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Publisher's Summary

The third novel in the beloved Regency-set world of Julia Quinn's charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix. Welcome to Benedict's story....

Sophie Beckett never dreamt she would sneak into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball - or that 'Prince Charming' would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie had been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But that night, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she felt like royalty. Yet she knows all enchantments must end.

But Sophie has reckoned without Benedict's determined heart: he has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, for he knows this is his only chance for a fairy tale love....

©2009 Julie Cotler Pottinger (P)2016 Recorded Books Inc

Critic Reviews

"Light, pacy and full of feisty heroines." (Guardian on the Bridgerton series)

"Julia Quinn's Bridgerton books take all of the classic tropes we know and love...and gives them a thoroughly modern twist. I can't focus on anything else." (Stylist)

"Quinn is a master of historical romance." (Entertainment Weekly)

What listeners say about Bridgerton: An Offer from a Gentleman

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Not my favourite Bridgerton book

I struggled to listen to this one at times. it starts off as a typical Cinderella story. I found this a bit boring as the Cinderella story has been done so many times. The first two books were fantastic whereas I found this one quite tedious & very predictable at times. I loved the first two books but wasn't a big fan of this one.

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Loved it

Excellent story, had me captivated. I feel connected to the characters. You won’t be sorry

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Love for the soul

Loved it. Sometimes you need a bit of magic, fantasy and serendipity for the soul. It keeps you believing in all that’s possible. ❤️

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awesome

loved it kept me sucked in all day, time for the next one I think

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lived it even if at times predictable

the cinderella story sometimes made it predictable but still thougroughly enjoyable easy listening while you are doing jobs around the house

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Love this classic with a twist

Loved this one. I have seen season one & two so thought I’d jump straight to book 3 after seeing reviews. This one did not disappoint and I could not stop listening.

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Bit of a Challenge

I struggled with this book a bit.
The beginning storyline felt to the letter ‘Cinderella’ and I craved the more original turn. When that finally came and the story unfurled I found myself annoyed by the main characters. There were definitely parts I did enjoy, and I am glad I got through the whole thing as it contributes to the overall Bridgerton storyline, but it was a hard slog at times.

Personal preference only - some of the voices for certain characters put me off a bit. In saying that, I felt others were so spot on and I thoroughly enjoyed their characterisation.

Overall a very mixed bag this book.

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Most enjoyable

I love a Cinderella story and, based on the character introductions in Season 1 of Netflix’s Bridgerton series, felt Benedict made for the perfect ‘prince charming’ in this one.

I was most curious to read(hear) Benedict’s story as I found his storyline and the Luke Thomason’s portrayal the most titillating of the remaining siblings however my eagerness was soon deflated when I read some of the negative reviews here.

But I went in with an open mind and am glad I did. I really enjoyed this story and found it neither disappointing nor misogynistic as others have stated or implied.

Both main protagonists wrestle their respective wants and needs against their principles and societal expectations. The offer may sound indecent but it does make sense, as does the refusal. And even though Benedict persists, Sophie also perseveres which balances the story nicely. Had Benedict given up or inappropriately forced himself upon Sophie, or, had She immediately accepted his offer or completely shut him out, there’d be no story - or it would be a very short uninteresting one indeed.

The author did a great job in keeping her audience engaged with anticipation during Benedict and Sophie’s push pull to see it out to the happy ending it was.

Benedict is no less the hot-blooded man than the next eligible bachelor of the ‘Ton however you will see he is very much a gentleman, and one well worth reading about with an open mind.

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A Cinderella Tale

Look, I love the Bridgerton books so far but this one was a little hard to finish. The Cinderella plot line is so overused, so I was a little disappointed in this book. And the glove which played the part of the glass slipper wasn't ever used again (iykyk). I found myself a little bored at times, we all know they end up together so there really needs to be more filler than a reused fairytale.
Also TW for anyone who doesn't want scenes mentioning attempted r*pe (not graphic).
I gave the story a 2 because I thought Julia Quinn could do so much better than this..

