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So, it was the last one. I was both looking forward to it and dreading saying goodbye to the Bridgertons. It wasn't bad as I had been afraid it might be, with high expectations and all. Great plot and romance and the meet-cutes, all in place. Gregory Bridgerton though is not as well-defined as his brothers and he's right in suspecting that he isn't as heroic as they are. But towards the end, just as he is coming up to mark, Lucy, the wonderful tenacious Lucy, says to Lord Haselby, who has been established as NOT being interested in women, and from whom she herself has just escaped most fortunately, 'But do you still wish for a wife? Because I could help you find one, once I'm settled that is.' A heroine I had rooted for and liked throughout the book suddenly changes and emerges as this cruel woman, who is happy to make another woman a victim of a loveless, sexless marriage. Why? It was a terrible betrayal. I wish it could be edited and got rid of, because it leaves such a bad taste in the mouth. The rest of the book pales in comparison to this huge let down. At least for me it did. Lucy Abernathy transformed in a space of minutes from heroine to antagonist. Not a way to remember the last Bridgerton book.
Gregory is the youngest of the eight Bridgerton siblings and the only unmarried one. He believes in true love - why not when all his siblings have found love-matches? So when invited to his oldest brother's houseparty he spots the incomparable Hermione Watson, he knows she's the one for him. Sadly Miss Watson doesn't seem equally smitten, so he turns to her friend Lady Lucinda Abernathy for help, not realising until it's almost too late that Lucy, with her sharp wit and sunny personality is the one for him. What a pity Lucy is already engaged and her cold-hearted uncle is not about to let her back out. What's a poor besotted gentleman to do?
Thank goodness this is the last book in a series which went from riveting to rubbish. I'm pushing giving this 3 stars as the story, which starts off quite promising and interesting quickly slides down to ridiculous and then goes even further down the scale to ludicrous. I will not be reading this series again.
This was the last of the Bridgerton series and I think Julia Quinns had run out of steam with feasible ideas for her main characters. I have enjoyed all the other 7 books and found them easy lockdown reading. This one however had a less than believable plot- if you could call it a plot! The 2 main characters had little personality and I found the most interesting part was the epilogue, revealing what happened after the frantically ridiculous wedding performance. This book I'm afraid suspended belief for me and I had trouble finishing it as it was totally unbelievable towards the end. Sorry Julia not a good read.
I really struggled to begin with. All the other books are so easy to read, but the first quarter of the book was pretty boring. Gregory seemed like a teenager not 25 and was acting like one. Things only got interesting once Hyacinth was back on the scene along with a real old fashioned wicked uncle. For once there was some real scandal and crime and I raced through the rest of the book. So stick with it, it does get better.
I like Gregory. He is clearly a romantic, a bit iike his brother Benedict. He was bound to be seeing his 7 siblings happily married. I must admit though, after that very funny conversation between him and Hyacinth in "It's in His Kiss", I expected more of wit. Instead I wanted to shake him at the beginning of this book for being such a lovesick fool, mooning over Miss Watson when clearly Lucy was made for him. . It didn't help that at that point we were reintroduced to my favourite Bridgerton couple Anthony and Kate and I couldn't help but want to read more about them instead. Still once Gregory had realised where his heart lay I couldn't help but root for him and Lucy. The story became very exciting and this is the first time I have had to read straight through to the end because I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next.
All in all, very satisfactory end to the series. I will now check out the second epilogue in "The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After."
Oh Gregory! such a romantic he couldn't see what was right in front of him! Beautifully dramatic; a slow build in feelings, and events.
Quinn has again managed to continue the stories of every sibling within the Bridgeton series, and quietly revealing a new burning love that will stand the test of time. She involves past feelings and family ties and bonds that make you wish for a larger family, and appreciate the comfort of having people who love you unconditionally. - even those that will sit on a tree branch with you - waiting for hours on end - without questioning you.
I have read many of Julia Quinn's books but I have to say that towards the end of the Bridgerton series I began to feel that things were getting a little repetitive.
I have long been a fan of regency romance (first introduced to Georgette Heyer by my grandmother as a young teenager) and was introduced to Julia Quinn by a friend quite recently. What instantly struck me about Julia Quinn's books was the strength of characters. The few historical inaccuracies, though noticeable do not generally detract from the story.
Unfortunately, though this book was still an enjoyable read, I was a little disappointed. I felt the lead characters, Gregory and Lucy, were not as well developed as normal and as the series progressed I found that the characters from the previous books in this series become increasingly stilted with the exception of Violet Bridgerton.
It would also find it refreshing if the "naughty" scenes had a little more variety to them from book to book, they seem to be written to a formula.
I recommed this book as a conclusion to the rest of the series but I would not recommend it as the starting point for anyone reading the books out of sequence.