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I am relatively green romance novel reader. I stumbled upon Lisa Kleypas and read most of he book. I really enjoy most of them. Then I moved on to Sarah MacLean (that I did not enjoyed nearly as much, rolling my eyes on almost every page) and eventually I discovered Bridgerton series.
I enjoy it very, very much. It is funny, sexy and it is very good writing. However book no 5 about Francesca was not that enjoyable. Writing was good as usual, but the character of Francesca drove me crazy. She is described as logical, cool headed and perceptive. But further in to the book her IQ was dropping. Her catch phrase seems to be "Michael", and nothing else. She was constantly either speechless, or started sentence without ability to finish it or was just saying "Michael" for the sake of saying it. When asked question her regular answer was "I don't know". I gave it 3 stars because writing was quite good, I like the whole series very much, and first half is rather digestible. To finish on the positive note - I already started the next book. I like it very much thanks to healthy dosage of Lady Danbury's presents (and of course her caine!) :)
Francesca is a naughty girl. Even before losing her poor husband to an aneurysm, she displays curiosity levels unbecoming a cat let alone a Georgian countess in hey brother in law's night time exploits with the lovely ladies of London Town. After the husband trots off this mortal coil, the brother in law (who had been in love with Francesca since day 1) decides that India is where all of the cool kids are (who are now earls with severe issues due to unrequited love that could be resolved by just telling the object of their desires). Brother in law returns and thankfully after pages of, well, rumpy pumpy and much galavanting across Britain (surely not practical with the modes of transport available or the quality of infrastructure in Georgian Britain) there is a wedding. Of sorts.
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.
First off, holy lady boner! Pretty darn good love scenes. I truly felt empathy for the main characters who have struggled far more than so many of JQ's characters. But because of these conflicts the book was so interesting and different. It did tend to get a little too melodramatic for my taste, but it all ads to the tension that will deliver a great climax (see what I did there?). It's a good read.
Je me suis comme beaucoup attaché aux romans de la Chronique des Bridgertons. Je les ai quasiment tous lu, en anglais , je préfère. Celui est le plus "bouillant" de la série, on aime ou on n'aime pas...moi ce qui me dérange c'est que l'héroine , Francesca, n'a plus une réplique correcte pendant une bonne moitié du livre, elle ne sait dire que "Michael....". C'est bien dommage car l'histoire est comme d'habitude assez originale et bien écrite.
Dear Lord help me,but I wish I could slap some sense into this stupid,stupid heroine. She was soo lost in some form of etiquette and protocol, I just found her down right stupid.
Border line TSTL quite honestly. I know things were different back in the day,things often moved at a slower pace but dear gods ,at 60% the book this stupid,stupid,stupid fool was just as clueless or maybe more so than she was at the beginning of the book.
Ok,happy happy newlyweds ,( married two years but still) ,living in their little bubble ,both of course unaware that their best friend and companion and cousin is in madly in love with Francesca. Then John ( cousin/husband ) dies suddenly. He’s gone by the chapter and the rest of the book is about Hell, I don’t remember or care. This is supposed to be a “romance “ . Now I know Historical romances move at a different pace than almost any other. Especially contemporary romance or paranormal or sci/fi with aliens and soo many many others . And dear lord,while I surely do not expect or even what an insta love here ( not that I mind when done right) I should at least feel like a bloody romance. The first half of the book is about mourning and loss and you just can’t force a faster pace on that. You just can’t. And while I get why Micheal felt he had to be a coward and run away from her for so long,their guilt and stupidity angers and frustrates me. This is NOT the book I was hoping for . To me “When he was Wicked” to be never implied to ppl who spend at least 60% so stupid and ignorant of themselves as their own feelings and each other they wouldn’t even be on the road to acknowledging each other much less couple-hood. All the Bridgertons have been awkward in their on way but they’ve all been entertaining and interesting in their own ways,even when they were being soo stubborn or short sighted you just wanted to smack them. Especially Anthony in arrogance or Benedict in his shortsightedness ,Colin was my fave and Eloise was frustrating but still funny , Daphne, well she was on Netflix ;) But Francesca she’s boring and obtuse. Rigidly independent ,unyieldingly so doesn’t take council or seek advice and lacks common sense. She thinks she knows it all and just show how dumb she is. I was expecting an intelligentsia more mature young woman. A young woman who knew her own mind, a woman who was out of mourning and open to love and possibilities. A woman who was going to run towards love and embrace life. Not completely blind to love staring her in the face and react with distain because of some odd notion that she must marry some stranger instead of a friend. I’ve read plenty of stores where when the head of a clan died and left a widow an unmarried brother was often expected to step in a marry the widow. I mean just in Daphne’s story ( well the Netflix version) when a distant relation of the Featherington’s was knocked up and single and goes off to marry the brother of the man who’d gotten her that way because her lover was dead. So why is this so different ? Micheal was dumb to at times but Francesca was just so irritating. I’m hating this book. This isn’t a romance. Not sure what it is but not that.
After reading the delightful "The Other Miss Bridgerton" I read this book by Julia Quinn. Actually, I listened to it first and found the characters really compelling - for about 1/2 of the book. (The reader, a man, was excellent! Forgive me for not naming him, I am not deft at doing two things at once on the computer.) However, Francesca's "I don't know"s in response to way too many questions grew very very tiresome and I wanted Michael to finally fall out of love with her. But he was kind of like her too in that he couldn't let go of his guilt about Colin. The "courting" got kind of icky. It all went on just TOO LONG.
I read this for the first time & disliked it. Just reread as I am reading the series again & I felt the same. Virtually no Bridgerton interactions, it is like this character was needed to complete the alphabetical order but her story is a stand-alone. Pervasive grief throughout. She is a young widow but apparently never converses about it with her very wise mother who suffered the same fate yet stayed fully a part of the family. (I love Violet!) Quinn even notes Francesca is not like other Bridgertons which makes me wonder why this is part of the series. I will go back & read the other books in the series but this one will not come back into the rotation for me.
These are trashy books and the characters in this book don't make sense. The character choices, the dialogue, and the plot. Its all very melodramatic. Did I read it anyway? Yes. Did I binge read six of these books? Also yes. Did I have to use my brain to do any of it? No. It's a great fantasy, don't read too much into it.
Its still really good and I enjoyed learning more about the sibling who is barely in most of the other books. My only complaint was this book was completely the soap opera trope where a good five minute honest conversation and the whole problem would be over. Girl loves boy, boy loves girl but no one will admit it so you suffer through 300 pages of "will they get together or not".