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Bridgerton Collection Volume 1: The First Three Books in the Bridgerton Series

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The first three Bridgerton books all in one e-book volume! Includes The Duke and I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, and An Offer From a Gentleman.

Set between 1813 and 1827, the Bridgerton Series is a collection of eight novels, each featuring one of the eight children of the late Viscount Bridgerton. The Bridgertons are currently being developed as a Shondaland series for Netfl
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Published May 26th 2020 by Avon
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Morgan (AnAverageReader)
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in the Bridgerton series. I read these after watching the show, which I actually would recommend. For the first few chapters, I thought to compare the book to the series, but it quickly became apparent that it was best to separate the two and enjoy both. However, I will say that I enjoyed the book slightly more because the characters were developed better. Daphne was more interesting and individualistic than in the show. Additionally, because each Bridg ...more
Renee
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each one got better and better! I’m officially obsessed with the Bridgerton bunch!
Maryam Nisa
So I've read the first 4 book in this series, not 3, but this was the closes post and the issues I had were represented in all of them. So this is a 4 in 1 review.

Let's start with the Pros:
1) I LOVE MISS WHISTLEDOWN! Legit I wanna be this lady's friend so bad, she is whitty and sarcastic and 10000% AMAZING. Regency Gossip Girl ones. I'm here for it.
2) The Brigertons (as a family unit), there dynamic is great. They fight and make quips at each other constantly, they seemed like a real loving fam
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Julie Giese
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Books were formulaic a bit, but enjoyable. I can see where Shonda Rhimes will be able to flesh this out into a good show.
Dee
I finished the second book (The Viscount Who Loved Me - gosh these titles are awfully generic) and it was approximately the silliest thing I have ever read in my life, so I think I'll set this aside here--especially since the third book doesn't sound all that much fun anyway.

I enjoy a good romance, and the emotional arcs on these were nicely done, but the scenarios through which those arcs were realised were often so utterly ridiculous that on one occasion (the BEE) I had to literally set the bo
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Steph
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three books in one volume makes it a little tricky to rate so going with 4 as an average. Like many folks I watched the Netflix series and decided to check out the books. I think the show has a little more depth and fleshed out characters but the books are still a lot of fun. I particularly like the humour and the family teases each other. My only real complaint with the 3 in 1 volume is that it includes additional epilogues set much further in the future that then to spoil the later books in th ...more
Lorie
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun re-read!
Susan W
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julia Quinn is always fun as are the Bridgertons.
Kelsey Taylor
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Obsessed. Started reading before I started the show, I enjoy the books more.
Michelle
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophie and Benedict were my favorite but they were all good.
Erin
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars, 2021
The pandemic is really out here, making us do things we never thought we'd do in a million years, isn't it? It's a bit weird rating an omnibus like this one, considering I have such different feelings for all three of these books. As an average though, the whole thing is probably around 3.5 stars.

The Duke and I comes in at a solid 3 stars. I probably wouldn't have liked it much if I hadn't already falling in love with the show, which I feel is fair. Let's be real, it's the only reason I picked t
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Sarah
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For my own sake I have decided to review each book individually since my feelings varied.

The Duke and I- probably my least favourite of the three. This could be because I watched the show first, and it might have influenced my opinion. It is often difficult not to make comparisons even when you try not to. I just really didn't like the way Daphne and Simon's relationship unfolded through the second half of the novel and I thought their issues were settled a little too quickly based on the scope
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Tori Keerl
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book matches the first season of the show pretty well with the basic plot points. It had more dialogue between the characters than the show so you got to know each of them better. The second book has been my favorite so far, much in the same vein as the first one but with Anthony starring as the main character. Then the third book was ok, the plot wasn't something I usually look for in a romance book but characters were still as witty and amusing as the others. Third book is Benedict w ...more
Heather Chapman
I read this after watching the Netflix show. I'm actually appalled at myself for how much more I preferred the show compared to this book. The characters seem bland and the plotline is so predictable (even without watching the show). The dialogue between characters feels stilted and staged and characters I loved in the show for their warmth and progressive thinking (lady bridgerton and lady dancroft) were portrayed in a much harsher light in this book. ...more
Allie Forzani
Entertaining but one if the rare occasions where I like the show much better.
Janice
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Pure fun. Great to read around Valentine’s Day❤️
Danielle Lashmett
I watched and enjoyed the Netflix series which prompted me to read these books. I am so glad that I did because the Netflix series changes a few things and leaves out so many interesting details to these characters and the storyline.

The Bridgerton series will give you love and lust with each story, all living within the social class system of England. I also enjoyed the close-knit family dynamic of the Bridgerton family. My reviews of the three books individually are as follows:

The Duke and I -
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Katherine Hetzel
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit it - only read the books cos I watched Netflix!

Anyhoo - I really enjoyed the books in this collection. Of course I had a picture of the duke in my head all through the first one (!) but the writing is good fun.

