I have been a big fan of Julia Quinn’s historical romance novels for almost fifteen years. I own paperback copies of every single one of her books, but if a Kindle deal comes along, I will always buy it. Because why not? In addition to making my collection portable, this also often gives me the option to purchase the Audible edition at a reduced price. I’ve been trying to walk 10,000 steps a day, so having audiobooks to listen to helps me meet my goal while I walk around the neighborhood.
I recently listened to It’s In His Kiss. This is the 7th entry in her Bridgerton series, which features eight alphabetically named Regency era aristocratic siblings. It’s In His Kiss is Hyacinth Bridgerton’s story. Hyacinth agrees to help Gareth St. Clair translate his late grandmother’s diary from Italian into English, but she had no idea that the diary might contain secrets. When the diary insinuates that there might be a valuable treasure hidden in the St. Clair London home, Hyacinth sees an opportunity to a grand adventure.
There’s just one problem: Gareth’s father despises him, and would never allow him into the house. And then things get complicated when Gareth kisses Hyacinth. Who would have guessed what that one kiss would lead to?
It’s In His Kiss is such a charming story. I don’t think I’ve read it since its initial release ten years ago, so it was like a new reading experience. There are plenty of lighter moments and comic relief, courtesy of Lady Danbury, a recurring character who is hilariously candid and never afraid to share her opinion. But there are also some poignant elements, especially concerning Gareth’s relationship (or lack thereof) with his father.
I would absolutely recommend It’s In His Kiss. If you’re not familiar with Julia Quinn and/or her Bridgerton series, I would recommend reading the series in order. This is an enjoyable entry in the series, but it was a little disappointing that the rest of the Bridgerton siblings didn’t play as prominent of a role as they did in some of the other books. That said, the conversation between Gareth and Anthony, Viscount Bridgerton, was hilarious; it’s difficult to tell which man felt more awkward.
I should mention that although I review a lot of middle grade and young adult books, this book is for adult readers only.