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Everyone knows that Colin Bridgerton is the most charming man in London. 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 abroad 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?

©2002 Julie Cotler Pottinger (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Could be more suspenseful.

I love the fact that Colin's character acknowledged the possible insecurities of a man; the weight that comes with being a Bridgerton, and the successes that surround him. It was hard to finish the story whenever he turns to a childish prick, which also felt repetitive.
I was looking forward to knowing what happens to Penelope's character, however, I think that the author could have made the great reveal to the society much more suspenseful. On the other hand, I loved how her character developed right from the beginning of the series up to the point that she wanted to speak out her truth. I think that that was the highlight of the whole story.

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  • 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿
  • 2017-05-07

I do love the Bridgertons! (& Whistledown)

Julia Quinn telling a Bridgerton tale, there isn't another experience quite like it! This is 'regency' romance at its best. And Collin.....
The Whistledown mystery gets revealed, such fun!

Rosalyn Landor is perfect for these books.

There's plenty of chemistry and a fair amount of steam.

Creditworthy as always for this pairing of author and narrator!

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  • Libertina
  • 2019-12-23

Awful. First Julia Quinn Book I didn’t like at all!!

I have to admit I skimmed through the last half. It was soooo boring. But even worse, it was the most unromantic romance book I’ve read. JQ beats to death how unappealing Penelope is and then tries to convince you he suddenly loves her.... while still emphasizing how unappealing she is. I can’t stand it when authors NEVER make the guy unattractive, unless he’s been injured in war or the like. He can’t be chunky or plain, as so many female characters are these days. Yet we’re to believe the handsome male antagonists find these women irresistible. I’m past my prime for sure, yet I can enjoy the handsome prince and beautiful maiden story w/o feeling inadequate. It’s just a story. I’m ticked I wasted a credit on this book.

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  • Erin P.
  • 2020-11-02

Why are all the Bridgerton men rude ?

I am admittedly completely addicted to this series. Julia Quinn knows she’s brilliantly interwoven the large Bridgerton family romances into a series of books where we get glimpses into the “after ever after” and keep us coming back to see live behind the curtain. Rosalyn Landor is equally an incredible actor. However, by this fourth book I find myself continually annoyed at how all the female characters are painted somewhat pathetically, woefully enamored by their male counterparts with painfully deep insecurities about their worth, while the male counterparts vacillate between arrogant, entitled and petulant with little to no remorse or self-awareness after they threaten violence or man-handle their partners when they “misbehave”. Their lust seems to always be the final emotion that helps them overcome their behavioral deficiencies, yet that reiterates their ineptitude at self awareness and humility. We all know lust isn’t the thing that will sustain the long term healthy behavior, especially with characters who are suddenly seduced into good behavior to get to the altar. I’m hoping one of the next books has arches that show a woman who doesn’t need marriage to fulfill her self-esteem and a man that hasn’t relied on the luck of his birth gender at all times to navigate life.

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  • I like to shop
  • 2018-06-06

Another great Brigertons installment

Great installment! This was Collins story as he he falls in love with Penelope!

I really liked how we got to see the scene in the ending of the last book with Penelope and Collin, from Collins point of view in the scene, in the beginning of this book. It was written so that those of us who are following the series were able to see both sides and connect the story’s, as well as for newcomers who might have picked up the book in the wrong order.... They would fully get the story.

I was very happy that Penelope got to be in a story of her own. She has spent all the previous books being a part of those stories, that to have her in her own story was fun. I can’t say too much without revealing spoilers, but if you dig hard enough you can probably find the answers you’re looking for. I must say that I am not a fan of Hyacinth. JQ has her really kind of a brat. I don’t think it’s funny to be somebody who takes a person’s secret and negotiates to keep your mouth shut only to turn around and renegotiate and reveal the secret. It’s not cute, it’s not funny, it’s just bratty and I don’t like it. Hopefully in her future book she will grow out of that infantile behavior.

I loved how “the situation” was handled in the end. Obviously I’m not trying to give away spoilers so my comment seems a little obscure. But there was a situation at the end that needs to be dealt with, and I completely did not see them handling it the way they did and I thought it was fantastic. I absolutely loved Lady Danbury (throughout the whole book) and when she started to clap, it actually made me cry a little.

Rosalyn Landor did a great job as usual. I’m kind of disappointed to see up in future books that they switch her out and go to Simon Prebble. I am sure he is as good as the narrator but it seems like Roslyn Landor has been with the Brigertons this long, kind of stinks that they’re going to change over. But that’s in the future.

Definitely a worthy installment, and worth a credit.

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  • Ann
  • 2019-02-28

kind of boring

struggled to finish this one...it could have been so good. I didnt feel any connection between Colin and Penelope at all. he didnt seem like a hero to me.

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  • Cindy
  • 2020-05-23

Good but...

I really liked Colin UNTIL his own book. Jeez, he was almost a surlier, angrier version of Anthony. Plus he was a whiny brat to boot. Given his talent for writing about the beautiful places he was fortunate enough to visit, his bitterness and jealousy was almost too much to overlook. Penelope was a very compelling character, but a trend I’ve noticed in this series is how the strong female characters turn into doormats at the hands of their husbands. Anthony redeems himself, but not before I wished to throat punch him more times than I have fingers and toes.

The romance between these two never seemed real or robust to me, except perhaps the balcony scene. A real shame because Ms. Quinn excels at passionate yet poignant love scenes. So why four stars? Because the plot and the characters are still that good.

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  • Kjda
  • 2017-06-03

One of the Best of the Series

Would you listen to Romancing Mister Bridgerton again? Why?

Probably. It stands out from many of the other books in the series and was entertaining.

What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

She always delivers a captivating performance. I particularly like how she portrays a jovial mood in characters over the Bridgerton series.

Any additional comments?

This is a solid win for the series. The story and characters were engaging, and the romance differed given the female protagonist doesn't fit the stereotype of this genre. I was a little dismayed at how quickly mercurial Colin became given he's the affable joker of the Bridgerton clan, and I thought Penelope could have shown a little more backbone at times. But alas, I'm being picky. This is worth a listen if you like historical romance.

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  • MVA
  • 2017-04-11

Great addition to the Bridgerton series

This was a great addition to the series, Thank goodness audible added after all this time. This was a the story of Colin Bridgeton finding love. It also has an interesting twist about finding out who Miss Whistledown is. Well worth the credit, I couldn't go on to the next book in this series until I listened to this one.

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  • Wren
  • 2019-08-20

Best of the Bridgerton series so far

It's very nice to read a light romance that has various plotlines and a few unexpected twists. I think this is the best of the Bridgerton series so far (reading in order).

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  • Kathy
  • 2019-05-06

Why does she want him?

******Spoiler*****I found nothing to like in the "hero" Colin. He was a complete a$$. I found nothing romantic in this story.

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  • M. de Freitas
  • 2021-01-28

An addition to the story

An exceptional reader, bravo and thank you for all the pleasure you gave me.
It is nice to know all about the Bridgestone family.