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I had great expectations for this one because of Hyacinth, lady Danbury and the Italian diary and I really thought that this could be my favorite book from the series. I wasn't completely disappointed because Hyacinth is amazing and always so funny, Gareth is lovely and so dear as a character and, of course, Lady Danbury is Lady Danbury. However, I didn't much like the adventurous, or rather brave and daring, tone of the story. I would have expected more romantic and passionate pages than entire chapters dedicated to a very long search. Anyway, I liked the final chapters and the second epilogue too and I consider Gareth and Hyacinth one of the best couples in the series
This is my second favorite Bridgerton novel behind only Benedict’s story. Hyacinth is exasperating, but completely lovable. Gareth is too much of a ladies man for my tastes, but he is still a decent hero. Gregory has a small but funny part in this book where he teases them about their children having a lisp. Lady Danbury of course plays a pivotal role as well. The only annoying part of the book is how the author makes the heroine clumsy and a lousy dancer. She does that to almost ALL of her heroines. It’s a bit stale. Other than that, this is a fun read that I have revisited at least a dozen times over the years.
Here we are at #8 sibling and the one that is the most irritating yet beguiling. She is ridiculously smart, annoyingly truthful and irreverent to everything and everyone. She is a young Lady Danbury at her best and Lady Danbury knows it and loves her dearly which is why she wants her for her granddaughter. She is determined to have her marry her grandson, Gareth, who has no desire to marry anyone never mind our heroine. Fate has a way of interfering with some help from Lady Danbury and Lady Bridgerton who cannot wait to marry her off to anyone who can go toe to toe with her, please. Gareth is very much up for the task and he needs her to translate his paternal grandmother's diary which is in Italian of which he speaks not a word. Hyacinth knows Italian but learned it from her governess when she was young therefore her knowledge is waning from years of not using it. This alone is a giggle when she translates for him. This is a madcap romance with an old mystery & a heartbreaking story for our H and his nasty, begrudging father. These two are destined for each other regardless of the obstacles and Lord Bridgerton is so grateful that they have found each other. That scene between Anthony and Gareth is pure delight. This is a wonderful story of two odd characters, she especially, that are drawn together with a purpose that find true love in the process. One of my favorites of the series, so don't miss it. 4 1/2 ****
I've been on a bit of a historical romance kick the past few months, and had heard Julia Quinn talked about by a lot of people as one of the must-read authors of the genre. Although it's the 7th in the series, this is only the 3rd I've read - I don't think it's made much difference taking them out of order, as each so far has stood on its own very well.
Hyacinth is the youngest of 8 children, almost all of whom are happily married by this point. But now it's her turn to look for a husband, her intelligence & outspoken manner, which have always been part of her character, are a little off putting to some men. However, every week she reads for Gareth's grandmother, the fierce Lady Danbury, and she's there when Gareth turns up to ask Lady Danbury about where he might be able to get the diary translated. Despite the fact they don't always get on smoothly, Hyacinth agrees to translate the diary, and soon gets caught up in the story she's discovering there. Together, she and Gareth are then launched on an adventure of trying to follow the clues in the diary to find some valuable jewellery hidden in Gareth's family home.
I love the interactions between Gareth and Hyacinth, and what they think about each other when they aren't together. Of course it's clear from the begining that they're going to end up together, but what I like about historical romance is seeing the journey unfold and watching the characters figure it out themselves. Hyacinth is very feisty, and it was fun to see her finding her place as a grown woman, not just the youngest sister of so many other people. Gareth has been affected so much by his angry, unhappy father - I was very glad when he finally stood up to the man, and that things worked out well in the end.
Although I'm fairly new to her work, this book helped cement Julia Quinn in my mind as an author who I think I'll always enjoy. 'It's In His Kiss' is a fun historical romance adventure in London, complete with society events, scheming mothers, and town gossip. It was a lot of fun to read. [Review originally posted by me on my book review blog, The Book Bundle.]
IT'S IN HIS KISS is the seventh novel in the Bridgerton series. It is the story of Hyacinth Bridgerton, the youngest Bridgerton. She meets Gareth St. Clair, who is the grandson of the notorious Lady Danbury. Gareth is estranged from his father and does not intend to marry because of a secret that the two share -- Gareth is not actually not his father's son. When Gareth obtains the diary of his "father's" mother (which is in Italian), Hyacinth begins to translate the book and discovers that there is a treasure to be discovered. As Gareth and Hyacinth search for the treasure, they also fall in love.
The romance in this book is sweet and the mystery is engaging. There are some unrealistic situations that occur while the two search for the treasure, but that didn't ruin the book for me. I liked the book, but found it to be not as good as the other books in the series. That does not mean, however, that the book is not good. It just was not as memorable as some of the others. It is more melodramatic than the others, I think mimicking Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron which is being read in the novel. The book was funny in the Quinn way. The scene where Gareth goes to Anthony to ask to marry Hyacinth was simply hysterical.
It was fun to visit these characters who had such charm for so many books...they've grown into fine well developed people. I have to marvel at the idea of their story being set up so many books ago and the flawless execution of telling it so many "years" later.
For me, this was probably one of my favorite out of the Bridgerton series. Hyacinth's personality was a bit strong for me, but it was still a very enjoyable read and went at a nice fast pace. Would definitely recommend this one!
While most of the Bridgerton books follow the same format - introduce the Bridgerton who is supposed to be married and introduce the marriageable partner, this book actually had an interesting subplot with the discovery of the paternal grandmother's diary and the contents within. Of course there is still the love story, but the subplot gives this book more depth than the others before. It's a pity that this kind of writing waited until the 7th book of the series.
If you have read any of the Bridgerton family story, you will want to read this one. Julia Quinn is in my view the most entertaining writer in todays historical fiction field and though this is not the very best of her work, it is solidly entertaing and definitely worth a read. I've read them all and most them more than once. I have this in paperback and e-book and will reread it also. (Actually I've already re-read it twice.) Saying it's not her best means a very high standard and not HER best still leaves it among the very best overall.