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 trip aboard, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same, especially Penelope Featherington, the girl haunting his dreams!
And 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?
Colin is a sweet guy. He is always cheerful, always nice. He doesn’t have dark secrets, or a tragic past, not even problems. Oh, wait, he has: he wants to leave something significant in the world. He is a talented writer, but he is too hesitant and shy, and he vacillates to publish his works. Is that really a serious problem?
His character is too lightweight, he is too gentle, too sweet. He is even-tempered, and the one time he loses his head, even he is surprised by it.
But I loved Penelope. Her character is genuine and consistent. She is timid and reserved, but she can carry her point, and can be determinate. She is also very endearing, witty, and has an ironic sense of humor.
The identity of Lady Whistledown is revealed in this book, but it is not as striking as I expected.
Overall Romancing Mr. Bridgerton is an enjoyable romance, but the story and the characters (with the exception of Penelope) haven’t left a deep impression on me.