The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton Series #2)

The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton Series #2)

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by Julia Quinn
     
 

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The town is shocked when Anthony Bridgerton, confirmed bachelor and consummate rake, actually chooses a bride. He only obstacle is his intended′s stunning, meddlesome elder sibling, Kate. When Anthony closes his eyes at night, it′s Kate who haunts his increasingly erotic dreams. Kate is determined to protect her innocent sister from

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The town is shocked when Anthony Bridgerton, confirmed bachelor and consummate rake, actually chooses a bride. He only obstacle is his intended′s stunning, meddlesome elder sibling, Kate. When Anthony closes his eyes at night, it′s Kate who haunts his increasingly erotic dreams. Kate is determined to protect her innocent sister from the handsome viscount whom all London considers the most wicked rogue of all. But she fears how own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony′s lips touch hers, she′s suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible cad.

Editorial Reviews

Beth MacGregor
Captivating and alluring, The Viscount Who Loved Me is vintage Julia Quinn. Through their love for each other, Kate and Anthony let go of the past and overcome their fears and uncertainties, learning to seize the day and cherish the love they are blessed with. Hilarious and yet incredibly heart-warming, this is a tale that will charm the most discriminating heart.
Romantic Times
Jill Barnett
Julia Quinn is truly our contemporary Jane Austen.
Romantic Times
Captivating and alluring...Hilarious and yet incredibly heart-warming, this is a tale that will charm the most discriminating heart.
Rocky Mountain News
Captivating...wonderful characters and a delicious sense of humor.
Rendezvous
Wonderful, complex characters grace the pages of this titillating romance. . . Ms. Quinn is headed for super stardom.
Romance Reviews Today
Two more perfect characters. . . a quirky, irrepressible heroine. . . a romance readers will not want to put down. . . Hooray Julia! .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380815579
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Series:
Bridgerton Series, #2
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.04(d)

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The Viscount Who Loved Me

Chapter 1

The topic of rakes has, of course, been previously discussed in this column, and This Author has come to the conclusion that there are rakes, and there are Rakes.

Anthony Bridgerton is a Rake.

A rake (lower-case) is youthful and immature. He flaunts his exploits, behaves with utmost idiocy, and thinks himself dangerous to women.

A Rake (upper-case) knows he is dangerous to women.

He doesn′t flaunt his exploits because he doesn′t need to. He knows he will be whispered about by men and women alike, and in fact, he′d rather they didn′t whisper about him at all. He knows who he is and what he has done, further recountings are, to him, redundant.

He doesn′t behave like an idiot for the simple reason that he isn′t an idiot (any more so than must be expected among all members of the male gender). He has little patience for the foibles of society, and quite frankly, most of the time This Author cannot say she blames him.

And if that doesn′t describe Viscount Bridgerton - surely this season′s most eligible bachelor to perfection, This Author shall retire Her quill immediately. The only question is: Will 1814 be the season he finally succumbs to the exquisite bliss of matrimony?

This Author Thinks ... Not.

Lady Whistledown′s Society papers, 20 April 1814

"Please don′t tell me," Kate Sheffield said to the room at large, "that she is writing about Viscount Bridgerton again."

Her half-sister Edwina, younger by almost four years, looked up from behind the single-sheet newspaper. "How could you tell?"

"You′re giggling like a madwoman."

Edwina giggled, shaking the blue damask sofa on which they both sat.

"See?" Kate said, giving her a little poke in the arm. "You always giggle when she writes about some reprehensible rogue." But Kate grinned. There was little she liked better than teasing her sister. In a good-natured manner, of course.

Mary Sheffield, Edwina′s mother, and Kate′s stepmother for nearly eighteen years, glanced up from her embroidery and pushed her spectacles farther up the bridge of her nose. "What are you two laughing about?"

"Kate′s in a snit because Lady Whistledown is writing about that rakish viscount again," Edwina explained.

"I′m not in a snit," Kate said, even though no one was listening.

"Bridgerton?" Mary asked absently.

Edwina nodded. "Yes. "

"She always writes about him."

