Series: Bridgertons #4
Author: Julia Quinn
Pages: 370 (Mass Market Paperback)
Release Date: July 2, 2002
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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 aboard, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same, especially Penelope Featherington, the girl haunting his dreams!
And 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?
Much like the previous three books, Romancing Mister Bridgerton is super adorable! Colin has been off traveling through Greece, but now he’s back home much to Penelope Featherington’s delight. She’s been in love with him for the past decade, but is resigned to being a spinster and simply his little sister’s best friend. But then things change. Colin and Penelope keep running into each other, and he finally starts seeing her as his own friend, and then something more.
Romancing Mister Bridgerton is full of secrets! Not that it’s very dramatic, because it isn’t, but Colin and Penelope are both hiding things from each other and from their families. Of course, both of them find out about the other and I think that helped bring them even closer. Penelope has a big secret and I loved it! Colin’s secret isn’t very juicy, but for him, it’s something that he wants to keep close for fear of rejection or criticism. However, Penelope is super sweet and supportive and just amazing. It’s no wonder he fell for her.
In addition to the romance and the secrets, Romancing Mister Bridgerton unveils the mysterious Lady Whistledown! I really enjoyed how this all played out. Lady Danbury offered up a thousand pounds to whoever discovers who the gossip columnist is. Obviously everyone starts pointing fingers at everyone, there’s a false confession, and general hooplah! Everyone wants to know who’s been writing about them for all these years! I have to say that I was very happy with how their identity was revealed.
Romancing Mister Bridgerton was just another very enjoyable addition to this series. The romance is a bit more subtle, since Penelope is already in love and Colin has this random “ah ha!” moment in regards to his feelings toward her. But they’re super cute together!