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Bridgertons #8

On the Way to the Wedding

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Now a Netflix series created by Shonda Rhimes— producer and creator of Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, and Scandal— starring Julie Andrews, Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, and Nicola Coughlan.

A funny thing happened ...

Unlike most men of his acquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton believes in true love. And he is convinced that when he finds the woman of his dreams, he will know in an instant that she is the one. And that is exactly what happened. Except ...

She wasn’t the one. In fact, the ravishing Miss Hermione Watson is in love with another. But her best friend, the ever-practical Lady Lucinda Abernathy, wants to save Hermione from a disastrous alliance, so she offers to help Gregory win her over. But in the process, Lucy falls in love. With Gregory! Except ...

Lucy is engaged. And her uncle is not inclined to let her back out of the betrothal, even once Gregory comes to his senses and realizes that it is Lucy, with her sharp wit and sunny smile, who makes his heart sing. And now, on the way to the wedding, Gregory must risk everything to ensure that when it comes time to kiss the bride, he is the only man standing at the altar ...

437 pages, Kindle Edition

First published June 27, 2006

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Julia Quinn

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and and if you watch reruns of the game show The Weakest Link you might just catch her winning the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.

A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, Ms. Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. Her books have been translated into 32 languages, and she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

The Bridgertons, her popular series of historical romance, is currently in production by Shondaland as a Netflix original series starring Julie Andrews, Phoebe Dynevor, and Rége-Jean Page.

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Profile Image for Anne.
3,792 reviews69k followers
November 27, 2022
OH MY GOD, I DID IT!
I have finished the entire Bridgerton series.

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Now, I will be the first to admit that a lot of Quinn's books blend together in my head, but this one is completely different. In fact, it's quite a bit different from the vast majority of the romance novels that I've read.
I don't think I'm clever enough to find a way to talk about this one without revealing spoilers, so if you'd like to remain in the dark about what happens, for the love of god stop reading right now.
I'm going to spoil the entire book, so you've been warned!

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So Gregory falls in love with Hermione. Except he doesn't really love her because love at first sight is really lust at first sight. And YES, sometimes it works out that those lusty individuals actually end up falling in love for real, because odds are that sort of shit would have to happen every now and then. But I don't for a skinny minute believe that somehow you can look at someone and know that's the person for you. I do, however, believe that you can look at someone and know that you'd like to get naked and do dirty things with them.

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Ok, ok, ok. But then obviously he's going to fall in love with her best friend, Lucy.
But not till after he makes a complete ass of himself by following Hermione around like a total loser at his brother's house party for days and days. He's getting advice from Lucy on how to woo her friend, but in the end it does him no good because Hermione gets busy in the ferns with Lucy's brother! They get caught, mainly because Gregory can't keep his mouth shut, and married off happily & quickly.
AND THEN HE REALIZES THAT IT WAS LUCY ALL ALONG THAT HE LOVED.

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However, Lucy has a sorta/kinda fiance. <--arranged by her uncle.
But Gregory loves her and he does this big I LOVE YOU thing, and Lucy is all set to tell her uncle that she just can't go through with his arranged marriage because Gregory is the guy for her.
EXCEPT!
Her uncle informs her that her fiance's father, the Earl of Whatever, is BLACKMAILING the family with proof that her long-dead father was a TRAITOR to England and she has to marry his son or he'll tell everyone. The shame would be bad enough, but Lucy's brother is an earl and he just married her BFF Hermione, and the Crown will strip his title and leave him penniless and destitute and it will ruin his life AND the life of her bestest friend in one fell swoop.

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Why is her fiance's father so determined for his son to marry Lucy? Well, his son is gay.
YES. The hits just keep on coming, folks.

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But Gregory won't give up! <--even though Lucy hasn't explained why she can't marry him.
So. He sneaks into her room and they are all overcome with the passions and he deflowers her the night before her wedding.
Problem solved. Now, they must marry.
BUT NO!
She packs him out the window and lets him think that she's going to call it off, but she just gets dressed, hops in the carriage, and rolls on down to the wedding all sad and mopey.

