The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton Series #2) (With 2nd Epilogue)

The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton Series #2) (With 2nd Epilogue)

by Julia Quinn

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Overview

1814 promises to be another eventful season, but not, This Author believes, for Anthony Bridgerton, London's most elusive bachelor, who has shown no indication that he plans to marry. And in all truth, why should he? When it comes to playing the consummate rake, nobody does it better...

--Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1814

But this time the gossip columnists have it wrong. Anthony Bridgerton hasn't just decided to marry--he's even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended's older sister, Kate Sheffield--the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate's the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams...

Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes to not make the best husbands--and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate's determined to protect her sister--but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony's lips touch hers, she's suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062353641
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Series: Bridgerton Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 75,114
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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 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 moreso 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 whichthey 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-colored 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 economize 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 honor 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.

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The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 376 reviews.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love most of Julia Quinn's books! The couple of books that I don't love I Like a lot! Thank you Julia!
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 4 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another amazing read from Quinn. I love Kate and Anthony's personalities. They are sharp and witty and give each other a hard time. They were made for each other and I love how they become a couple because it is related to Anthony's father's death. It was as if his father arranged for it to happen. This is a great book with lots of laughter and love.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is definitely a 5 star pick book. The Bridgerton family series is one of my favorite series and I've read all of Julia Quinn's books. This book is actually second in the series but was the first one I read. If you doubt me, I have to say this one was so good that I lent it to someone, never got it back and went out and bought a second copy because I love re-reading it so often.Here is the short blurb from Julia Quinn's website: Kate Sheffield is determined to keep Anthony Bridgerton from seducing her sister. But what if the notorious viscount decides to seduce her instead?A few of the things I love are that this book makes you laugh. I'm not one of those into romance books that are mostly sex scenes. I like to have some story and a little extra something. If the book makes me laugh then it's usually one that makes it onto my keep shelves (Julie Garwood's historical romances are other books that do it for me too). I love Kate, the heroine in this book, because she isn't the beautiful woman, she isn't graceful and she can't play any instrument beautifully. She's also been known to leave her dancing partner with aching feet so how can you not love it when she catches the interest of the wealthy and handsome viscount who could have almost any woman he wants?After reading this one I quickly went and bought up the rest of the books that were out at the time and anxiously awaited each new book. I will admit I didn't find the newer ones as good but it could be because my favorite siblings were Anthony, Colin and Benedict so of course those were my favorite stories in the series. If you love a good romance story and want some humor tossed in this is definitely one to pick up.
rainrunner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in Julia Quinn¿s Bridgerton series. This is the tale of oldest brother Anthony, who happens to be quite a rake but who has also decided it is time to wed. Before he dies. When Anthony was 18, his father died very young and Anthony has gotten it into his head that the same thing will happen to him. He knows he needs to father an heir and when he asks his brothers who the diamond of the season is, he sets his sights on her.Enter the kind and witty Kate Sheffield along with her beautiful half sister, Edwina. Anthony sets his sights on Edwina because, even though she is beautiful, he feels that he will never fall in love with her and that keeps him safe from agonizing over his eventual early death. He has a bigger problem though: Kate must approve of Edwina¿s suitors and she absolutely can¿t stand Viscount Bridgerton. The banter between Anthony and Kate had me cracking up some times. While Kate and Anthony appear at first to be so different, they both hold the value of family in highest regard. And they both share some irrational fears brought about by childhood trauma. With Kate¿s consistent negative attitude toward Anthony one would think that he would want to avoid her at all costs. However, he finds himself quite intrigued with her and has a difficult time staying away even though they argue most of the time they are together. One of my favorite scenes in the book involves Kate, Edwina and a few members of the Bridgerton family playing a game of Pall Mall, which, where I come from is called Croquet.This book was truly entertaining and for me to laugh out loud while reading doesn¿t happen often enough. I¿d recommend it and am excited to read the next one in the series, An Offer from a Gentlemen.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anthony Bridgerton, all too keenly aware of his own mortality, is determined to take the prettiest girl of the 1814 London season as his wife. He sets his sights on Emily Sheffield¿but keeps on running into her older sister Kate, who disapproves of his reputation as a rogue. It¿s common knowledge that anyone who wishes to win Emily¿s hand must have the approval of her sister, and so Anthony and Kate keep on crossing paths¿and much to his surprise, he finds that he can¿t stop thinking about her, despite how infuriating she is. And Kate is beginning to have second thoughts about swearing off rakes entirely¿Book Two in Julia Quinn¿s standout Bridgertons series delivers the heat I always desire in a historical romance. While it took me a while to warm up to Anthony and Kate, in the end the Bridgertons had me cheering for any of them, as always. This book probably contains one of the funniest family moments I have ever read about: the Pall Mall competition had me literally rolling on the ground, gasping for breath, dying of laughter. I wanted more from the Bridgertons¿they are what make this series so wonderful¿but this was still a fun read, and I will sure be continuing to read this series as always!
