Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected 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… or not. 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 begin 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…
It’s been quite a while since I’ve read one of Julia Quinn’s books so when I saw this new one on my most recent adventure to Barnes and Nobel I had to add it to the enormous pile I was already carrying. L was definitely not disappointed.
Quinn’s books are always a quick read for me, mostly because they’re just so much fun. They’re always full of laughs and love and awkward situations that make me burst out laughing. Because of Miss Bridgerton was no exception, it was full of ridiculous situations and more than a few hilariously awkward ones. It was very comical seeing Billie and George both realize how they really felt about one another. And then both convince themselves that there’s no way the other felt the same as they did.
Julia Quinn has a talent for writing characters that I just immediately fall in love with. Billie had me within the first few pages. The book starts off with her stuck on a roof because she was trying to save a cat from a tree, and it only gets sillier from there. Billie is a strong willed, determined lady and I love that about her. She’s smart and witty too. She knows when she needs to act like a lady, but also knows when she can get away with doing, for the most part, whatever she wants. I just loved her from the very first page.
George on the other hand, is Billie’s opposite. He’s the heir to the earldom. He’s always been the proper eldest brother. When Billie and his two younger brothers played as children, he never usually participated. He very much enjoyed taunting and teasing Billie about her stubbornness and her insistence on doing everything her way, regardless of what may happen. I think George is the most surprised when he starts to realize his feelings for Billie. It starts with a dream that he can’t get out of his head and she becomes all he can think about. In an attempt to avoid his feelings he tries to avoid Billie, which when she realizes her feelings for him, makes her think that he doesn’t feel the same. It’s quite funny how long the two both try to convince themselves of the same thing at the same time.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun quick read. The only thing that would have made me like it better was a little more at the end. Quinn leaves us with good news, but really no detail about it. I would have liked to see more of how the two got married and the events that occurred in the last few pages. It was still a great book despite that and I’ll definitely be getting more of her books that I’ve missed out on reading.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.