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But our hero believes in the power of true love.
So he runs and runs and runs and runs and runs and finally gets to the church, throws the doors open, wobbles down the aisle, and stops the wedding!

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He does the whole Love ME! Marry ME! thing and it's all romance and pleading puppy dog eyes.

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And she says...No.
And then marries the other guy.

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But Gregory won't give up on true love.
So he sneaks into the wedding reception at her home, hides in her bedroom, kidnaps her, ties her to a bathroom pipe in the nursery, and gets her to tell him what's going on.
She FINALLY tells him about the blackmail, and he's all like, What proof did your uncle show you?

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And she suddenly realizes that she may have been duped because her uncle is a complete asshole.
Then he tells her to give him one hour and he runs around finding her husband, her brother, and her brother's wife (the ex-love of his life). He explains to them what is going on and her husband is super cool and is all like, Yeah, I'll get an annulment, no problem. Because he's so chill and confident and I'd like to be his friend.
Then her brother is like, No way was our father a traitor! Uncle Asshole isn't truthing! And he gets all mad.

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But in the meantime, the evil uncle has found Lucy and he (because HE was the TRAITOR!) holds her at gunpoint and there's this whole Mexican standoff thing that happens, but it all works out because this is a romance.

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And yay! They're so in love.
And then the 2nd epilogue comes along.

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She has twins - baby 8 & baby 9. <--holy shit that's a fuckton of kids!
And Lucy starts bleeding and loses consciousness and Gregory is devastated and they aren't sure if she's ever going to wake up because DIRE! It's very dire!
After 9 kids, you really can't blame your lady parts for staging a revolt, can you?
But then just when you think Quinn is going to do the unthinkable and kill her off, Lucy finally wakes up, and ohmygod this was such a fucking roller coaster.

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I don't know if it was actually great or if it was just batshit but this one was definitely memorable.
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2,016 reviews12.8k followers
December 31, 2020
Gregory's book has been the one I was least excited for because we just didn't really get to know him through the series, and reading his book meant that the 8 Bridgerton books would be over. As soon as I started this book, though, I flew through it and fell in love with Gregory!

What I loved most about Gregory was how much he wanted love. He had seen all of his siblings fall in love and was determined to find that for himself. I loved how he fell "in love" with Hermione when he first saw her and Lucy, Hermione's best friend, decided to help him win her over. Lucy and Gregory become friends and become more comfortable around each other until they actually fall in love themselves. The romance was just so adorable and SO ANGSTY because there is a reason that Gregory and Lucy can't be together, no matter how much they love each other. The story even turned a bit suspenseful in the end and I loved it.

Since I binged all 8 books, I loved how much of the family we got in this last book. Kate and Anthony are in a lot of the beginning and then we get a lot of Colin, Hyacinth, and Violet in the end. I loved how they discussed Gregory's place as one of the youngest and his relationship with his family. This whole series is just amazing and I loved how it ended!
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February 3, 2023
if more time had been spent on the romance i think i would have really enjoyed this! i liked that Gregory was so intent on marrying and specifically marrying for love (unlike some of his dumbass brothers in prior books). and i thought Lucy was sweet. but the word love was thrown around far too quickly, especially given the conflict at the beginning of the book. i needed more banter and more connection to love this.

oh also did you know the human vagina can also be a t-shirt gun style baby ejector? epilogue for this book is wild.
Profile Image for Al George.
502 reviews309 followers
June 9, 2017
Rename this book "On the Way to Too Much Internal Dialog"

talk too much

Read this as part of a personal challenge to actually finish series this year rather than going from book to book and forgetting deets

Series: Yep and it' the last one! I did it. I feel a party coming on.

party

Sexy times: Barely. As in super barely. As in really super barely especially for a Julia Quinn. As in this is the least sexy times of the entire series, I believe.

Plan on reading more by the author: Oh sure.

Synopsis: Gregory sees the love of his life from across the room and is basically struck mute by Cupid's arrow. Of course, this love is not his true love. He's just a bit daft to see that his true love is standing right next to the love of his life. Eventually, the love of his life is caught in a compromising position with his true love's brother and the curtains come off, as it were. Eventually, he sees that indeed Lucy is his one true love and he better get moving.

