Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Sent
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…
This is the first in a series of prequels to the wonderful Bridgerton books. I love that Ms. Quinn is bringing us more of this delightful family and their friends. I truly enjoyed reading Billie and George’s story which is full of humor, witty banter and romance.
Billie Bridgerton loves living at her family’s estate and has no intention of marrying any time soon. When she does marry, it will probably be to one of the Rokesby’s, either Edward or Andrew, such a romantic admission. The two families have live a few miles apart in the country for generations and most of the children all grew up together, except the eldest George.
George is the oldest and never was around his brothers much, he was groomed from the beginning to be the heir and was either learning about the estates or off to school, he knew his place but often thought how things could be different. He is the stoic one, ever proper, and he can hardly stand to be around the wild Bridgerton sister, Billie. When he finds her stranded on a rooftop he tries to help her, and ends up spending the entire afternoon with her, and he found he did not mind.
Their mother’s decide that it is a good time for a house party and everyone must spend the nights at the Bridgerton’s, this leaves Billie and George spending more time together than ever before and they are each experiencing some interesting feelings toward each other.
This is a great addition and new start to the Bridgerton’s series that many have loved over the years. Both families are ever present and we are treated to a fun and engaging romance with a “not so friends” to lovers tale to satisfy all.
Billie is a hoot, she is smart and sassy and knows what she wants out of life, but unfortunately she is worried that one day when she marries she will lose the one thing she loves to do, manage the estates for her father. Her parents do not really acknowledge this fact, but she studies and plans the farms for peak performance. She does have a backup plan for marriage if needed and either Edward or Andrew will do; anyone but George. That is until they start spending more time together and her feelings start to change.
I adored George, he is an amazing hero. I like how he acts around Billie, yes they have an increasingly witty banter going on and often argue about the strangest stuff but he treats her wonderfully and as his feelings grow he is intrigued by her as a person. He often felt left out when the others were smaller, there was a bond he never felt, and you can see some of his feelings in his actions, but when all is said and done, he enjoys his life and after a peer included him in some mysterious actions, he realizes that he was not meant for anything other than who he is.
The pace of their love story works well, they start out as non-friends and gradually gain respect and later love for each other. The house party is a big part of the story and I enjoyed the interactions between each family, the characters are well done. I love Andrew and look forward to is story someday, he plays the part of the younger son very well, full of fun and fantasy. The party is cut short when a family tragedy comes in the form of a letter from the war in the colonies and the two families rally around each other for comfort. This is the beginning of a story arc that does not end here and continues on to the next book. The mystery that George gets involved in has something to do with the tragedy and I was a bit confused about why it appeared so late in the story, but maybe this will also continue. Overall I enjoyed this romance; there is a lot of humor and charm throughout along with some drama and angst to round out this wonderful story.
I give Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn 4 stars!