Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #4
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: First published July 1st 2002
My Rating: 4.5 Cups
Source: My Copy
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Everyone knows that Colin Bridgerton is the most charming man in London. Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend’s brother for…well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret…and fears she doesn’t know him at all.
Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of everyone’s preoccupation with the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can’t seem to publish an edition without mentioning him in the first paragraph. But when Colin returns to London from a trip abroad he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same – especially Penelope Featherington! The girl haunting his dreams. But when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide…is she his biggest threat – or his promise of a happy ending?
My reading of the Bridgerton continues, this time with Colin’s book. Going into this book I knew there were a few things that I wanted to see, the most important one being Colin groveling. Because this poor man said something in the previous book that I myself haven’t gotten over, something that unfortunately Penelope heard. Did he grovel? Did she forget about it? Let me tell you all about it.
“Happy endings are all I can do. I wouldn’t know how to write anything else.”
Ever since I first read about Penelope Featherington in The Duke And I I was smitten by her. She’s such a ray of sunshine, that every time she was in a scene I felt a surge of… I’ll guess happiness? I can’t really explain it, but for me Penelope was just such a wonderful character to read about. So I was very excited to get to her book. Over the years Penelope has grown into a very strong character, one who is very much aware of her worth. She has been in love with Colin ever since she first met him, but she’s managed to keep her feelings a secret from everyone, including her best friend, Eloise. What I loved about Penelope in this book was her quiet strength. She’s of course confined by society’s rules and customs, but even so, she felt like probably one of the strongest female characters in this series. She’s what I imagine Lady Danbury was like in her youth, and that lady is the bomb. I love Lady Danbury.
Colin was an interesting character to read about. I saw him as the perpetual man-child, but who hides a lot of depth behind that façade. He tries so hard to play the role of the guy who only cares about his next adventure, his next travel, that I was surprised, much like Penelope was, by his depth. As I said in the beginning, this man had a few things to make up for. And I’m sad to say…that didn’t happen. For whatever reason, both Penelope and Colin think about the incident in question, but for me at least, there wasn’t proper groveling. And I’m not going to lie… I was annoyed. I mean, granted, Colin did support Penelope a lot in this book, and he ended up making some huge confessions to her. But I really kept hoping that “the incident” would be brought up properly.
There were a lot of things that happened in this book that will certainly change the way things will progress in the rest of the series. And I myself never anticipated half of the things that happened, so I’m very curious to see what happens next. I’m very curious about Eloise’s book as well, because the book ended on a very, very interesting note for her.
All in all I enjoyed reading this book. My desire for more groveling did result in the rating being 4.5 cups, but that’s because I just love a proper groveling character. Other than that, such a great installment in the series and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
“Isn’t it nice to discover that we’re not exactly what we thought we were?”