Series: The Bridgertons #5
Also in this series: It's In His Kiss, The Duke And I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer From a Gentleman, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, When He Was Wicked, On the Way to the Wedding
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Regency, Romance
Sir Phillip knew that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he'd proposed, figuring that she'd be homely and unassuming, and more than a little desperate for an offer of marriage. Except . . . she wasn't. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quiet, and when she stopped talking long enough to close her mouth, all he wanted to do was kiss her . . . and more.
Did he think she was mad? Eloise Bridgerton couldn't marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking . . . and wondering . . . and before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match. Except . . . he wasn't. Her perfect husband wouldn't be so moody and ill-mannered, and while Phillip was certainly handsome, he was a large brute of a man, rough and rugged, and totally unlike the London gentlemen vying for her hand. But when he smiled . . . and when he kissed her . . . the rest of the world simply fell away, and she couldn't help but wonder . . . could this imperfect man be perfect for her?
Nothing’s better than a Bridgerton novel
Thoughts on To Sir Phillip, With Love
Before we get moving on this review, I feel it necessary to confess that I read this on a Friday night while drinking, and I’m quite sure this colored my view of the book because I was, as I recall, quite tipsy for parts of it.
Which may actually be a good thing. I mean, this book follows Romancing Mister Bridgerton, and that book was amazing. I started reading this one and wanted to reread RMB. (And that wasn’t the alcohol talking.) That’s a hard act to follow.
But this one. Eloise’s part of the story here actually begins in Romancing Mister Bridgerton, so I was quite looking forward to picking To Sir Phillip, With Love up. (Also, thanks Daphne for lending it.) And though I found the conflict to be… oh, I don’t know, more on the tame side, I still enjoyed the book. Especially the brothers.
But how could you not love the Bridgerton brothers? That is a big part of why this series is so much fun.
So. Phillip and Eloise. And the children. I loved seeing Eloise interact with them and find a way to bring Sir Phillip and his kids together. That was sweet and not completely angsty (which I find weird saying that I wanted more angst), but again, a big part of the plot.
Oh. But. I adored the awkwardness between Sir Phillip and Eloise when they met for the first time. A lot of parallels to meeting people online. Totally different experience! It was adorable. And now I need the rest of the Bridgerton series.