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THE BRIDGERTON SERIES

I love stories with happy endings. The ones where you can relax and enjoy the journey because you are 100% sure that it will all be resolved by the end of it.

I also happen to love stories that depict large families; it's a weakness of mine. Being an only child raised by a single mother, I love reading of little signs that blood does run thicker than water.

Figure my joy when I found a series that has BOTH my loves in it.

Seven siblings, all of them adorably named in alphabetic order: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francoise, Gregory, and Hyacinthe (I know, I know. I'd snicker if that happened in real life, but for some reason, in this series, it works.) Add a matriarch who knows exactly what her children need, and still bows graciously when she is mistaken, and the Bridgertons become a family I was eager to meet after I finished the first book and figured I had six more to go. I found the third book to drag a little, especially in comparison to the previous two, but luckily it didn't stop me from trying out the fourth... and fifth... and twenty-four hours later I was wishing for an eighth book.

I have a warning, though. If you're looking for deep delving into a character's mind, this isn't it. It's about people falling in love at first (or second, at the latest) sight, though there are one or two surprises along the way. There are the usual previous engagements, and scheming uncles, and evil stepmothers, and hidden treasures, and masked heroes - not all in the same book, thank God. But all in all, the characterization is steady, and it was fun to see the little Bridgertons grow up in the background of their older siblings' stories until it was their turn for the limelight.

Rating? NC-17. Yep. This series belongs to *that* kind of books. You know, the ones where someone loses their virginity somewhere in the middle of the story. If that's a point in Ms. Quinn's favor for you, yay! Her lemons are quite well-written. If you don't the citrus-y flavor, do what I did and skip those pages.

It'll be worth the read.

The dialogue is witty and fun, with few exceptions. I also liked that not one couple was like the other, and how all the characters came to play in every book without forcing the situation.

As for fanfic, I just found two one-shots at Ao3 (http://archiveofourown.org/tags/Bridgerton%20Series%20-%20Julia%20Quinn/works) They both focus on the fourth book, as does this fanmix (http://furtivefanmixes.livejournal.com/5619.html). Why? Because Colin and Penelope are adorable; if you only have time for one book, try 'Romancing Mr. Bridgerton'. ;)

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HAPPY READING!

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