In Julia Quinn's newest Bridgerton book, "It's In His Kiss", readers get to meet an adult Hyacinth, who was only a child during the first Bridgerton book. Hyacinth is an outspoken, witty girl of 22 - perhaps too witty and outspoken, since she is still not married after three years on the marriage mart. Just when her mother is beginning to despair of her, she meets Gareth St. Clair, the grandson of her friend Lady Danbury. Gareth is a known rake who has no interest in respectable ladies of any kind - even if they are able to hold their own in a conversation with him. But when he is given his grandmother's diary, written in Italian, he finds himself spending more and more time with Hyacinth as she attempts to translate it. She discovers an exciting secret, and without meaning to Gareth starts to find himself in the most compromising situations with her...and when a kiss brings them even closer together, he finds himself not minding.
Fans of Julia Quinn's earlier books may be a bit disappointed by this one. Like her past books, this one has her trademark wit and humor, and there are appearances from many past characters (Lady Danbury and Violet Bridgerton play a key role, Gregory Bridgerton is present as a vexing older brother, and Penelope, Anthony, and Francesca all show up briefly). Unfortunately, the romance between Hyacinth and Gareth does not have the tension and excitement that many of her other books do. In fact, the romance seems almost anti-climactic - it takes a back seat to the mystery of the diary, which is interesting but presents no real danger or intrigue to the plot. The main conflict in the story is Gareth's relationship with his father, or rather lack of a relationship. The two hate each other, and Gareth's father seems to motivate him in everything he does.
If you are a previous Bridgerton fan, then I would reccomend this book. It is worth it to see Hyacinth all grown up, and the characters are likeable. If you have not yet read one of the Bridgerton books, I would not start with this one. You might find yourself unable to understand what all of the fuss is about.
Although Hyacinth is the youngest, this is not the last Bridgerton book. Her older brother, Gregory, will get his own book in Summer 2006. The previous Bridgerton books, in order, are: "The Duke and I" (Daphne), "The Viscount Who Loved Me" (Anthony), "An Offer From A Gentleman" (Benedict), "Romancing Mr. Bridgerton" (Colin), "To Sir Philip, With Love" (Eloise), and "When He Was Wicked" (Francesca).