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Romancing Mister Bridgerton

(Bridgertons #4)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  73,193 ratings  ·  4,919 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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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published November 24th 2015 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)

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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
Dec 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Here’s me thinking I would end up giving this 5 stars and it ended up being the worst one in the series so far.
How did one of the most wittiest brothers end up being such a bore? I don’t understand where his personality went.

The romance lacked absolutely everything. The chemistry was missing, once they got together they became even more boring and the plot was irritating and overtook the actual romance.

Nothing felt believable. I skim read towards the end of the book and then just gave up on t
chan ☆
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
not sure if it's the PMS or the book but i did release a singular bitch baby tear upon finishing this

i wasn't entirely enthusiastic about starting this fourth book because the first three books have been decidedly meh. however, julia quinn did a really good job setting up the relationship for this book at the end of the last one so i was a little more excited for this than i would have been otherwise. and honestly... this book didn't disappoint!

this was a childhood friends to lovers kind of stor
Nilufer Ozmekik
Wow! I’m soooo sooo sooo pissed off right now! Since I devoured streaming series I got addicted to the Bridgerton madness like 63 million householders and Penelope became my favorite character from the beginning (being a Irish series Derry Girls fan also affected my judgment because Nicola Coughlan is such a brilliant actress who plays Penelope) and at first two books I got impression that Colin was smartest and most likable brother of Bridgertons.

So I skipped the third book to read two of my f
3.5 Stars
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,
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
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Damn you, Colin Bridgerton, for getting my hopes up. You were so great in the other Bridgerton books, and everyone says, Colin! He's the best! that I was expecting this book to be a homerun. But you, my friend, are a spoiled brat. Yeah, I said it.

Okay, that might have been a bit harsh, but I'm sick of romance readers lifting up mediocre men. Penelope Featherington is a catch, and just because Colin *finally* noticed her curves, beautiful eyes, and brains for days, doesn't make him great. It jus
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
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.
Out of all of the Bridgertons, I was most excited for Colin's. He was such a fun character in the first three books and the angst between him and Penelope was just so amazing. I couldn't wait for them to fall in love!

I can't really say a whole lot about this book without spoiling things, so I'll just say that I didn't really love Colin as much as I thought I would in his book. His insecurities at the end were frustrating and I just wish he had communicated them to Penelope from the start. I did
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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
Book Wonderland

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'
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
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
Colin and Penelope!!♥♡


I just finished the Netlix series, Brigerton, which focuses on Colin's younger sister, Daphne, and got so obsessed with Colin and Penelope that I jumped the gun and skipped all previous three installments just to read their story right away!

If you're like me and have watched the Netflix show then have no fear. You will have no issues following along with what Bridgerton had left you. Like the series, Colin leaves London to go traveling. When he comes back, it is now ab
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
this is kind of a story about when you go back and read a book that disappointed you, but the memories of the particulars was just gone from my memory. Back in the day, I remember really looking forward to this book, and then I remember being really disappointed by I reread to remember why.

Anyways, I re-read it last week and now I remember why: the "who is Lady Whistledown" plot takes up all the air and the romance felt very perfunctory, which might have been inevitable because the Whist
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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Lacey (laceybooklovers)
Unrequited love isn’t really my favorite thing to read in romance but I did enjoy Penelope & Colin a lot more this second read.
Ms. Smartarse
Ten years after first coming out, Penelope Featherington hasn't upped her popularity quota among the ton. She is still unmarried, with a penchant to keep to the edges of the dance floor, albeit she now has a much better fashion sense, and the added responsibility of chaperoning her little sister.

For all intents and purposes, Penelope's spinsterhood should feel much more depressing than our heroine makes it out to be. Yet with her current freedom to dress, eat, and indulge in all the previously f
4.5 Danbury/Penelope stars

I absolutely love this series.
Julia Quinn writes dialogue and wit better than most. Her storytelling skills are so engaging that I can lose myself in her world, the Bridgerton world, very easily.

And upon my 4th 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 insecur
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
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
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.

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