Title: Because of Miss Bridgerton
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...
Author: Julia Quinn
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: A Night Like This , The Sum of All Kisses, Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology
Series: Rokesbys #1
Published by Avon Source: Publisher
Published: March 29, 2016
Genres: Historical Romace
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With the return of the Bridgertons – or should I say, the start of the Bridgertons – Julia Quinn is definitely on her game with the wit and banter of one of Regency romance’s most-loved families. In Because of Miss Bridgeton, we’re introduced to Billie Bridgeton, Edmund’s older sister. (Edmund, as you may know, is the father to the Bridgertons we all know and love.)
The year is 1779, and it was made apparent right away that this novel wasn’t going to be primarily set amongst the glittering ballrooms of London. I was also immediately aware that we weren’t in the 1800s (aside from the date on page one) by everything from the mention of tricorn hats to the speech patterns of the characters.
Billie is a headstrong, confident, happy woman, secure in herself and the knowledge that she is a much-loved member of her community. However, she is sometimes a bit too overconfident. Her heart is pure gold, though, and that’s what everyone around her chooses to see – which needles the hero, George Rokesby.
George is a serious fellow, one who’s always been a bit apart from his younger brothers and the Bridgertons. He’s focused on learning how to run his estate, proper schooling, etc. He’s never really sure what to make of Billie – she’s anything but proper, but instead of society scorning her, as one would expect, they embrace her. She’s such a mystery to him. And, as Billie herself describes him, he’s a “stick in the mud one would expect from the heir to an earldom.”
But as we get to know George, we see that he’s so much more than that. He’s not jealous of his brothers’ easy friendships with the Bridgertons, but he’s definitely envious. He considered himself a bit too old to gallivant with them when they were children, but he wants the kind of friendship they all seem to possess – the easy grace, loving insults, familiarity. It was a joy to watch as he discovered that he could let his hair down (so to speak) and connect with Billie in ways that, to him, were so foreign to how he’d always been.
It was equally a entertaining to watch Billie be taken down a notch. She wasn’t an annoying female lead – in contrast, she was charming and lovely and fun. But she was brimming with the overconfidence of youth, where everything she did was excused by both the Bridgertons and the Rokesbys (old family friends with estates that neighbored each other) because of her last name. She was free to be who she wanted to be, but without the restrictions of society. And while that was all well and good in the country, when she had to travel to London for a proper Season, we watch as she’s shaken up a bit and discovers that she perhaps isn’t as all-knowing as she thought she was.
Watching these two reluctant characters fall in love was entertaining. The dichotomies of their personalities was well thought out, each flaw of one being a strength of the other so that they’re a perfect balance.
I have to say, though…the funniest pat of this book was the Pall Mall scene. Let’s just say that the competitive streak is alive and well in this first generation of Bridgertons…we also learn why there’s no red set, and how the black mallet got its name of the Mallet of Death. Questions I didn’t even know I had, yet I’m so glad they were answered!
This is a classic JQ – funny, witty dialogue and imperfectly perfect characters who draw you into their world, and making you wish – just a little – that you were a Bridgerton, too. Five stars.