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Romancing Mister Bridgerton

(Bridgertons #4)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  47,327 ratings  ·  2,528 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 370 pages
Published July 2nd 2002 by Avon (first published July 1st 2002)
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Sara ♥ I strongly recommend reading this series in order!!! This book, in particular, has a big spoiler in it... and books 4 (this one), 5, and 6 need to be …moreI strongly recommend reading this series in order!!! This book, in particular, has a big spoiler in it... and books 4 (this one), 5, and 6 need to be read in that order.(less)
Jacquilynne Yes, and this book in particular will spoil a bit of an underlying mystery in the earlier books.

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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3.5 stars

Though I loved Penelope Featherington, Colin was another story altogether. Before this book I really loved Colin. I couldn't wait for his story. Maybe my expectations were too high. I don't know but I really didn't like Colin most of the time. At times he came off like a big asshole. He was blowing his top every time the wind blew. His temper was just a bit much. One minute he was fine and then he was pissy, cold, and rude. If I was Penelope I would have kicked him in the balls. Penelop
Re-read/listened to the audiobook version Oct'2018:

5 stars – Historical/Regency Romance

The audiobook narrator was fabulous, and it's still a big 5-star read for me.

Original Review from Sept'2010:

5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance

Words seem wholly inadequate, my friends. Why are the best books always the hardest to review?! Alas, if only I could have clever Lady Whistledown write this.

Flirtatious, affable, charming, and witty Colin has been my favorite Bridgerton sibling from the beginning,
Em Lost In Books

My favorite of the Bridgerton boys and this was such a cute story of being in love and believing in that love.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
At some point in our lives we all ask some fundamental questions regarding our existence, the great mysteries of the universe, the past, the present and the future of humanity. Mankind is curious (and peculiar) like this; spending hours pondering on notions, dedicating personal effort and money, researching, reading, trying to find a solution to quench the hunger that consumes us. The Author knows this kind of struggle all too well. The last few days have been dedicated to the answer of one s
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a sweet read ♥
”I am certainly not going to marry Penelope Featherington!”

Ever since we heard Colin Bridgerton utter, ummm, shout the above statement, we should have known that he’s going to eat his words sooner or later.

And eat them he did.

Penelope Featherington. She freshly comes out to society, out to meet the ton, with an excess of a few stones in her weight, and either orange/yellow/red gowns which doesn’t do her complexion any good. We can’t blame her. Her mother is a tyrant. But Penelope knows she d
Lisa Kay
St. Bride's Church Fleet Street, London, England, c.1830*

★★★★½ I read this when it first came out over ten years ago and remember loving Colin. Though I’m a bit of a “re-reader,” I haven’t done so. Consequently, I jumped at the chance to join in a “buddy read,” the forth in this enduring series.

However, on re-read I was really impressed with Penelope. Don’t get me wrong: I still had heart palpitations over Colin and his deep green eyes. Nevertheless, I appreciated Penelope’s subtle straight-forw
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Meet Lady Whistledown, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of London's elite!

I had high hopes for Colin's love story and the grand reveal of Lady Whistledown. Disappointment on both accounts!
Colin is a shell of the man he used to be and there was no zing in his love story. He has also become somewhat of a jerk after all his globe trotting adventures. The only reason I didn't DNF this book was Penelope. I have a soft corner for wallflowers and Penelope seemed like a genuinely inte
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pub-2002
There is a perfect word to describe how I feel about Julia Quinn. It’s ‘meh’. I don’t love her, I don’t hate her, I will read her, I will quickly forget her.

I’m not sure why that is because she is very popular and other people seem to find her books, and this particular one especially, amazing. But to me they are just too cute. Too sweet. I don’t want cute and sweet. I’m sure you’ve gathered that much from my reviews – I can tolerate cute and sweet only in really homoeopathic doses.

So what is Ro
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
Oh, what a difference the second half of a book can make.

