Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgerton Series #4) (With 2nd Epilogue)

Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgerton Series #4) (With 2nd Epilogue)

by Julia Quinn

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgerton Series #4) (With 2nd Epilogue) by Julia Quinn

Everyone knows that Colin Bridgerton is the most charming man in London . . .

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 of as nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can't seem to publish an edition without mentioning him. But when Colin returns to London from a trip abroad, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same—especially Penelope Featherington! The girl who was always simply there is suddenly the girl haunting his dreams. 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062424105
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Series: Bridgerton Series , #4
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 10,843
File size: 1 MB

About 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 #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Please visit her on the web at www.juliaquinn.com.

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Chapter One

Matchmaking mamas are united in their glee -- Colin Bridgerton has returned from Greece!

For those gentle (and ignorant) readers who are new to town this year, Mr. Bridgerton is third in the legendary string of eight Bridgerton siblings (hence the name Colin, beginning, with C. he follows Anthony and Benedict, and precedes Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth).

Although Mr. Bridgerton holds no noble title and is unlikely ever to do so (he is seventh in line for the title of Viscount Bridgerton, behind the two sons of the current viscount, his elder brother Benedict, and his three sons) he is still considered one of the prime catches of the season, due to his fortune, his face, his form, and most of all, his charm. It is difficult, however, to predict whether Mr. Bridgerton will succumb to matrimonial bliss this season, he is certainly of an age to many (three-and-thirty), but be has never shown a decided interest in any lady of proper parentage, and to make matters even more complicated, he has an appalling tendency to leave London at the drop of a hat, bound for some exotic destination.

LADY WHISTLEDOWN'S SOCIETY PAPERS, 2 APRIL 1824

"Look at this!" Portia Featherington squealed. "Colin Bridgerton is back!"

Penelope looked up from her needlework. Her mother was clutching the latest edition of Lady Whistledown's Society Papers the way Penelope might clutch, say, a rope while hanging off a building. "I know,"she murmured.

Portia frowned. She hated when someone -- anyone -- was aware of gossip before she was. "How did you get to Whistledown before I did? I told Briarly to set it aside for me and not to let anyone touch --"

"I didn't see it in Whistledown," Penelope interrupted, before her mother went off to castigate the poor, beleaguered butler. "Felicity told me. Yesterday afternoon. Hyacinth Bridgerton told her."

"Your sister spends a great deal of time over at the Bridgerton household."

"As do I" Penelope pointed out, wondering where this was leading.

Portia tapped her finger against the side of her chin, as she always did when she was plotting or scheming. "Colin Bridgerton is of an age to be looking for a wife."

Penelope managed to blink just before her eyes bugged right out of her head. "Colin Bridgerton is not going to marry Felicity!"

Portia gave a little shrug. "Stranger things have happened.""Not that I've ever seen," Penelope muttered."Anthony Bridgerton married that Kate Sheffield girl, and she was even less popular than you."

That wasn't exactly true; Penelope rather thought they'd been on equally low rungs of the social ladder. But there seemed little point in telling this to her mother, who probably thought she'd complimented her third daughter by saying she'd not been the least popular girl that season.

Penelope felt her lips tightening. Her mother's "compliments" had a habit of landing rather like wasps.

"Do not think I mean to criticize," Portia said, suddenly all concern. "In truth, I am glad for your spinsterhood. I am alone in this world save for my daughters, and it's comforting to know that one of you shall be able to care for me in my older years."

Penelope had a vision of the future -- the future as described by her mother -- and she had a sudden urge to run out and marry the chimney sweep. She'd long since resigned herself to a life of eternal spinsterhood, but somehow she'd always pictured herself off in her own neat little terrace house. Or maybe a snug cottage by the sea.

But lately Portia had been peppering her conversations with references to her old age and how lucky she was that Penelope could care for her. Never mind that both Prudence and Philippa had married well-heeled men and possessed ample funds to see to their mother's every comfort. Or that Portia was moderately wealthy in her own right; when her family had settled money on her as a dowry, one-fourth had been set aside for her own personal account.