Lucy, on the other hand, is promised by her evil uncle to another man and this other man's father is a right blustering bastard.

Cue the two domineering and evil men.

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It takes awhile but eventually, the evil menfolk are done away with and the happy ending finally ends the book. Whew.

Heroine: Lucy. I like her. A lot. She's just so...just so...level headed. Even when she gets hit by Cupid, right in the head, she stays level. Good on ya, lady!

Hero: Him, I enjoyed more in the previous book. I mean he's still a good sort. But this was not his shining moment and for goodness sakes, shouldn't it have been?

Why it did or didn't work for me:
I think this suffers from wayyyyyy too much dithering and internal conversations, on both the H and h's parts. Yes, no, yes, no, yes, no...and everything just took too long and the payoff was not worth it. This felt not like a proper ending to a series, but a middling attempt at being done with something - the act of just getting it done with and put away. It saddens me greatly.

I will say that I loved the epilogue. Not the second one. I need to read those now. To really complete the series. That was a good ending to be had by all.

party

Signed,
This is the end, beautiful friend. This is the end, my only friend, the end.

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Profile Image for Jacob Proffitt.
2,856 reviews1,497 followers
May 22, 2019
This is eighth in a series. And the last. But do yourself a favor and just skip it.

I'm maybe halfway in and I just want the pain to stop. Gregory and Lucy are fine. Well, okay, they are complete wimps and spend the first half of the novel being stupid with each other. Gregory is mooning over someone he barely knows and calling it "love" and Lucy is obliviously helping with completely useless advice. And then they both know that they're actually in love with the other, but neither has the guts to do anything about it. And then Lucy's prospective father-in-law happened and he was so incredibly gauche that I can't buy him as a character and everyone who tolerates him is even worse for doing so. He's inspecting Lucy like she's a broodmare. Literally. Like, inspecting her teeth and asking her to recite multiplication tables and talking about breeding, I kid you not! And her uncle and aunt are sitting there like that's even a thing and her fiancé is going along, too, and I just want to stab all of them with farm implements. Rusty ones!

So Quinn is obviously ramping up the drama for maximum tension and it's all so manufactured I could scream. I mean, half of the novel so far has been navel-gazing by one lead or another thinking about what love is and do they really and will their life be tolerable and wouldn't it be nice if they could be with the other only that's obviously not going to happen because reasons. Seriously, you could cut this novel by 75% by simply removing all the internal monologuing. And you could cut it in half if you just removed all the monologuing about stuff that was blindingly obvious and/or completely redundant.

I feel like Quinn phoned this one in, larded a bunch of extra crap on it when the editor complained, and then added the prospective father-in-law out of misanthropic spite. Gah. I hate that this series ends with a couple of indecisive idiots cowarding their way through a quagmire of their own making.
March 27, 2022
“I simply refuse to deal with idiots...It has cut my social obligations in half”.

Vaya, pues este es el segundo libro de los Bridgerton que no me encanta (el primero fue el de Eloise). En este el protagonista es Gregory, un hombre que siempre ha creído en el amor y espera conocer a la mujer correcta para comprometerse con ella. Un día, conoce a Hermione, una mujer deslumbrante, y siente un flechazo que toma como una señal de que ella debe ser su esposa. El problema es que a Hermione él no podría interesarle menos porque está enamorada de un hombre que no le conviene. Entonces Lucy, su mejor amiga a quienes todos ignoran ante la belleza de Hermione, se ofrece para ayudarle a Gregory a ganarse a la señorita. Pero, evidentemente, las cosas se tuercen y pronto el joven Bridgerton empezará a darse cuenta de que siente cosas por Lucy Abernathy, quien lastimosamente está comprometida.

La verdad no sé por qué no pude engancharme tanto a este libro como a los demás, pero creo que una de las razones es que se me hizo demasiado largo. Lucy y Gregory le daban muchísimas vueltas a las cosas y el ritmo se perdía. Además, sentí que toda la primera parte del libro, cuando ni Lucy ni Gregory han empezado a sentir nada por el otro y todo se centra en Bridgerton haciendo el idiota detrás de Hermione, no me encantó porque me daba la sensación de estar leyendo páginas de relleno. ¡Yo quería que llegara el salseo con Gregory y Lucy!

