Popsugar Reading Challenge 2021 – Book 6

Prompt: A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign

Having read The Duke and I as part of a Tandem Collective readalong, I was absolutely thrilled when they treated us to the second in the Bridgerton series, The Viscount Who Loved Me. Luckily for me, January born author, Julia Quinn and I share a zodiac sign – we are both Capricorns – so that is another prompt ticked off.

What it’s about?

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…

What I think?

Another society season begins and Lady Whistledown is back.

This year the belle of the ball is Edwina Sheffield. Poor but beautiful, she is hoping to marry well and secure her family’s future. But if you want Edwina, you have to win over her sister, Kate.

Kate is the older, plainer sister. Her plan is to see her sister happily wed and then retreat back to the country woth her step-mother. She is determined that Edwina will marry someone who will make her happy. Rakes and men with terrible reputations, no matter how handsome or rich are not even considered.

After his sister Daphne’s marriage to the Duke of Hastings, Anthony Bridgerton has decided it’s time to settle down and provide the Bridgerton heir. He is adamant he is not going to marry for love. He just needs a well brought up suitable bride. Edwina Sheffield is top of his list. But he has to win over Kate first.

As Anthony and Kate spend more time together, it is clear that they are really well suited. Kate is smart and intelligent. She can hold a conversation and has a witty sense of humour. Anthony reveals his hidden depths – his sensitivity, libe for his family and more importantly the fears for the future that drive some of his reckless behaviour.

I really enjoyed this book – even more so than Daphne’s story. The relationship that develops between Kate and Anthony seems really genuine and once they learn to trust each other the way is clear for a happy future.

You also get to see more of the Bridgerton family with some of Edmund and Violet’s back story, Anthony’s happy childhood and insights into the death of Edmund Bridgerton. The country house week at their estate shows them in their natural habitat – fun, loving and very competitive as they play one of their legendary games of Pall Mall. It is clear that Kate Sheffield is a perfect fit and more than a match for the Bridgertons.

I’m so excited that Netflix have announced that Season 2 of the show will be made and will tell this story. It’s got the same sexual tension that has made Season 1 such a hit, but with more warmth and definitely more drama. There are some great scenes involving Kate’s dog that I can’t wait to see.

Thank you so much to Tandem Collective for gifting me a copy of The Viscount Loved Me. I’ve preordered the next book in the series which will definitely on TBR pile for February!

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