I want to be clear on this: when I was still only halfway through the book, I considered it a keeper. Penelope was wonderful: truly shy around anyone she didn't know well, with a few horribly painful/embarrassing moments in her life that Quinn actually took the time to show. I cringed in sympathy when Penelope came upon Colin just as he was telling his brothers that he wouldn't marry her and Penelope did what she could to preserve her dign
Book Wonderland
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Colin is my favorite Bridgerton since the first book, so I was really excited to read his book, and it was amazing!
I also really love Penelope, she is my favorite heroine in this series, I was happy she finally got the man of her dreams. Their love story was adorable. ❤️

Additionaly we finally found out who Lady Whistledown is! (For a long time I had no clue, but in this book I had some suspicions. The author really chose the perfect person to be her, this made the story even better!)
Anyway I'
BR with Andrea and Lacey. Thanks ladies- I am glad I read it. At least I am not dissing the book from a position of ignorance! It just is not my kind of romance:)

I had never liked the idea of this book, although I have read a few in this series and I seem to remember thinking they were ok. I could not enjoy this one.
The writing was fine. It was both the MCs- they just plain annoyed me.

Colin was self-satisfied but insecure. He whined about having no purpose in his life, while he traveled the worl
Penelope Featherington has been in love with Colin Bridgerton for what seems like forever, from a young girl making her debut in society to a resign spinster. Penelope feelings have only grown throughout the years for Colin. Thinking she knew everything about Colin there was to know, Penelope comes across his hidden secret that starts to change her perspective of him in a surprising way that only draws them closer.
Colin Bridgerton has always been the laid-back charmer of the family, but behind
One of my favorites Julia Quinn to the date (and I love her books every time).
Collin and Penelope were amazing together and I could read about them forever!

Rating: 5 Stars.
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4.5 Danbury/Penelope stars

I absolutely love this series.
Julia Quinn writes dialogue and wit better than most in this genre.

And upon my 3rd read... I still love Mrs Danbury and I still adore Penelope.

However, with each reading, Colin becomes increasingly unbearable.
I cant think of any other book in which the heroine and a 70+ year old spinster steal the show while the hero is a bit of an insecure reflection of male mediocrity.

And even with this poor choice of gentleman, this book is a gem.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
This series gradually works its way through the Bridgerton family, marrying one off in each book. This time it is the turn of Colin who we already know as the funny, charming, good looking one. Everyone loves Colin including Penelope who is a long time friend of the family. It is obvious from the start who is going to marry who but there are plenty of obstacles to overcome first.

I enjoyed the book very much as usual but must admit I struggled a little with its structure. Usually these books culm
The friends-to-lovers trope is one of my favourites in the genre, and one of my favourite examples of it is Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mister Bridgerton, the fourth book in her iconic series about the eight Bridgerton siblings.

Colin is the third son, and has featured in the previous books as a good-humoured, devil-may-care sort of chap; easy going with a killer smile, good sense of humour, able to laugh at himself and always ready with a quip or witty rejoinder. He’s all of those things, but by the
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

My Review:

What a fabulously fun read! I adored Colin and Penelope and especially Lady Danbury! Revisiting the rest of the Bridgerton family was truly a joy :)
Colin and Penelope make the perfect match and seeing close childhood friends grow into loving, adult soul mates was one of the greatest highlights in my reading adventures this year. I was smiling from the beginning to the end – laughing out loud and sighing often.

Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 sweet stars ...

Colin Bridgerton, the most charming man in London ... the most charming "single" man, maybe. I have a soft spot for his brother, Anthony (now married), the patriarch of the family ... I also have a soft spot for Simon (a brother in law) ... you know what? - all the Bridgertons are perfect!

This is the story of Colin and Penelope - Is Colin happy to continue his "man about town" lifestyle, is Penelope destined to be a spinster forever?