"I think she just likes writing about rakes," Edwina commented.

"Of course she likes writing about rakes," Kate retorted. "If she wrote about boring people, no one would buy her newspaper."

"That′s not true," Edwina replied. "Just last week she wrote about us, and heaven knows we′re not the most interesting people in London."

Kate smiled at her sister′s naivete. Kate and Mary might not be the most interesting people in London, but Edwina, with her buttery-coloured hair and startlingly pale blue eyes, had already been named the Incomparable of 1814. Kate, on the other hand, with her plain brown hair and eyes, was usually referred to as "the Incomparable′s older sister."

She supposed there were worse monikers. At least no one had yet begun to call her "the Incomparable′s spinster sister." Which was a great deal closer to the truth than any of the Sheffields cared to admit. At twenty (nearly twentyone, if one was going to be scrupulously honest about it), Kate was a bit long in the tooth to be enjoying her first season in London.

But there hadn′t really been any other choice. The Sheffields hadn′t been wealthy even when Kate′s father had been alive, and since he′d passed on five years earlier, they′d been forced to economise even further. They certainly weren′t ready for the poorhouse, but they had to mind every penny and watch every pound.

With their straitened finances, the Sheffields could manage the funds for only one trip to London. Renting a house--and a carriage--and hiring the bare minimum of servants for the season cost money. More money than they could afford to spend twice. As it was, they′d had to save for five solid years to be able to afford this trip to London. And if the girls weren′t successful on the Marriage Mart ... well, no one was going to clap them into debtor′s prison, but they would have to look forward to a quiet life of genteel poverty at some charmingly small cottage in Somerset.

And so the two girls were forced to make their debuts in the same year. It had been decided that the most logical time would be when Edwina was just seventeen and Kate almost twenty-one. Mary would have liked to have waited until Edwina was eighteen, and a bit more mature, but that would have made Kate nearly twenty-two, and heavens, but who would marry her then?

Kate smiled wryly. She hadn′t even wanted a season. She′d known from the outset that she wasn′t the sort who would capture the attention of the ton. She wasn′t pretty enough to overcome her lack of dowry, and she′d never learned to simper and mince and walk delicately, and do all those things other girls seemed to know how to do in the cradle. Even Edwina, who didn′t have a devious bone in her body, somehow knew how to stand and walk and sigh so that men came to blows just for the honour of helping her cross the street.

Kate, on the other hand, always stood with her shoulders straight and tall, couldn′t sit still if her life depended upon it, and walked as if she were in a race--and why not? she always wondered. If one was going somewhere, what could possibly be the point in not getting there quickly?

The Viscount Who Loved Me. Copyright © by Julia Quinn. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since.