¡Y esa es otra cosa! Normalmente, los libros de los Bridgerton tienen su buen nivel de drama y spice, pero este se me quedó cortísimo en esos aspectos. Pero bueno, ya solo me queda un libro más de la saga y podré seguir leyendo todos los otros enredos románticos históricos que cuenta Julia Quinn en sus otras series.
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3,832 reviews5,508 followers
January 22, 2021
*3.5 stars*

I'm such a Bridgerton party pooper, but I accept my role.

I'm happy to note that I finished off the series on a somewhat high note. There were other Bridgerton books that I downright hated, so On the Way to the Wedding feels like a win.

I enjoyed the somewhat exciting, fast pace of the story, and Gregory Bridgerton wasn't a total ass, which, honestly, is unique amongst the Bridgerton men. I thought the story was fun and entertaining, even if it took me a couple of weeks to read. Plus, I have a signed paperback of this book, which makes me automatically like it more.

Not to end this review on an off note but, if you are reading this review because you've decided to read historical romance because of the Bridgerton show on Netflix: Welcome! But know there are also stronger historical romance series out there.


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Profile Image for Christy.
3,714 reviews31.6k followers
August 22, 2021
3 stars

I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit disappointed that the last book of this series is my least favorite. I'm never a fan ... but I still liked parts of Lucy and Gregory's story, and of course seeing some of the other Bridgertons!

Audio book source: Libby
Story Rating: 3 stars
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Narration Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 13 hours
Profile Image for Fani *loves angst*.
1,620 reviews229 followers
December 19, 2014
I must be weird because I liked it more at the beginning, while Gregory was in love with Lucy's friend. I liked their easy relationship, their friendship, their openness. But I didn't feel any chemistry between them to make me long for them to become a couple. Gregory was just not hero material for me and though Lucy was grounded and straight-forward, I didn't care for her much. And I felt that it dragged a lot towards the ending. The whole 'oh, we can't be together', 'no, I'll find a way, love conquers all' went on and on for 3 or more chapters, without pretty much anything happening.

This is my least favorite of the Bridgeron books with the exception of To Sir Phillip, With Love which I haven't read. It lacked passion, it lacked humor, it lacked interesting chracters. Quinn tried to build up the suspense towards the end, but it was so obvious what the big secret was, that it felt to me that she was merely prolonging the ending trying to fill more pages. Not the best conclusion to such a great series.
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121 reviews34 followers
June 15, 2022
first love, heartbreak, first great love, secrets, intrigue, kidnapping, hostage taking and Gregory bursts into the middle of the wedding and confesses his love in front of the sound. The last part of the Bridgerton series travels with you from the first page. Quickly the kind and funny Lucy gets into the heart. Lucy is promised to Lord Haselby, but the price she must pay is great. Gregory tries everything to free her from this marriage, but does he succeed in the end? or doesn't Violet Bridgerton get all her eight children married?
The finale of the Bridgerton's is once again very heartbreaking and you fever with Gregory and Lucy until the end.

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178 reviews1,343 followers
August 13, 2021
TELLEMENT D’AVENTURES‼️‼️ j’ai adoré la fin… bien hâte de pouvoir découvrir le dernier tome qui sera un recueil de nouvelles, car c’est déjà bien triste de quitter les bridgerton🥲
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279 reviews1,067 followers
June 1, 2021
Gratamente sorprendida 😱😱
Buscando esposa, último libro de la saga Bridgerton es sin duda mi favorito

No lo esperaba😄

Vengo leyendo estos libros porque son entretenidos, fáciles de leer y para distraerme. Y ya llegando al libro número 8 no esperaba nada nuevo, suelen ser libros repetitivos y básicos.
Sin embargo me gustó muchísimo más que los libros anteriores.🤩

Tenemos como protagonista a Gregory Bridgerton, el séptimo hermano de la familia y el último que todavía no está casado. Gregory busca esposa, pero claramente teniendo 7 hermanos que se casaron por amor busca lo mismo para él.
Por otro lado tenemos a Lucy, siempre opacada por su amiga Hermione a quienes todos admiran por su belleza. Lo que la gente no sabe es que Hermione está secretamente enamorada del secretario de su padre. Gregory le pedirá ayuda a Lucy para conquistar a Hermione y así es como poco a poco se irán haciendo amigos y más.


