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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2001, 2009 Julie Cotler Pottinger (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Quite enjoyable!

Even though it rekindles a Cinderella story, the book takes the reader on a very interesting journey.

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I loved this easy fun listen !

it was perfect light entertainment. I cant wait to listen to another by Julia Quinn

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Prepare yourself beforehand

Overall the book was good even though as other reviewers have said, it is remarkably similar to Cinderella in the beginning. There were, more than a few times, points at which I was hoping for a particular scene to end. It just seemed to drag on and on... I'm not sure if it was the way it was written or if it was the fault of the narrator. Speaking of the narrator. She did a good job, but I've got to be honest in saying that I CRINGED during the love scene. I'm not sure there is any need for a narrator to try to disguise her voice as a male and act out the male orgasm.

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Cinderella ?

I enjoyed the book but I felt like the whole story was a rip off of Cinderella. Not that it’s a bad thing it just made the story very predictable compared to the first two books

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Not a fan of Benedict

I really enjoyed this book. I was not a fan of how insensitive Benedict was and is though. I was glad that most of the book was Sophie’s point of view.

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I don’t get the hype

I was not neither convinced or intrigued. The books are as bad as the show. Sorry dear author, this ain’t it… for me

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Wonderful story.

Enjoy the story very much. Ms. Quinn is just fantastic not supposed that Netflix picked up her books at this moment in time exactly what everyone needed.
Thank you.

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somehow both sickening AND boring

I’d probably give this zero stars if I could (the same narrator does all the books so that doesn’t factor into my rating, she’s fine, makes the sex scenes probably even more cringe than they’d read on paper but otherwise, fine). Idk why so many people seem to like this book. This is now the fourth Bridgerton book Ive read (I’ve read the first 4 but out of order) and it’s the only one I really, really hated. It’s not that the Cinderella plot is contrived and overdone (tbh it actually fits well with the world, though it is also both those things). It’s not that the writing is average, the sex scenes bland/repetitive/more cringe than steamy (these things have been true of all four of the ones I’ve read, I keep coming back because the stories are usually good fun). It’s that the entire storyline is a panegyric to a man who cannot take no for an answer. I know this is a ‘historical’ romance, and a lot of shady sexual politics in Quinn’s novels are excused for that reason, because we can’t assign modern understandings of consent to historical characters (though she could, of course, just write better men, but I digress). But this story just left me sick to my stomach. The entire plot is……Benedict relentlessly attempting to persuade/coerce/wear down/seduce Sophie into being his mistress, despite her consistently and clearly telling her she doesn’t want to, can’t do that, and him knowing pretty early on that she’s illegitimate herself and that clearly being an underlying factor. The book actually goes so far as to try and render Benedict’s disappointment/anger at being consistently rejected as sympathetic?? As if we’re supposed to feel bad for him that he wasn’t allowed to screw this woman just because her personhood got in the way and, wow, isn’t he oh-so-principled for not just r*ping her on the spot every time he sees her? Sure, Benedict does not actually force himself on Sophie - but he does quite literally everything else. The only reason she comes with him to London in the first place is because he blackmails her with the threat of lying to a magistrate that she’d stolen from him and having her deported to Australia, for Christ’s sake!! (Which he does after she’s - repeatedly in one conversation - rejected his ‘offer’ to become his mistress and he’s trying to get her take a position as a maid in his mother’s house with the goal of, you guessed it, getting him to *eventually* be his mistress. Also hypothetically because he cares about her well-being - though she does *not* want him to - but forgive me if I have my doubts.) It’s not even like she gives a little bit/changes her objections or like she at any point softens to the idea of giving him what he wants (because he does ask/push/coerce her, literally every time they meet, which he makes sure is frequently). Everything that happens between them prior to their marriage happens because he pushes her into a corner and then weaponizes her attraction/feelings for him so that she can’t think clearly enough to reject him, as he *literally acknowledges in the narration she otherwise would*. His goal is literally to wear her down.
But don’t worry, it’s all okay because when he’s doing all the things she’s expressly told him she does not want him to do to her, she likes it! And apparently that’s sexy! Because…..he wants her SO bad he just can’t help himself? I guess? Yknow that meme that’s like “[insert ideal male character’s name here] is written by a woman”? Well, Benedict is written by a man who thinks it’s not rape if the woman gets wet.

Plus, it’s boring!! There’s not much in the way of plot (this is decidedly the thinnest plot of the four books, the main couple don’t even have contrived emotional issues that get worked on just a slight nod at Benedict’s insecurities and some trauma for Sophie associated with her bastard status that’s never really taken anywhere, just a block to the two leads being together physically), even less in the way of humour, I swear I’ve read every line she’s written here between her other 3 books (I swear Julia Quinn has about one hundred new sentences she can imagine per novel and has to fill the rest of the book with reworkings of the same lines). Anyways, if this is your kind of thing, have at it. I’m gonna go reread Anthony’s story instead to wash the taste of this swill out of my mouth.