The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only fifteen authors ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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Maitrakh More than 1 year ago
I loved the Viscount Who Loved Me. Even better than The Duke and I. Kate and Anthony just make me laugh. Just writing about it makes me want to read the book again. This is definately one of my favorites from the Bridgerton series.
fraserfanatic More than 1 year ago
Entertaining, thoughtful and funny. I enjoyed the lightheartedness of this series immensely. And a good happy ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good 2nd book in the Bridgerton series. Not my most favorite, but still a good read. Editing could be better for the Nookbook, but seems that is generally the case. The continuation of this series is even better so read this one to jump to the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Julia Quinn's books, and especially love the Bridgerton series. Out of all of them, though, this one really captured me. Her writing is easy, and not at all forced. If you're looking for a read that will have you smiling throughout, definitely pick up this book (the whole series, really).
VicS More than 1 year ago
This story is rather typical, but a good romantic read. Not too much detail and a pretty good story.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I truly enjoyed Anthony and Kate's story. It had moments that were funny. I thought they had a lot in common and made a wonderful couple. It so interesting that I had a very hard time putting the book down.
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Great story! Loved the banter. Loved the romance. Loved the viscount. Definitely recommend! S.A.K.
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Still, it has time period errors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep it up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminds me of PJO. :3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
INCREDIBLE, as always. The grammar and spelling was pretty good, the plot is fantastic, the characters are unique. It's like..... Some sort of AMAZING metaphor.... or something. (Do forgive my awkwardness, I'm quite hyper whilst writing this.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a good twist! Like that, for example. :)
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"G-Gyand?" Mrs. Selven asked in shock, Mr. Selven looking faintly suprised but also delighted. <p> "Well, I just said that, yes?" Gyand said, amused. <p> "Y-yes you did, my lord," Mrs. Selven curtsied a bit, elbowing her husband when he didn't do the same. He bowed as well. <p> Gyand snorted, waving his hand dismissivly. "No 'my lord' talk in here. I'm in your household, and you are the lords of this land," <p> Mrs. Selven just nodded. "You said you came to do something?" Mr. Selven asked, picking up his son, who was looking at Gyand with a huge grin on his face. "Be-ud," Diante said, grabbing at Gyands beard. The god chuckled. <p> "Why, yes I did. The Tests are in, what, fifteen years? I need a champion, and for someone to be that, the need to be blessed. Your son would be a great champion," Gyand beams. "If you hand him to me, I will bless Diante and then be on my way," <p> Mr. Selven wordlessly handed Diante to Gyand, the baby squealing and touching Gyand's beard. "Be-ud," Diante stated, the god grinning at him. <p> "Yes, a beard," he says to Diante, and then turns to the baby's parents. "Now, only one of my domains will accept him. So either stealth, hunting, or autumn. And it will take a day of two for the effects to start taking place," he explains. The two adults wordlessly nod. <p> Gyand nods as well, then sits down in a chair and places Diante on his lap, facing him. Gyand closes his eyes, and Diante stops his cheerful babbling and fidgeting, sensing the seriousness of the situation. Gyan places two fingers on Diante's brow, and mutters a few words, closing his eyes. Diante freezes, eyes wide and looking at Gyand's face. Diante takes in some of Gyand's power, the only sign being the hiss of godly power in the room. <p> After a minute of that, Gyand opens his eyes, first looking into Diante and then at the babe's parents. The god bites his lip. "Bad news," he says. <p> Mr and Mrs. Selven go pale. "What is it?" Mrs. Selven asks fearfully. <p> "He... Diante was blessed in stealth," <p> The Selvens let out a sight of relief. "Isnt that good?" Mr. Selven asks, brows furrowed. <p> "No... its not. Diante... he won't be able to make a sound for the rest of his life, after the blessing sets in. I... I tried to take it back. I really did. But... I couldnt. Your... your son cant make sound," Gyand looks defeated. <p> "You mean... Di's mute?" Mrs. Selven asked. <p> "No. More than that. If he tries to clap, his hands will colide, but no sound will appear. If he tries whistling, no sound. Anything he toches, no sound," <p> Mr. Selven gently lifted Diante from Gyands lap. "Will any goid come out if it?" he asked, his wife looking at Gyand disbelievingly. <p> "Yes. He'll be able to go anywhere he wants unseen, and can control that ability. He just... wont make a sound for the rest of his life," Gyand said. "I'm sorry," he said, and dissapeared abruptly, into thin air. <p> ~{~}~ <p> Cliffy! Actually, you wont be hearing from Diante for a few chapters. Did'ja like it? Hate it? Then review! Tell me that you like/hate it! And questions? Suggestions? Want to see the gods descriptions? Then go to 'testing you' res one and two! I will update within a week! ~Starr
elleB81 More than 1 year ago
Having read the series, I would say that this is definitely one of the top stories. The pace is slow, but is definitely worth it.
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Triciajo More than 1 year ago
My very favorite of all of Julia Quinn's books.  I've re-read it several times.  Very funny.  Kate is a wonderful character.
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skelley55 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book even more the 2nd time I read it. The Bridgerton series is a really delightful group of books. Anthony &amp; Kate are perfect for each other.
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maria1213 More than 1 year ago
It was a great book I loved how it starts and how it ended Anthony and Kate will make you laugh. Its just a wonderful book to ready over and over again I enjoyed it so much