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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Bridgerton Saga by Julia Quinn

The Bridgerton family consists of eight siblings and their widowed mother. In the novels, the Bridgertons are well respected and favored among British society. The Bridgertons are an extremely loving and tight-knit clan. The series comprises eight books in which each of the siblings finds true love. Each book is set against the backdrop of upper English society during the period of Regency England.

The Duke and I

Book DescriptionJanuary 5, 2000 | USA

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!


Daphne Bridgerton

Book Description8 Jun 2006 | UK

"Men are sheep. Where one goes, the rest soon follows..."
Lady Whistledown's Society Papers,
30 April 1813"

After enduring two seasons in London, Daphne Bridgerton is no longer naïve enough to believe she will be able to marry for love. But is it really too much to hope for a husband for whom she at least has affection?

Her brother's old school friend Simon Bassett the new Duke of Hastings has no intention of ever marrying. However, newly returned to England, he finds himself the target of the many marriage-minded society mothers who remain convinced reformed rakes make the best husbands.

To deflect their attention, the handsome hell-raiser proposed to Daphne that they pretend an attachment. In return, his interest in Daphne will ensure she becomes the belle of London society with suitors beating a path to her door...

There's just one problem, Daphne is now in danger of falling for a man who has no intention oaf making their charade a reality... "  

 

Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset

My Review:

I'm laughing so much!!! Every character in this book is amazing!! I am so looking forward to read the rest of the series! 
Simon shocked me!! How could he refuse Daphne!? Poor Daff! Still I loved the book!! Amazing romantic story!


The Viscount Who Loved Me

Book DescriptionJune 27, 2006 | USA

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 all 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's the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams...
Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbandsand Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate's determined to protect her sisterbut 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...


Kate by the gazebo

Book Description8 Jun 2006 | UK

Anthony Bridgerton needs a wife. Having spent his twenties in a rakish pursuit of pleasure (while taking care to ensure the financial security of his mother and seven younger siblings) he knows it's high time he settled down and ensured the continuation of the Bridgerton line.

Edwina Sheffield is considered the most beautiful debutante of the current season. She is also sweet, innocent and eminently biddable - Anthony is sure she'll make a perfectly acceptable wife and vows to make her his.

The only obstacle in his way is Edwina's older sister, Kate. Kate is determined to do all she can to allow her sister the chance to marry for love rather than convenience. And the roguish viscount is beginning to think he may have met his match in Kate's keen wit and sharp tongue. Until, that is, he makes the mistake of kissing her...


Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sheffield

My Review:

Kate reminds me of Elizabeth Bennet and Edwina of Jane from Pride and Prejudice. 
I liked the story so much, I love anything JQ!

In the first part of the book, Anthony was a jerk! The way he treated Kate was mean! I felt sorry for Kate, because she is not ugly, she is just no competition beside her perfect little step-sister, though she loves her, but she hides behind her, because she is afraid to face sarcasm and rejection. 

I loved the Pall Mall chapter! I would love to play this game too :) and the gazebo part was hot! He was defeated by a bee in order to admit to himself what he truly wanted! I can't believe that Lady Danbury is in this book too! And she is of course is as sharp as ever!




An Offer from a Gentleman


Book DescriptionJuly 3, 2001 | USA

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?


the Bridgerton masquerade ball

Book Description25 Aug 20061 | UK

"This year's most sought-after invitation must surely be that of the Bridgerton masquerade ball, to be held Monday next"
Lady Whistledown's Society Papers,  31 May 1815

As the illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Penwood, Sophie Beckett has never been accepted in polite society. And since her father's untimely death, her step-mother has made her life doubly hard, forcing her to work as an unpaid servant. Sophie's days are pure drudgery until one night her fellow servants conspire to help her attend the Bridgerton masquerade ball.

There she meets her very own Prince Charming, handsome Benedict Bridgerton and falls head over heels in love. Benedict is equally smitten, but when the clock strikes midnight Sophie is forced to flee the ballroom, leaving only her glove in his hand...





Benedict Bridgerton and Sophia Beckett


My Review:

A Cinderella story.
And a very sad one, after I finished part one I didn't think that things could get any worst for Sophie but they did!! I can't believe that Benedict didn't even recognize her after kissing her, I am sure it would feel the same no matter how she looked different from that night years ago.

I reached Chapter 15 in one night only, this book would make you stay awake just to see what will happen, I know all romantic books end happily, but I love to see how it will happen! Okay! Could I put 10 out of 5 for this book?! I just loved it!! I am going to read it soon again.

Quotes:

"I can live with you hating me; I just can't live without you."

"I burn for you, every night; I lie in bed, thinking of you, wondering why the hell you're here with my mother, of all people, and not with me."

