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In every life there is a turning point....

A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breathtaking, that one knows one's life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London's most infamous rake, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton. 

After a lifetime of chasing women, of smiling slyly as they chased him, of allowing himself to be caught but never permitting his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing. Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca's surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere 36 hours longer - the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin. 

But that was then.... Now Michael is the earl and Francesca is free, but still she thinks of him as nothing other than her dear friend and confidant. Michael dares not speak to her of his love...until one dangerous night, when she steps innocently into his arms and passion proves stronger than even the most wicked of secrets....

©2017 Julia Quinn (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Get ready to cry....Spoilers below:

Do not read while pregnant or menstrating - you will cry hard ugly tears.

This is a good book, maybe a great book. But you really need to be in the mood for some heavy angst here and honestly one of the reasons that I read JQ is for something fairly lighthearted, funny, and low angst.

First of all, I have a very hard time with the idea of loving someone and then going and sleeping with a different person/or many people as some sort of surrogate. That gives me a huge ick factor and I have a hard time trusting that person (a) actually IS in love or (b) can be faithful to said love. I know, I’m going to get shit for that, but that’s how I feel especially when it comes to romance novels. I detest other woman and other man drama, sleeping around after meeting the heroine/hero, etc. and love triangles. And each one of those things is in this book... and yet, it’s really a very good book. But it’s just too sad! Michael’s unrequited love is too sad.
Francesca losing her husband, too sad.
Francesca losing her baby, too sad.
Francesca losing Michael to India, too sad.
Michael and Francesca’s guilt, too sad.
Michael’s sleeping around when (a) he loves Francesca and (b) even when she becomes available... too flipping sad.
All’s well that ends well but while this book is perfect for those looking for an angsty borderline depressing book, or just need a good cry jag, look no further!

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Sweet and Steamy!

I've noticed other reviews where folks were frustrated with how Francesca couldn't make up her mind. I actually thought it was quite normal under the circumstances. I imagine it would be difficult to reconcile that your falling in love with the cousin of your deceased husband. So, although it may have seemed to go on for quite a while, you could tell he was breaking her down. wonderful story.

This, to me, has been the steamiest book on the series. Some of it may seem cheesy by today's standards, but I'm sure it was so very scandalous back in that day for a woman to take charge in bed. I admired Francesca's grit it that scene.

It's a great story of two very good friends who go through heartbreak, mourning, lust, and find that they fall in love after all that they've been through... a true "love match".

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I am hard if hearing and usually need to turn the volume up to hear audiobooks adequately. I was unable to get the volume I needed to listen to this book comfortably. I couldn't do anything like wash dishes while listening because the noise from the faucet would drown out the audiobook in my earbuds. Three different sets of buds, it wasnt my equipment.

I found it inordinately frustrating to listen to because of this.

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Confused Leading Lady

This was, so far, my least favorite book in the series. Francesca was so confused for most of the book that I found myself just getting bored by her dithering. The lead male, Michael, was also surly and mean for most of the book as well.

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behavior inconsistent with the time

my three issues with this book:
1. The characters values are inconsistent with the time. They are way to politically correct and feminist. This makes for a two dimensional feel good story, when there could have been so much more

2.Rosalyn Landor had a nice voice but she cannot do a Scottish accent if her life depended upon it. also, all her male characters sound exactly the same. More missed opportunities.

3. The author has very little knowledge of Scottish history. The Scots even today but certainly back then were not fond of the English. and assuming that a Scottish aristocrat would just blend in English society is. nothing short of ignorance. It is equivalent to writing a story about a Palestinian married to an Israeli and making it sound like it's just a matter of geography.

So if you are looking for a feel good listen that is quite shallow. This is a good fit.

The author had a great setting, too bad she chose to go the path she did...

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I loved it!

This has been my favorite book in the series. My heart was with Francesca and I too fell head over heels for Michael.

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Not Author's best work.

Not the beat of the series. My least favorite. Franchesca got on my nerves. Michael was great.

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My new favorite book!!!

This book is by far my favorite one from an intriguing series... the Bridgertons.

Perfectly described scenes that pull you right into the story! Great narration, as usual. Definitely a must-read!!!

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Wicked indeed

This was a beautiful story. Although at times Francesca tried my patience and my nerves. My heart broke fr Micheal so many times while reading . I was so relieved when Francesca realized that it was okay for her to have happiness in her life. I must say the second epilogue was as intense for me as the first 24 chapters of the book☺️. Thank you for including it. I have throughly enjoyed the entire Bridgeton series

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Spoiler Alert!

Loved the storyline, as I have all the books of this series. Only thing I wish that would have been different was that she would have borne John’s daughter. Just to have a piece of him still. But even without that the storyline is great!

