With Bridgerton hitting Netflix, I want to talk about the book that inspired the show!
I read this series earlier this past year and absolutely loved it (with the exception of one of the books), so today I’m excited to attempt to rank each book in the series, while briefly reviewing them.
We’ll be starting with my least favorite and working towards my favorite, so let’s get started!
Rating: 1 Star
Order in the Series: #1
TW: Sexual assault, rape, child abuse (in past)
“Many a woman has been ruined by a single kiss.”
This book had a lot of promise. I really enjoyed parts of it, but there was one scene that completely ruined it for me. If you want to know all of my detailed thoughts on this, I wrote an in-depth review on just The Duke and I last week. In the end, this scene was extremely disappointed and made me hate this book. And I’m extremely disappointed to see that they kept this scene in the show.
Read More for my thoughts on the rest of the bridgerton books!
Overall: 1/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 1/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Duke and I had the potential to be an amazing book, but one scene ruined it all for me.
// Content Warning: Child Abuse & Neglect, Rape //
Trigger Warning: I will be discussing the handling of rape and non-consensual sex a lot in this review
Release Date: 1/5/2000
Publisher: Avon Books
Page Count: 384 pages
The Duke & I is the first book in the Bridgertons series, following Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset. Daphne is the eldest daughter of the Viscount, but the fourth of her eight siblings. Despite knowing most of the young eligible gentlemen in London, she is struggling to capture their interest when it comes to romance. Meanwhile, her eldest brother’s best friend, Simon, the Duke of Hastings, has no interest in marriage or society. However, when he and Daphne meet, they decide to fake a courtship. This way she can be viewed as desirable, and Simon can avoid the various mothers pushing their daughters at him. It sounds like a great plan, but they didn’t prepare for love.
Read More For all of my thoughts on The Duke And I
So, if you were on the internet at the end up September, you might have heard of Kissing the Coronavirus by M. J. Edwards. If you didn’t… I envy you.
When this book started gaining attention from that memorable title, I knew I had to read it. And I did.
I made a couple of videos about it over on my TikTok (click here for links: x, x, x), and I even posted a review to Goodreads. And I thought that would be it. But I was wrong.
The New York Post and Daily Mail saw my review. And both quoted me in their coverage of Kissing the Coronavirus. My mom then saw those articles and sent them to my extended family. And now this is what I’m known for.
Since I’m already doomed to be known for reading coronavirus erotica, I thought I would share my review here as we prepare to read the sequel coming out on December 11th! (And don’t worry, I’ll be reviewing that as well)
Keep Reading For My Review of Kissing the Coronavirus (Along With My “Favorite” quotes)
Before we get started, if you haven’t read the first book in this series, From Blood and Ash, check out my review for it here!
Overall: 5/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire took this series to the next level. It adds on to everything we loved about From Blood and Ash, and will have you dying for the next book.
// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Mature Content, Child Abuse (Mention), Kidnapping/Abduction //
Release Date: 9/1/2020
Publisher: Blue Box Press
Page Count: 637
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is the sequel to From Blood and Ash, and takes place immediately after the ending of the first book. There’s not much else I can say here without spoiling the first book, but let’s just say- if you liked From Blood and Ash, you’ll want to pick this up.
keep reading for all of my thoughts on a kingdom of flesh and fire
Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley for giving me an earc in exchange for an honest review!
Overall: 3.75/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 2.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: If you’re looking for something quick and cute, Well Played might be the book for you.
// Content Warning: Mature Content, Catfishing //
Release Date: 9/22/2020
Page Count: 336
Well Played is the sequel to Well Met, following Stacey, who decides after a night of too much wine to message her no-strings attached summer fling who has left for the year. While he’s traveling, they grow closer through emails and texts. But, when he, and the annual Ren Faire, comes back the next summer, she realizes the man she was messaging (and falling for) is not who she thought.
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