"Her lips parted and softened, and he knew that he had to kiss her. Not that he wanted to, that he had to. He needed her next to him, below him, on top of him. He needed her in him, around him, a part of him. He needed her the way he needed air. And, he thought in that last rational thought before his lips found hers, he needed her right now."


Romancing Mister Bridgerton

Book DescriptionJuly 2, 2002 | USA

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 trop aboard he discovers notyhing 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?


Gossiping

Book Description25 Aug 2006 | UK

'On the sixth of April, in the year 1812 - precisely two days before her sixteenth birthday - Penelope Featherington fell in love.

But Colin Bridgerton certainly didn't fall in love with her in 1812 (and not in 1813, 1814, 1815, or - oh blast, not in all the years 1816-1822, either, and certainly not in 1823, when he was out of the country the whole time, anyway..'

Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend's brother forwell, 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 secretand fears she doesn't know him at all.

Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought of as 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 decideis she his biggest threat - or his promise of a happy ending?  



Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington

My Review:

I really felt sorry for Penelope Featherington! She loved Colin Bridgerton for so long and she felt her love is desperate and would not have a happy ending. I was really mad at her silly mother when she suggested that her younger sister would marry Colin!! Is she blind!?

I didn't really like Colin, I am not sure why, but I prefer Benedict from all the Bridgertons anyway. Though I liked this story, I couldn't help myself feeling a little sad that Lady Whistledown will stop writing. I really like when The Smyth-Smith concerts are mentioned! They make me laugh! I wish I could attend one of them! Lol


To Sir Phillip, With Love


Book DescriptionJune 24, 2003 | USA

Sir Phillip knew that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he'd proposed, figuring that she'd be homely and unassuming, and more than a little desperate for an offer of marriage. Except . . . she wasn't. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quiet, and when she stopped talking long enough to close her mouth, all he wanted to do was kiss her . . . and more.

Did he think she was mad? Eloise Bridgerton couldn't marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking . . . and wondering . . . and before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match. Except . . . he wasn't. Her perfect husband wouldn't be so moody and ill-mannered, and while Phillip was certainly handsome, he was a large brute of a man, rough and rugged, and totally unlike the London gentlemen vying for her hand. But when he smiled . . . and when he kissed her . . . the rest of the world simply fell away, and she couldn't help but wonder . . . could this imperfect man be perfect for her?



The lady in Red

Book Description2 Nov 2006 | UK

'My dear Miss Bridgerton. We have been corresponding now for quite some time, and although we have never formally met, I feel as if I know you. Forgive me if I am too bold, but I am writing to invite you to visit me here at Romney Hall. It is my hope that after a suitable period of time, we might decide that we will suit, and you will consent to be my wife'. 

Sir Phillip knew from his correspondence with his dead wife's distant cousin that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he'd proposed, figuring that she'd be homely. Except... she wasn't. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quie, all he wanted to do was kiss her...

Eloise Bridgerton couldn't marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking... and wondering... and before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match.  Except.... he wasn't. Her perfect husband wouldn't be so moody and ill-mannered. And he certainly should have mentioned that he had two young -and decidedly unruly- children, as much in need of a mother as Phillip is in need of a wife.



Eloise Bridgerton and Phillip Crane

My Review:

Eloise Bridgerton is rather pushy for my taste for a heroine, but still I enjoyed the book, as for Sir Phillip Crane he seems handsome but I am not sure I am so much into him, I laughed a great deal when her four brothers came bargaining in! It was the highlight for me in this book.


When He Was Wicked

Book DescriptionJune 29, 2004 | USA


In every life there is a turning point.

A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breathtaking, that one knows one's life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London's most infamous rake, 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 but never permitting his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing. Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca's surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere thirty-six hours longer the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin.
 
But that was then... Now Michael is the earl and Francesca is free, but still she thinks of him as nothing other than her dear friend and confidant. Michael dares not speak to her of his love... until one dangerous night, when she steps innocently into his arms, and passion proves stronger than even the most wicked of secrets...

Book Description2 Nov 2006 | UK

Everything was much simpler... When he was wicked.

'If God ever wanted to smite a sinner, he couldn't do better than Michael Stirling. Michael Stirling, Sinner. He could see it on a calling card. He'd have had it printed up, even his was just that sort of black sense of humour - if he weren't convinced it would kill his mother on the spot. Rake he might be, but there was no need to torture the woman who'd borne him.' 
In every life there is a turning point. 
A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breathtaking, that one knows one's life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London's most infamous bachelor, 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 but never permitting his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing. Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca's surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere thirty-six hours longer the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin...
Francesca Bridgerton and Michael Stirling

My Review:

I finished part 1 and now I'm in part 2, the book seems sad; I hope that Michael and Francesca would confess their love and marry soon. At least she might have a happy ending in her second marriage. Being widowed at 22 is so early, hope she would have kids too.
What made me put 3 stars are the hot scenes and passion besides that, the story is so sad and it took them so long to finally be truly together.

