When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn

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TITLE: When He Was Wicked

AUTHOR: Julia Quinn

PUBLISHER: Piatkus

NO. OF PAGES: 368

GENRE: Historical Romance, Fiction

DATE READ:  June 4-28, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

Everything was so much simpler… when he was wicked.

In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breathtaking, that one knows one’s life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London’s most infamous rake, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton.

After a lifetime of chasing women, of smiling slyly as they chased him, of allowing himself to be caught but never permitting his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing. Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca’s surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere thirty-six hours longer—the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin.

But that was then… Now Michael is the earl and Francesca is free, but still she thinks of him as nothing other than her dear friend and confidant. Michael dares not speak to her of his love… until one dangerous night, when she steps innocently into his arms, and passion proves stronger than even the most wicked of secrets..

REXY’S RATING:3 stars

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton

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TITLE:  Romancing Mr. Bridgerton

AUTHOR: Julia Quinn

PUBLISHER: Piatkus Books

NO. OF PAGES: 370

GENRE: Romance, Historical Romance

DATE READ: May 17-19, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend’s brother for . . . well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret . . . and fears she doesn’t know him at all.

Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of everyone’s preoccupation with the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can’t seem to publish an edition without mentioning him in the first paragraph.

But when Colin returns to London from a trip aboard, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same, especially Penelope Featherington, the girl haunting his dreams!

And when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide . . . is she his biggest threat, or his promise of a happy ending?

REXY’S RATING: 5 stars
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To Sir Philip, With Love by Julia Quinn

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TITLE: To Sir Philip, With Love

AUTHOR: Julia Quinn

PUBLISHER: Piatkus Books

NO. OF PAGES: 372

GENRE: Romance, Historical Romance

DATE READ: May 17-19, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

Sir Phillip knew from his correspondence with his dead wife’s distant cousin that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he’d proposed, figuring that she’d be homely and unassuming, and more than a little desperate for an offer of marriage. Except . . . she wasn’t. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quiet, and when she stopped talking long enough to close her mouth, all he wanted to do was kiss her…

Eloise Bridgerton couldn’t marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking… and wondering… and before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match. Except… he wasn’t. Her perfect husband wouldn’t be so moody and ill-mannered. And he certainly should have mentioned that he had two young – and decidedly unruly – children, as much in need of a mother as Phillip is in need of a wife.

REXY’S RATING: 5 stars

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An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

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TITLE: An Offer from a Gentleman

AUTHOR: Julia Quinn

PUBLISHER: Piatkus

NO. OF PAGES: 358

GENRE: Romance, Historical Romance

DATE READ: May 2015

SYNOPSIS: *my own*

Like  Cinderella, Sophie Beckett has the evil stepmother, the evil stepsister and the wants-to-help-but-doesn’t-know-how-to stepsister. She dreams of a different life with dances, dresses and gentlemen. One night, her fellow servants conspire to let her have a taste of her dreams by allowing her to attend the Bridgerton’s masquerade ball. There she meets Benedict Bridgerton, the dashing gentleman determined to find the mysterious lady who captured his heart and left without telling him her name at the strike of midnight.

REXY’S RATING:4 stars

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The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

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TITLE: The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2)

AUTHOR: Julia Quinn

PUBLISHER: Piatkus

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GENRE: Romance, Historical Romance

DATE READ: May 7-8, 2015

SYNOPSIS:  *from Goodreads*

..This time, the gossip columnists have it wrong. Anthony Bridgerton hasn’t just decided to marry—he’s even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended’s older sister, Kate Sheffield—the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate is the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams…

Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do notmake the best husbands—and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate is determined to protect her sister—but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony’s lips touch hers, she’s suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself…

REXY’S RATING: 4 stars

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The Duke & I by Julia Quinn

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TITLE: The Duke & I (Bridgertons, #1)

AUTHOR: Julia Quinn

PUBLISHER: Piatkus

NO. OF PAGES: 339

GENRE: Romance, Historical Romance

DATE READ: May 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend’s sister, the lovely—and almost-on-the-shelf—Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth—it’s all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.

But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it’s hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it’s his devilish smile, certainly it’s the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her… but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke… for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love…

REXY’S RATING: 3 stars

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Seduction by Amanda Quick

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TITLE: Seduction

AUTHOR: Amanda Quick

PUBLISHER: Bantam Books

NO. OF PAGES: 343

GENRE: Historical Romance, Regency, Mystery

DATE READ: February 22-25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *my own*

The story starts with Julian, Earl of Ravenwood, asking for the hand of country-bred lady Sophy. He is more than annoyed at her grandfather’s announcement of her refusal to marry him so he takes matters into his own hands. What Julian doesn’t know is that Sophy has ulterior motives for her refusal-one of them vengeance, the other love. A story with a feisty heroine and a brooding yet charismatic earl, Seduction is a tale of romance mixed with mystery and suspense-the mark of a true Amanda Quick novel.

REXY’S RATING: 4 stars

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