Book review: Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

27835258Everyone 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…


Julia Quinn is my absolute favourite Regency romance writer and although I am now a couple of books behind in the Smythe-Smith series, I was so excited to receive this book for review. Because of Miss Bridgerton is the first book in a new prequel series.

MC Billie Bridgerton immediately jumps off the page. She’s so unlike the ‘proper’ lady you expect to read about in this genre of books so I couldn’t help but pay attention to her. To start with, she begins stuck on a roof and she also has a really quick witted, smart mouth on her as well. I loved how different she was compared with Quinn’s previous heroines. She’s very tomboyish and loves nothing more than running around in breeches and doing unladylike things.

George Rokesby is Billie’s love interest, although she would have never thought that’s what he would be. Billie always sort of thought she’d end up with Andrew Rokesby, another one of the brothers. George gives just as good as Billie does which is why he ends up being a really good match for her. Obviously this isn’t really spoiler because what kind of book would this be without a HEA?

The plot, as predictable as it is, was wonderful. In true Julia Quinn style, she had me giggling the whole way through this book. In the actual book there is a 10 reasons to read this book list in the front, one of which is ‘Because in the battle between hero, heroine and cat, the cat win.’ There are so many funny moments in this book and that’s partly what made it so amazing.

Quinn not only has a great thero and heroine but she also introduces a whole host of other interesting characters. I cannot wait to find out more about some of them, especially the other Rokesby boys. There is a mystery running throughout this book which will go on to feature in the other books in this series and I also cannot wait to see what happens with that.

I’ve really missed reading this genre but now I’m well and truly hooked again!

Because of Miss Bridgerton is released on 29th March by Piatkus. I received a copy for review.

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