Title: The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons #2)
Author: Julia Quinn
Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Avon Books
Release Date: December 5, 2000
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 to not make the best husbands–and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate’s determined to protect her sister–but 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…
Anthony Bridgerton is the most eligible bachelor of the season. He’s finally decided to marry, but he knows he will never love his wife. He has chosen to court Edwina Sheffield, but her sister Kate keeps getting in the way. Kate is concerned with making sure her sister finds a good husband, not a rake like Anthony. To keep him away from her sister, Kate ends up spending more time with Anthony. When they suddenly kiss, neither of them can think about anything else and they have to be together.
This story followed a very similar plot to The Duke and I. The hero didn’t want to fall in love, but he ends up in a situation where he had to marry the heroine. Anthony also let his father’s life and death dictate his choices, just like Simon did in the previous book. Anthony’s father died in his late thirties, so he believed he would not live past that age. Both men had to come to terms with the fact that they had to live their own lives, without worrying about following in their fathers’ footsteps.
I didn’t find that Lady Whistledown’s articles commented on the events of the story as much as in the previous novel. A couple of times she said that she wasn’t at certain events, but she would report on them anyway. She guessed at what was happening between Anthony and Kate, rather than reporting on what she knew was happening. There were a few hints as to her identity, and since I know who she is, I loved seeing these hints.
This was another great Bridgerton novel!
What to read next:
An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters
Other books in the series:
- The Duke and I
- An Offer From a Gentleman
- Romancing Mister Bridgerton
- To Sir Phillip, With Love
- When He Was Wicked
- It’s in His Kiss
- On the Way to the Wedding
Have you read The Viscount Who Loved Me? What did you think of it?