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Romancing Mister Bridgerton [Mass Market Paperback]

Julia Quinn
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June 13 2002 Avon Romance (Book 4)

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 trop aboard he discovers notyhing in his life is quite the same -- especially Penelope Featherington! The girl haunting his dreams. But 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?


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Setting: Regency England

Sensuality: 7

Penelope Featherington fell madly, hopelessly in love with Colin Bridgerton two days before her 16th birthday. Unfortunately, Colin has always seen Penelope as the plump, shy best friend of his younger sister. By the time Penelope is 28 and a seasoned member of the English ton, she's accepted that her love for Colin is destined to remain unrequited and she shall be a spinster forever. Fate, however, has other plans. When Lady Whistledown's Society Papers announce that Colin has returned from his nearly nonstop travels, Penelope is blissfully unaware that her life is about to change dramatically. Colin is equally unaware of the turn his life is about to take. He's not surprised that his beloved mother is determined to marry him off, but he's rather astonished to find himself inexplicably drawn to Penelope. Her dry wit and intelligent mind are delightful, and Colin soon finds himself joining forces with her to deflect his matchmaking mama's good intentions. Together, the two will thwart their mothers' iron wills, face the formidable Lady Danbury, confront the gossips of London society, and resolve the lovely dilemma of falling in love. And, oh yes, there is that matter of the true identity of Lady Whistledown. Will the twosome unmask the elusive journalist? Or will their efforts be doomed to failure like so many others' before?

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton continues author Julia Quinn's wildly popular series of Regency historicals featuring the Bridgerton family, The Duke and I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, and An Offer from a Gentleman. True, the novel possesses all that we've come to expect from Quinn, including deft plotting, witty repartee, a faultless Regency setting, and expert characterization. But perhaps the book's most pleasing facet is Quinn's quietly nuanced handling of the hero's and the heroine's internal growth, which is furthered by their blooming relationship. They're two strong individuals made stronger by their bond. Now that's love. --Lois Faye Dyer

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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 trop aboard he discovers notyhing in his life is quite the same—especially Penelope Featherington! The girl haunting his dreams. But 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?


