Just 1 sad little star.
Will she accept the offer before the clock strikes midnight?
Sophie Beckett never dreamed she'd be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball. Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, waltzing in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.
Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other— except, perhaps, this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid's garb. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. If he offers her his heart, will he sacrifice his only chance for a fairy-tale love?
Benedict thought that his argument was most reasonable, if a little overbearing, but Sophie obviously did not agree, because, much to his surprise, he found himself lying faceup on the ground, having been felled by a remarkably quick right hook.
"Don't you ever call me stupid," she hissed.
Julia Quinn writes fantastically well. Even in a book that I disliked as much as this one, there were words that made my heart melt.
...she was, he thought, born to rest in the shelter of his arms. And he was born to hold her.
- Also, the Bridgerton family were lovely. The most exciting part of this book, for me, was the scene between Colin & Penelope. If they have a book, Imma be reading that immediately.
- Sophie's lying ass drove me insane. I get that she didn't tell him anything at the masquerade ball - she wasn't meant to be there anyway. But when she was an actual maid? Why did she have to hide anything then? I don't like dishonest characters, and I definitely don't cheer for them, so I should have tapped out at 30%. I just really thought it was going to get better. Instead, getting her to be honest was still like pulling teeth at the 90% mark.
- And all the push/pull drama! I love him but I'm going to run away now. I don't want to be your mistress and get pregnant out of wedlock! so I'll just randomly bang you on your sofa.
- And mostly - the lack of spark. Sophie acts like she's not into him, and lies through her teeth about who she is. Benedict is pining over another woman whilst trying to make Sophie his side chick. Even when they do confess to themselves that they are in love with the other, she still doesn't want to tell him the truth, and he still doesn't want to marry her.
The writing was good but the story itself was horrible. At least it was a very quick read.