The Bridgerton family is back, this time with a story focusing on Anthony, the eldest Bridgerton child. After losing his father at a young age, Anthony, thinking he will die young as well, decides to marry but never fall in love. Edwina Sheffield is the perfect bride for him, except that her irritating sister Kate insists on standing in his way. As Anthony continues pursuing Edwina, he increasingly finds himself in the company of Kate and is strangely drawn to her. Is it possible for the two to overcome their differences and find happiness in each other?
Much to my oldest sister’s delight, I started reading the Bridgerton series after the Netflix show (she’s been a big fan of Julia Quinn for years). I enjoyed the first book in the series, but I absolutely adored this one. Kate is such an excellent character, Anthony is delightfully charming and irritating, and there is so much humor infused in this story that it read quickly.
The story shifts perspectives between Kate and Anthony, which I loved. Kate is a protective older sister, and Edwina has vowed that she will only marry someone that Kate approves of. With Anthony pursuing Edwina, this means that he has to get Kate’s approval, which seems highly unlikely considering she believes Anthony to be a rake of the worst variety. And, honestly, he does deserve that description. However, he is also fiercely loyal and devoted to his family, which slowly endears him to Kate. Though Anthony finds Kate to be rather annoying, he loves her strong voice and sense of humor. The two really grow together through the book and through some hilarious experiences, including a run-in with a corgi and an ultra-competitive game of croquet. There’s so much humor and heart in this story, I was laughing through most of the book.
I do find the whole “I’ll never (insert blank thing here)” to be a little tiring. Much like the Duke in the first book decided he’d never have children because of his father, Anthony decided he’d never fall in love because of his father. I think that trope is played out, and I hope that it does not happen in future books, though I know romance novels rely on tropes.
Outside of that one critique, I found the book to be filled with complex characters, hilarious plots, witty banter and steamy romance scenes. It was thoroughly entertaining and I already have the next installment on hold at the library.
Have you read the Bridgerton series? Which book is your favorite?