Beguiling Bridget by Rachel Van Dyken and Leah Sanders

BRIDGET
Beguiling Bridget by Rachel Van Dyken and Leah Sanders
Publisher: Astraea Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (153 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

Driven to distraction by the redhead across the room, Anthony Benson barely hears the terms of his brother’s challenge before agreeing to them.

No matter. It will be easy. Viscount Maddox has never had any problem impressing the ladies. And four weeks is more than enough time to win over this so obviously neglected wallflower.

But things are never as easy as they seem.

The lady has lofty aspirations. And not one of them includes love or marriage. Especially not with an arrogant and self-assured playboy like the viscount. No matter how attractive he may be.

A strawberry intervenes when Anthony tries to win Bridget’s affections. Anthony has a wager with his brother that he will win the heart of Bridget by the end of four weeks. When he tries to begin this quest, a wayward strawberry jumps beneath his foot and he lands in an unconscious heap at her feet.

Bridget has decided marriage is not for her, despite her aunt’s desperate attempts to marry her off. Anthony obviously thinks the lady will be an easy conquest and Bridget intends to put him in his place when he asks her to dance. Instead he falls to the ground before her, enabling her slip away into the crowd.

Even a rake can fall in love. Anthony’s pursuit of Bridget turns into a more serious attraction as he gets to know her. Bridget desperately tries to keep him at a distance, but eventually they come to a mutual understanding to the benefit of both of them.

This Regency novel is a delightful, bubbly, frothy book. It has humor and tells the story from both Anthony and Bridget’s point of view, which gives a delightful insight of their personalities. Their initial love/hate relationship changes when they join forces and face the designs of others with a united front until a misunderstanding tears them apart.

The people, their feelings and their humor and anger are all real. I could see the annoyance on Bridget’s face and the desperation of Anthony. The minor characters are also extremely humorous. Anthony’s friends delight in teasing him while Bridget’s aunt thinks all men are attracted to her, not her niece.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I like Regency novels but they often become very much a variation on the same theme. This one is different. It takes a situation which in our era could result in various unsavory responses and instead sets it in the more genteel era of Regency.

Applause to the authors for a well written novel.

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