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The Viscount Who Loved Me

I hope you loved diving into this steamy romance during February! We were excited to continue our love for all things Bridgerton after binging the show and the books do not disappoint (seriously, you should keep reading). Thanks for being here and reading along this month”“I can’t wait to discuss more specifics in the comments!

xo- Ashley Brooke


The Viscount Who Loved Me

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1. Most romance novels wait until the end for the main characters to get together. Julia Quinn doesn’t do that here (or in other Bridgerton books, spoiler alert). Do you love it or hate it?

2. Anthony decides he won’t marry for love but for a sensible match, which feels so foreign. How do the “business like” attributes of regency marriage compare to today?  

3. Did this book pique your interest in reading other books in the Bridgerton series?


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The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

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  1. 1. Most romance novels wait until the end for the main characters to get together. Julia Quinn doesn’t do that here (or in other Bridgerton books, spoiler alert). Do you love it or hate it?

    I like it. It’s different and enjoyable. It’s nice to enjoy the characters, and then get to see the characters change and grow while in a relationship.

    2. Anthony decides he won’t marry for love but for a sensible match, which feels so foreign. How do the “business like” attributes of regency marriage compare to today?

    I think it is a combination of the time period as well as the lingering response of self preservation following his dad’s traumatic death. I still think those that haven’t gotten through traumatic loss in life can enter into a relationship closed off or try to treat relationships business like so not to experience pain losing a loved one again. I really connected with Kate at the beginning. I too felt I would never marry (wasn’t particularly popular and didn’t have a lot of serious boyfriends). I really enjoy the real life nature of both Kate and Anthony having naive and absolute visions of their life, and life in turn showing them its usually better and different than any preconceived life they could come up with. I ended up being swept off my feet, and proved my visions wrong. LOL!

    3. Did this book pique your interest in reading other books in the Bridgerton series?

    Totally!! I didn’t get a chance to read the first one. I binged the series on Netflix in order to read this book. I really enjoyed both, but enjoyed the book more (as I often do).

    P.S. I was the lucky winner selected for February’s book!! Thanks so so much!!

  2. 1. Most romance novels wait until the end for the main characters to get together. Julia Quinn doesn’t do that here (or in other Bridgerton books, spoiler alert). Do you love it or hate it?

    Love it!! I enjoy the story more since I’m not worried about the “will they/won’t they” (even though they always will in a romance!). I also like reading more about their lives together and how they’re growing in their love for each other. It feels a little more true-to-life than just ending with the wedding!

    2. Anthony decides he won’t marry for love but for a sensible match, which feels so foreign. How do the “business like” attributes of regency marriage compare to today?

    I feel like society has swung in the opposite direction – a lot of emphasis on feelings and the romance of it all. Which is fun to be sure! But his motivations made me think that we’re all looking for something in a partner. It might not be as business-like as Anthony’s ideas, but we all have a sense of what traits we want the person we’re marrying to have. Like when you’re growing up and make a list of your “ideal man!”

    3. Did this book pique your interest in reading other books in the Bridgerton series?

    For sure! I want to savor them, but I might just read them all back-to-back!

  3. 1. Most romance novels wait until the end for the main characters to get together. Julia Quinn doesn’t do that here (or in other Bridgerton books, spoiler alert). Do you love it or hate it?

    I love that! I love knowing what happens after they get together and how their lives intertwine. I enjoy getting to see into the happily ever after! I also like seeing how the characters evolve after marriage.

    2. Anthony decides he won’t marry for love but for a sensible match, which feels so foreign. How do the “business like” attributes of regency marriage compare to today?  

    The expectations they had during that time were much different than now a days so I understand how a marriage of convenience could be wanted. However, I want someone to be with me because they love me and not because of what I could offer/provide them (children, a boost in society, family money, etc). I do know that love can be painful though, so at least you know what you’re getting out of the marriage when it’s less personal and more business like.

