Title: The Viscount Who Loved Me
Author: Julia Quinn
Published: 27 June 2006
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 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 is the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams…
Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands—and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate is 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…
I am running out of books to review whilst I am slowly…. SLOWLY… getting out of my reading slump. This reading slump is not budging even with historical romance thus why I am only now putting out my review of this book of which I had read 4-5 months ago.
I read another book by Julia Quinn not knowing she is a famous historical romance author, loved that book and got myself into a Julia Quinn phase. Anyways, I loved this book. The main reason why I really enjoyed this book was how unexpectedly funny the relationship between Kate and Anthony was.
They were so mean to each other, it was just hilarious! It was the type of relationship that started out as annoyance and hate but because of that you start to see the sparks just fly and slowly they fall in love kind of thing.
Anthony wanted to court Kate’s sister and Kate knew Anthony was a playboy and didn’t want that type of guy for her sister and went out of her way to stop them from being together and whatnot. Anthony knew this and went out his way to taunt, tease, prank and be mean spirited to Kate. It was just sublime. They didn’t do anything malicious or anything, mind you.
There was this instance where Kate was feeling stuffy or somewhat during a party and went to this library not knowing its Anthony’s study, and a few moments later Anthony went in and was about to a good tumble in the hay with his ex-mistress when he went to his desk and looked down to only see Kate hiding under the table and Kate being Kate did something to him that made him step on her hand or something. They were just absolutely spiteful to each other.
But my favorite part was where they were about to play this game and Anthony volunteered to go get Kate’s sister Edwina from the house and Kate didn’t have a choice but to not intervene and Anthony purposefully came back late knowing it would annoy Kate and it did, she was fretting the whole time thinking of what Anthony was doing to her sister.
So, with them being mean to each other you can see their relationship just blossom and I loved how they both were confused as to what they were feeling because they didn’t know what it meant. Was it hate? Was it love? What is going on?
Other parts of the book followed the usual template for historical romance but the start of the relationship between Anthony and Kate was what made the book superb in my mind.
Writing this review is really making me want to read Julia Quinn’s books again, has my reading slump been cured?
Man, this review is all over the place but I swear whenever I recall this book that is what stand out to me the relationship of Kate and Anthony and their antagonism towards each other.