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5.0 out of 5 stars funny wonderful July 9 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i must say i really enjoyed this book right from the beginning and it is a great read. Penolope and Colin are such a fine match. Colin is so charming and Penelope may act a bit shy in the first place but she turned as witty as any woman who doesn't make their debut in society much. All in all this book is great and I highly reccomend it to anyone who haven't got one of the taste from quinn's best book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To Colin, the coolest Bridgerton brother May 8 2004
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Perhaps Penelope Featherington is the ancestor of the loser-heroine who finally got the best of the bunch! Sure, Anthony and Benedict Bridgerton are both handsome, charismatic, rich and gorgeous but the best of the Bridgerton men is Colin. Why? He has a very good sense of humor, totally cool and totally clueless that his one match in all the world is just the one person he never thought he would want to marry: his sister's best friend Penelope Featherington. Penelope started out as an awkward teenager who is used to being a wallflower, who is usually rescued by the Bridgerton brothers from embarrassment in all the balls, and who secretly loves Colin Bridgerton.
Colin might be clueless in how Penelope felt about him and how he felt for her but his feelings developed in a realistic way. He came to appreciate Penelope not only for her looks but also for her intellect, her wit, her personality --now how many men in this lifetime still has this trait? "Romancing Mr. Bridgerton" is a must read for people who still believe that love is not only skin deep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great regency romance March 29 2004
By S. Lin
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Colin Bridgerton is without a doubt, THE most charming man in all of London. With one look at his devilish grin or his beautiful green eyes, the women fall at his feet. And with his glib mouth, he can get out of almost anything. Until one day, speaking out of frustration, he claims that he will never marry Penelope Featherington, in PUBLIC! What's even worse is that Penelope heard!
Now years later, after having travelled extensively throughout Europe, the irresistable Mr. Bridgerton is back in London for the season, at the age of 33, while Penelope has become a spinster at the 28.
But somehow, things aren't the same. When Colin looks at Penelope, he's struck by how big her eyes are and what a dreamy shade of brown they appear to be and how voluptous her body is. Not to mention how intelligent and funny and witty and kind she is. All in all, he's coming to realize what an amazing woman she truly is...
Penelope, on the other hand, has known how amazing Colin was since 2 days before her 16th birthday. And she is surprised that he would even express such interest in her, let alone ask for her hand in marriage! But Colin knows that Penelope is the woman for him, had been the woman all those years when he had failed to give her a second glance and only danced with her out of pity. And now he's determined to make up all those years of blindness.
The mysterious identity of Lady Whistledown is revealed here, even though I think that any avid reader of the Bridgerton series would have figured it out by the second book.
It's a pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!! March 26 2004
By A Customer
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Great story. never did found one in a bookstore in my country, had to rent it for a few bucks but worth every cent. took me the whole night to finish it and i just had to read it again until six in the morning. i got eye bags but it's really worth it. Colin and Penelope make quite a sweet couple. i always thought they were ment for each other after reading "An Offer from a Gentleman"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing! Feb. 16 2004
By Jem S.
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This is my second Julia Quinn book, and my obssession to her writing is growing immensely. In this novel, she specifically writes as if you're watching a movie instead of reading a book. The "movie description" is not meant for the plot but for the dialogues themselves. Sometimes it's annoying and tiresome when writers explain everything, detail by detail, as if you're too stupid to figure things out for urself. That's what I like about Quinn; she's not worried if her readers might misunderstand some context on her writings. "Romancing Mister Bridgerton" is not the best in the series(I'm assuming for this is just my second quinn, as metioned b4) but it was fun to read. When I read a second novel from the same author, I usually expect repetitions or patterns on the plots. I was surprised and pleased that it is not so in Quinn's case. In this novel, she writes about the kind of love that "starts with a smile, a word a teasing glance" instead of the "thunderbolt-from-the-sky" type on "An Offer from a Gentleman." I find myself engrossed on every chapters and (shockingly) on the emotional scenes(I used to have a neutral facade when trying to read those kind of scenes on romance novels because they're so predictable), but Quinn had changed that. She also doesn't end the novel with a make-up chapter or a marriage. Here, she poured a part of herself that is a writer. Colin and Penelope had learned that each of them has a talent for writing. It made me think of the author herself, as I read the part where they are discussing one's joy when he/she find the exact words for their feelings or descriptions for their surroundings. Of course after good things, there's always a bad thing, even a small one. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Bridgerton book...
Ahh, Penelope and her beloved Colin. Everyone knew, of course, after seeing them in An Offer From a Gentleman, that these two were destined for each other. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by Casey V
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great...
This book is great, but, again, I had to save my 5 star rating for those books that that are perfect!!
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Published on Nov. 13 2003 by Alena
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Romantic, and Funny
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Published on Oct. 23 2003 by Alexandra McFadden
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Quinn
For anyone who likes Julia Quinn, you won't be disappointed with Romancing Mister Bridgerton. A very sweet, funny, and romantic story about a intelligent and witty, although not... Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex, Mature, Passionate, Vastly Entertaining
Just when I think that Julia Quinn has written one of my favorite novels, she writes another that I like even better. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2003 by Trisha A. Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful fairy-tale for anyone!
I loved this book. This is a story about the ignored wallflower who dreams of getting noticed by her best friend's handsome brother, but spends a decade as nothing but his little... Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2003 by "--madcrazyscientist--"
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, Ms.Whistledown.
I Read this excellent book in a total of 2 days and only because I had to read the Duke and I first. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2003 by R. Hoover
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best romances ever written!
Julia Quinn has taken a typical romance plotline (ugly-duckling gets man of her dreams) and makes it the most endearing, complex and REAL story possible. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2003 by Janine Allen
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