Thursday, April 19, 2018

J says :) #16

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Are you guys ready for another post about a series of books? I hope you are, because today I’m gonna share my love for a kick-ass series of historical romaces. First of all, you should know that since I read them years ago I decided that this past weekend I was gonna look through some of them. Just to be able to describe them better, all in the name of research of course. This is a kind of sacrifice I was ready to make, just for you guys ;) I hope you appreciate this hard work… ahhh the horror! :)

To those of you who doesn’t know anything about these books, let me tell you a couple of things. Well I should start that there are eight books (written by Julia Quinn) and each sibling has their own story. You can read them as standalones of course, but I highly recommend doing it in order, because it’s way more fun to observe dynamic between characters, especially in group scenes. So as I was saying, there are eight siblings, named in alphabetical order, so we have: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory and Hyacinth. Unfortunately their father died when some of them were young, I think the last one didn’t even get to meet him :( so they’re raised by their mother. Her biggest dream is to marry all of her children and see their happily ever afters :)

You should know that even though each story is unique, which is great because everyone will find something for themselves :) there are many things, that you’ll find in all of them. Like amazing writing, seriously it’s that good. Wonderful characters but each of them has their own flaws, no one is perfect, but I loved them even more because of it. Hilarious group scenes with all or most of the siblings, their sarcastic banter will definitely make you laugh. Let’s not forget about secondary characters such as Lady Danbury, who is present throughout the whole series. You can add to the list wonderful epilogues after each book, where we get a glimpse of the future of our main characters. Most of the times it’s a few years ahead, with couple of children and a whole lot of love (oh and I should mention that there are second epilogues published, where we get scenes from each couple and trust me they're just as amazing as the first ones). And as a cherry on top, they’re all just fantastic stories, with ideal combination of funny, sweet and hot scenes… So in a word: perfection :)

I love all of them, I really do… Ok, you got me, I’m just gonna say it… I didn’t read one of them, I was gonna but I couldn’t buy it right away… it was a long time ago, and I didn’t have amazon… don’t judge me ;) and then my #BookMountain got in the way, so to this day I haven’t read Francesca's story… but A told me that it wasn’t the best one in the series and there weren't other siblings there so I’m good… Ok since I came clean, let’s move on :)

So I actually wanted to do a top 5 books in the series, but… here’s the problem with that. If you’d point a gun to my head and ask me about them, well I would lie to save my life, but still if I had to be honest I would say: just shoot me already, because it’s too hard. Of course I have my favourite, but it’s one book. The order of other four on my top 5 list change all the time, everything is related to the mood I’m currently in. So I’m gonna just give you 4 of them and then the big finale, ok? And if you’d read the book you know that when they do anything together (like play a game or something) they do it in specific order, the eldest is first and so on… it’s just easier to remember since there are a lot of them ;) so because I always do things the other way around, today is not gona be different ;) so let’s start from the youngest in the family ;) ekhm, ekhm *drum rolls* here are the top 5 books in Bridgertons series (four in random order and the big winner):

Hyacinth - It’s in his kiss (book #7)

It’s a story about the youngest of them all – Hyacinth, since she’s a nice girl she visits lady Danbury once a week to read her books (those books itself are amazingly hilarious). Because of their connection, she meets her grandson – Gareth. When he’s looking for a Spanish translator she offers her help. And we all know that good deeds come back to you, so of course they will fall in love :) It’s not gonna happen overnight, but sooner rather than later. I love their dynamic, they have so many funny banter between them, you will smile through the whole book. There’re some public functions that they have to suffer together, like music performances by the Smythe-Smith family, an we know how that kind of traumatic events bind people together. Don’t get me started on Lady D with her cane… I always know she was a romantic at heart so of course she would like to see them together, and she gets her wish :)

Eloise - To sir Phillip, with love (book #5)

It all started with a letter… Eloise always liked to write them, but even couldn’t predict how this story would end. How could she think that what started as a letter of condolences to sir Phillip about his wife passing, after over a year of constant correspondence, would end up with her standing at his door. He did invite her to see if she would agree to become his wife and a mother to his two children. I would say lovely children, but that would be a lie… They scare everyone really, but since Eloise has many brothers and sisters she can definitely handle them, don’t worry she has her ways :) So what I really liked in this book is that they are tottaly different, she’s chatty and full of life. And he’s not so much… But she’s just what he needs in his life, a true ray of sunhine :)

Daphne – The duke and I (book #1)

It’s the very beginning of this amazing series :) It’s a story about Daphne and Simon. What can I say… they strike a deal. They will pretend that he’s on the verge of proposing to her, but in fact he just wants to escape from all the ambitious moms and their debutante daughters. And what’s a better way to make a girl popular than attention of the duke. So it’s a win-win right? Who could predict that in between pretending to be in love, something real will start? I think most of us did, but who cares ;) So mabe a win-win for them, but one person is not so happy with this situation, and it’s Anthony. He’s Simon's best friend and Daphne's oldest brother… So you can imagine ;) classic story with a forbidden fruit vibe, but definitely with a happy ending :)

Colin – Romancing Mister Bridgerton (book #4)

Colin and Penelope knew each other for many years, since she’s his sister's best friend. She always loved him, but never thought something might actually happen between them. But then, after he came back from one of his trips she asks him for one little favor. And it changes everyhing. After just one kiss, he can’t understand why he didn’t pay more attention to her. She’s smart, funny, beautiful but no one see her like he does. It’s a classic friendship to love kind of story. It’s full of sweet moments, but there is one not such an innocent scene in a carriage… but can you blame them? Would you restrain yourself? Didn’t think so. Anyway besides romance there is a mystery, because Penelope has a secret… and it’s a big one ;)

Anthony – The wiscount who loved me (book #2)

For me the winner could be only one, this book is by far my favourite :) It’s about the oldest of the sibling – Antony. What you have to know about him is that if he decides to do something he goes for it. So one day he announces his decission to Benedict and Colin, that he’s gonna find himself a wife and settle down. He has his reasons, and I can’t really tell them without spoilers, so moving on. Important part of the deal is that he doesn’t want to fall in love with his wife, I know how this sounds, but trust me it’s really good at the end. So anyway he thinks that Edwina, supposedly the most beautiful debutante will be perfect, but what he doesn’t know is that she has an older half-sister who has something to say when it comes to accepting courtship. And Kat is definitely not his fan, mostly because of his reputation as a rake, what a shocker, am I right? Let’s get ahead a couple of chapters and I’m just gonna say that one moment can really change your life, but if you want to know more you have to pick up a book and read it yourself ;) So why this book was my favourite, you may ask… Well besides great story and other things I wrote somewhere above, is that one epic scene of a “friendly” game of Pall Mall (group scene… hurray). Just read it and see what happened when Kate ended up with a “mallet of death” while Anthony got a pink one ;) There was also the scene with a thunderstorm… seriously I could give so many reasons, but that doesn’t change the fact that you should just go ahead and read it! :)

If that wasn’t enough for you to just pick up one of these books and give them a try I don't know what will :) so if you’re a fan of historical romances, you should definitely read them (if you haven’t already) if not... well it’s a great start to fall in love with those types of books :) It was one of the first series I’ve read and I love them still, so that’s saying something :) so don’t let my blabing stop you from getting them right now, just do it and you’ll thank me later :)


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