    3. Did this book pique your interest in reading other books in the Bridgerton series?

    Yes! I read the Duke & I right after I finished Bridgerton on Netflix. Then I started The Viscount Who Loved Me right before you announced it as February book of the month. I’ve now started An Offer From a Gentleman! I’m sure I’ll read the whole series by year end, I just want to learn more about the whole Bidgerton family!

  4. 1. I like knowing! I’m a Jane Austin fan but it’s cool knowing too.

    2. I’m glad that pressure doesn’t exist today.

    3. The best is yet to come! Anthony was a bit violent and problematic in my opinion. I loved the next book with Benedict! It’s the exact same plot as Cinderella but the characters are so lovable. What I liked most about the series was the focus on imperfect women. I enjoyed the opinionated and flawed heroines in the novels that the hot guy falls I love with.

  5. I really love that Julia Quinn gets the characters together before the end of the book because sometimes it gives me anxiety while reading when it’s perpetual “will they-won’t they?” with love interests.

    I have also continued reading the series (just finished book 7) and book 6 – Francesca’s story has been my favorite so far. 🙂 Just such a beautiful love story out of difficult circumstances.

  6. 1. I love the fact that there is still atleast 1/4 of the book left once the couples get together in the Bridgerton series. To see how there story continues is a lucrative part in the loyalty to reading 8 books.

    2. It was hard to comprehend how Anthony could start out thinking that it was completely transnational but then realize it’s not. I think that proves he has never felt love or emotions similar before Kate. Just lust. Compared to today, it is opposite but I do wonder if the transactional perspective was pressure to continue their name/blood line/ rank(viscount), and now we don’t see as much pressure on that due to modernization, and less deaths due to advances in science.

    3. Yes, after reading Anthony’s story, I continued to read the others. I just finished Hyacinths story and only have Gregory’s story left. I might be sad when it’s over.

    • 1. I love the romance early on…give me the juicy stuff during as much of the book as possible. Seeing characters have a loving marriage is also such a happy way to end my day since I read before falling asleep.

      2.
      The only business like attributes of marriage have happened after our wedding. Buying a house, combining finances, maintaining a home and other financial goals always makes it feel like I am in business with my spouse to achieve our goals. Prior to marriage and dating though luckily had no business-like attributes!

      3. Yes!! I’m hooked on Julia Quinn and this genre. I need an escape from reality so the Bridgerton books are the perfect choice. I loved modern romance stories but being transported to a different time period in a story has been so fun! My marriage has enjoyed the added spice that romance novels bring too. LOL

  7. I never read romance books like this but after watching the first season on Netflix, I knew I needed more of the Bridgerton family. I’m almost embarrassed to say but a week later, I’m on book SIX of the series…I fly through them on my kindle. My husband has been laughing about how voracious I’ve gone through them and the other night he posed a very good question: he said “is the book good?” and I said “well it’s not going to win a pulitzer or anything!” and he goes “ok, but are you ENJOYING yourself?” and I loved how he framed this question, because OF COURSE I’m enjoying myself! I think sometimes romance books like this have a stigma of them just being a trash book and not worth the time, but when you think about the enjoyment factor, I think it’s certainly worth it! Such a fun series and I’m excited to finish them all!!

  8. 1. Most romance novels wait until the end for the main characters to get together. Julia Quinn doesn’t do that here (or in other Bridgerton books, spoiler alert). Do you love it or hate it?

    Honestly, I love it! It’s so refreshing to get to know the couple as a couple with their ups and downs. It’s fun to see past the wedding day, when real life starts, you know?

    2. Anthony decides he won’t marry for love but for a sensible match, which feels so foreign. How do the “business like” attributes of regency marriage compare to today?

    When I watched Bridgerton on Netflix I couldn’t get over how transactional it all felt, same with this book. To me it feels like everything has changed and love really is the deciding factor… or at least I hope it is!!! Eeek!

    3. Did this book pique your interest in reading other books in the Bridgerton series?

    Um, YES. I can’t wait to listen to the next book!

    I hope you loved this one as much as we did!

    xx – Ashely Brooke

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