by Julia Quinn
Series: Rokesbys #1
Genres: Historical Romance
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Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places...
This is not one of those times.
Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband... someday.
Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should...
There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest and heir to the earldom, but he's arrogant, annoying, and she's absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can't stand the sight of him, either.
But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor...
Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begins to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can't abide is the one person they can't live without...
BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON by Julia Quinn is the first novel in a prequel series to the Bridgeton series featuring the Rokesbys family. Filled with snark and hilarious banter that has become the signature mark of Quinn’s writing I delighted in the antics of Billie and George.
Last year the publisher gifted me an ARC copy of this around its release, but I wanted to read the Bridgerton series first. At the moment I am on book three in audio format but decided to begin these with the publication of book two, THE GIRL WITH THE MAKE-BELIEVE HUSBAND. I should note that it isn’t necessary to have read the Bridgeton series first as this series works on its own.
So first, a confession. I had a bit of a brain fart the week I read this book. I accidentally read book two first. Don’t ask me how as it still baffles the mind. Because of this I knew going into the book how it would end. However, I am happy to report that it didn’t distract from my enjoyment, as I think it is clear from the beginning that Billie and George are fated.
Do you love snark, wicked banter and quirky characters? Then you will adore Billie Bridgerton and her exchanges with George. Billie is intelligent, strong and quite different from the other girls in society. She is known to wear britches, and prefers to be outdoors in the sun! I adored Billie from our first encounter, and as soon as George Rokesby entered the picture, I knew he was perfect for her.
The Rokesby and Bridgertons are close friends and neighbors. While George is slightly older, Billie grew up playing with Mary, Edward, and Andrew. Billie and George have this whole haters thing going. She sees him as arrogant and annoying. He thinks she is outlandish and wild, but when he rescues her, he begins to see that there is so much more to Billie.
Quinn has this delightful gift for making her characters feel real and allowing the reader to become swept up. From a game of Mallard to time spent in the library we are delighted with snark, good humor and a sense of the love these families feel for each other.
The romance was a slow burn as both characters saw the other in a new light. It was exciting experiencing all of the firsts with them. Of course, they are both stubborn, and there is some denial. I loved the jealous moments, the miscommunication and stolen kisses.
BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON delivered a story that transported me to the London countryside. Quinn made me fall in love with this couple and their families. I simply cannot wait for Andrews story.Banter and toe-curling kisses can be found in Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn Click To Tweet