Sugarbeat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in the Bridgerton Series tells the story of Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sheffield. We find Anthony at the beginning of the book deciding it is time that he, at the ripe old age of 29, marry and sire some heirs. Since he has decided that he has no intention of falling in love with his wife he is rather methodical about his choice of a wife. Anthony became Viscount after his father died at the age of 38 from a bee sting. Anthony feels that he will probably die the same way, and at about the same age as his father and he doesn¿t want to leave a wife desperately grieving his death. His choice of a wife, Edwina Sheffield, is someone he feels he will never fall in love with and therefore some one who will not be too devastated when he dies. When Katherine (Edwina¿s older half-sister) learns of Anthony¿s pursuit she is determined to interfere. Anthony has a reputation as a rake and she doesn¿t want her younger, more innocent sister to become a victim of Anthony¿s rakish ways. Anthony decides to seduce Kate to scare her off, but to his dismay, finds that Katherine may be the one to bring him to his knees when it comes to love! Although Anthony is becoming more attracted to Kate as each day passes, he holds true to his decision to marry Edwina. That is until he and Kate are caught in a compromising position by the biggest gossip in London. He was trying to suck out the venom after Kate was stung by a bee. If the scene wasn¿t so heart wrenching, it would have been hysterical! Kate and Anthony help each other resolve their outstanding fears and love conquers all in traditional Regency romance fashion.This is a beautifully written book that deals with the character¿s traumatic issues in a very sensitive fashion. Certainly one of the better ones of this series. Stay tuned for the rest of the series!
Liviania on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The hero and heroine of the VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME could be boring archetypes. Kate Sheffield is a plain virgin and the eponymous Viscount Anthony Bridgerton is a reformed rake. Quinn fleshes her characters out and makes their motives clear (and understandable to a rational person). Kate seems like nothing special because her half-sister Edwina is something special. She does not envy her sister and become bitter, but instead loves her and wishes to protect her, though she knows Eloise must marry for money rather than love. Fear rules Anthony. Anthony's beloved father died young of a bee sting. Now Anthony fears both bees and dying the same age as his father. While he needs to produce an heir, he does not wish to marry for love because he knows how losing his father hurt his mother. He decides to marry this Season's Incomparable: Edwina. Kate, of course, wants better than a rake for her sister - no matter how rich. Instead, a bee causes Kate and Anthony to be caught in a compromising position by a known gossip. They marry immediately, unsatisfied with the match. Quinn allows love to bloom between the two without resorting to deus ex machina. Not only does Kate and Anthony's relationship shine, but so do the familial relations and Edwina's own quieter romance. The Bridgerton siblings are obvious fodder for a series. Yet their appearance in THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME makes you want to read each of their individual tales. They seem like a real family, very competitive and teasing, instead of like characters to be rendered in three dimensions at a later date. When Kate sends Anthony's ball flying during a game of croquet, you know she is going to be comfortable with the family. Throughout the novel you can also see that Anthony's going to be a terrific father. It could grate that he only wants a wife for her womb. (A common situation, especially in those days, but not one from which romances are made.) However, you see how much he loved his own father and how well he has served as a surrogate father for his younger siblings. The reader knows he will live a long life with Kate and their children, overcoming his fear of an early death. Quinn also begins each chapter with a passage from the gossip column of Lady Whistledown. Witty and surprisingly kind, her observations create an excellent frame for the story. Readers can enjoy guessing the woman's identity.
dianah2o on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's been a while since I have picked up a regency-set historical and read it with real enjoyment. I like my historical romances medieval or I usually don't like them at all (with a very few exceptions). So, I had Julia Quinn's THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME in my TBR pile for a very long time, never really having interest in picking it up. But . . . I am SO glad I did. The wit and warmth in this book is phenomenal. Laughter is impossible to hold back in this book of lovable characters. From Kate, the opinionated heroine, to Anthony, the roguish hero, Newton the "I'll have you know he's a purebred Corgi," and of course, the ever-knowledgable, intruding Lady Whistledown, THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME takes you into another time and gives a lighter side to a prim and proper era. (My particularly favorite scene was the Pall Mall scene. Talk about a riot, I could use a MALLET OF DEATH in my own home.) Kate Sheffield will do most anything to keep her beautiful, much sought after sister from marrying the ton's most notorious rake, but she hadn't considered falling for him as part of the bargain. Anthony and Kate's mutual disdain for one another gives way to a shared respect and enjoyment of their time spent together . . . and in a city full of matchmaking mama's, who would have thought it would be a teeny bee that would bring them together? I will definitely be looking for the Ms. Quinn's other titles. Thanks for getting me interested in this time period again!
Wuzzlicious on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Julia Quinn rarely lets me down and this book was no exception. I love her dialogue- it's snappy and it makes me laugh out loud in public. The hero's preoccupation with death seemed a little over the top to me, but Quinn explains it in an author's aside at the end of the book and I was able to accept that fear of dying a little easier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the Bridgerton series
Darlene491 More than 1 year ago
The Viscount Who Loved Me is, to me, the first in the Bridgerton family series. Anthony, the oldest son, inherited the title Viscount after his beloved Fathers death. He's determined to care for & protect not only his family but his title too. Anthony thinks he's found the perfect lady, with every qualification on his list, who is by the way in love with another man. Unfortunately he's attracted to her older sister, Kate, whom he butts heads with every time they're together. They also keep finding themselves in rather compromising situations. One of these moments leads to a necessary engagement. They're just going to have to make the best of the situation. Turns out that attraction and the compromising situations were all the act of falling in love. Their happily ever after is a given and it turns out they are made for each other (duh). All of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton family books will stand up by itself but I had fun starting with Anthony and working my way through the rather large family. Enjoy and keep in mind that there is more of this terrific family available.
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Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn (Audio Edition) with 2nd Epilogue Narrated by Rosalyn Landor Series: The Bridgertons #2 4.5 Stars - This was a fun listen, Kate and Anthony have a wonderful chemistry together. They bicker and snipe, yet each time fall for each other a little bit more. Their dialogue is witty, situations are funny and they have to be one of my favourite couples. Colin Bridgerton is great and always makes me smile. Of course I cannot forget to mention the fantastic Bridgerton Pall Mall match! The bonus second epilogue is one of my favourites! As for narration, Rosalyn Landor does a great job as always. ~Paragraphs and Petticoats~
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judiOH More than 1 year ago
second book in this series. i loved this story!! viscount anthony has come to wed. he has a wife all picked out. but is she his one and only? a rollicking good romance that is sure to make you smile if not laugh out loud!!
Anonymous More than 1 year 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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