This novel is the second book in the popular Bridgerton series, which has captured the hearts of readers worldwide. Set in Regency-era England, The Viscount Who Loved Me follows the story of Anthony Bridgerton, the eldest brother of the Bridgerton family and his journey to find love.
This romantic comedy is stuffed full of witty dialogue, charming characters and isn’t without some steamy scandals! Join us as we dive into the world of Bridgeroyon by Julia Quinn and explore the romance and drama of Regency-era England.
‘This is probably one of the best romance novels I have read in a long long long time.‘
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About the Series
The Bridgerton series is a collection of romance novels written by Julia Quinn. The series is set in the Regency era of England, and follows the lives of the eight Bridgerton siblings as they navigate love, marriage, and society. Each book in the series is centred on one of the siblings, and follows their love story as they find their happily ever after. The series has gained a large following and has been adapted into a popular Netflix show.
There are nine books in the series:
- The Duke & I (Daphne & Simon)
- The Viscount Who Loved Me (Anthony & Kate)
- An Offer from a Gentleman (Benedict & Sophie)
- Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Colin & Penelope)
- To Sir Phillip, With Love (Eloise & Phillip)
- When He Was Wicked (Francesca & Michael)
- It’s In His Kiss (Hyacinth & Gareth)
- On the Way to the Wedding (Gregory & Lucy)
- The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After
We are also blessed with a number of collections , as well as two collections:
- The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton (Lady Whistledown’s Official Guide)
- The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown
- Lady Whistledown Strikes Back
The Duke and I
This time the gossip columnists have it wrong. London’s most elusive bachelor 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’s 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’s 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…
‘The Viscount Who Loved Me, beautifully showcased how Anthony learns to open his heart to love. By the end of the book, Anthony loves himself, his family, the painful memories of his father, a life partner, uncertainty, and certain aspects of society. possibilities of life.‘Macaila Britton
In The Viscount Who Loved Me, we follow the romantic journey of Anthony Bridgerton, the eldest brother of the Bridgerton family. Anthony, known as the “Viscount Rake,” has a reputation for being a womanizer and has no interest in marriage. However, his mother is determined to see him settled and makes a deal with him that if he can find a suitable wife within the next year, she will leave him alone.
As Anthony sets out to find a wife, he meets Kate Sheffield, a young woman who is determined to marry for love and not for money or status. Despite their initial dislike for each other, they soon find themselves attracted to each other. However, Kate has a secret that could ruin her chances of marriage and Anthony has a reputation that could ruin hers.
As they navigate their relationship, they must also deal with societal expectations and the interference of their families. Anthony must also confront his past and his true feelings for Kate. In the end, they must decide if their love is worth the risk of scandal and societal disapproval.
We adore the heartwarming Bridgerton series and this novel is no exception. The family dynamic is strong and engaging – which is one of our favorite parts!
Many reviews found faults in Anthony, but to us, that was one of his appeals. It’s refreshing to have a ‘rake’ (think an old-timey fuckboy), who goes against the societal norms and finds marriage on his own terms. We explore a lot more than love with Anthony in this novel, especially the lingering trauma of losing a parent and how that affects family and his own personal growth. We follow a lot of Anthony’s fears in death and losing his loved ones and they are explored tastefully and with respect.
In a mirror to reality, these fears affect his relationship with Kate and we explore how the pair work through these fears together. The enemies-to-lovers aspect of the couple is a huge appeal to us, and it gave us some series Ten Things I Hate About You vibes.
Both Kate and Anthony are remarkable characters. Kate is strong, independent, and 100% able to put up with some of Anthony’s crap. Anthony is charming, a little damaged, and fairly witty. The pair’s banter felt natural and was organic and endlessly amusing!
Overall Rating: ★★★★★
The Netflix Series
The hit Netflix series has taken off as an international sensation. The Viscount Who Loved Me is the inspiration for series 2. Note that there are some differences between the novel and the series! We’d suggest both watching the series and reading the novels 😉
Check out the trailer for the relevant series which follows the second book below!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Kate Indian in The Viscount Who Loved Me?
Kate (Simone Ashley) and Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran) are of Indian heritage in the series, but in the book, The Viscount Who Loved Me, they are described as pale and blonde.
Is The Viscount Who Loved Me steamy?
There are quite a few steamy sex scenes in The Viscount Who Loved Me, but they are not the focus of the novels, so those who wish to avoid them can skip over the scenes.
Who Does Anthony marry in The Viscount Who Loved Me?
In the end of the The Viscount Who Loved Me, readers will be enthralled to know that Anthony Bridgerton and Miss Kate Sharma marry.
Do Anthony and Kate have children?
In the Bridgerton book series, we’ll find that Kate and Anthony will have four children: Edmund, Miles, Charlotte, and Mary.