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Swooned over Penelope and Colin’s whirlwind romance in Bridgerton? Find your next heart-fluttering read right here!

Season 3 of Bridgerton has arrived, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve already binged all four episodes, not once but twice.

The Polin -centric nature of this season has me completely captivated, especially with Penelope’s long-held affection for Colin FINALLY being reciprocated (and let’s not forget that carriage scene… *smirks*). This season’s love story masterfully intertwines some of the most beloved Regency romance tropes—friends to lovers, courting lessons, secret identities, and the classic narrative of her falling first, only for him to fall even more deeply. The list is endless!

If you’re eager to keep basking in the ‘Pen and Colin’ vibes, explore these recommended reads that capture the essence of our favorite Polin moments!

Friends to Lovers

Observing Penelope and Colin’s journey from season one has been a highlight among the Bridgerton subplots for me. Their tender exchanges and interactions have made their friendship a joy to witness from the start, blossoming into even greater charm this season. For fans of the ‘friends to lovers’ trope, I recommend checking out…

A Proposal to Risk Their Friendship by Louise Allen

An unconventional friendship could ruin their reputations…

Respecting each other’s desire for independence, Lord Henry Cary and writer Melissa Taverner enjoy an uncomplicated friendship.

Henry finds her amusing, intelligent company, but she’s also an attractive woman, and he’s alarmed to find lust sneaking in.

Having always viewed marriage as a cold matter of convenience, Henry dare not risk their friendship with a proposal.

Yet when their closeness sparks rumors, he might not have a choice!

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Wallflower heroine

Penelope Featherington, once the Bridgerton universe’s quintessential ‘wallflower,’ perennially overlooked at balls and always the last to be asked to dance, has truly blossomed this season. It’s been captivating to witness her transformation, embracing a glamorous new appearance (her very own Reputation era) and growing confidence within the ton. For more tales of wallflowers stepping into the spotlight, check out…

A Duke For The Wallflower’s Revenge by Case Dubose

Surrender to this spicy Regency romance.

Miss Eliza Hawkins’ plan:

Step 1: Beg the disreputable, Gabriel, Duke of Vane to help her gain entry to a house party so she can destroy the lecherous aristocrat who ruined her marriage prospects!

Step 2: While en route, do not get side-tracked by all the ways she could enjoy being thoroughly ruined with the devilishly handsome Vane…

Step 3: At the party, work with Vane to execute a fitting revenge…whilst not in any way falling for her commitment-shy accomplice!

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The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke had to fight his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now, with a reputation as the ‘Duke of Ruin’, he wants to get even.

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home, and her heart.

When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbour demands she remove her animals, Penny resists his demand and makes a counter-offer. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes!

Rising to the challenge, Gabriel does not expect such a simple task to result in intimacy with Penny, and soon he finds this spirited spinster is not the push-over he thought.

But Gabe is not the only one with a past he’d rather forget. And if Penny is intent on saving Gabe, perhaps he might just need to save her first…

Get the book here

‘Teaching her how to court’

This season, a standout moment was Penelope enlisting Colin’s assistance to navigate the courtship rituals of the ton in her quest for a husband, igniting his jealousy as he observes her flirtations. For more tales set in the Regency era, where he instructs her in the art of courtship and unwittingly falls for her, explore…

Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress by Lara Temple

Betrothed…to the wrong man! 

Building a life away from her bullying family, schoolmistress Helen Tilney needs to convince her childhood sweetheart she’s a worthy bride.

Standing in her way is Lord Hunter – the man Nell has just discovered she’s betrothed to!

Hunter’s offer of marriage came out of guilt, so he agrees when she asks for his help to win another man.

Until their lessons in flirtation inspire a raging desire which has Hunter longing to keep Nell for himself…

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Her Best Friend, the Duke by Laura Martin

An excellent student…in the art of flirtation!

Caroline Yaxley has always been in love with her best friend, James Dunstable, Duke of Heydon.

After years of waiting for him, she’s finally admitted defeat and decided to find a husband.

James suggests she practice her nonexistent flirtation skills on him, which seems like a good idea — until she must pull away to avoid a shattered heart.

Their pretend attraction has begun to feel alarmingly real!

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‘She fell first but he fell harder’

Penelope’s crush on Colin has been obvious from the start…. but this season Colin definitely fell HARDER. Literally obsessed with them…

The Confessions of the Duke of Newlyn by Bronwyn Scott

He’s seeking vengeance…but might find something else entirely.

Knowing his best friend, Marianne Treleven, awaits his presence in a Mayfair ballroom, Vennor, the Duke of Newlyn, must hide his secret — he moonlights as a vigilante in pursuit of his parents’ murderer!

But when Marianne’s journalistic ambition draws her into the vigilante’s dangerous world, Vennor realises his closest friend is no longer the innocent miss from Cornwall.

She’s a brave, daring, sensual woman he’s desperate to protect at all costs…

Get the book here

Secret identity

Penelope’s clandestine role as Lady Whistledown is poised to ignite significant conflict in the latter half of the season, arriving on Netflix in mid-June. With our protagonists now united, the looming revelation of her secret identity threatens to sever their bond. To ease your worries about this impending turmoil, consider exploring…

Outrageous Confessions Of Lady Deborah by Marguerite Kaye

JUST WHO IS LADY DEBORAH?

I am the Dowager Countess of Kinsail, and I have enough secrets to scandalise you for life. I will never reveal the truth of my soul-destroying marriage – some things are too dark to be told. But at least no one can guess that I, a famously icy-hearted widow, am also the authoress of the shamelessly voluptuous romances currently shocking the ton…!

Only now I have a new secret identity, one that I will risk my life to keep – accomplice to Elliot Marchmont, gentleman, ex-soldier and notorious London thief. This adventurer’s expert touch ignites in me a passion so intoxicating that surviving our blistering affair unscathed will be near impossible…

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Secrets Of A Wallflower by Amanda Mccabe

Diana Martin is thrilled to be a writer covering the Parisian Exposition.

Her new role must be kept quiet – her parents would never allow it!

When enigmatic Sir William Blakely discovers her ruse, he knows it could lead her into danger.

And with the sparks igniting between them, William realises the only way to protect Diana is by staying as close to her as possible!

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