Monday, June 6, 2016

Review: Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Synopsis: 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... (from the back of the book)

Review: As with Quinn’s entire book, this one was a fine mix of warmth, humor, and romance. Quinn's books rarely have the large dramatic events that mar other romance novels. Her novels revolve more around the complexities of relationships - romantic, siblings, parent, friend – and how those shape us as people. I enjoyed the plot of this story, as it complimented the character development nicely. And as always, Quinn’s ability to write dialogue is unparalleled.
As most of her books are set during the Regency Era, I was looking forward to reading one sent during Georgian Era. Sadly, there wasn’t a lot mentioned – a tricorn hat here, powdered hair there. Being a fan of Georgian, I was hoping for more, particularly because so few romance novels are set in that time period. But as I mentioned before, Quinn’s books deal mostly with people, not history or world-building, so it’s understandable. And really, who reads romance novels for the history!
As with all her books, I highly recommend this one, particularly if you are a follower of her Bridgerton series.

Prude Note: This is a romance novel. So, there are several kissing and one sex scene. Nothing graphic, but it's clear. Can be skipped with minimal loss to the plot. 

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 978-0-06-238814-8
Year Published: 2016
Date Finished: May 29, 2016
Pages: 375

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