The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

Rate: 4/5

Medium: Audiobook

Overview (No Spoilers):

Overview (No Spoilers)

I’m not one to typically pick up romance novels, but after how much I enjoyed the drama of Bridgerton, I couldn’t help but be curious about Quinn’s The Duke and I. It was seriously so much fun! I loved reading about the whirlwind, drama-filled relationship between Simon and Daphne. Season two of Bridgerton was just as entertaining, but it is only now that I’m finally reading The Viscount Who Loved Me. I was in need of a break from the heavy fantasy I’ve been immersed in over the past year, and I kept wondering at what differences there would be between the much loved book and show. Needless to say, I positively devoured this book, finishing it in less than two days, mostly while processing data at work. I’m sure my coworkers were curious about what I was listening to as I audibly giggled and laughed in my cube. This read is just delightful, making me wonder if I should add some balance into my reading schedule by including more romance. 

The Bridgertons, as a family, are just as charming this second time around, even more so during their competitive Pall Mall games. Anthony takes center stage in The Viscount Who Loved Me as he decides it is his year to take a wife. The first two thirds of this novel are consumed with this dance, which introduces us to Kate and Edwina, who are two sisters out for their first season together. Kate is significantly older than the stunning Edwina who is favorite of the season, but due to family tragedy is delayed in her debut.

Kate is such a fun character to read in this 1800s setting as she is vibrant and strong, offering an unexpected challenge to Anthony, resulting in their constant butting of heads. Of course, it should be no surprise attraction grows from this banter, especially once Anthony shows the depth beyond his past reputation as a rake. 

The last third of the book, the pacing falters, particularly compared to the story up until this point where the romance has been the focus. The cementing of the love and breaking down of walls is deliberate and achieved through painful steps that slow the story. Eventually, our stubborn characters make the leap to trust, but getting there is drawn out.

Overall, The Viscount Who Loved Me captures a highly entertaining love story between two proportionally stubborn people whose loyalty to their family and honor are paramount. The resulting situations are a boon for the reader who won’t be able to keep themselves from laughing out loud, especially when Newton is up to his own furry antics. 

Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):

  • How fun that Anthony takes up the trumpet with Kate!
  • Anthony’s fear of mortality definitely struck a chord and made the heartache. I thought Quinn really brought both Kate’s and Anthony’s fears to life, and navigated in a natural way how they helped heal each other. 
  • One big change from the book and TV show is the proposal. I loved how the TV show handled it, but in the book they are ‘trapped’ into marrying after being caught in a compromising situation. It really took the wind out of the romantic sails. 

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