Es un poco más largo que los demás libros y eso ayuda un montón, hay más desarrollo en los personajes y vemos realmente el romance poco a poco.🥰
Me pareció el libro más romántico de toda la saga. Los otros solían tener mucha más atracción sexual, este fue puro romance y tragedia. Me gustó mucho más.❤️
Todos los otros libros de la saga tienen comentarios o escenas machistas en mayor o menor medida. Este libro no tuvo nada!! Ni un comentario, ni una escena tóxica romantizada.. NADA. Tuve que esperar 8 libros para esto.
Realmente deseo que quienes lean los libros anteriores no romanticen esas escenas y actitudes.😑😄

Y este libro si tuvo EL DRAMA de la temporada. Muchas veces en los libros anteriores sentía que el drama estaba súper injustificado o exagerado. Acá fue realmente muy merecedor de Drama lo que estaba pasando.😱😱

Además, me sorprendió en muchos aspectos. Hubo algo que no pude adivinar ni de cerca y cuando pasó estaba impactada.

Y... Hubo un personaje LGBT+ estuve esperando 8 libros para que aparezca algún personaje no hetero y ya había perdido las esperanzas. Ojalá hubiera habido más diversidad en toda la saga y ojalá hubiera tenido más protagonismo.

Tuve que esperar 8 libros para que me guste uno jajajaja pero valió la pena. Todos fueron entretenidos.

Yo leyendo buscando esposa: 😄😱😭🥺🤩
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3,116 reviews1,979 followers
April 29, 2020
I have enjoyed this series very much so I was a little sad to be picking up the last book. However Gregory is the last Bridgerton to require a partner in life so this had to be the final episode.

It was all very typical of the whole series -good clean fun, an interesting story and lots of amusing repartee. By book eight we know the Bridgerton family very well. Gregory's brothers as usual provided all the comedy and Hyacinth had a wonderful role towards the end.

The ending was delightful. Gregory and Lucy seemed set on creating a dynasty. Perhaps Julia Quinn will write a series just for their offspring. It would be a nice long one! In the meantime she has already written many more books so I have plenty of reading material ahead of me!
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1,348 reviews2 followers
September 6, 2020
So disappointing. I didn't even post one update while reading ... that should tell you what I thought of it. I thought Gregory and Lucy came across as quite childish ... couldn't warm to them at all. I was literally skimming towards the end of the book!


It would barely make the three star mark for me but as I did enjoy the series of books overall, I will give it three. Even the presence of the other Bridgerton siblings couldn't help this one. I know I am in the minority here ... I still love the series and I love Julia Quinn but this is one I will definitely NOT be re-reading or listening to!


Honestly, it was all a bit tedious, truth be told. Such a disappointing end to the series ... even the Epilogue was silly! 😢
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1,413 reviews312 followers
March 12, 2019
*** 3 STARS

Ya es el último libro de la serie que triste.
Todavía no me quería despedir de ella pero pss tenía que leerlo.

A mi parecer no estuvo a la altura de un cierre de serie le faltó mucho, más interacción familiar que es la esencia de la serie y ser un poco más divertido.

Gregory fue muy lindo y romántico muy Bridgerton, de todos si es el más romántico pero sentí que la autora no profundizó tanto en el personaje, lo conocimos muy superficialmente esa fue mi percepción.
En cuanto a Lucy al principio me cayó medio mal después muy bien y luego muy muy mal para después ya caerme bien sobre todo en el epílogo.

Y La historia fue floja además que yo me esperaba otra cosa y eso me pasa muchas veces cuando leo la sinopsis y me hago ideas de cómo va a ser el libro hay veces que me sorprende pero la mayora me termina decepcionando y eso me paso.

