I suppose it's a bit unfair for me to give this story only 3 stars.
Okay. Yeah. Now that I think about it... it is QUITE unfair for me to rate this booI suppose it's a bit unfair for me to give this story only 3 stars.
Okay. Yeah. Now that I think about it... it is QUITE unfair for me to rate this book as I have.
First off, I had to check here when I last read a Bridgerton installment and, lud, it was almost 9 YEARS AGO. That one being Francesca and Michael's story.
And I think it's fairly reasonable to say that that particular story is something that you just simply have to give yourself time to fill you up and then try... try your damnedest to get over. Because it was so HEAVY. Beautiful but so... damn... heavy. On the heart.
Do you understand? It was the ONE Quinn novel which felt so good and so right but also... wrong? Or was it different? Because it didn't even feel like the same author wrote it. It didn't even feel like it belonged in the same level as the prior Bridgerton stories. It barely says to you, 'hello. welcome. here is Francesca hurting and here is Michael hurting. good luck.' before it relentlessly straight up punches you in the gut with so much emotion from beginning to end.
It's a fluke Bridgerton.
That being said -- When He Was Wicked the last book from which I left off this charming family nine years ago -- I suppose there remains a part of me that archly expects that it cannot possibly be topped. And, yet, at the same time, also hopes otherwise. Give me that one true beautiful story just the one time and maybe never again...?
So by the time I picked up the next Bridgerton story, I expected nothing much from it. And I was at peace with it.
And that's where the injustice lies, doesn't it.
Perhaps if only... if only WHWW wasn't that good and somehow still has the irksome power to suffuse you with bittersweet feelings nine years on, Hyacinth and Gareth's story would still fare higher. For me. After all, Gareth, upon acknowledging his feelings for Hy, was lovely to behold. Really.
He became the kind of man that, yes, even I briefly fantasized to have....more
i was first given an inkling of the unhappy circumstance which befell francesca's marriage in 'to sir phillip with love.' i always thought, based on mi was first given an inkling of the unhappy circumstance which befell francesca's marriage in 'to sir phillip with love.' i always thought, based on ms quinn's previous books on the bridgerton brood, that francesca was a tad different from her female siblings, with a poised and dryly humourous air about her. but to hear of her tragedy was just something i did not expect.
it was apparent all througout the book that quinn wielded a different style of writing in that she was a little bit more serious (of course, the death of a loved one threw a pall over part of the story), and that she delved more deeply in the emotional anguish that michael had had to go through in his love for francesca.
also quite different was that, unlike the other bridgerton series, the infamous family was hardly in sight. except for a mention here and there of some of the siblings and the few encounters of michael with colin, the boisterous brood were, for once, masterfully kept in the sidelines, leaving francesca and michael on their own devices.
though michael was established as a consummate rake, one would hardly think it of him, since he has a deep sense of honor and decency. and it was always heart wrenching whenever he has to squash down the bitterness he feels in not being able to express his fierce love for francesca. i especially loved that part when he eventually had to brutally drive her away, claiming that his heart could not take any further battering if francesca could not find it in her own to feel any sort of emotion other than the fraternal for him. trust me, that scene will just want you to bawl like a baby...
and francesca...well...she was always the special one among her siblings, wasnt she? wise beyond her years, and so oblivious of her beauty and wit. but it was thrilling to see how she finally "sees" michael as an intensely attractive and desirable man. and michael can be quite ruthless in his seduction once he senses even the slightest inclination from francesca's direction. oh boy, get ready for the fireworks, and, quite probably, ms quinn at her most daring in her love scenes. this is her steamiest and most romantic novel as yet!...more
the first time i read about Benedict was from The Duke and I. even from then i was intrigued by him (well...okay...i was intrigued by the older Bridgethe first time i read about Benedict was from The Duke and I. even from then i was intrigued by him (well...okay...i was intrigued by the older Bridgerton brothers). obviously, of course, Benedict is the more somber one of the lot. he's the quintessential brooding rake--who's really not a rake since he can be considered the "upstanding" one among the brothers. but, knowing how handsome and compelling he is, he might just as well be a rake. lol
i really fell in love with this story. not only because quinn engaged the other Bridgertons more in the plot, with all their irresistible quirks and peculiarities (they're really adorable in this novel), but also that, despite of this, she still superbly orchestrated the torment Sophie endured from her wicked stepmother, as well as from her secret yearning for Benedict.
another plus, was, of course, the unraveling of Benedict's fierce passion for Sophie, coupled with his own determination to stay true to his unidentified lady-love from the ball. i salute the way quinn has played out that moment when Benedict found out who this mystery lady was.
Sophie is one of those rare "strong" heroines in the genre--she has a remarkable sense of self and dignity. despite the many chances for her to let herself live out her dream in becoming Benedict's love, she has still managed to fend him off without appearing to be leading him on, staying sensible and realistic.
and Benedict, well...we all know how we feel about the Bridgerton brothers. they're almost too good to be true. but Benedict himself really is special...though he might appear to be the least wicked beside Anthony and Colin, he has his own subtle humor and endearing qualities. a real Prince for Sophie... ...more