A review by leahsbooks
Romancing Mister Bridgerton, by Julia Quinn

lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


I've always really liked Penelope, so I was really expecting this to be one of my favorite books in the series. Sadly, it was not. First and foremost because of the continued harping on Penelope's weight. It felt like there was a mention of her weight in every chapter, and how it made her not appealing to the men in society. SERIOUSLY? No matter how smart or pretty or witty or good at dancing or anything else Penelope was, nothing seemed to make any difference to anyone. And even Colin fell right into that trap. As if the only important thing was her weight? This made me incredibly mad.

He only suddenly noticed how attractive she was out of the blue after knowing her for years, and then fell madly in love with her? I really struggled with this book. It got a little too close to insta-love for me, which is one of my least favorite tropes. I didn't really understand his motivation when he never saw anything special in her before. Not to mention that he was pretty controlling. 

This was definitely a miss for me.

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