Ay tengo que decir mi escena favorita y es obvio cuando sale mi amado Colin y está acompañando a Gregory trepados en un árbol vigilando a Lucy.
Colin es lo máximo y siempre pidiendo comida aunque esté arriba de árbol ay LO AMO!!!
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1,879 reviews404 followers
November 10, 2014
Opsss... I skipped Hyacinth's book... Shame on me!

For me this was the worst one... I couldn't for the love of me like neither the hero nor the heroine, even if I liked her better... but still... I dodn't enjoyed this book as much the first few of the series.

Both Gregory and Lucy were too juvenile, sometimes too stupid.

Greagory couldn't decide what he wanted, or, better, who he wanted! I hated this! First he was creazy in love with Hermione (by the way, I couldn't stop immaging her like Hermione from Harry Potter...LOL), then he stopped loving her and fall crazy in love with Lucy...

Well, for me that's not love! At least not love as it should be in romance novels!

If I were Lucy I would strat asking myself: if he so easily falls in and out of love how can I be sure when he says he loves me???!!!

Sorry, but 3 stars are completly because of all the secodnary characters and the sual witty dialogue!
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1,166 reviews1,571 followers
November 19, 2015

Reading this book was so bittersweet because I knew it was the end to the Bridgerton series, yet at the same time, I simply had to read it! I’ve been putting off the last two books, not wanting the series to come to an end, but I just had to see how things ended up for Gregory, too.

After finishing It’s In His Kiss which I adored, I had such high expectations for this book, maybe too high, because unfortunately, On the Way to the Wedding just didn’t quite live up to them.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a really good story – sweet, sexy, romantic – with those same loving, quirky Bridgerton siblings, but there was something almost subdued about them. It was as if they knew this was the final book and couldn’t be quite as enthusiastic as they had been in previous books. Or maybe it was just me, having to bid a fond, albeit sad, farewell to one of my very favorite historical romance families.

The Bridgerton series has been an absolute delight to read, and is one I’ll re-read time and time again.

3.5/5
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162 reviews342 followers
December 27, 2021
Google: You can read Bridgerton series out of order, but—
Me: *picks up the last book of the series first*
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1,182 reviews370 followers
August 18, 2019
The last installment of the Bridgertons series is the story of Gregory and Lucy.
It was a disappointment. The first part of the novel is boring, the end is forced, the dialogues are faint and full of repetitions, and I was annoyed by Gregory's constantly growling stomach.

In this book everything is overdrawn:
• Gregory’s rhapsodic emotions;
• Lucy’s sense of duty and devotion;
• Hermione’s beauty and praising it to the skies;
• Some romantic scenes – especially – what a cliché!
• Drama: blackmail, hostage crisis, and shooting affair;
• The number of children.

However, it has positive aspects too. Gregory and Lucy have some sweet moments, and the secondary characters – Lady Bridgerton, Hyacinth, Lord Haselby and Hermione - are very likeable, and they undoubtedly benefit the story.

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400 reviews98 followers
March 29, 2016


What the hell did I just read? Besides 300+ pages of utter nonsense. Why Julia Quinn, WHY?

I wish I could say I enjoyed SOMETHING about this book, but I can’t. Even the Bridgerton family cameos offered little relief from the madness of the plot and the blehness of the main couple. Although, okay, I will admit to laughing my ass off when Gregory tied Lucy up and hid her in a water closet. Yes. That is a thing that actually happens. Don’t even get me started on how everyone fell in love with the back of everyone’s heads and necks and the fluttering, god it was just terrible. I seriously question the state of Julia Quinn’s mind when she wrote this.

The only positives? Lord Haselby (or as I liked to refer to him as, Lord Deadpan) and a rather adorably ridiculous epilogue BUT THAT’S IT. What a bitterly disappointing end to what was a wonderful series.
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1,007 reviews13.7k followers
March 26, 2020
What is life now?

I can’t believe I just turned the last page of the last Bridgerton book. I literally feel like I’ve lost my best friend. I can’t tell you how much I love these books! The talent that Julia Quinn possesses blows my mind! Each book truly kept me captivated and longing for more! My heart aches with the loss of these characters, but they truly live in my heart.

