing novel in the Bridgerton Series.  The torment of Michael’s secret love, the torment of Francesca’s grief , their guilt and passion.  Well it is just the absolute best for a sentimental fool such as Moi.  Quinn knows how to write and brings to life the personalities of these two people so that we totally understand them and their feelings.  The romance is long in coming to fruition and perhaps people long denied would become so passionately free.   Quinn gives us a study in the consequence of guilt and how it can impact a relationship.  This is no light and fluffy read.  Have tissues handy and enjoy a good cry.

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Review-The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn (#2 Bridgerton Series)

Continuing on with Julia Quinn Week—

Title: The Viscount Who Loved Me (#2 The Bridgertons Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julia Quinn

Pub:  Avon Books (Large Print Edition), 2003

Source: Library

Rating: 5

Sexy rating: 5

For me, there is no romance more delicious than the kind where the H/h are truly disliking each other and then fall in love.  It is wonderful to see them transform from antagonists to lovers and Julia Quinn has written the perfect story in this theme with her delightful THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME.

Kate Sheffield is the older, plainer of two sisters at their first London Season.  It is imperative that the sisters find marriage partners who are, if not wealthy then at least well off since they cannot afford to come to London for another season.  Edwina the younger sister is considered the beauty and most likely to attract a proposal.  Because of this Kate is devoting her attention to her sister’s cause and screening likely suitors.  

Anthony, Viscount Bridgerton, has a reputation as a rogue and a rake of the first order.  He is the head of a large family that relies on him for their protection and wealth.  He is 29 and he feels it is his duty to marry and produce an heir and this is the Season he intends to do just that.  Edwina Sheffield seems to be the ideal candidate.  For him it will be a marriage of convenience and certainly not love.

The fun of this book starts with Kate’s determined attempts to thwart Bridgerton’s pursuit of her sister since she does not want Edwina marrying a man with his reputation. They are like cats and dogs and of course they are both strongly attracted to the other but refuse to acknowledge the attraction.

There is humor and pathos in this book which makes for a totally satisfying read.  This book was rated by readers of www.likesbooks.com as # 8 out of 100 all time top romance novels in print.  It is truly deserving of the distinction.

The Bridgerton Series ( H or h)  [rating given out of 100]

  1. The Duke and I (Daphine) reviewed on Monday July 25,2011
  2. The Viscount Who Loved Me (Anthony)
  3. An Offer From A Gentleman (Benedict)
  4. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Colin) ]
  5. To Sir Phillip With Love (Eloise)
  6. When He was wicked (Francesca)]
  7. It’s IN His Kiss (Hyacinth)
  8. On The Way To The Wedding (Gregory)

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Review- The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (#1 Bridgerton Series)

Title: The Duke and I

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julia Quinn

Publisher: Harper Collins July 2011

Source: purchase, Kindle edition $1.99 until August 9,2011

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description: Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town’s marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged to the lovely Daphne Bridgerton. After all, it isn’t as if the brooding rogue has any real plans to marry – though there is something about the alluring Miss Bridgerton that sets Simon’s heart beating a bit faster. And as for Daphne, surely the clever debutante will attract some very worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable. But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, she soon forgets that their courtship is a complete sham. And now she has to do the impossible and keep herself from losing her heart and soul completely to the handsome hell-raiser who has sworn off marriage forever!

**

I have been all over reading this series out of order.  It doesn’t really spoil the books but I think reading them in order is more desireable.  This one at $1.99 from Kindle is a great bargain and it is book one in the series.

Let me get this out of the way; I am in love with the Bridgerton Series.  There, now you know so that is why I am totally biased about each of the books.  Every time I read one I think “Oh, this is the best one.” And then I read another and think the same thing again.

This first in the series sets the tone for all the ones to follow (see the list below).  Daphne is not a raving beauty, although certainly not unattractive, so all her potential suitors look on her as a pal and not a sweetheart.  Simon the Duke has had a traumatic childhood and has no desire to marry and continue the lineage.  In their attempt to “help” each other they fall in love but not without problems to overcome.

Quinn is a master of dialog, scene setting, romance and plot. You’ve got nothin’ to lose, go for it.

Bridgerton Series:

  1. The Duke and I
  2. The Viscount Who Loved Me
  3. An Offer From a Gentleman
  4. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton
  5. To Sir Phillip, With Love
  6. When he was Wicked
  7. It’s in His Kiss
  8. On The Way to the Wedding

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