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 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 is the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams…
Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands — and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate is 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…
I liked it much better than book one, The Duke And I! It’s lovely to see the family cohesion not only of the Bridgertons, but of the Sheffields as well.
I liked Anthony and Kate very much! Anthony sometimes is rude, arrogant, and overbearing, but he is also smart and playful. Kate has only positive qualities: she is spirited, smart, selfless, and very lovable.
The development of their relationship was engaging. Not only their love blooms, but their personalities are also strengthened by each other.
I like the structure of the novel: it contains a foreword and afterword, prologue and epilogue. It is good to get some additional information about the background of the story, and the life of the characters after their happy end. The experts from Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers at the beginning of chapter are really funny.