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I think this has been my favourite so far!

I am a fan of Benedict, even when it came to the Netflix series.

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  • Niramon Jirasukhanon
  • 27-04-2022

My most favorite book among the three.

I finished this book in 1 days, the fastest in this series. Even the book started with familia plot but it’s different. Now Benedict became my most favorite Bridgerton.

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  • Chen
  • 20-04-2022

Cute story, narrator doesn't fit

I liked the story very much, even if sometimes its a bit too cliché, but the narrator, as clear spoken as she is, just doesn't fit the vibe of the story...
Its very strange to hear an old woman's voice talking as a woman in her 20th...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-2021

What an ending!

Couldn't stop listening, really enjoying it! And what an ending it was. Can't wait to read the next Bridgerton book.

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  • Alexandra Gonzalez Kellerman
  • 07-03-2021

My favorite so far

This is my favorite of the Bridgestone series so far. I think the heroine feels very real and the ups and downs of the story are fantastic.

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  • Stephen Sharpe
  • 12-08-2020

Badly written but good story

These books are so badly written, you can tell from the first chapter that the author is writing about a period that she knows little about. The text is littered with 'Americanisms' and inaccuracies so if you are seriously into your period novels then this will wear thin. All of the lead female characters are bimbo's and airheads despite the author continually telling us they are intelligent, which is incredibly disappointing from a female author. If you are any kind of feminist then these books are not for you. HOWEVER I'm a sucker for romance and I just can't stop buying them. That probably says more about me than about the books.

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  • athydelacroix
  • 28-01-2019

included every cliche under the sun.

lots of Americanism. no understanding of 17th century. very disappointing. so.e points so bad I had to laugh, but not in a good way. Sorry!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-2021

Cinderellaesque beginning

The author really enjoys writing English historical stories but needs to forget Americanisms like blocks

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-2017

Great Author and Superb Narration

I simply love this series and this narrator is my favourite on audible. If you haven't listened to the others in the Bridgerton books it's best to start at the beginning but I recommend them all!

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  • AndreaW
  • 25-03-2021

A diverting story.

I enjoy all Julia Quinn's Bridgerton books. The only thing that grates is the obvious 'Americanisms' like 'gotten' instead of 'got'. And the use of 'right?' at the end of a sentence. This is 19th century England after all.
The narrator is excellent though.

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  • Angibabe
  • 21-02-2021

Felt a bit like a Cinderella story at first

Up to chapter 3/4 seemed to be a Cinderella storey then developed into one of my favourite books

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  • Amy Collins
  • 05-03-2021

Unlikeable main characters

My gosh benedict is just such a horrible indivudual. Really struggling to finish. Massively clichéd writing.

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  • Mrs A Houbart
  • 13-04-2021

shocked

I was shocked to find this book is based on Cinderella... I would have thought a more original concept would have been created. I stayed with it until the end to find out what happened but not sure I can read another saga.

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  • DragonRose UK
  • 17-02-2021

Loved it.

This is Benedict Bridgerton's story and what a wonderful story it is. It is very much like Cinderella, he falls for a masked woman who attends his family's masquerade ball. She attends against her stepmother's wishes and needs to be on her way home by midnight if she is to remain undiscovered, but rather than leave a glass slipper behind, Benedict is left with one of her gloves.
I love the likeness to Cinderella but it is so much more than that. This book, as with the others in the series had the perfect mix of light and dark moments and I loved that it could make me laugh out loud in places.
The narration by Rosalyn Landor as always is perfect. She not only makes the lead characters come to life, but her voices of even the smallest parts are delightful. I am very much looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

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  • Susan
  • 13-02-2021

Disappointed

I listened to the first 2 books a few times. I really like them. This one was just... insipid to give it a word, specially in the beginning. I even tried to listen again to see if I like it but I just can't. It was hard the first time. I'm returning it.

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