Gregory and Lucy’s story was so unpredictable! It literally had my heart thumping out of my chest towards the end, not knowing what in the world was happening, and going to happen! Their love was one for the history books!

Bravo, Julia Quinn. Bravo!!!
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276 reviews296 followers
October 20, 2021
It is past time I "review" this as I am falling behind again 🤦🙈

Best of the bunch, but possibly only by dint of having the least toxic masculinity from the male MC which may be skewing my rating up because of this – meh whatevs I made it through 😅

It was pretty OTT especially towards the end & weirdly enough reminded me of The Importance of Being Earnest for some reason 🤔 I’m prob way off base with that rando comparison because it has been an absolute age since I read that in school and it was one of the few books not ruined by “having” to study it 🤷
Please don't let me lead you astray, it is not my intention to set this up unfairly, there is no confusion as to who is who - perhaps it is the quartet feel that has me comparing them…

Again the family interactions made this series worthwhile for me. Mama B is a boss-lady and such a gem with her kiddos. It was fun to see Kate in a more prominent role again as I did really like her in her book & everyone else’s cameos reminded me why I enjoy them as side characters. Hyacinth & Gregory's relationship as the "odd ducklings" down the end of the pecking order was heatwarming and how they all come to the "rescue"/help in their own ways was a nice sign off to this series. I can honestly say I have never before considered the effect of the back of someone’s neck when looking for a potential partner – I’m glad the author leaned in and addressed this random tidbit, the second time it was mentioned my eyes legit 🙄

Careful of the second epilogue in this one guys, it was considerably less “light” compared to the others in this series – I was not expecting it and found it an odd tonal shift for the last book...don’t get me wrong it is still a HEA, just different from the others in how it gets there.

All in all I’m glad I read this series so that I can know what all the fuss is about, but I deffo don’t think my thinking aligns with the target audience for when these were written/published. I do lowkey wonder what the storylines might resemble if they were released nowdays – guess we’ll never know unless the Netflix show changes things up.

Quick, easy reads tho for anyone looking to get lost in a large loving family in the 1800s 🤗
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512 reviews475 followers
February 2, 2022
4.7 ⭐️

Este libro es distinto al resto de la saga. En este tienen que luchar por el amor, no les sale tan fácil como al resto.

Tenemos a Gregory, el último hermano Bridgerton soltero. Este cree en el amor y quiere tener algo como sus hermanos. No sé conformará con cualquier cosa porque ha visto el amor en persona. Un día está en el baile que organizó su cuñada cuando de la nada siente que el mundo deja de existir y sus ojos quedan fijos en Lady Hermione Watson. Lo que no sabe es que ella ya está enamorada, por lo que comienza a convivir más con Lady Lucinda (la cuál es nuestra protagonista) en la esperanza de que lo ayude a enamorarla.

Los personajes me parecieron geniales porque son distintos al resto de la saga. Lucy está comprometida desde antes de conocer a Gregory y este no se enamora de ella enseguida. Esto es una especie de Friends to lovers.

En este libro vemos bastante de lo que es una amistad honesta y leal. También deja bastante claro que no se necesita compartir sangre para ser hermanos/as, lo cual me parece demasiado tierno.

Me gustó bastante este libro. Estará en mi top 3 de la saga Bridgerton, sin duda alguna.

Ahora solo me falta el libro de los segundos epílogos y estoy triste por dejar ir a estos personajes.

¿Lo recomiendo? Sip, es muy bueno y considero que es un buen cierre de la saga.

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950 reviews143 followers
April 20, 2019


I ended up really enjoying this one. Gregory was a bit different than the other Bridgerton men. Being the youngest he took on a rather lackadaisical persona. He appeared to have no great desire for much. Oh he had opinions and such but he never gave much thought to his future. He was humorous and handsome. A lively character indeed. So when Lucy entered his life one wouldn't think a woman who needed a life of order would be the one to spur the unfamiliar feelings of true love for Gregory.

