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Utterly Fabulous, you won't regret it
on 4 May 2007
Anthony, Viscount Bridgerton is a Rake (to paraphrase Lady Whistledown, a Rake is dangerous to women, while a rake merely thinks he is), but after ten years of pleasurable pursuits he's decided it's time to get married. Time he found a wife, settled down and sired an heir. He's not asking for much - a little beauty and intelligence is all he needs. Oh, and he mustn't fall in love with her.
Edwina Sheffield fits his criteria to perfection; she's beautiful, smart and sweet, and absolutely no risk to his heart. His blood pressure, however, is a different matter, for the way to Edwina's hand lies through the approval of her sister. And Kate Sheffield is not impressed.
It's soon obvious that this pair have two vital things in common - fierce devotion to their families, and a severely adverse reaction to each other. But several farcical situations push them closer together, until the intervention of a tiny bee leads to a compromising situation and a gossip's dream.
For Anthony it's only a minor setback because he's a sensible, rational man who won't fall in love if he won't allow himself to. Yes, it's truly that simple. Easy, really. Anthony's certain he need never fear falling in love, ever.
This, the second of the 'Bridgerton' novels, is utterly fabulous, packed full of laugh-out loud moments, and one or two worthy of a cringe, but always intensely enjoyable. Anthony's obsession with his father's death and his need to marry without love collides spectualarly with Kate's obsession that Edwina will never, ever marry him. The fierce, overprotective elder brother from 'The Duke and I' truly meets his match in the independent, forthright and fiendishly intelligent Kate. They are clearly far too similar to ever reach an agreement over Edwina. But over each other...
This book is filled with sublime moments of ridiculousness that can't help but leave Anthony's dignity in tatters, whether it be at the paws of an overly friendly corgi, or an innocent family game of Pall Mall - at times he could be forgiven for believeing that Kate is out to ruin his life. To make matters worse (for him, so much better for us) his brother, Colin, is often on hand to stir things up.
Anyone with siblings will certainly understand and sympathise, and it is impossible not to fall in love with these two, even if they do their damnedest not to fall for each other.
One of my favourite 'Bridgertons' it's a keeper on any shelf. Oh, and while you're at it, get hold of the Second Epilogue e-book for the return of Pall Mall and the 'Mallet of Death'. I laughed so hard it hurt, although there's a spoiler in it for 'Romancing Mr. Bridgerton'.
As for this book, well, in the same way as everything else JQ does, you really won't regret reading this.