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  • Cristina
  • 01-11-21

A bit disappointed

Francesca has lacked character, just did not like the story line. Too repetitive and without the beloved member's of the family. The only thing I have enjoyed was Colin's interference.

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  • bellanonna
  • 02-22-21

as good as The Duke and I

loved Rosalyn Landor's reading of this book and rate it as highly as the first one, with the remaining ones coming in at 2nd place

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-21

Insufferable

Great story like the rest of the Bridgerton books, but this ladies voice is dull and boring. Reminds me of Anne haggerty off the chase.

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  • sammie
  • 04-07-20

I thought this book would be a good one!!

I was surprised that I really didn't enjoy this book as I did the others... I am not sure why maybe because I had to wait so long for it and the others had become a distant memory!!!... I do love Rosalyn Landor she is a great narrator.xx

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  • Ella McCann
  • 07-27-21

Maybe I need a break from the series...

Whilst there were some lovely parts to the story the narration / reading seemed to lack diversity and after having listened to a few now, I think some additional voices to mix it up would be good as each character sounds like the ones in previous books and it can be hard to differentiate characters. Plot wise there's a lot of graphic detail about the sex but otherwise it's a lovely story which makes for predictable outcomes.

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  • Vik
  • 04-30-21

One of the more interesting Bridgeton books

Prior to this one all the Bridgeton books felt like repetitions of one form or another. Whilst there are similarities this one stands out.

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  • Anita Pereira
  • 04-15-21

The best bridgerton novel!!!

I couldn’t put it down.... in a figure of speech.
Lovely story, romantic, insightful, funny, sexi...
Truly the best I have heard in a long time.
And very well performed.

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  • Jessica Scott
  • 03-18-21

Unlikable characters

It might be a personal thing, but I hate when the female character has sex over and over again and every time they finish, she acts as if he just molested her.
It's so uncomfortable to hear how she cries and blames him for riding him, but then has sex with him the next day and then cries again and says she can't.

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  • Margarita Aurora Sørensen
  • 03-01-21

Wicked!

Absolutely love book number 6! I think it has to be my favorite in the series so far.

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  • Jayne W.
  • 02-28-21

By far my favourite!

So far all of this series has been a joy to listen to but apart from Colin's story, which was by far the most tame and predictable, I have thought the same with each one.
I have only 2 critisms, Rosalyn Landor's voices for all the male Bridgerton men and the women's spouses sound the same and Julia Quinn's sometimes, lack of English, (British) English, research shows, especially for the period but also for colloquial language etc. Kit & gear would not ever have been used for anyone's clothing in this time. Attire and toilette.
Language miss-steps aside the book is a joy to listen to.

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  • Amanda
  • 02-17-21

perfect in every way

Julia Quinn got it just right with this tale. The perfect blend of romance, love, passion and erotica. It was truly captivating. It makes your heart break, anxiety peak and fall completely in love with the characters all over again. Could not put it down.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-19-21

Repetitive and not her finest work

This book lacks the originality of concept that the others have. i found it almost annoyingly repetitive . A little disappounted.

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  • Cyndi
  • 03-31-21

interesting story.

so that was a long drama I mean romance lol. why would he run off to india. he left it a bit long. his guilt was based on wishful thinking causing johns death. but what was likely an aneurysm for poor John. anyway glad to see he got his girl in the end. good old Colin interfering.

so re late baby. here's my theory. the sperm count was low so when they hadn't been together for a week that helped. plus all the positive happy children, great maternal vibes and relaxation helped Francesca relax more.

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  • Caroline C
  • 09-20-21

loved it

tears of joy at the end! one of my favourites. Sophie and Benedict is still no1

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  • Allimay
  • 07-10-21

Favourite so far

This book is the best in the Bridgerton series. I’ve listened to it for the second time. I loved it. Every emotion. 13/10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-21

Absolutely amazing

What can I say, but another absolutely amazing book. Also Can't imagine listening to anyone else but Rosalyn Landor. Can't wait to purchase the next one.

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  • Missanthropiclilmiss
  • 05-28-21

TRASHY REGENCY

No Scottish Aristocrat would send their sons to English Schools, a few decades after Culloden. Is Eton and Cambridge the only schools she has heard of?

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  • Jay
  • 05-18-21

why are all these people having the same sex

enjoyed the plot despite it being completely predictable, but I'm soooo tired to the same sex scenes by all the characters in the series. I can't take anymore nibbling on ears and "I need you" everyone someone has sex...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-21

fabulous

loved this one the most better than the others... a great book must read definitely

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  • Julie A. Darcy
  • 02-06-21

Loved it!

l am really enjoying these books. This one was a bit different and very enjoyable.😊