It's In His Kiss

Book DescriptionJune 28, 2005 | USA


Meet Our Hero...

Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth's sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past... and the key to his future. The problem is—it's written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.

Meet Our Heroine...

All the ton agreed: there was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She's fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken, and according to Gareth, probably best in small doses. But there's something about her—something charming and vexing—that grabs him and won't quite let go...

Meet Poor Mr. Mozart...

Or don't. But rest assured, he's spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual—and annually discordant—Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth's every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other... and that there is nothing as simple—or as complicated—as a single, perfect kiss.



Book Description7 Dec 2006 | UK

Gareth St. Clair has a father who hates him and who is determined to ruin the St Clair family fortunes. Gareth's sole heirloom is an old diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past... and the key to his future. The problem is—it's written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.


All of the ton agreed: there's no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She's fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken and —according to Gareth— probably best in small doses. But there's something about her —something charming and vexing— that grabs him and won't quite let go. And Hyacinth — or so she claims— speaks Italian...


Hyancinth Bridgerton and Gareth St.Clair

On the Way to the Wedding

Book DescriptionJune 27, 2006 | USA




A funny thing happened...

Unlike most men of his acquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton believes in true love. And he is convinced that when he finds the woman of his dreams, he will know in an instant that she is the one. And that is exactly what happened. Except...

She wasn’t the one. In fact, the ravishing Miss Hermione Watson is in love with another. But her best friend, the ever-practical Lady Lucinda Abernathy, wants to save Hermione from a disastrous alliance, so she offers to help Gregory win her over. But in the process, Lucy falls in love. With Gregory! Except...

Lucy is engaged. And her uncle is not inclined to let her back out of the betrothal, even once Gregory comes to his senses and realizes that it is Lucy, with her sharp wit and sunny smile, who makes his heart sing. And now, on the way to the wedding, Gregory must risk everything to ensure that when it comes time to kiss the bride, he is the only man standing at the altar...


Book Description6 July 2006 | UK

Unlike most men of his acquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton is a firm believer in true love. He'd have to be an idiot not to be: all seven of his siblings are happily married. Gregory figures he is just biding his time until the right woman comes along. And so when he sees Hermione Watson, he knows with every fibre of his being, that she is meant to be his.

But through Hermione's closest - and slightly less beautiful - friend, Lucy Abernathy, he finds out that Hermione is desperately in love with another man. Sadly by the time Gregory figures out the right girl is actually the wrong girl, and the right girl was Lucy all along, it's too late. Lucy is to marry another! Now - on the way to the wedding - Gregory must figure out how to thwart the nuptials and convince Lucy that she was always meant to be his.


Gregory Bridgerton and Lucy Abernathy

The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown

Book DescriptionJanuary 28, 2003


Lady Whistledown Tells All!

Society is abuzz when the Season's most promising debutante is jilted by her intended -- only to be swept away by the deceitful rogue's dashing older brother -- in New York Times bestseller Julia Quinn's witty, charming, and heartfelt tale.

When the scandalous actions of his beautiful fiancée are recorded in Lady Whistledown's column, a concerned groom-to-be rushes back to London to win his lady's heart once and forever, in Suzanne Enoch's enchanting romantic gem.

Karen Hawkins captivates with an enduring story of a handsome rogue whose lifelong friendship -- and his heart -- are tested when the lovely lady in question sets her cap for someone else.

A dazzling and delightful tale by Mia Ryan has a young woman cast out of her home by an insufferable yet charming marquis -- who intends to take possession not only of the house ... but its former occupant as well!

Lady Whistledown Strikes Back

Book DescriptionApril 27, 2004


Who Stole Lady Neeley's Bracelet?
Was it the fortune hunter, the gambler, the servant, or the rogue? All of London is abuzz with speculation, but it is clear that one of four couples is connected to the crime.

Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, May 1816
Julia Quinn enchants: A dashing fortune hunter is captivated by the Season's most desired debutante . . . and must prove he is out to steal the lady's heart, not her dowry.

Suzanne Enoch tantalizes: An innocent miss who has spent her life scrupulously avoiding scandal is suddenly—and secretly—courted by London's most notorious rogue.

Karen Hawkins seduces: A roving viscount comes home to rekindle the passionate fires of his marriage . . . only to discover that his beautiful, headstrong bride will not be so easily won.

Mia Ryan delights: A lovely, free-spirited servant is dazzled by the romantic attentions of a charming earl . . . sparking a scandalous affair that could ruin them both.
You'll hear it first from Lady Whistledown

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