Everyone should read Historicals. I absolut
Carla *Jen7waters*
Oh, this book made me so happy…


Anyway, Romancing Mister Bridgerton is Colin’s book, and I almost couldn’t believe who's his lady in this... let your jaws drop fellow readers, for she is the plainest of Janes, wallflower of wallflowers, ugly duckling, the one and only: Miss Penelope Featherington! (MY GOD) And I love her so! Even in the previous books as a minor character - my heart would ache for that poo
I don't know what's with me and Julia Quinn, but her books really don't work for me. I see that a lot of people love this series and her other books, I see that this book got a lot of love from readers, but I... I was bored most of the time.

Spoilers ahead.

Colin and Penelope were friends one moment and the other he wants to marry her. Just like that. I never saw how his feelings changed, we never witness his attraction, just all of a sudden they're kissing and he's asking her mother for her hand
Joanna Loves Reading
I know this is an unpopular opinion, but this one is among my least favorite of the the series. I like Colin and Penelope separately as characters throughout the series. But their romance is rather blah. Colin acts like a man-child through most of this. Penelope never really had a shining moment that she owned. Ultimately I didn’t come away satisfied with the romance. Also, I think this second epilogue is not among the best.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it

Isn't it nice to discover that we're not exactly what we thought we were?

I really enjoyed this one. Loved Penelope and Colin. Thrilled that this feisty little wallflower finally got all she ever dreamed of. I hated that she'd had to feel passed over for most of her life. But sometimes the acceptance of one's ultimate fate, spinsterhood, can be quite a freeing experience. I wasn't sure how the author was going to finally bring these two together, especially after the things t
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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Penelope Featherington has been overlooked her entire life. She’s been told that she’s not pretty enough, too plump, too nervous and too quiet. And yet, Penelope probably has the most personality out of all her heroines in this series. Penelope is hands down my favourite heroine! I love seeing her growth as a character in the previous ones leading up to her own book, Romancing Mr Bridgerton with her long-time crush, Colin.

I wondered how Colin would redeem himself after
2.5 stars

Colin is a sweet guy. He is always cheerful, always nice. He doesn't have dark secrets, or a tragic past, not even problems. Oh, wait, he has: he wants to leave something significant in the world. He is a talented writer, but he is too hesitant and shy, and he vacillates to publish his works. Is that really a serious problem?
His character is too lightweight, he is too gentle, too sweet. He is even-tempered, and the one time he loses his head, even he is surprised by it.

But I loved Penel
I love Colin, he is amazing. 😍😍😍
Read and finished this in a day, that's how sucked into the story I was. I just love this series so, so much!❤
Jacob Proffitt
This is fourth in a series and characters from the other three are important in this one. You can probably get by with simply knowing the relationships as presented here but I think it's worth knowing them in more detail from reading the other books. I wouldn't recommend skipping the first two, at any rate. The third isn't much present so skip that one if you like. Indeed, I urge you to—at least if you're likely to react as strongly negatively as I did.

I entered this with some trepidation becaus
♛ Garima ♛
Penelope and Colin! Both are my favorite characters and it was best romance I have ever read.

Oh I am! I hardly read romance and like it but this series has made me fall all over again in love with romance...

NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***4,5 lovely stars***
Radd Reader
“Is life supposed to be this wonderful?”
“I think so,” he murmured. “I really do.”

“I love you with everything I am, everything I’ve been, and everything I hope to be.”

“I love you. I adore you. I worship the ground you walk upon.”

London 1824
Colin (30, 3rd son of the Bridgerton family):
The following words/phrases were used to describe hero: witty, dashing, devil-may-care jokester quality to him that made women swoon, nice, charmer, petulant, spoiled, unhappy, popular, confident,
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A secret crush and the mystery around who is Lady Whistledown is brought to the forefront in Romancing Mister Bridgerton .

Penelope Featherington is a childhood friend to the Bridgerton family. She has a secret crush on, Colin Bridgerton, since childhood.

Colin is the third son and has spent his time traveling so as not to have his mom meddling in his love life - or the lack of a love life.

At a society party, there's a monetary offer made for anyone who reveals who the mysterious La
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