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If you love Bridgerton, this is a must read for you!

With the recent release of season 2 Bridgerton on Netflix, I went looking in search of the next story. I can assure you the books are better than the Netflix series - you won’t be disappointed!

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Like a Cinderella story, but so much better

When I read the description for this book, I thought it sounded a little too much like that classic Cinderella story. However, I love a good Cinderella story and I've loved the previous books in the Bridgerton series. So, I went ahead and listened. Needless to say, Julia Quinn did not disappoint. This story is even more magical than her previous her novels and I did not want to pause it when I finished a chapter. The second epilogue offers closure that makes the characters even more endearing, yet leaves the story open for future exploration. I can't wait to listen to the next story in this series, especially with Rosalyn Landor's narration.

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  • Lady M
  • 2016-12-07

Excellent, Touching!

If you could sum up An Offer from a Gentleman in three words, what would they be?

Finding true love

What was one of the most memorable moments of An Offer from a Gentleman?

There were so many memorable moments. When Benedict rescues Sophie from the son of the household she was working at, and from the son's drunken friends, was one.

Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

She always gives a great performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and did. I started listening to it in the afternoon and did not finish until the wee hours of the next day.

Any additional comments?

The book was wonderfully written and the performance perfection.

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  • Victoria
  • 2017-02-10

Much better after "Cinderella" goes away.

Would you listen to An Offer from a Gentleman again? Why?

Maybe. The recreation of the Cinderella story may not be as disconcerting as it was the first time around.After the too obvious, the story was much better.

Would you recommend An Offer from a Gentleman to your friends? Why or why not?

Maybe. It is fun. It is fluff and it was so much better after the author got away from the exact Cinderella story.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scenes in the jail and then in front of the magistrate.The truth comes out!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

The first part of the story so paralleled the Cinderella story that I could not lose myself in the tale. After it changed, I enjoyed a typical romantic story.

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  • jodiod
  • 2016-12-04

Classic series.

Loving this series. Worth the wait for it's arrival on audio and it's been many years. Perfect storytelling and narration.

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  • I like to shop
  • 2018-05-20

Another great Brigerton installment

I just love this family and Julia Quinn continues to make them so likeable. This book in particular I really enjoyed Mama V, probably because I see myself in her and loved how she managed things at the end of the book. Made me really lol. It was a LITTLE hard to really fathom the story line with Benedict falling for a maid, but it wasn't too big a deal. Sophie held on a little too tight to why she couldn't/wouldn't be with him, but I guess that's kind of how you have to keep a story going. It was nice how we got some personality introductions for the upcoming Brigertons since we all only 'know' A-D. :o) All in all I loved the book and totally look forward to moving on to the next one. I'm listening to a couple different books first though just to try to savor the series!!

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  • Laurie S
  • 2019-09-10

Good grief

Early into the book, Benedict starts acting almost exactly like the men he rescued Sophie from, except under the guise of intense attraction. Because he has a nice family and he's handsome, we're supposed to overlook his outrageous treatment of Sophie. His character quickly devolves to his sex drive made worse by bullying, disrespect, and manipulation. He is self-centered and doesn't even want to hear her talk. This book could have been so much more, and it certainly isn't romantic.

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  • Eirenical
  • 2018-11-12

I just didn't like Benedict

So I got into this book and enjoyed it, but unfortunately just overall thought Benedict was a giant ass. I had a hard time rooting for the relationship when the Prince Charming was constantly belittling the stated wishes of the Cinderella, calling her stupid, and doing his best to get his own way even when she has said multiple time that what he wants doesn't work for her.

Even his "awakening" when he apologizes was not satisfying, because I didn't feel like he REALLY got it, and more like he only decided he was wrong because he found out that her social level was not entirely what he thought it was. Ug.

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  • 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿
  • 2016-12-03

Love love love the Bridgertons!

Such a very good book! I laughed, cried, swore, exclaimed and listened in a single marathon.

Fabulous Narration!

Sweet sex.

Definitely creditworthy!

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  • bebe
  • 2017-05-20

Okay

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In my opinion this was not the best of the Bridgerton series. It was a little over the top with the Cinderella theme and went on too long for the story it was trying to lay out for the reader. The performer did her usual excellent job with the book. She made the time spent worthwhile. I love Rosalyn Landor's performances.

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  • Susan
  • 2017-05-16

it was a little hard to get in to this one

it was a little hard to get in to this story and I put it down for months but I got more then half way through it and then was truly intrested in finishing it . Other stores in this series are much more intriguing and I never put down but this one left me wanting. in the end it did finish well. I just wish it did not take till chapter 16 to pick up.

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  • Mary Austin
  • 2017-02-03

an offer from a gentleman

Very good book. Cannot wait until they make all Julia Quinn book so you can hear the instead of reading them.

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