No, when Portia talked about being "cared for," she wasn't referring to money. What Portia wanted was a slave.

Penelope sighed. She was being overly harsh with her mother, if only in her own mind. She did that too often. Her mother loved her. She knew her mother loved her. And she loved her mother back.

It was just that sometimes she didn't much like her mother.

She hoped that didn't make her a bad person. But truly, her mother could try the patience of even the kindest, gentlest of daughters, and as Penelope was the first to admit, she could be a wee bit sarcastic at times.

"Why don't you think Colin would marry Felicity?" Portia asked.

Penelope looked up, startled. She'd thought they were done with that subject. She should have known better. Her mother was nothing if not tenacious. "Well," she said slowly, to begin with, she's twelve years younger than he is. "

"Pfft," Portia said, waving her hand dismissively. "That's nothing, and you know it."

Penelope frowned, then yelped as she accidentally stabbed her finger with her needle.

"Besides' " Portia continued blithely, "he's" -- she looked back down at Whistledown and scanned it for his exact age -- three-and-thirty! How is he meant to avoid a twelve-year difference between him and his wife? Surely you don't expect him to marry someone your age."

Penelope sucked on her abused finger even though she knew it was hopelessly uncouth to do so. But she needed to put something in her mouth to keep her from saying something horrible and horribly spiteful.

Everything her mother said was true. Many ton weddings-- maybe even most of them -- saw men marrying girls a dozen or more years their junior. But somehow the age gap between Colin and Felicity seemed even larger, perhaps because...

