Book Review: Julia Quinn’s Viscount Who Loved Me

Posted November 4, 2012 by Kathy Davie in

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Book Review: Julia Quinn’s Viscount Who Loved Me

Viscount Who Loved Me

in Paperback edition on June 27, 2006 and has 354 pages.

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Second in the Bridgerton Family historical romance series set in 1814 London. The couple focus is on Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sheffield.

My Take

I so love that Edmund and Violet loved their children so much. Even if it does make it difficult when he dies. Then there’s Lady Whistledon’s definition of a rake! Too funny.

Quinn has taken a different tack on romance with our “hero” intending to marry one woman but wanting her sister. And doing everything he can to stop the wanting.

I’m rather surprised that the Bridgertons put their own toys away.

“Love’s about finding the one person who makes our heart complete, who makes you a better person than you ever dreamed you could be. It’s about looking in the eyes of your wife and knowing…that she’s simply the best person you’ve ever known.”

I love that Kate infects Anthony with her zest for life, to try anything and live, just live life to the fullest.

The Story

Mary Sheffield is determined that both her girls will have a London season and the only way she can afford it is to bring the girls out together. Not the fairest situation as Edwina has already been crowned the Incomparable of 1814, but Kate is resigned. She has already accepted that she won’t be receiving an offer.

Edwina has already declared that any suitors for her hand must pass Kate’s muster and Kate has become accustomed to a lot of single men sucking up to her.

Meanwhile, Anthony has decided that he hasn’t much time left and he’d better get married. He’s set his sights on Edwina. She’s beautiful so it won’t be a hardship in bed. He’s not in love with her, so she’ll be easy to ignore. It’s perfect. Except for getting Kate’s approval. And he’s already taunted her with the fact that he has no intention of loving his wife!

Well, and he can’t seem to resist kissing Kate. Thinking of her.

The Characters

Anthony Bridgerton is the young head of his family at eighteen, the new Viscount Bridgerton and, between the deaths of his young father and his Uncle Hugo, he’s convinced that he too will die young. And it affects how he considers marriage.

It’s easy to remember as the viscount and viscountess named their children alphabetically: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth. Violet is their mother who is very eager to get them all married. Simon Basset is the tenth Duke of Hastings and he’s married to Daphne, the fourth in the line-up of siblings in the Bridgerton family.

Kate Sheffield is the oldest daughter of the family and Mary Sheffield‘s stepdaughter. Edwina is her younger, incredibly gorgeous, bookish sister. This is not your typical stepmother. The three of them love each other very much. Newton is Kate’s overweight corgi.

The Featherington girls include Prudence and Philippa, the dimwits, and Penelope is the youngest. Mrs. Featherington is pushy and the ton‘s biggest gossip. Cressida Cowper is one of the nastiest debutantes, the complete opposite of her beautiful exterior. Basil Grimston is her male equivalent.

The gossip columnist, Lady Whistledon, is still going strong. Her comments start off most chapters, providing a subtle summary of what to expect.

Nigel Berbrooke is a dim man, looking for a wife in this story. Even though Quinn had him married off to Philippa Featherington in The Duke and I, so I’m not sure where this story falls in the chronology since Daphne and Simon have been married for a bit. Mr. Bagwell is an archeologist at Oxford.

The Cover and Title

The cover is shades of blue: a gazebo standing on its lonely point above a body of water with trees creating a peaceful background.

The title terrifies Anthony. He doesn’t want to, but he’s The Viscount Who Loved Me.