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Bridgerton fans go wild over the sexual tension between Anthony and Kate Sharma in new series

Netflix smash series Bridgerton has returned to the small screen for its second season, and despite having fewer raunchy sex scenes, fans have branded the new instalment ‘steamy’.

This is thanks to relationship between Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), which starts off prickly, but becomes flirtatious, leading to some serious sexual tension.

The programme is based on a series of books of the same name by Julia Quinn set in the Regency era, following one of the eight Bridgerton children, and in series two it’s the turn of Anthony, the eldest, as he searches for a wife.   

The slow burn is a departure from the first season of the Regency romp, which featured the rip-your-clothes-off attraction between the Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), who sent fans into a frenzy simply by licking a spoon in a seductive manner. 

L-R: Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton

Fans have praised the steamy 'slow burn' sexual tension featured in the storyline of series 2 (pictured L-R: Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton)

Fans have praised the steamy ‘slow burn’ sexual tension featured in the storyline of series 2 (pictured L-R: Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton)

Critics warned that the departure of Regé-Jean Page would mean the show losing his character’s hot and heavy scenes that viewers loved. 

But many fans of the show say they are delighted by the love story at the centre of this series, between Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma, praising the chemistry between the two actors. 

And on top of sexually-charged tense scenes, the new season of the show still features some racy segments, including one in which a naked Anthony is seen covering his modesty in his bedroom. 

Another shows the rakish protagonist dressed in wet clothing after falling in the river as the result of some flirtatious behaviour.    

Antony and Kate are seen nervously touching hands, as their relationship grows from prickly to flirtatious

Antony and Kate are seen nervously touching hands, as their relationship grows from prickly to flirtatious

Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran) plays a major role in Bridgerton's season 2's storyline

Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) shares a steamy bond with love interest Bridgerton

Anthony gets caught up in a love triangle with two sisters, Edwina (Charithra Chandran, left) and Kate (Simone Ashley, right) during season 2 of the show, and fans have taken to social media to discuss how much they are enjoying the steamy tension between Anthony and Kate

The first episode of the second series shows Eloise narrowly avoiding being presented to the queen, thanks to an intervention by her best friend Penelope.

Setting the tone for the series early on, Anthony meets his love interest-to-be, Kate Sharma, as he’s out on his horse one morning.

Seeing the mystery woman riding, he gallops after her, concerned for her safety. 

Unable to catch up, he watches in admiration as she clears a hedge. When he finally catches up with her in the woods, and tries to ascertain some personal information, she suggests they forget the whole meeting.

The impromptu conversation makes Kate late to her appointment with Edwina, Lady Mary Sharma and Lady Danbury, who’s hosting Kate and her sister Edwina as they enter society.

During episode one of the second series, Anthony meets Kate while both are out on an early morning ride. Their dramatic meeting foreshadows how their relationship will unfurl

During episode one of the second series, Anthony meets Kate while both are out on an early morning ride. Their dramatic meeting foreshadows how their relationship will unfurl

Although the season has fewer openly saucy scenes, fans can expect some, including this one where Anthony falls into water as the result of some flirtatious behaviour.

Although the season has fewer openly saucy scenes, fans can expect some, including this one where Anthony falls into water as the result of some flirtatious behaviour.

But Kate, already considered old at 26, says she isn’t interested in finding a husband, and just wants to help her younger sister.   

At Lady Danbury’s ball, it’s revealed through gossip that Lady Mary was disowned by her family, the Sheffields, after fleeing to India with a poor clerk and his daughter (Kate). 

Meanwhile, Lady Bridgerton commands the attention of the room, when she announces that her eldest son, Anthony, is on the hunt for a wife.

When he recognises Kate from earlier, the pair avoid each other. Then later, Kate overhears Anthony’s friends telling him to pick the ‘least objectionable’ woman to marry, and ‘get her wed, bed, and bred’.

One Bridgerton fan described the show's slow burn as a 'scorcher' and another praised the 'magnetic chemistry' between the leading characters

One Bridgerton fan described the show’s slow burn as a ‘scorcher’ and another praised the ‘magnetic chemistry’ between the leading characters

Anthony reveals he isn’t looking for a love match, but is looking for an attractive wife, who has good manners, and an ‘acceptable’ wit. 

BRIDGERTON SEASON 2: ANTHONY IS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A WIFE

The main love story for Bridgerton’s second season moves on to Viscount Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, and his search for a wife. 

From the moment we saw Anthony’s bare bottom in the very first scene of season one, it was clear this was no Mr Darcy.

‘He’s incredibly complicated,’ says Jonathan. ‘He’s experienced such trauma with his father dying and his mum not being able to handle that, and then having to take on the responsibility of becoming a viscount. 

‘And this series can really take the time to dig into the psychology of a man of that era.’

After his messy break-up with opera singer Siena Rosso in series one, it’s back to the marriage mart for Anthony in season two – the balls, the courtship, the etiquette, the jealousies and the heaving bosoms that we saw as Daphne and Simon conducted their will-they-won’t-they courtship.

Anthony finds himself in a love triangle with the Sharma sisters who have just returned from India. His eyes alight on girl-of-the-moment Edwina, but her wily sister Kate may have other ideas. 

Kate bumps into the men, and ends up verbally sparring with flirtatious Anthony, where she insults him.  

After scenes showing more more about the Sharmas, particularly, about why Kate has not yet wed at the ‘advanced’ age of 26, the programme then features the queen’s ball.

At the event, Anthony dances with Edwina, and the pair bond. However, she throws a spanner into the works by revealing that he will need Kate’s blessing if the pair are to be a couple, setting the scene for a predicament that will play out across the series.

Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the new series, with many praising the slow burn romance at the centre of the storyline. 

One wrote: ‘Yes Bridgerton Season 2 is less steamy but IT WORKS. I can’t even explain how electric the tension is. Slow burn for the win every time.’  

Another added: ‘Sex isn’t always gratuitous, and can be integral to the story/character development. Bridgerton stems from romance novels so the steamy scenes are not a surprise. S1 took that approach while S2 will be more about slow burn, the longing a la Jane Austen.’ 

A third said: ‘Happy Bridgerton day to all those who celebrate! Enjoy the sensational slow burn and magnetic chemistry that is #Kanthony. Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley brought it this season and I can’t wait for everyone to experience them.’

A further happy viewer simply added: ‘This slow burn is a scorcher.’ 

One admitted they were going to binge the show at work, saying they ‘cannot wait to watch this immaculate slow burn romance unfold’. 

The second series of Bridgerton, which launched today, may not be as overtly racy as the last, but has already won fan plaudits for its depiction of sexual tension

The second series of Bridgerton, which launched today, may not be as overtly racy as the last, but has already won fan plaudits for its depiction of sexual tension


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