Once Gregory got his head out of his arse and saw what was right out front of him it was a joy to watch him and Lucy find their happiness. Their story was quite a emotional roller coaster to say the least. ❤️

And that 2nd Epilogue. OH MY HEART! I loved every minute of it.
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461 reviews229 followers
April 18, 2018
No me puedo creer que yo le esté dando esta mala nota a un libro de Julia Quinn pero sintiéndolo mucho no he encontrado a "mi" querida Julia en este libro, no he encontrado a los maravillosos personajes a los que nos tenia acostumbrados, y no he encontrado sentido a esta historia ni al romance. Le doy las 2 estrellas por el final y el epilogo pero ya. ¡Por favor no me decepciones mas! Aun así merece mucho la pena leer esta saga de libros, la de los 8 hermanos  Bridgerton. 
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306 reviews1,766 followers
January 1, 2021
2,5⭐️
Le doy el aprobado justito, porque la primera parte (mitad) me enganchó bastante. Pero luego fue decayendo y no he conectado para nada con ese final.
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788 reviews237 followers
July 1, 2010
Ok, I am only slow at updating this because I needed to find a way to be nice about this book. But really, I shouldn't have waited because I almost forgot what this book was even about. Goes to tell you, this ain't that great.

Gregory, the last of the Bridgertons, believes in love - true love, all-consuming love, love so strong that you wouldn't even be able to breath without their reciprocation. Which makes it really crazy when he falls for Hermione, a woman who has already lost her heart to her father's secretary. But Hermione's (damn, I feel like I am in Harry Potter) BFF, Lucinda, or Lucy, wants to save her friend from that disastrous union and tries to forge one between Hermione and Gregory. Afterall, she actually approves of him and finds him refreshing even if he is one of Hermione's many admirers. But the greatest plans don't always go smoothly, and Lucinda, a woman who has always done her duty and is engaged to be married (now it seriously doesn't help that her fiance is gay - if JQ was adding a gay character, she should make him more fun), falls for Gregory. Gregory is blissfully (or not) unaware about his growing feelings toward Lucy and things get even more testy when Lucy is forced to marry. Suddenly Gregory realizes how much she means to him and then the really bizarre things happen.

Ok, I will start with the obvious: Gregory just isn't a man to me. I know, he's 26 or something and should, even with a Beta personality, be able to entice me with some of his masculinity. But he fails miserably to be seen as an independent man, which none of his brothers had very much problems becoming. Could it be because Benedict and Colin actually had professions or goals? Lucy is a little better. She is a little more in control with herself and is very duty-oriented. But even she lacked the spark necessary of a HR heroine.

The most annoying parts was Gregory's mom conversations. Those made Gregory seem even younger, schoolboy-like. The convos were pretty useless too, but i guess they have a bit of realism inside. Hyacinth was annoying, as usual, and JQ is really trying to fashion her to be the next Lady D. I don't like it, it seems all so contrived.

I do have to give points for creativity. I have never seen this theme in major HR books and its novelty was the only thing that kept me going. i was very surprised with Lucy's brother and her BFF. And I honestly felt like they were too dumb to help her out. The uncle as the villain is overused, but I guess it added the danger and the scandal. I ended up liking Hasalby and truly wishing for more airtime for him - why had JQ not added a gay character before? Whatever, I'm not going to judge.

Overall, this is really 2.5 stars, but I feel too annoyed with the book to be nice enough to grant a 3. It has some funny parts and some good parts, but not enough to compensate. The worst part was the epilogue. Seriously? That is just dumb, not even cute or funny to think about. That, singlehandedly made this book firmly settle at a 2.
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559 reviews214 followers
February 1, 2020
When I think of this book, I think of how the hero met the heroine at the same time as her friend and fell for the friend. It’s just not the stuff dreams are made of. I also don’t like the conclusion much. There are good parts. I think it’s more interesting than Benedict’s book, and once Gregory wakes up, he’s a better hero than Colin. So it’s made a jump from 8 to 6 in my ranking.

Final ranking in this reread:
1. To Sir Phillip, With Love
1. The Viscount Who Loved Me
3. When He Was Wicked
4. It's in His Kiss
5. The Duke and I
6. On the Way to the Wedding
7. Romancing Mister Bridgerton
8. An Offer From a Gentleman

Now, I just have to wait for the Netflix series.
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