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Author Spotlight: Julia Quinn

February 5th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

During the holidays I started to do a few author highlights (Julie Garwood and James Rollins) and I had already done one awhile back for Mercedes Lackey.  I did not have a chance to do as many posts as I would have liked so I hope to continue to high light some of my favorite authors through out the year.

So for this post I want to highlight one of my favorite romance authors, Julia Quinn.  If you read my post about Julie Garwood you know humor is one of the big draws for me in romance books.  I’m not into the ones that are all about sex.  Julia Quinn is one of my favorites because her books make me laugh.  My favorites have come from her Bridgerton family series.

The Viscount Who Loved Me


Description from 1814 promises to be another eventful season, but not, This Author believes, for Anthony Bridgerton, London’s most elusive bachelor, who has shown no indication that he plans to marry. And in all truth, why should he? When it comes to playing the consummate rake, nobody does it better…

–Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, April 1814

But 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’s the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams…

Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands–and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate’s 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…

This was the first book I read from Quinn and it was wonderful.  I loved it so much when I lent it to my sister-in-law and she never returned I had to go out and buy another copy.  It was hilarious seeing the interaction between Anthony and Kate.  Kate is so awkward yet forthright that she is a very endearing character.  Anthony’s sweetness despite his lofty title and good looks made me sigh and moon over him myself.  This book definitely hooked me and made me read every other book in the series.

An Offer From a Gentleman


Description from Sophie Beckett never dreamed she’d be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton’s famed masquerade ball — or that “Prince Charming” would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight. Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other — except, perhaps, this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid’s garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers her his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?

This is book 3 in the Bridgerton series and is probably my second favorite.  This was pretty much a take on Cinderella as Sophie gains a “wicked” step-mother and a “wicked” step-sister.  During one glorious night Sophie is able to enter Benedict Bridgerton’s world before being banished to the world of a servant.  I loved seeing Sophie and Benedict trying to overcome the obstacles that stood between them and their happiness.  This book also further endeared me to the character, Lady Whistledown, who makes an appearance in the rest of the Bridgerton books.

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton


Description from 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. But 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?

This is one of the later Bridgerton books but another great one as we finally see my favorite Bridgerton brother, Colin, meet his match and we also get to finally find out who Lady Whistledown really is.  That in itself would make this one definitely worth reading.

The only two Bridgerton books I did not care for were Eloise’s and Francesca’s stories in To Sir Phillip, With Love and When He Was Wicked.  I never really formed any sort of bond to Francesca and that book did not change that.  Eloise on the other hand was another Bridgerton favorite so I was sad to find her story wasn’t that great to me.

Non-Bridgerton Books

It’s been a long while since I’ve read the non-Bridgerton books but I do recall enjoying pretty much all of them except The Lost Duke of Wyndham so you cannot really go wrong with Quinn.

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One Response

  1. Isalys

    My friend is a BIG fan of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Series. I finally bought the first 4 of the series (on clearance at Borders =). I haven’t read them yet, but I promised her I will because she reminds me how great they are. Besides, I do love romance books that have a bit of humor in them. If they can make me laugh, then they get a thumbs up from me!

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