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Summary

The fourth book in Julia Quinn's globally best-selling Regency-set Bridgerton Family series, now the inspiration for the Netflix series Bridgerton created by Shondaland. Welcome to Colin and Penelope's long-awaited story....

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.

Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought of as nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can't seem to publish an edition without mentioning him. But when Colin returns to London from a trip abroad, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same - especially Penelope Featherington! The girl who was always simply there is suddenly the girl haunting his dreams. When he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide. Is she his biggest threat - or his promise of a happy ending?

©2021 Julia Quinn (P)2021 W F Howes

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"Julia Quinn's Bridgerton books take all of the classic tropes we know and love...and gives them a thoroughly modern twist. I can't focus on anything else." (Stylist)

What listeners say about Bridgerton: Romancing Mister Bridgerton

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Disappointing and contradictory

I found this Bridgerton novel very dull, repetitive and AWFUL in the way Colin Bridgerton treated Penelope. He manhandles her regularly, ‘tugging’ her, pushing her around or gripping her arm so tightly it bruises. For supposedly the easiest-going Bridgerton, he is frequently full of rage, jealousy, dismay - he’s not fun at all. Penelope goes from being an interesting woman at the outset to a meek and bidding lover and wife. There’s very little spark in this story, and it needs humour to counter the monotonous back and forth anxiety of the main couple, but lacks it. Left me cold!

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best if this series

this is the, in my opinion, the best in this series and I have listened to book 5 so far. I preferred the lesser amount of sexual description in some other stories, many may not agree. I think the story was was more realistic and relatable. a general comment I would make in the series is that every Male sounds like a Bridgerton whether they are or not and this can be a bit confusing.

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Again a joy to listen to....

After the disappointment of Book 3 I am delighted to report that Book 4 was much more enjoyable ....

again I noticed various repeats within the story ... which I find annoying and therefore I deduct one star ⭐️ from the story -
but by now I feel that the author Julia Quinn uses theses repeats as filler rather than continuing the story, which I hope won't be found in the next book .... as I love this series, but an author shouldn't think that the audience isn't following closely the story.

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Julia Quinn writes another splendid Bridgerton nov

A storyline showing the reader that everything comes to those who wait. Excellent read

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loved it

love the relationship of Penelope and Colin probably the best book so far I have listened to

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probably the best in the series so far

a great story with a phenomenal heroine, interesting (often quite modern too) themes and relatively complex storyline with less plot twists and more undertones than the previous ones. this one feels slower, but developing in a way that rings true and candid rather than simply over-romanticized.

it’s difficult not to love and admire penelope, as well as her friendship with eloise, although it’s not surprising to see yet another bridgetown man being rather abusive and almost violent — abuse is never romantic so this is a big flaw not only on this book, but the entire series.

also it really annoys me when people complain that it’s not “historically accurate” because i feel like it’s not even supposed to. so i guess don’t expect any “accuracy” other that basic knowledge of common regency era artitcles of clothing.

but it’s still a great book, hot, honest and rather complex, the best one so far in the bridgeton saga (slightly better than the second one) and often feeling like it finally ties all the books together, showing a different side to all sorts of familiar characters and revealing not just the series’ biggest secret, but also a coherency of the books and their stories overall

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I could not stop listening!

I listened to this book because I couldn't wait to see what happened next on the Netflix series, and I could not stop listening. I love the love story between Colin and Penelope. I love how it developed from a friendship into something amazing. Without spoiling too much if you haven't watched or read, I love the declaration of love Colin makes on the balcony at the end in front of the Ton. It's like he knew what Penelope needed and gave it to her. Beautiful! Now want to buy all the books and read!

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A Gentle Romance Story

Friends to lovers stories aren't full of angst like other romance tropes. Colin and Penelopes love story is more a gentle romance. An enjoyable listen to compliment the other Bridgerton stories. This story shows a different side to Colin that we don't see in the other books. He is more alpha, which doesn't suit him.
The love scenes are quite hot to listen to 🥵. And it was so lovely to hear Penelope have a happy ending at last ❤️ 🐝

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Disappointed.

I was looking forward to this one I'd heard so much about it, but I was quite disappointed. The time line didn't make sense, Colin (who has forever been described as "charming") was horrible and whiny and Penelope who had so much potential to be a badass, became a simpering idiot around Colin. Another thing that annoyed me (quite petty, but it did) was the description of breakfast towards the end of the book. Muffins? who eats cake for breakfast? Or, "English Muffins" which I don't think anyone eats, beyond McDonald's, or Eggs Benedict. They were not a thing in the UK until 1990.

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Thoroughly recommend Highly Enjoyable

Go Poppy, Go Colin, good on the author,
Entertaining Enticing Hard to not listen to ALL THE WAY THROUGH. The narrative so well read, and captivating, of all the Bridgeton books this will be returned to again and possibly again

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  • 28-04-22

twist!

love the twist, however it lacked the connection to the Book 3's 2nd epilogue. i was looking forward on how Lady Whistledown came to write again, it didnt came.

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  • 16-07-21

Very enjoyable

Very entertaining. I was sad for it to end. On to the next book.