'Bridgerton' books in order: here's how to read Julia Quinn’s series properly

Start from the beginning: the 'Bridgerton' books in order showcase each family member's romantic life

PHOEBE DYNEVOR as DAPHNE BRIDGERTON and RUTH GEMMELL as LADY VIOLET BRIDGERTON in episode 101 of BRIDGERTON, books in order
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Reading Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton books in order will keep your duke-loving heart occupied until Bridgerton season 2 hits Netflix

The Regency romance completely hooked readers from the get-go, and now we've become enchanted, from keeping up with the Bridgerton cast on social media to tracking down the real-life Bridgerton filming locations

But alas, we're still anxiously awaiting Daphne & Co to return to the sophomore installment, but until then we'll be busy digging into Quinn's beloved series in its original format. 

Julia Quinn’s first Bridgerton book, The Duke and I, hit bookshelves all the way back in 2000. Since then, each installment focuses on the love stories of the various Bridgerton siblings. 

And if that’s not enough romance and drama to satisfy you, the Rokesby series (opens in new tab) of four books serve as a prequel to the Bridgerton books. Plus, there are novellas (opens in new tab)! The new Bridgerton book pubbed in 2021, The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton: Lady Whistledown's Official Guide, is a  roundup of quotes that includes the most "dramatic, romantic, and memorable" lines from your favorite characters on the Netflix series, which needless to say is also a must.

And, as you might've guessed, the historical romance has unleashed a new love for the genre. If you're feeling inclined to find similar stories, there's a sexy Bridgerton-inspired audio experience that will perk your ears right up!

Happy reading, romance lovers!



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The adaptation of the Bridgerton books is produced by the wonderful Shonda Rhimes, perhaps best known as the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal

Now with a confirmed season two (even if without the dreamy Duke of Hastings, a.k.a. Regé-Jean Page), it may just be worth diving into this historical series to see what extra drama, romance and intrigue you can expect.

How to read the 'Bridgerton' books in order

1. 'THE DUKE & I'

This first installment in the Bridgerton book series inspired the popular show. The Duke and I tells the story of the romance between the fourth oldest Bridgerton sibling Daphne (played by Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings. 

Daphne and Simon enter into a fake courtship to help her garner more interest from suitors and to help him evade marriage-minded society mothers. But it soon becomes clear that genuine feelings have blossomed between them.

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2. 'THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME'

The oldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony, has been the head of the family since his father died, taking care of all responsibilities. Now he is London’s most famous bachelor, but then he decides it’s time to find a suitable match. 

Anthony soon meets the perfect person, but a lady named Kate soon becomes a distraction as she seeks to stop the betrothal, all the while capturing Anthony’s imagination. But who is Kate in Bridgerton? This book will inspire the show's second season.

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The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn: View on Amazon (opens in new tab)


3. 'AN OFFER FROM A GENTLEMAN'

Sophia Beckett never imagined she’d be able to make it into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball and find her very own "Prince Charming." As the illegitimate daughter of an earl, Sophia’s story is a classic Cinderella tale—with a twist. 

After meeting the family’s second-oldest son, Benedict, she falls in love with him, only to flee at midnight. Their romance then picks up years later after a chance encounter.

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An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn: View on Amazon (opens in new tab) 


4. 'ROMANCING MR BRIDGERTON'

Penelope Featherington has long had feelings for Colin Bridgerton. And after returning to town after being abroad, their once platonic relationship now has the chance to turn into something more. 

When he discovers that Penelope has her own secrets, however, he must decide if she is a threat—or the happy ever after he’s hoping for. 

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5. 'TO SIR PHILLIP, WITH LOVE'

After having rejected multiple proposals, headstrong Eloise Bridgerton is a spinster. However, after exchanging letters with a distant relative and widower, Sir Phillip—who proposes to her—marriage could be on the cards after all. The only problem is, they’ve not yet met in person... 

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To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn: View on Amazon (opens in new tab) 

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6. 'WHEN HE WAS WICKED'

Michael Stirling was London’s most notorious rake—until, that is, he saw Francesca Bridgerton. 

After a lifetime of chasing women, he fell hopelessly in love with her. But when she married his cousin, it seemed he’d lost the chance to tell her how he felt. Now, years later, she is widowed and Michael may have his chance all over again. 

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To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn: View on Amazon (opens in new tab)  

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7. 'IT'S IN HIS KISS'

Beautiful, outspoken Hyacinth is the youngest of the Bridgerton siblings. Though she and Gareth St Clair are often at odds with one another, a mysterious diary seemingly begins to bring them together.

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8. 'ON THE WAY TO THE WEDDING'

Gregory Bridgerton is a true romantic, though he finds himself in a love triangle when he recruits Lucy to help him win the affections of her best friend Hermione. 

It’s not long before Lucy falls for Gregory herself, though she’s engaged. By the time he realizes he returns her feelings, she’s walking down the aisle. 

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9. 'THE BRIDGERTONS: HAPPILY EVER AFTER'

This bonus edition of the Bridgerton series was published to give fans an update on the siblings’ lives after marriage. The collection of second epilogues gives a sneak peek into their lives following their initial stories. 

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Be sure to stock your shelves according and catch Bridgerton season 2 on March 25 on Netflix!