Romancing Mister Bridgerton. Copyright © by Julia Quinn. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgerton Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 166 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had waited a long time for this book and was disappointed when I finished it. I don't like how Colin suddenly realizes that she is actually attractive, but then always thinks back to how plain she is. I mean what is up with that? I enjoyed Penelope's character but was EXTREMELY dissapointed with Colin. Overall, an okay read but not the best one of Julia's novels.
Streamer More than 1 year ago
There is so much to love about this novel. I already knew Penelope from the previous books but she was so much better than I expected. She was the shy and quiet debutante and is now evolving into a dynamic woman. Colin is also more than meets the eye. I loved how Penelope helped Colin to want and achieve more for himself. Theirs is a feel-good romance, you can't help but smile and cheer as the relationship progresses. It's also wonderful to finally have the Lady Whistledown mystery solved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's not my favorite in the series, but worth reading to continues the series. I find Penelope a little weak.
WantonWoman More than 1 year ago
OMG I absolutely loved this book! I have read all of the Bridgerton Series books from Julia Quinn, but I have to say, with all my heart, that I loved Colin and Penelope together! Starting from first of the series, I fell in love with Colin's charm and witty nature, but it is his love for Penelope Featherton (of all people!) that I was soooo happy to to have come about. I was lovestruck in the end with my fantasies running rampant (as with all of the Bridgerton males). I recommend all of the Bridgerton Series books from start to finish...you will definitely have them in your permanent library to read over and over again, as I have done.
Maitrakh More than 1 year ago
Colin's story suprised me. I thought for sure it would be my favorite, but it ended up being my least favorite. It was still a good book, but I thought his story would be more exciting. I had a hunch he and Penelope would be together (and that she was Lady Whistledown). It was a good book but not my favorite in the series.
rocalisa on LibraryThing 7 days ago
Romancing Mister Bridgerton - Julia Quinn (7/10)Historical Romance; book 4 in the Bridgertons series. I had liked the heroine in this one from when we first met her - in a horrible tangerine dress - back in The Duke and I so it was lovely to see her come into her own and get her own happy ending.
lina_em on LibraryThing 7 days ago
ugly duckling story. colin was so funny to see unfold in the presence of penelope.
abrbookbag on LibraryThing 7 days ago
Penelope Featherington marries Colin Bridgerton her best friend's brother who she's had a crush on for ten years. .
Darlene491 10 months ago
Colin, Colin, Colin.. what ever are we going to do with you? Single man about town, gadding around without a care in the world. Send you travelling of course. You leave a man-child and come back a man. Penelope Featherington has been in love with Colin Bridgerton since she was 16. At 28 things are not looking hopeful for a walk down the aisle, with anyone. Penelope has a secret, a huge secret. It could ruin not only her but her entire family. Colin has a secret of his own. Suddenly Penelope is everywhere Colin looks, and he does look. The girl he vowed never to marry has turned into an interesting young woman and captured his attention. Things are complicated by secrets and long standing friendships that make one feel like a member of the family. All will be unveiled in the end. A happily ever after is assured, it is a romance novel after all. Although Romancing Mr. Bridgerton works well as a stand alone book the huge secret will be a perfect reason fans of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton family will put this story on the to be read list.
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Audio Edition) Narrated by Rosalyn Landor Series: Bridgertons, book 4 4 Stars - Colin and Penelope have a wonderful relationship. I enjoyed watching Colin fall in love with her. I love Lady Whistledown and Lady Danbury!.. Julia Quinn writes the best older “I-don't-care-what-anyone-thinks” type of ladies. I do have to say though.. as this #audiobook has the 2nd epilogue attached, if this were my first time reading this story I would prefer to wait to read all the 2nd epilogues, till after I had read the original 8 stories. As some details for the next books in the series are given away. Rosalyn Landor does a fantastic job on narration, as always! ~Paragraphs and Petticoats~
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judiOH More than 1 year ago
i'm loving this bridgerton series. this one concerns penelope and colin. colin is considered by the "ton" as a happy go lucky charmer, while penelope is condsidered a wallflower. there are a few surprises in this story that readers of this series will be glad to see. such humorous romances, i haven't read for some time. loving it!!!
RAW1 More than 1 year ago
I loved the idea that Miss Penelope landed the man she had secretly loved for so long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the story of Colin and Penelope. I was so glad he finally saw the real Penelope. It will make you laugh and I didn't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved that they both grew up figuratively in terms of life love and dreams together Colin found his way to standout with pride and Penelope stood proud after years of trying to not be noticed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite of this series. Penelope is such a wonderful character and I love all the interaction with lady Danbury.
RBCrump More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading the Bridgerton series, The characters are witty, fun and loving. I never tire of reading Ms. Quinn's books. I wonder what the siblings would do if Mrs. Bridgerton found love again?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My absolute favorite book of the Bridgerton Series! I have a weakness for friendship-turn-into-love relationships and Colin and Penelope are no exceptions.The only problem I had was I wished it never ended. Julia Quinn has a talent of hooking me with the very first sentences of her books and Romancing Mister Bridgerton has one of those first chapters I can't stop rereading. Not to mention I've reread this book countless times because Penelope and Colin are my favorite historical romance couple ever.
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In all the Bridgerton books leading up to "Romancing Mister Bridgerton", Collin QUICKLY became my most favorite Bridgerton brother, even though he was barley in them. I was so excited to read his story!! ..BUT.. Wow, not impressed with this one! I always thought Colin would be more mischevious, clever, and funny (based off of what I had read of him thus far).. Colin ended up being just plain boring, and pairing him with the ever so boring Penelope did not help the situation at all! I never felt like Penelope was right for him. There was no connection. Penelope was still the same old boring Penelope throughout the whole book and I do not understand what Colin ever saw in her.. if you read the story you will understand this next bit, but I don't even think Colin knows why he fell for her.. he practically says so himself every 10 pages! He and everyone else pretty much question the matchh all the way until the very end of the book! UGH so frustrating!! Colin could have, should have, been given such a better story and love interest!!
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Enjoyed this book in the Bridgeton series as I have enjoyed all of the series. Hate to put it down and get upset with myself for not reading it more slowly to make it last longer.