Review: Because of Miss Bridgerton

Review Because of Miss Bridgerton
I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that Because of Miss Bridgerton is the first review to be posted on my new blog. The first romance book that I ever read was Julia Quinn’s The Viscount Who Loved Me, way back in 2001. I was immediately hooked by her light-hearted and humorous tone. I devoured her Bridgerton series, falling in love with the entire family over the course of the eight books. After finishing the final Bridgerton book, On His Way to the Wedding, I felt bereft—not unlike  finishing the Harry Potter series. Years had been dedicated to this family, and while the short story epilogues for each couple released in 2013 as The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After were delightful and much appreciated catch-ups with old friends, it wasn’t enough. So imagine how thrilled I was to hear Julia was returning to the family (albeit a generation earlier) with Because of Miss Bridgerton.

I read the book in one sitting, lying on my deck in the last of the warm autumn sun. Billie Bridgerton is everything I love in a heroine. Independent, intelligent and slightly tomboyish. From what I gather, she is the paternal aunt of the original Bridgerton siblings, and I can see the family resemblance both in looks (she has the classic Bridgerton chestnut hair and chocolate eyes) also in personality. Kind, generous, outgoing—she reminds me of most of Eloise (To Sir Phillip With Love). We never got to see aunt and niece interact, so here’s hoping there are additional epilogues coming our way.

The appeal of George Rokesby, is that he’s what you’d expect of an earl, masculine and slightly arrogant, but still a nice guy. I love nice guys. I love it when the conflict in a story doesn’t revolve around the hero acting like a jerk. George and Billie have known each other their entire lives. They aren’t enemies, but have been thorns in each other’s sides for a long time, so the sudden burgeoning of chemistry has them both off-kilter.

The characters are easy to connect with; they’re complex but without dark, melodramatic angst. She reminds me of my sister. The secondary characters are all colourful and I’m hoping that we’re going to see much more of them in upcoming novels.

Julia Quinn’s writing is characterised by witty dialogue and humour. There is a lightness to it, which makes it a quick read, much to my disappointment, because I could read her books for days.

There is a reason Julia Quinn is one of only sixteen member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. If you’ve ever been curious about reading a romance, but haven’t tried it, she is the author you should start with.

From the back cover blurb…

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…

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 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…

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