I’ll admit that I was one of the thousands of people who binge-watched Bridgerton on Netflix. I heard so much buzz around it in 2020 and knowing that this was a creation of the great Shondaland, I knew that I needed to watch it.
There is something addicting about this royal family that just reeled me in. After watching the first season, I knew that I wanted more and I simply cannot wait another year for the second season. I ended up purchasing all 8 books of the entire series. The Viscount Who Loved Me sits at the top in ranking for me. I truly enjoyed reading about Anthony’s story.
And if I’m being completely honest, the Bridgerton series is what got me back into reading again after a long long hiatus on reading. So thank you Julia Quinn!
Pub Date: December 5, 2000
Number of Pages: 354 (Mass Market Paperback)
Genre: Historical Romance
Add To Shelf: GOODREADS
Anthony Bridgerton is the eldest of the eight Bridgerton siblings. He is a notorious rake who has no intentions of settling down in marriage. He suffers from fear of falling in love because he believes that he has the same fate as his father and that he will die at a young age. But one day he finally decides that it’s time to find a wife for himself so that he could produce an heir. His eyes were on Edwina Sheffield, one of the most beautiful and eligible ladies of the season. But there’s only one problem – her meddlesome sister Kate Sheffield who disapproves of him.
Kate has no intentions of letting her sister tie the knot to a womanizer. So with every chance she can get, she gives Anthony a difficult time. But soon enough Kate realizes that she cannot resist him.
“Love’s about finding the one person who makes your heart complete. Who makes you a better person than you ever dreamed you could be. Its about looking in the eyes of your wife and knowing all the way to your bones that she’s simply the best person you’ve ever known.”
Honestly, I didn’t like Anthony at first. Since I watched the first season of the Netflix adaptation before reading any of the books, I kinda got this adulterated impression of who Anthony is and what kind of man he is. But I was surprised by what the book revealed about his character. Anthony is a very caring man and is truly devoted to his family. While he can be such a hard-headed man, in the end he was able to show his soft side.
This was a great romance story that showed us a flawed hero. I think Anthony and Kate complemented each other really well especially with their witty and funny banters. And seeing both of them be vulnerable and openly talked about their insecurities made them absolutely perfect for each other. It was great to see Anthony’s character develop throughout the book.
Overall I’m super pleased with this book. And in all honesty, I enjoyed this more than The Duke and I and I cannot wait to watch the second season of Bridgerton on Netflix which will be released in a few days!
READ IT OR SKIP IT?
Read this if you like books that are set in the regency period, and the enemies to lovers trope.
And if you are one of the thousands of people who binge-watched season one of Bridgerton on Netflix, then you should totally read this book! The second season will be out on March 25, 2022.
Check out my Instagram post below! I took The Viscount Who Loved Me at my favourite local coffee shop in Toronto and spent the afternoon reading at this beautiful secret garden: