Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Genre: Regency, Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Leave it to Julia Quinn to make you fall in love in a few chapters!
I've come to realize, ladies and gentlemen, that Julia Quinn's novels are an oasis for both my mind and my soul. She takes you by the hand, and with her magical writing she opens a portal to another era, to a world of etiquette and courting and balls and lavish gowns, where the devastatingly handsome sworn batchelors end up falling in love with the smart girls, the ones who are not admired for their dazzling beauty, but can challenge them with their wit. And that's the recipe for a delicious, swoony romance!
“This Author has come to the conclusion that there are rakes, and there are Rakes.
Anthony Bridgerton is a Rake.”
The head of the famous Bridgerton family, Anthony, is a womanizer. He's the ultimate challenge for all those Ambitious Mamas that try with a frightening determination to find the perfect match to their daughters. And while his ways of debauchery are legendary, he suddenly decides to tie the knot with the most beautiful debutant, Edwina. There's just one tiny problem; her sister. Kate Sheffield is all too familiar with Anthony's reputation, and she will not let her sweet and innocent sister fall into the clutches of the most notorious (and unrepentant) Rake. Anthony and Kate are at war; but all is fair in love and war, and soon they will not be able to tell each other apart.
“But when Anthony kissed her, she felt as if she were losing her mind. And when he kissed her twice, she wasn't even sure if she wanted it back.”
While I loved The Duke and I, it was The Viscount Who Loved Me that solidified my belief that Julia Quinn is my haven from reality. Those past weeks have been really stressful, and I was in a desperate need for escape, even for an hour per day, just to keep magic alive and give me hope that dreams come true, that anyone can find love, that fairytales happen even when you least expect them. The Viscount Who Loved Me was full of hilarious dialogues and veiled (and not so veiled) insults, tender moments that reduced me into a puddle of mush and scorching scenes that made me relish Anthony's wickedness. Julia Quinn has been described as the Jane Austen of our time, and I can't help but agree. She portays in an accurate way the English society, and the marriage frenzy that consumed mothers and daughters alike, but she also crafts strong family bonds, and romantic relationships that warm your heart. Extended dreamy sighs are simply a natural reaction.
Anthony was a difficult character to like. You admired him for his devotion to his family, and his small acts of kindness, but man! his views on marriage and the way he treated Kate a first made you wanna throttle him! His slow development though won you over, and after a while he gave you palpitations! Kate, on the other hand, was my favorite character! She was extremely witty and protective, and despite being aloof and strong-headed as a mule (or because of it) I rooted for her and her happiness. Taming Anthony, and overcoming her own low opinion of him, was difficult, but they complimented each other perfect. The appearance of the Bridgerton family was also a treat, because it meant lots of laughter, and the bond between Mary, Edwina and Kate was an aspect of the story that truly moved me, and made my eyes tear up.
“Love's about finding the one person who makes your heart complete. Who makes you a better person than you ever dreamed you could be. Its about looking in the eyes of your wife and knowing all the way to your bones that she's simply the best person you've ever known.”
The story of Anthony and Kate left a shadow of a smile on my face, and a strong and lasting feeling of contentment. Julia Quinn, I owe you big time!