Title: An Offfer From A Gentleman With 2nd Epilogue (The Bridgerton Series book #3)
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Author: Julia Quinn
Publisher: Avon, 2015
Source: Purchase for Kindle
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 4
Description from Amazon.com:
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?
This is most definitely a reworking of “Cinderella”. The beginning is so much like the fairytale that I was tempted not to go on. But I did, and I’m so happy that I did continue reading. I should never have doubted that the skills of Julia Quinn would transform this fairytale and make it lots more fun. Benedict is a perfect Prince Charming even if he has a singularly one tract mind when it comes to Sophie. Sophie is the voice of reason throughout the relationship but she is also in love and when one loves a Bridgerton it is impossible to not follow. We have here a truly wicked step-mother, some not very nice stepsisters (except for Posy), a very wise Violet Bridgerton, the Dowager Viscountess and Once again the gossip columnist Lady Whistledown who happily reports all ton gossip but especially about the Bridgertons. We are left to guess who is behind the Lady W. persona but some strong hints come along in this book.
(I have titled this post “Rereading The Bridgertons” but I confess that this is my first reading of this one in the series. I purchased this book in 2015 but never got around to reading it, my loss. But I’m happy to have finally read this delight of a story. The second epilogue was a fun read, we finally find out what becomes of Posy Reiling.)
The Bridgerton Series:
- The Duke and I (Daphne)
- The Viscount Who Loved Me (Anthony)
- An Offer From a Gentleman (Benedict)
- Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Colin)
- To Sir Phillip, With Love (Eloise)
- When He Was Wicked (Francesca)
- It’s In His Kiss (Hyacinth)
- On The Way To The Wedding (Gregory)