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?
My Rating: 5 out of 5
This story is a bit different then the rest in the series. You finally realize why Eloise has those ink stains on her finger. Eloise runs away in the middle of the night to Sir Phillips. This story is about what happens when she gets to his home and how their relationship evolves from one of pen pals to something more. I experienced some strong emotions while reading this and I won't doubt others would too while reading. Besides the romance between Phillip and Eloise there is the evolution of Phillip as a father and husband. Another hit by Julia Quinn!