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Each book in this series follows more or less the exact same formula, with the exact same phrasing and imagery used over and over again to match.
The 'novelty factor' of this Bridgerton book is that the female character is widowed and therefore has already lost her virginity, saving us from her inevitable gasps of shock and description of the whole thing as "odd". However, her decision to give both main characters a personality transplant half way through so that the plot worked out meant I enjoyed the second half a lot less than the first.
Julia Quinn is brilliant. She breaks the received romance molds and reshapes stories that are absolutely unforgettable. Michael Stirling is one of my favourite heroes of ALL TIMES. He's Mr. Darcy without pride and prejudice. He's just too delicious. He's everything a hero should be. I LOVE him! Which is why Francesca is secondary for me and I accept her as a Bridgerton because JQ says so. This is one of my top 3 favourite Bridgerton books (the irony). It's unusual also because the book opens with Michael's pov and often reverts to it. Francesca's pov is quantitatively less than Michael's I think, but I wouldn't have it any other way. And that scene in the library...so HOT! Must-read.
I actually really liked this one, although there was a lot of guilt... Which *spoilers* everybody knew was going to be resolved. Frankly if I were her first husband I wouldn't have been all that thrilled. It would have been nice to see the relationship between francesca and her first husband a bit more too. Some of the bridgerton books are a miss, but this is not one of them.
This story is really quite interesting, but I think that the first seduction was very over the top - in fact I was a bit embarrassed, not an easy admission from a widow of mature years. Not really for me.
This is definitely a bit different than the other books in the Bridgerton saga. Not just because it starts with Francesca already married. Also she is a little different from her sisters, much more serious. I loved Michael, as the hero, hiding his love by becoming the Merry Rake. The bedroom scenes really are more explicit in this one and there are much more of them. Michael definitely is very wicked indeed, but also very loveable - probably JQ's most loveable hero.
I recommend people read the second epilogue in 'The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After'. JQ has said this is the favourite thing she has written and I believe it is also mine. I loved it.