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Julia Quinn isn't doing so great with this series.
Reviewed in Australia on 22 January 2021
Viscount Bridgestone is the worst sort of Rake, he's the type that knows he's a rake and takes pride in it.
He flaunts his charms and walks all over our heroine, Kate Sheffield.
Kate isn't as pretty or as charming as her younger sister, and Mr. Bridgerton(or Julia Quinn), likes to remind us constantly of the vast difference between the sisters. Edwina is beautiful, Kate is average. Edwina's laugh is enchanting, Kate's is borderline witchy. Edwina is a goddess behold, Kate is her older sister.
With Mr. Bridgerton's sights set on marrying Edwina, there is one obstacle in his way, the sour older sister.
Kate is great in my opinion. She's independent (as much as the time period allowed), she's witty and funny and can give you a good retort. Anthony finds himself liking her in his pursuit to earn her favour. But can't BELIEVE he's attracted to her and not her AMAZING sister. Ew.
Blah blah blah...
He continues to disrespect, belittle and hurt her, and all the poor lass can do is take it with a strong facade. She, of course, is not immune to his manly charms, and can't resist his pull.
MIGHT I SAY HE EVEN PHSYCALLY HURTS HER AT ONE POINT.
Even though Julia Quinn tried to play it off as humour...this didn't sit well with a lot of readers.
The end was comfortable, which took it from one star to 2 in my opinion, but this is a book I'll never pick up again.
Although this book wasn't as shitty and vomit-worthy as the first, it's still not one of my best reads.