The only thing I have to quibble with - and this may be because I don't usually read romance - is that certain bits across the three novels were pretty much cut and pasted, especially when it came to the lovemaking. If a bloke nibbled the corner of a lady's mouth once (how is tha
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Nicole
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, tvseries
Inspired to read because of the Netflix series. Hoping Shonda can work her magic and make upcoming seasons better than the books.
Maregred
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love "trashy" romance novels, especially regency ones. The dialogue in all three books is so witty, which I feel a lot of romance novels miss. Each one progressively gets better. The Anthony and Benedict stories also made me even more excited for Bridgerton seasons 2 and 3.

Also, to note "that scene" in The Duke and I: yeah, it's problematic. It's bad. And it DEF didn't age well. I think the book did an ok job getting into Simon's head in the aftermath, which I feel the show glossed over. This
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elizabeth clark
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
watched the series and i was like, i HAVE to read the book!

i’m pretty adamant about separating books and movies - i really try not to compare them to each other ... i LOVED the show, and i LOVED the books, and i feel there are enough differences between the book and the show to make each interesting in its own way.

there are things i like better about each of them ... specifically, what i enjoyed more in the books was that there was a lot more snappy dialogue between the characters - i really got
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Monica
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I already wrote a review for the Duke and I (I think) so this is for the other two.

The Viscount Who Loved Me
Is everyone in this series going to be forced into marriage?? I was a little disappointed that this book followed the same path as the Duke and I in that regard. Otherwise it was a good story - the Pall Mall game was hilarious and more of what we come to the book for - the relationships between the Bridgerton's. They are an aristocratic family who love each other, enjoy being together and
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CeeMarie
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this series years ago when they first came out and I wanted to reread after watching the Netflix show based on the first one, The Duke and I. I loved them years ago, when I was going through my historical romance phase. And I still find them soooo good for the genre. I have read so many historical romances and Julia Quinn really is top of the genre, IMO. She really created an interesting and fun family in The Bridgertons. Not to mention, they are very fun, oftentimes sweet and emotional a ...more
Anna
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all three books, book 2 is by far my favorite. I found it to be the funniest. I did not however like book 3 and it proved quite a pain to read through. Maybe because it resembles too much a Cinderella story and I’m not a Disney princess stan or maybe there was just too much turning around to my liking.
The books are enjoyable nonetheless and you grow to live the Bridgertons, special mention for Violet!
Adinda Proehoeman
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eventhough.. mau contain spoilers

Eventhough book 1 and 2 is quite similar in the plot.
And book 3 is like Cinderella ..
Still it was quite a entertaining read.
Just wished the 2nd epilogue doesn't open up too much on the other siblings stories that we haven't read. Example we know who Collin end up with. And If you seen the series.. the original story is kinda different.. so it's worth the read.
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Katie Pfahler
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed

*12/23/20*

An Offer From a Gentleman

This story was definitely very compelling and also quite a bit different from the first two in the series. I liked that it dealt with a romance not set within the aristocracy (though the Bridgerton's are well respected/highborn members of society with nice things and such). I also liked that it dealt with some issues of class, but I still didn't necessarily like that Benedict wouldn't totally accept that Sophie wouldn't be his mistress until the end. He doe

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Dorothy L.
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Devoured these three books between January 3 a d January 7... maybe it was just a great escape from current events 😉 but I find Ms. Quinn’s writing so compelling that I stay up until 3 am just to find out what happens. Well, don’t get me wrong - you pretty much know how it’s going to end, but the journey is SO entertaining - filled with drama and humor - you just have to read on! The epilogue(s) are also VERY satisfying. Definitely moving on to book 4 (after I get some sleep!!)
Diana (DomesticGoddess)
Julia Quinn novels are a mixed bag for me (I've rated them anywhere from 2 to 5 stars) but I've wanted to read this series for a while. The thing is, my library didn't have them in ebook form (the only thing I really read) and I wasn't willing to pay the $7 or so for each novel. Anyway, now that Bridgerton is a Netflix series, the library was willing to take my suggestion and purchase them. YAY!

#1. The Duke and I - 5 stars. Brilliant.

#2. The Viscount Who Loved Me - 4 stars. Not quite as brillian
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klmt
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the duke and i - cute fake dating, not cute marital rape

the viscount who loved me - masterful. begins with enemies to lovers, develops into ultimate wife guy fantasy. anthony continually moving the goal posts on what counts as "risk of falling in love" had me laughing out loud. "he wanted to see what kate was up to" LOST, GONE, SWEPT AWAY IN THE SEA, ultimate wife guy.

an offer from a gentleman - if you choose to buy in, it's a cute, sweet time. i had a hard time enjoying myself with the stark di
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April
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strong Women and Romance

I read these books after I'd watched the Netflix series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and Daphne and Simon's story. I lived all if the characters and chuckled at dialogue making it enjoyable . I truly lived the story.if Anthony and Kate and found myself laughing out loud several times. I love Kate as a character for sure. The third book was my least favorite of the three with a Cinderella beginning and so much repetition. I do live that the female characters are al
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  • The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2)
  • An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgertons, #3)
  • Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4)
  • To Sir Phillip, With Love (Bridgertons, #5)
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