Series: Bridgertons #2
Author: Julia Quinn
Pages: 378 (Mass Market Paperback)
Release Date: December 5, 2000
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1814 promises to be another eventful season, but not, This Author believes, for Anthony Bridgerton, London's most elusive bachelor, who has shown no indication that he plans to marry. And in all truth, why should he? When it comes to playing the consummate rake, nobody does it better...
--Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1814
But this time the gossip columnists have it wrong. 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 to 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 was very sweet, although not quite as lovable as the first book. This time we’re following the eldest of the Bridgerton siblings, Anthony. He’s rumored to be a rake and rogue, but this is the year that he’s going to be married. Not that Anthony is looking for love, but he needs to have an heir before he dies in approximately nine years (it’s all in his head, obviously). He has his sights set on this Season’s beauty, Edwina, but he has to go through her sister Kate first. Too bad Kate is adamant about not letting him anywhere near her baby sister.
The beginning of The Viscount Who Loved Me was a bit slow for me. It seemed a bit random for Anthony to latch onto Edwina like that, but I guess he just needed a bride and any beautiful young girl would do. I really liked his interactions with Kate though. She insisted that she hated him, but she was constantly surprised by his behavior. It felt a bit repetitive. Anthony would find some way to be with Edwina alone, only to wind up back with Kate and shows her a new side to him, so she reevaluates her opinion on him. Obviously, they’re going to end up together, but I suppose I wanted a bit more tension there at first.
Around the halfway mark, The Viscount Who Loved Me picked up and I found myself adoring it! I absolutely loved that scene which forced Kate and Anthony to get married. It was hilarious but also kind of heartbreaking, and completely far-fetched but unique. Immediately after that, the tension also picks up. Anthony had been harboring lustful thoughts about Kate and he lets them loose as soon as they’re pronounced engaged! Of course, there has to be a bit of drama to separate them for a little while, but it didn’t last long at all. I did want to smack Anthony though.
In the end, I really enjoyed The Viscount Who Loved Me. I didn’t love Anthony and Kate as much as Daphne and Simon, but they were still a great couple. I especially loved any scene where there was more than one Bridgerton, like them playing Pall Mall. It was also fun to see the Featheringtons again!