The Viscount Who Loved Me written by Julia Quinn
Publisher Recorded Books, Avon
Publication Date: October 17th 2016, First published December 5th 2000
Series: Bridgertons #2
Narrated by Rosalyn Landor
Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
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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...
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Now, we have Anthony’s story! Anthony, the eldest of the Bridgertons is now ready to settle down and decided at Miss Edwina Sheffield would do. Of course, he decides this because he knows that he will die the same age as his father and vows not to marry for love.
Oh, the Feels!
Enter our heroine, Kate Sheffield, the older half-sister of Edwina who is having her first season along with her very beautiful sister. They are currently sharing a season because of tight finances and since she was treated well by her step-mother Mary, and loves Edwina, she is determined that Edwina not fall under the clutches of a rake.
Enter Lady Whistledown who mentions Anthony Bridgerton in her column in every issue and Kate has decided that he is a rake of the first order. When she discovers that Anthony has his sights set on marrying Edwina, Kate is determined to thwart his devious plans!
And of course, Anthony proves Kate wrong. And of course, Kate and Anthony get caught in a very compromising situation and must marry because – SCANDAL!
The Shotgun Wedding
The Viscount Who Loved Me is full of snark and bickering and is a typical hate to love trope. This is one of my favorite tropes and I loved the first part of the book until the dreaded shotgun wedding! This is the same plot as that of The Duke and I and because I read this back to back, I felt it has been too overused. So, after that my enjoyment took a significant dip.
I do love Anthony and Kate. I feel like they were a perfect match, their chemistry was also on point and of course, I was laughing out loud every time the two meet! Yes, the banter is epic!
Laughter at its best
One of my favorite scenes is the Pall Mall game and I couldn’t resist laughing out loud that I scared my cat!
The BEST part of The Viscount Who Loved Me is the Second Epilogue because we get to see them years in the future where they still re-enact that first Pall Mall game which has become a yearly event where both one-up each other on the field. I was laughing out loud again.
Rosalyn Landor narrates again
This book is also narrated by Rosalyn Landor and even though I am not a fan of the voices that she uses, she didn’t bother me as much. Yes, I still hate her male voices but her female voices aren’t high-pitched and annoying, so that is a plus!
I’m curious to know what you think of the shotgun marriage trope? Do you think it has been overused in romances?