A best-selling American Regency romance novelist. Her first book (Splendid) was published in 1994, but she's most famous for The Bridgerton Series, which details the romances of eight siblings during the Regency period.
The Smythe-Smith Quartet series has its own trope page.
- Altar the Speed: Belle and John get married in a bit of a hurry.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Ned likes to play up to this trope.
- Dark and Troubled Past: John, who once failed to save a young girl from rape.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Ned, who eventually got his own novella.
- Meet Cute: Alex and Emma. He knocks her down and mistakes her for a servant.
- Mistaken for Cheating: Dunford.
- Mistaken for Servant: Emma.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Belle.
- One of the Boys: Henry, or she would be if there were any boys in her area.
- Reformed Rakes: Alex, eventually.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Henry and Emma.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Henry's perception of Dunford.
- Tomboyish Name: Henry.
- Abduction Is Love: After Victoria tells him to go away, Robert kidnaps her and takes her to a cottage in the middle of nowhere.
- Fiery Redhead: Eleanor.
- Frameup: A rather more gentle example than usual - someone is framing Eleanor so that she looks incompetent, as opposed to guilty.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Charles to Eleanor.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.: The duology is told from two main perspectives: that of the long-lost Duke of Wyndham, and that of the current Duke of Wyndham (who is understandably unhappy at the prospect of losing his inheritance).
- Convenient Miscarriage: Miranda miscarries her baby before she has to marry Turner.
- Secretly Wealthy: He's not fabulously rich, but Sebastian can afford to anger his uncle.
- Brainless Beauty: Averted. Olivia may be exceptionally pretty, but she is by no means stupid. In fact, she's rather pragmatic (certain spying escapades aside) and would much prefer a newspaper to a novel.
- Moustache de Plume: Inverted. Sebastian is Sarah Gorely. He started writing as a way to fill his nights when he became an insomniac after he served in the army. He hides his identity ostensibly because be doesn't want to deal with people asking him to write their stories, but a later conversation with Annabel reveals that he does so because some part of him believes that it is a "rather silly, undignified pursuit". After Annabel ensures him that she doesn't think that, he's much mollified.